Frequently asked questions - and answers

As a practicing psychologist, I hear many of these questions on a regular basis.  I hope the answers I provide here help to address some of your personal questions and concerns.


What kinds of problems can you help with?

All kinds.  I’ve helped people with severe depression and anxiety disorders, as well as people who feel discouraged, disconnected or stuck in their relationships, work, or life in general.  Often, when people start therapy, they know they’re not feeling like themselves but they’re unsure what the trouble is.  If this sounds like you, rest assured it’s very common.  Come in and we’ll figure it out together.


How long will my therapy take?

We can’t know until we’ve had a chance to talk and come to a fuller understanding of your concerns.  I’ve helped some clients in a few sessions, while some have chosen to work with me for much longer.  Sometimes clients resolve the problem they initially came in for but decide to work on another area of their life.  What I can tell you is that my goal is to make every session as helpful as possible, and I always invite open discussion of where we are in terms of achieving your goals.


How much do you charge?

I charge $150 for a 45-minute therapy session.  Sessions are usually once a week, but can be more frequent depending on your needs and preferences.  For psychological testing, a comprehensive battery is $2500 and a briefer more focused battery is $750, based on the hours I spend preparing a report and feedback for you.  For both therapy and testing, you can pay with cash, check or credit card.  I also provide receipts that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, which may cover a significant portion of your fee.


Do you prescribe medication?

No.  In New York State, medication is prescribed only by psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and other medical doctors.  As a psychologist, I focus on helping my clients through therapy and testing.  However, I’m happy to discuss all of your treatment options, and help you understand whether your symptoms or other struggles would be helped by medication.  If you’re interested in medication, I can help facilitate a referral to a number of excellent psychiatrists I work with and often recommend.  If you’re currently on medication or start medication while we’re working together, I’ll work closely with your psychiatrist to coordinate the different treatments we are offering.


Do you give advice?

Sometimes, but not often.  Advice is overrated, and usually doesn’t help very much.  I think what therapy has to offer in terms of seeing yourself and your life more clearly and realistically is much more valuable.  When my clients start getting to that point, they often become less interested advice and more curious about other types of solutions.


Do you do CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)?

I include this question because CBT is an approach that has become more popular in recent years, so people often ask about it specifically.  The answer is: sometimes, but not exclusively.  I strongly agree that biased and unrealistic thoughts—the focus of CBT—can have a profound impact on our outlook, emotions and behavior.  However, I also believe that these thoughts need to be understood in the context of each person’s attitudes, values and worldview that shape them and give them meaning.  This creates a much richer understanding of what makes each of us tick, and helps us to move beyond our old ways of seeing things to new perspectives and solutions.