Frequently Asked Questions
How are you navigating therapy under COVID-19?
Currently all sessions are remote via Spruce until further notice. Please explore my Content Corner for free self-help tools if you can't see me directly. Stay safe, and be compassionate to yourself.
What if I take a break from therapy?
Like the tides, the need for therapy can ebb and flow as you work towards lasting solutions. I encourage you to let me know if you're ready to complete our therapy together. People take breaks from therapy for a number of reasons. While I try to be as flexible I can for current clients, I cannot guarantee the same schedule or reduced fee if you decide to return to treatment, so please keep that in mind. I also cannot reserve more than 2 weeks off should you decide to request a leave.
Are you accepting new clients?
I have a limited number of full-fee slots available for potential individual therapy clients. The wait list for sliding scale is currently closed. Please explore my resources page for alternative options to private practice treatment.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Credit / Debit Card, Flex spending account
Payment is due in full at the time of our session each week unless we discuss an alternate arrangement prior to meeting.
Do you offer telehealth?
Yes, I offer HIPAA compliant video sessions to clients that find commuting, anxiety, or life to be a barrier to accessing quality affirming mental health services. Phone sessions are also available as make-up or crisis sessions. Texting and email is reserved for scheduling purposes only to maintain the therapeutic boundary. There's no difference in rates for telehealth sessions.
How long does each therapy session take?
The complimentary consultation is about 35 minutes. Individual sessions are typically 45 minutes. Couples' sessions are typically 45-75 minutes.
I encourage clients to meet with me at least weekly at the start of treatment because it will create a strong foundation for our work together. Since treatment goals are customized for each client, we can speak further about scheduling during the in-person consultation. Consistency is absolutely key to this work, so please keep that in mind if you're considering therapy!
What's your cancellation policy?
Short answer: Built on mutual respect!
I understand how overwhelming the therapist search can be in NYC, and I hope to alleviate some of your anxiety by offering complementary consultations and a streamlined scheduling process. With that said, I value my time and offer a set number of free consults each week. I'm flexible with rescheduling due to emergencies or conflicts if you reach out, but no-shows to any consultation will not be offered a rescheduled slot. "No-show" means you've not contacted me at least 48 hours before our scheduled appointment or responded to my phone call at the time of the consult. Please consider this before scheduling with me because that takes time away from someone who could have really benefited from some support.
A minimum 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations to avoid a missed session fee. If a phone or video session is possible, I encourage you to reschedule with me. Therapy is a commitment, so a pattern of cancellations will prompt a discussion revisiting that commitment you made to yourself to invest in your well-being. If you feel you're not ready, or I'm not a good fit for you, that's okay. I can provide referrals to help you get connected with someone that feels good for you!
Are our sessions confidential?
Yes, except in the following circumstances.
You have a right to private and confidential therapy sessions.
As a mandated reporter, I am legally and ethically bound to break confidentiality by reporting if there is imminent danger to yourself or if you credibly intend to harm others. I take your privacy very seriously and will make every effort to collaborate on a crisis plan with you to ensure your safety.
I am also obligated to report suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse, or abuse of developmentally dependent adults.
Courts may subpoena your records. If you are involved in any litigation, I will make every effort to not release your protected health information without first consulting with you.
I will also have to share diagnosis information with insurance companies for reimbursement if you request using out-of-network benefits to pay for therapy.
Finally, if you ask me to coordinate care with other providers or communicate with anyone who is not you, I'll just need you to sign a consent/information release form for those entities.
It is my policy to preserve the therapy space by relaying information directly to clients. If parents or third parties require that I communicate with them for insurance or billing purposes, we may not be a good fit.
If you'd like further clarification, we can discuss the confidentiality policy during our consultation.