Does therapy work?
Talking helps. Connecting with someone who cares helps. Learning more about the scary parts of yourself helps. Venting about your crappy day helps. Letting go of the past helps. Releasing fear about the future helps. Having a space and time that is only about you helps.
I’m always amazed by the magic of therapy. That something as simple as talking to someone who cares can offer such a deep, transformative experience for a person. When you find the right therapist for you, it’s true: therapy helps. If you think I might be that person, let’s talk more.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
Every person comes to therapy for a different reason and with a different goal in mind. Sometimes it’s because you need to feel immediate relief over a distressing situation, sometimes it’s because you are ready to explore some of the patterns of behavior and thought that have been holding you back for years. Whatever the reason, we will collaborate on your treatment and determine together what timeline makes the most sense for you.
In the beginning stages of therapy, I recommend that all my clients come to session once a week for 45 minutes so that we can keep up the momentum and build a strong therapeutic relationship.
WHAT ISSUES DO YOU TREAT?
I specialize in working with people with anxiety that is exacerbated by major life transitions. Specifically I see clients who struggle with: perfectionism, generalized anxiety, performance-based anxiety, anger and affect management issues, social anxiety, extreme stress, and OCD.
My client specialty areas include working with people who are starting a family, advancing in their career, or experiencing a distressing change in their intimate partnership. I have special expertise in working with pregnant people and new parents as both a doula and the author of two pregnancy-related books. I am happy to work with clients who are going through other types of life transitions and experiencing associated stress and anxiety.
Are there issues you don’t treat?
I get very good results with the issues above because I limit my focus to these specific areas of expertise. Please know that there is a therapist out there who can help you if you are struggling with something I don’t treat. If you feel a connection with me after reading through my website and would still like to reach out, I’m happy to speak with you and refer you to a therapist in my professional network who may be a great match.
What’s your professional experience?
I am a licensed clinical social worker with post-graduate training in modern psychoanalysis. I’ve supported people through challenging life transitions for more than a decade, as both a full spectrum doula and therapist. I am also the author of two books and a professional public speaker. My work has been featured in more than a dozen publications.
What are you like as a person?
I welcome questions my clients have for me, if they desire to learn more. As we get to know each other better, I think you will see that I’m curious, compassionate, fiercely loyal, and love to laugh. I’m also a big fan of “guilty pleasures” and adore a wicked sense of humor.
Where is your office located?
My office is conveniently located in beautiful, tree-lined Brooklyn Heights, steps away from the Borough Hall subway station (2, 3, 4, 5, R), a few blocks from the Jay Street station (A,C, F), and with access to multiple bus lines.
Do you offer Teletherapy?
Why, yes, I do! Teletherapy is an amazing new development in the world of mental and emotional health. It allows us to have a deep, transformative session without you having to leave your house or your office or find a babysitter for your kiddos. How does it work? It’s just like Facetime or Skype. You’ll call me and we’ll talk about what’s going on in your life, just like we would if you were in my office sitting across from me. Did I mention you don’t have to get on the subway to get here? Talk about stress-reduction!
What are your office hours?
I offer both afternoon and evening appointments during the week. Teletherapy appointments can also be scheduled in the morning or on weekends.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
Making the first call can sometimes be the most excruciating part, especially when you are so busy and overwhelmed. I make it simple. You can call or text me at 347-422-6828 to set up a free phone consultation. Since you’re already on my website, you can also send me a message here right now!
During the initial consultation I’ll ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself and what brings you to therapy. I’ll also happily answer any questions you have for me. If you feel like moving forward with me, we’ll set up the first in-person session. That’s it!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Paying for therapy should not be an additional stressor, so in addition to cash, I accept credit card, check, and HSA - whatever is most convenient for you each week!
Do you take insurance?
I am considered out of network on insurance panels. Please check with your insurance to determine if you can see an out of network clinician and what you should expect for reimbursement. I will work with you to submit for insurance reimbursement by providing monthly statements for your records, as requested.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. This means that if you do not let me know you won’t be at your session at least 24 hours in advance, you will still be charged the cost of your session. If there is an extenuating circumstance that causes you to miss this window we can discuss together what the appropriate fee should be.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
I am one of the last living people on earth who loves to talk on the phone - please give me a call anytime, and I will happily answer your questions.