FAQs

Can Therapy Services Help me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual, couple, or families choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing emotional issues, anxiety  depression, or relationship issues. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a marriage and family therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, marital conflict, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.


Do I need therapy services?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.


How can therapy be helpful for me?
There are a number of benefits that are available from attending psychotherapy sessions. Marriage and family therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and creative blocks. Counseling can be a an asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the stress of daily life. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how you apply the process and put into practice what you learn. The following are some of the benefits available from therapy:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is involved in the therapy?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual, couple, or family and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around forty five minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

What type of therapy services are provided?
Marriage and family therapy services are provides to treat a wide range of individual, couple, and family problems. Depressions followed by anxiety and individual psychological problems are addressed in marriage and family therapy. Marriage and family therapists do focus on family systems, however they do not only treat couples and families, the therapy also treats individuals. Marriage and family therapy is a type of intervention which focuses on addressing not only problems in relationships but in addition mental emotional disorders that exists within the  family as well.


How frequently are the sessions?
The sessions are generally on a weekly basis, however the sessions can be scheduled on a bi-weekly basis to accommodate your work schedule, financial situation, and family. The time schedule can be modified to meet your personal needs.  Weekly sessions are beneficial because it provides more time to address concerns and issues and build consistency and momentum in the counseling process.  You can discuss how often you want to attend sessions with the therapist and work out a schedule that feels comfortable for you to reach your goals in the therapy. Generally, after a period of time, you may want to begin to come in less often once you reach your goals, and reduce your sessions.


What is the length of the therapy process?
Every individual, couple, or family enters therapy with different issues and will need to participate in the therapy for different lengths of time, furthermore, this can be assessed in the first consultation session between yourself and the therapist.  When you and the therapist are determining the amount of time necessary for the therapy pay attention to the following:

  • What are the initial issues currently in your life, each which will generally require a different length of time.
  • What are your initial goals for the therapy based upon the issues in your life and relationships.
  • The frequency of the therapy sessions will be determined by issues in your life, goals, and your personal availability. Weekly sessions are encouraged to maintain momentum, however, bi-weekly sessions can also be scheduled.
  • There is a 24 hour cancelation policy and you will be charged the whole fee if sessions are not canceled with this time frame.

What is the process to start therapy? How long are the sessions?
The first step is to contact the office at which time you can either have your 20-30 minute free phone intake or you can schedule a follow up time to complete the phone intake. After you complete the phone intake you can set up an appointment for an initial 60 minute office consultation. The follow up office sessions will be 45 minutes. The first session will allow you to share the reason that you are attending counseling; each individual will be given the opportunity to express their perception and experience of the situation, as well you will be encouraged to talk about your history, current issues, goals, and solutions will be discussed. In the next two sessions your goals will be the focus , by the third and fourth session a treatment plan will be completed and discussed and presented to you for your review. The following sessions will focus on the goals and changing negative patterns, by which the therapist will provide you with specific skills, strategies, and techniques based on therapeutic model s from the treatment plan.


Where are your offices located? What areas are your offices closely located to?
The offices are located in Long Island, Roslyn (Nassau County), West Islip (Suffolk County) and White Plains (Westchester County). What are the areas that your offices are located close to? The Long Island Office in Nassau County are surrounded by the following areas: Brookville, Carle Place, Floral Park, Garden City, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Great Neck, Greenvale, Hicksville, Locust valley, Merrick, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Roockville Center, Sea Cliff, Syosset, and Williston Park. The office in Suffolk County are surrounded by the following areas: Bay Shore, Cold spring Harbor, East Islip, Huntington, and North Port. The office in Westchester County are surrounded by the following areas: Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Rye.


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
The in-network insurance that is accepted is Humana, CorpHealth, ComPsych, ESI Employee Assistance Group, MHNet Behavioral Health, and Tricare. All other PPO insurance is accepted on an out-of-network basis, the necessary information will be provided for reimbursement of services.

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • Is the coverage a PPO or an HMO?
  • What percentage of the fee is covered?

Is the therapy sessions confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

 

We understand that taking the first step can be challenging. Go ahead and download our free e-book called 3 Ways to Emotional Wellness so you can get a feel for our approach. Then, call our office today at 516-484-2829 to set up a free 15 minute phone consult.