How do I know if you're the right therapist for me? The only way to know is to sit in a room together, and see what it feels like to talk to me! It's very much your right to "shop around" and find a therapist who's the correct match for you. That said, you might participate in therapy with me if you're experiencing:
- a belief or interest in mindfulness and the mind-body connection
- anxiety and/or difficulty managing stress
- a difficult life transition
- challenges related to pregnancy, fertility, and/or new parenthood
- relationship issues, separation or divorce
- overwhelming physical and/or emotional reactions experienced by survivors of rape or sexual abuse
- a desire to recognize or re-affirm your strengths and/or to get "unstuck"
What are your credentials and experience? I am a licensed psychotherapist and LCSW in both Pennsylvania and New York. Having received my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University, I have provided therapy and support services in private practice, schools, mental health clinics, and non-profit agencies serving families. I've facilitated groups with adults and adolescents in helpful coping strategies, healthy relationships, and feelings management. I've worked with children and their caregivers, utilizing play and structured activities to build skills in managing thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and recognition of strengths. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Treatment, and Seeking Safety. I also have experience supervising and training other therapists and graduate-level interns in clinical social work.
So, you work with trauma; how exactly can you help? I can help you in your healing process by working with you to recover your sense of well-being. Maybe you're having trouble managing emotional or physical reactions while trying to make sense of your past experiences. These are normal and expected after experiencing trauma. In our work, you will learn:
- grounding, mindfulness and stress management skills
- how to use your strengths to cope with overwhelming emotions, memories, and physical responses
- how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by each other, and how to let go of unhelpful thought patterns
What if I want to learn the above-mentioned skills but I haven't experienced that type of trauma? We have all had profound and affecting experiences from which we need to heal. I recognize that you are a unique individual, and I will treat you with that respect by helping you learn the skills that make sense in your own life. Together, we will find useful and effective solutions for you.
Session Information: The initial consultation is 60 minutes, and is an important step in deciding if we are the best match for therapy. We can speak briefly over the phone before you come in, but I believe that it's most helpful to sit in a room together so you may determine your comfort level. I offer 50 minute individual sessions and 60 minute family sessions. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis.
48-hour Cancellation Policy: Your weekly appointment is reserved for you in advance to ensure that you have a consistent and continuous experience in treatment. Therefore, there is a full-fee charge for missed or broken appointments with less than 48-hours notice.
Rates: My rate is $125 for individual sessions and $150-200 for family sessions. Please contact me and we can talk about it. I believe we all have the right to get the support we seek and I'll work with you to find a reasonable solution. If there is financial hardship, a reduced rate can be arranged if appropriate. Payment is due at the time of each appointment, and I accept cash, checks, Venmo, and credit cards.
Insurance: I am an in-network provider with Penn Behavioral Health, Highmark Blue Shield, and Cigna. I am an out-of-network provider with most other insurance plans. As you may be eligible for reimbursement, it's best to contact your insurance provider for information about your plan. Some helpful questions include:
- What is my out-of-network coverage for mental health services?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- What amount/percentage will my plan reimburse?
- How many sessions are covered?
I'll provide you with a receipt of services (a 'paid' bill) that you can submit for reimbursement. You will be required to pay for therapy at the time of the appointment and then get reimbursed by your insurance provider.