Jack M Ringel, LICSW
Jack M Ringel, LICSW
|Professions: Clinical Social Worker|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - LW60654067|
Billing and Insurance
Limited number of sliding scale slots for those with financial hardship
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I have great respect for my clients, including the courage it takes to seek out and work with a therapist. In that spirit I take a respectful and compassionate approach to therapy, including having reverence for each unique person that enters my office.
Therapy is an evolving and collaborative process, where I'll seek to meet you where you're at while also gently encouraging you to reach towards the life you've imagined (or, perhaps, to begin imagining it for the first time). This will involve my listening to you with empathy, benevolent curiosity, and compassion. Sometimes more "present centered" concerns related to work, relationships, and play will be the focus. At other times, venturing into your memories and dreams will help to initiate deep healing. The way I see it, both the past, present, and future are important and inter-related; our past can indeed color and inform our present, our present can help us to make sense and to heal from our past, and the future is something we can begin envisioning in a number of different ways.
In addition to my clinical training, I also have a degree in philosophy, which further informs my approach and perspective. When it's helpful, I enjoy helping people explore meaning of life issues and personal values. Finally, my own personal work-- including benefitting greatly from thoughtful psychotherapy as a client-- has been invaluable in my journey to becoming a psychotherapist.
Email or Call Jack M Ringel, LICSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 31098
More Info About My Practice
My standard fee is $120 per hour. I am not currently in-network for insurance. At your request, I can provide statements to you for submission to your insurance as an Out-Of-Network benefit.
There are certain advantages to forgoing insurance for psychotherapy, including in some cases added privacy (for example, not needing to submit diagnoses and other information to the insurance company) and autonomy (for example, you deciding how long to continue treatment without a third party influence). If you have any questions about my billing practices, please let me know.
I have a limited number of sliding scale spots for those with financial hardship. If you're interested in exploring that option, please let me know.
Since I believe that "goodness of fit" between therapist and client is very important, note that I offer a free one time phone consultation for all prospective clients.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
There is a substantial body of research that suggests "goodness of fit" between therapist and client is one of the most important healing elements of psychotherapy. In addition to that research, my common sense also appeals to this notion. Namely, psychotherapy is an enterprise that requires deep trust in the professional you choose-- someone who listens closely, is kind and compassionate, is non-judgmental and benevolently curious, and who has your best interest in mind. You want to find someone who seems able to understand you, and likely, someone who has done lots of inner work themselves to prepare them to help others navigate the winding road of therapeutic change. Often times, I believe that this is a felt sense; "is this someone I feel safe talking to?" As you seek out therapy I encourage you to tune into your feelings and reactions to whichever therapist you end up meeting with. If that is me, I encourage you to really ask whether I seem like someone who you could trust to help you. I'll encourage you to ask me questions, address concerns and most of all "to feel it out". It's an honor to do this work, and whatever you decide, I wish you well.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I am an integrative practitioner, which means that I draw from multiple schools of thoughts to carry out my work. Rather than seeing one approach as being the "right one", I seek to find the strengths and weaknesses of each. I study and practice psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, existential, and somatic psychotherapy modalities, but beyond theory I am most interested in getting to know you, and helping to navigate your unique life. The well being of my clients and my endless curiosity for the human condition drives my continual engagement in theory and practice.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Professionals, college students and recent graduates, Veterans, trauma survivors
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