Frequently Asked Questions
WHO: Goodness-of-fit is a term that’s often used in the therapy world. This means it’s important that your level of comfort and trust, what you are seeking services for, and your goals are matched with my professional background, skills, and scope of practice.
WHAT: Therapy involves a series of different steps or discovery processes, including an intake, collaborating on goals, and learning about your background, strengths, skills, challenges, and opportunities for growth. If we work together, my goal is to help you empower yourself in your own life, by identifying roadblocks, giving you a trained eye and perspective on whether your beliefs are serving you, engaging in active reflection, and providing you with a sizable tool belt of strategies to implement outside of the therapy room. This will inherently look different for each client because therapy is not a one-size-fits-all process.
WHERE: Telehealth with me involves meeting through a HIPAA-compliant video platform. This means we will have a secure two-way video session, ensuring your privacy and confidentiality.
WHEN: Therapy typically involves meeting weekly or biweekly. You and I will decide the frequency of visits. My intention is that we collaborate on our entire process together, from planning our first visit, our working through process, and our ending visit. It’s important to know that clients often return for therapy at various times in their lives.
WHY: Usually people seek out therapy because there is something he or she would like to improve upon. This could range from general unease or dissatisfaction, to more specific challenges, including improving one’s self-esteem, engaging in more self-care, balancing work-life, improving communication with one’s partner, and most importantly, improving our relationship with ourselves.
Telehealth has several benefits, including:
• Increased client satisfaction
• Saving time on travel
• Meeting your therapist where you are, such as in the comfort of your own private home or office space
• Telehealth is weatherproof!
• Increased sense of privacy as you won’t be in a waiting room with anyone else
• Improved access to care
One of the biggest differences between telehealth and in-person therapy is that you can conveniently choose where to meet with me, providing it’s a private location, anywhere in New York State. This lends itself to both flexibility and empowerment on your end. In addition, there is an added layer of accountability to hold yourself responsible for doing the work outside of our meeting time. I encourage all clients to invest in a therapy journal, in which you can take note of strategies, insights, questions, gains, reflections, and challenges throughout the course of therapy. Like anything, the more we put in, the more we get out!
To meet for telehealth services, you will need a smartphone and/or laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone. In order to increase privacy, it’s strongly recommended to connect over your own private wi-fi network and use earphones/earbuds during sessions. For better quality connection, an internet speed that is at least 15mbps is recommended.
Prior to our first session, you will be sent an invitation to download the free HIPAA-compliant video application the practice uses. You will need to create an account with a strong password. That’s it!
To put simply, it makes sense to be in therapy until you feel comfortable with the strategies, insights, and progress you’ve gained, and it is professionally recommended to wrap up our work. As mentioned, it’s my every intention to have a planned beginning, middle, and end together to set you up for success!
In essence, mindfulness is not something we exactly do, but it’s something that we are, underneath the mind’s chatter and constant worry. Mindfulness has everything to do with being aware, observing, and noticing, instead of reacting and replaying old scripts. If you’ve ever gotten into the flow of something and have lost track of time, you may have experienced mindfulness. Mindfulness helps us become intentional about how we present ourselves in this world. Mindfulness allows us to have more control in our lives, including beginning to control our monkey minds and being more deliberate with our thinking, feeling, and behavioral choices.
Observation of our breath, thought, and emotional patterns are key mindfulness practices we focus on in session. Let’s take the analogy of a helmet: a helmet is certainly useful if we are riding a bike or are in the boxing rink, for example. Trying to go to sleep or trying to take a shower with your helmet on, however, poses challenges. Now think about your mind as that helmet: certainly your mind has wonderful uses, but if it’s on all the time, this is likely to become a problem. Learning to allow our minds to rest, learning when to “pick it up” and use it, and making friends with your mind takes commitment and investment in yourself.
No, I meet with all clients via a secure, HIPAA-compliant two-way video conferencing platform. If a client prefers to meet in-person and/or it is professionally recommended that s/he would benefit from a face-to-face format, I’m happy to provide a few local referrals.
I do not have therapy sessions available on the weekends. My office hours are between 9am and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Sessions are by appointment-only, between the hours of 9am and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I’m not in the office on Wednesdays, the weekends, and on holidays.
I serve clients residing within the borders of beautiful New York State!
The HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Record platform that we use has an integrated credit card processing system, so all payments are made with the credit card of your choice.
I accept self-pay/private pay clients.
Additionally, I am an in-network provider with BlueShield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY) and CDPHP commercial plans. Please verify your behavioral health benefits by asking your insurance carrier about any deductible and copay responsibilities, as well as any limits on the number of visits covered per calendar year.
If you don’t have BSNENY or CDPHP, you could elect to private pay or ask your insurance carrier about your out-of-network (OON) behavioral health benefits. For clients who utilize their OON benefits, I’ll provide you with an electronic receipt/bill for you to submit to your insurance carrier.