How do I know if I need therapy?
Contrary to popular belief, you can start therapy at any point in your life, whether you would like to explore life goals or target specific stressors!
What can I expect in the first session?
The first session, otherwise known as the intake/initial assessment, is an important part of the therapy process. The assessment allows me to gather important and relevant history to best understand the context of your present concerns.
How long will therapy take?
It depends on your treatment goals. Some clients arrive with specific, time-limited goals (e.g. help reduce anxiety for work presentation), while others are seeking to more broadly improve their self-esteem, stress management, and/or relationship stressors. Treatment frequency and goals are typically discussed during the intake/initial assessment and may evolve during the course of therapy.
How do I know if you are a "good fit" for me?
Therapy is an emotionally intimate process and it is important to assess and ask all the questions you need before scheduling the first appointment. For that reason, I offer a complimentary phone/video consultation as an opportunity to ask me any questions you may have about working together, the therapy process, and my approach to your specific goals/stressors. It may take a few sessions to gauge 'fit' as we settle in and build rapport.
If we find after a certain number of sessions a mental health transfer becomes necessary, it is an important and normal part of the therapy conversation to have together so I can help redirect you to resources that are more fitting for your needs at that time.
Why should I consider seeing an "out-of-network" provider?
It is possible to find a therapist that meets your needs in a speciality area (e.g. working through generational trauma within an Asian family), is more accessible and has shorter wait times, and you can maintain privacy from friends, family, and/or your employer to name a few.
How is talking with you any different than talking to a close friend or family member?
While it is important to have support from friends/family, research has shown that 'venting' alone may not be effective in the long-term to treat complex stressors. Therapy is a professional relationship, in which the therapist is bound by laws and codes of ethics to maintain privacy of what is discussed in the session (with a few exceptions to confidentiality, see below). Therapy provides a safe space to both process and learn coping skills and is very different from simply 'giving advice.'
Do you offer couples and/or marital counseling?
Not at this time. Psychology Today has resources to find couples or marital counseling in your local area.
How does confidentiality work?
Confidentiality of information is an important part of the therapy relationship. All therapists are bound by laws and ethics codes to maintain the privacy of our clients. However, there are a few exceptions to confidentiality, which we will discuss during the first session and review as needed. As a mandated reporter, I am required to break confidentiality if/when I learn of any of the following situations:
(1) there is an imminent and violent threat towards yourself or others (for threat towards others, I am required to notified the person in danger or someone who can keep them safe).
(2) requests by insurance companies for billing purposes.
(3) sharing information is necessary to facilitate your treatment.
(4) court order.
(5) concerns of abuse to a child or vulnerable adult.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
At this time, I do not. However, there are several options within the greater NYC area that offer sliding scale and/or low cost therapy options (including but not limited to): Open Path Collective, Psychology Today, Better Help, and therapy with mental health trainees (can contact the school counseling center).