- Is psychotherapy covered my insurance?
Yes, it is covered in the same way that seeing any doctor is covered. If your plan allows you to see an out of network provider, you will be reimbursed at the out of network rate. If your plan is an HMO that only allows you to see doctors who are in the network, then you are still free to see me, but you would have to pay out of pocket. In such cases, if necessary we can talk about the possibility of reducing the fee. You can also use your FSA (Flexible Spending Account) if your employer provides one to pay for your visits.
- Is Psychotherapy always a long term commitment?
I have friends who have been seeing their therapists for years. Psychotherapy can be either long term or short term depending on the nature of what you wish to work on. Many people come in to work on a specific issue and are ready to leave once that is resolved. Other people may be interested in working more in depth, and wish to explore various parts of their personalities in depth so wish to stay in therapy longer. Either way, I am always interested in us having the opportunity to address your concerns as quickly as possible, and the decision to continue therapy is entirely up to you. And anyone with whom I have worked is always free to return or check in at any time in the future.
- I understand that besides being a Clinical Psychologist, you are also certified as a Sex Therapist. Does that mean you have sex with patients?
Never! In sex therapy we speak about your specific sexual concerns. You can do that individually or you can come in with a partner. I will listen carefully to your concerns and then through a series of time proven techniques, you will develop a sex life that you find more satisfactory.
- I understand that you are identify as gay and that you are considered as having specific expertise in working with people who identify as LGBTQ. Do you also see people in your practice who think of themselves as “straight”?
Yes! There are many people in my practice that consider themselves straight, and in fact they often remark that they are more comfortable with me than with a heterosexually identified therapist. This usually is because they find that as a result of my experience I tend to be far more open and non-judgmental than most. In addition, and specifically when it comes to sex therapy, woman report that it is easier to talk to a gay man about intimate issues than a straight man, and straight men tend to like the feeling that they can talk about their concerns without the sense of competition or judgement that they might feel from another straight man.
- If I make an appointment to see you, does that mean I am in therapy?
Not at first. Our initial appointment is an opportunity to get to know each other better. You will have the chance to tell me about what concerns you and what you would like to work on in therapy. You will also be getting a chance to get a sense of my style of working which tends to be pretty easy going. We will both get a sense of if I am the best person for you to work with or not. In most cases we then schedule regular appointments a start to work together. If either of us think for any reason that I might not be the best person for you to work with, then I am more than happy to provide you with the names of people who I think might be a better fit for you. You can schedule your first appointment by calling me at 212-242-2219, or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- What are your office hours and where are you located?
I am generally schedule appointments Mondays through Thursdays from 8am until 7pm. Occasionally I also have appointments on Friday mornings. I’m sorry that I do not offer weekend hours. The office is on 9th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues. It is across the street from the PATH station, one block from the W 4th St. station, two blocks from the number 1 train, and a short walk from Union Square. In short, the office is easy to get to from anywhere in New York City.