My Approach to Helping
Despite what you may sometimes think or believe or feel, YOU are the expert of your own life! I believe the role of a good therapist is to guide and navigate the individual to where they want to be and not where the therapist, or others, think the individual should be. This journey is done best when your therapist is nonjudgmental, provides a caring and accepting environment and can nurture a trusting and open therapeutic relationship with YOU, the client. I pride myself on fully integrating these beliefs and values into all aspects of my work. My theoretic approach to therapy is eclectic, based on your specific personal and emotional needs. I do have an interactive style of therapy with clients in sessions. Those who like that style will be particularly comfortable with me. I look forward to hearing from you.
More Info About My Practice
The individuals I work with are adults (18 and over) of all genders and sexual orientations. I have many years experience working with members of the LGBT community. They are, and always will be, fully welcomed into my practice! My sessions with you are 50 minutes long and my standard fee is $110. I accept Cigna, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare insurance plans. I also work with those who have approved benefits for "out of network" providers. Otherwise, my clients pay by cash, check or credit/debit cards. Sliding scale fees are offered based on financial need. My office is conveniently located on a tree-lined street in the vibrant community of Astoria. It is easily accessible by several bus and subway lines.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
I find it important to let clients know that they are entitled to like, trust and feel comfortable with their new therapist. Trust is at the core of the relationship between you and your therapist. I want to let you know that this is not something that happens in the first, second or even third session with the new therapist. This is a process that takes time. Confidentiality is a rule that is protected professionally, ethically and legally. Lastly, I like to let individuals new to therapy know that the role of therapy is not to make you do things you don't want to do. The role of therapy is to move you where you are most comfortable, happy and functioning in your life, based on goals you have set for yourself.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I feel therapy works best when individuals attend sessions on a regular basis. My standard form of practice is to meet with clients at least once per week, particularly in the first 3-6 months of therapy. How long you attend therapy is based on you, your needs and the nature of the situation that brought you into therapy. No one, including the therapist, can make you attend therapy if you no longer wish to.