WelcomeI am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice centrally located in Manhattan. I have 10 + years experience working with adults and adolescents on a variety of issues including:
- Anxiety and worry
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Substance use issues; abstinence or moderation goals
- Sleep difficulties
- Body image concerns and eating disorders
- Stress management and work-life balance
- Career and life transitions
- Issues central to creative process
- Mindfulness and meditative practices
Even with our best efforts, life can present us with challenges; everyone experiences a degree of distress or worry along the way. Psychotherapy provides a safe, supportive, and objective partnership in which you can begin to understand your experiences in greater depth. With self-exploration and understanding, you can identify your strengths, the areas you want to change, and ultimately make the kind of choices that lead to a greater sense of well-being, satisfaction, and fulfillment in your life.
185 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Effective PsychotherapyIn general, I maintain a focus on current life challenges while also helping individuals to deepen their overall capacity for self-understanding. In reflecting on the details of your current circumstances together, we can create new perspectives on matters such that obstacles, clearer choices, fresh opportunities, and solutions become more apparent than before. We can begin to better understand the depth and complexity that you bring to every situation. We can notice areas of distress that you have a tendency to avoid. We can identify recurring patterns in which you have had a tendency to get stuck. And at times, we can connect current circumstances to past antecedents.
My aim is to:
- help you develop new ways of thinking about yourself and your relationships with others;
- expand your ability to tolerate a variety of experiences and emotional states without having to react immediately and automatically;
- increase your ability to employ more adaptive communication skills, coping strategies, and insights in your life;
- ultimately know and accept yourself in more meaningful and satisfying ways.
Deeper QuestionsBeyond the resolution of immediate stressors, individuals often have fundamental questions to be explored in psychotherapy.
- What is truly important to me?
- What gives meaning to my life?
- How do I live my life in a way that supports and is an expression of those things that are important and meaningful to me?
- How do I do so in the world I am given, so that I may strike a comfortable and realistic balance?
Consultation and PsychotherapyPsychotherapy is a place to discover and actualize that which is truly important to you. Consequently, I work in a focused and personal way, one that is unique to you, so that together we can best create a path forward to help you build a satisfying and meaningful life. I take a creative and practical approach, one that encourages you to develop these capacities in yourself as well.
During an initial 45-minute consultation, we’ll spend some time discussing the concerns that brought you to therapy as well as the areas you would like to focus on. Toward the end of the meeting, I will be able to offer a few impressions of what the work should include, along with a plan for moving forward.
If for some reason I do not think I will be able to meet your needs, I am happy to offer recommendations and referrals. If we decide to work together, we will schedule once or twice weekly 45-minute sessions. When needed and with your permission, I’ll consult with your psychopharmacologist, primary care physician, and/or other providers to ensure a coordinated treatment plan. If you are considering medication, I work closely with a number of caring, expert psychiatrists who can assist with that part of your treatment.
Fees and InsuranceI do not work directly with insurance companies, but if you have a PPO or another plan that allows you to select an out-of-network provider, you may be eligible for reimbursement. I assist with this process by providing you with a copy of my statement for your insurance company. While you would be responsible for payment at the end of each month, this makes the reimbursement process as smooth as possible.
Policies vary significantly and I recommend checking with your insurance company to determine the extent of your out-of-network mental health (or “behavioral health”) benefits, including your annual deductible, the number of sessions covered per calendar year, and whether or not your sessions need to be pre-authorized. Below is some basic information about fees and CPT codes that may be useful when talking with your insurance company.
Initial evaluation: 90791
45-minute meetings: 90834