Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often would our sessions be?

    • Generally, weekly therapy is recommended initially. As symptoms begin to subside, less frequent sessions are needed. 

    • Life coaching sessions can be weekly or bi-weekly depending on your goals and the steps needed to reach those goals.

  • Can you be both my therapist and life coach?

    • Unfortunately, the ethical rules that guide marriage and family therapists do not allow me to act as both your therapist and coach at the same time. 

  • What is right for me: therapy or coaching?

    • Learn more about each service here: 

  • How long will I need to be in therapy?

    • It depends. Each client has a unique therapeutic journey; some are brief while others are longer. Therapy is a process designed for healing and growth. Often, behaviors and concerns that bring clients to therapy developed over long periods of time and can take time to understand and change. I will know you are ready to leave therapy when the concerns that brought you in have shifted or disappeared, and you are able to use the tools you have learned in therapy in your daily life. 

  • Do you take insurance?

    • In New York, I am in-network with Aetna and Optum insurances such as United Health Care, Oscar, and Oxford.​

    • In New Jersey, I am an out-of-network provider.​​​

  • Do marriage and family therapists work with individuals? 

    • Yes! Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are trained to work with individuals, couples and families, but our training differs from other mental health providers. MFTs are uniquely trained to view problems clients are experiencing in the context of their broader relationships. Most of my clients seek individual therapy.

  • Are our sessions confidential?

    • Yes, I can't disclose what we talk about to anyone, but there are a few times when confidentiality can be broken:​

      • If I suspect child or elder abuse.​

      • If I believe you are in danger of hurting yourself or others.

      • If I am ordered to by a court of law.

      • If you sign a release requesting it.

      • If required by your insurance company.

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  • Do you offer in-person services?

    • No, currently all my services are virtual via a secure video platform.​ Online services will give you the same quality of care but with the flexibility to meet from your home or other location where you have privacy.  Virtual services also offer many clients the flexibility to meet during the daytime.