FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Individual Sessions: $175 and 45 minutes long.
Couple Sessions: $200 and 50 minutes long.
Family Sessions: $225 and 50 minutes long.
At times, depending on the need and schedule, I offer double sessions, 90 minutes long, at $375.
For clients unable to afford the full fee, I offer a limited number of appointments at a reduced, sliding-scale rate. My sliding scale is based on financial need and availability. Please contact me if you have questions. For court action and legal fees, please read "Court Action and Legal Fess" section under FAQ's.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
No. I have opted out of insurance panels to protect your confidentiality and the integrity of the therapeutic work. Insurance companies require that a patient is given a diagnoses of a mental health disorder that will go on their record. Anyone given authorization to view your record has access to this information. Also, insurance companies may request session notes and treatment plans at any time to assess if treatment is necessary and may decide to not pay for sessions. However, if you would like to utilize "out of network" benefits, I can provide an itemized invoice each month that you can submit for partial or full reimbursement.
Questions to ask your insurance company:
Do I have out-of-network coverage for mental health?
Do you cover the LMFT license (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)?
What is my out of pocket payment before my deductible is met?
What percentage of the fee for each visit will be covered?
How many visits are covered per calendar year?
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
24 hours notice is required for any cancellation. A full session charge will be applied for any late cancellation or no show.
IS THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. Everything you say in therapy is confidential. There are a fews times when state law requires that confidentiality be broken: risk of harm to self, risk of harm to another, elder or child abuse/neglect, or if records were subpoenaed by the courts.
DO YOU PROVIDE ONLINE THERAPY?
Yes. I do provide online therapy for those who reside in New York State. I use a HIPPA compliant platform to maintain security and confidentiality. If interested, please contact me to learn more about it.
ARE YOU THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
Finding the right fit for therapy is one of most important steps for successful therapy. Please contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation, so you can get a feel for yourself if you think we would be a good fit.
THERAPY IS AN EXTRA COST, IS IT WORTH IT?
Therapy is an additional cost. It is an investment in yourself, your well-being, your health, and your ability to be your best. This growth can lead to positive changes in your relationships, your motivation, your work, your stress, and your self-esteem. Sometimes a good question to ask ourselves is "what is the cost of not coming to therapy?"
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
I accept cash, check and credit card. Payment is due at the time of service.
WHAT KINDS OF PATIENTS DO YOU TREAT?
I work with pre-teens, teens, adults, couples and families from diverse socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and faith backgrounds dealing with a wide range of topics.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
My office is located at:
242 W. 30th Street, Suite 602
NY, NY 10001
It is easily accessible from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W, PATH trains and Penn station.
WHAT ARE YOUR COURT ACTION AND LEGAL FEES?
Clients are strongly discouraged from having their therapist subpoenaed or having them provide records for the purpose of litigation. Even though you are responsible for the testimony fee, it does not mean that the therapist’s testimony will be solely in your favor. Therapist can only testify to the facts of the case and, if qualified to do so by the court, in their professional opinion. Asking a therapist to provide confidential records or testify can damage the trust built in a counseling relationship with a client especially if the therapist is still seeing that client in therapy. If the therapist is subpoenaed to testify or provide records in a case where our client is a child, the therapeutic relationship is effectively ended and it is very likely we will not continue to provide services to that child/family.
If your therapist is to receive a subpoena, then the attorney or office staff will need to call the office and set up a time for the subpoena to be served during office hours. The therapist will request a minimum of 72 business hours notice of any Court appearance so that schedule changes for their clients can be made within a reasonable time frame.
Please note: If a subpoena or notice to meet attorney(s) is received without a minimum of 72 business hours notice, there will be an additional $350 express charge.
When it comes to court action, the following fees are in effect:
1. Preparation Time (including submission of records): $350/hour (billable in 15 minute increments)
2. Phone calls: $350/hour (billable in 15 minute increments)
3. Depositions: $300/hour
4. Time required in Giving Testimony: $350/hour
5. Mileage: .56/mile or Full cost of Train/Subway/Taxi fare
6. Time Away from office due to Depositions or Testimony: $350/hour
7. All attorney fees and costs that are incurred by the therapist as a result of the legal action.
8. Filing document with the court: $150
9. The minimum charge for a court appearance: $2500
A retainer of $2500 is due at least 72 business hours before the scheduled court appearance. The remainder of the costs will be billed after the court appearance and will be due upon receipt. If the therapist is subpoenaed and the case is reset with less than 72 business hours notice prior to the beginning of the day of the scheduled subpoena, trial, and/or testimony is not given, then the client will be charged $750 (in addition to the original retainer of $2500 for having to appear in court). All fees listed above are doubled if the therapist has previously been scheduled to be out of town at the time of the court appearance.