Frequently Asked Questions: Psychotherapy

How will I know if psychotherapy will work for me?

We believe that anyone can be a good candidate for psychotherapy. Everyone has something in their lives, whether it is a child, teen or adult, to deal with that may be difficult or getting in the way of fully being content. Psychotherapy helps the most when the client is ready to explore his or her concerns in an open manner within a trusting, safe environment.

Are children/teens seen alone or is the family included?

We see children and teens as part of a larger and very important system, the family. We start off by seeing the parents/guardians alone for the first session to gather information about the main concerns and background history. This sometimes may take more than one visit. Then, depending on the age of the child, we will spend a few sessions individually with the child and then have a parent-child or family session. This pattern of individual and family sessions will continue throughout therapy. Depending on the presenting problems, some children and teens are seen with their families more frequently.

How does therapy work with infants, toddlers or preschool children?

We work with infants, toddlers and preschool children in individual play therapy and parent-child therapy to address the various concerns such as tantrums, aggression, oppositionality/defiance, fears and separation anxiety. Parent Child Interaction Therapy is a commonly used approach when working with disruptive behaviors in young children.

What is Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)?

PCIT is an intervention designed for children between the age of 2 and 8 years of age who have disruptive behaviors problems. PCIT incorporates both parent and child within the treatment session and used individualize parent coaching to address aspects of parent-child interactional patterns. PCIT is conducted in two phases, with an initial focus on enhancement of the parent-child relationship and then on improving child compliance. This treatment approach is effective in improving parenting skills, decreasing child behavioral problems and strengthening the relationship between parent and child.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps clients to understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can influence one another. CBT is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression as well as other problem areas. I use CBT techniques in my practice, when appropriate, along with other approaches, to treat anxiety and depression in children, teens and adults. Once the main symptoms subside, we can often turn our attention to other concerns and issues that might have taken a back seat to the anxiety and depression.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are typically 45 minutes in length but can be coordinated to be longer when working with couples or families depending on the issues at hand. EMDR sessions can be coordinated to last 45 or 90 minutes, depending on individual needs.

How frequent are the sessions?

Sessions are usually held once weekly unless a higher or lesser frequency is more appropriate to reach stability or maintain gains.

What are the fees for sessions?

Fees depend on the type of psychotherapy being sought, whether it be individual, couples or family therapy and are due the day of the appointment.  We are out of network with all insurance carriers and provide you with a detailed invoice with all of the information and appropriate codes that your insurance company will need if you have out-of-network mental health benefits and would like to use it. The invoice can be submitted with an out-of-network claim form to the insurance carrier. If you are unsure if you have out-of-network coverage, you can call the phone number on the back of your insurance card for mental health or behavioral health services and a representative can provide you with this important information and explain the process for submitting claims.

We are available to speak with you at (917) 723-9986 or email to answer your questions and see if we are a good clinical fit.