What usually brings someone into your practice?
I work with people who face personal and professional roadblocks in their lives. These obstacles may be relationships, symptoms such as depression or anxiety, a difficult loss, a traumatic childhood, discontent with mid-life, or any issue that calls for a renewed search for meaning.
Do you offer phone consults?
We can begin our relationship by scheduling a 15-minute phone consultation so that we have some time to talk together and determine whether my practice is a good fit for you. This preliminary time will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and tell me about your concerns. It is free of charge, and, if you wish, can be followed by scheduling your first session.
What should I expect from the initial session?
Your first session will allow us the opportunity to explore in detail your reasons for seeking therapy, your goals and any questions that may have occurred to you since our initial phone conversation. This will also be a time to gather more information that will help me better understand you and your current life situation.
Are sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is a critical ingredient in achieving a sense of mutual trust in a therapeutic relationship. Strict confidentiality between therapist and client changes only when it is determined that someone’s personal safety is at risk.
How are counseling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis different?
People are often confused by the differences among these types of therapy. I have training and experience in all three.
Counseling can be effective in addressing everyday life issues and is supportive in nature. Counseling may include the use of advice, problem-solving strategies and new ways of viewing and understanding a problem.
Psychotherapy is an approach that often probes more deeply into the history and causes of a problem. In psychotherapy, specific symptoms such as depression, anxiety or obsessive behaviors are addressed.
Psychoanalysis or analysis (these terms are often used interchangeably) is a longer-term process that provides time to heal, change and grow. The end result is that we get to know ourselves more fully and often develop a deeper acceptance of ourselves. While this approach may seem to run counter to the “quick-fix” mindset of today’s fast-paced world, taking time for this work can lead to a sense of satisfaction and meaning in uncovering unknown aspects of our personalities. Psychoanalysis and analysis have evolved respectively out of the work of Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung.
What payments do you accept?
Most of my clients pay privately and then seek insurance reimbursement. It is my goal to do what I can to assist you in this process. I provide you with the billing documentation and receipts that insurance companies typically require to reimburse you for your out-of-pocket expenses for therapy. Specific information about your coverage is described under the mental health out-of-network section in your health plan information.
I am an out-of-network provider for Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Aetna health plans, among others; benefits vary among plans.