Yes, I am accepting new patients, and would be happy to work with you. If, after you've read this QUICK START, you decide to proceed, feel free phone to confirm we're a good fit for each other. Or, just make an appointment. I will call you to introduce myself.
FIRST LEARN THE BASICS:
- Click here to access my online scheduling calendar. Please choose from the available times; if a time is not listed, I have another commitment then. Things change - you can always check back with the calendar (not me) to see if a time you want has opened up
- I take only Aetna and Blue Cross insurance: use this form to call them (or any other insurer) and check your mental health benefits. Sorry, I can't take medicaid or medicare.
- All meetings last 45 minutes
- I charge $250 for the first and $200 for subsequent private pay appointments
- Sorry, I only speak English
- I'm located in Manhattan, at 138 w 25 st between 6th and 7th Aves, accessible from any subway that goes to 23rd or 28th St., PATH trains, Penn Station, and Port Authority
For more details, read on:
HOw TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS
I am providing detailed instructions on making appointments and navigating payments, so you don't have to wait to hear back from me about those things. When we talk, we can talk about what you want to work on.
make an in person appointment
If you are making an in person appointment, just use the red link you see above this paragraph, and the top and bottom of all the pages on this site. Come in at at the time you scheduled. I will do my best to phone to welcome you and introduce myself before we meet.
make a Remote Appointment
If you live anywhere in New York State and want to meet online using secure video conferencing, schedule using the scheduling calendar, send me a note through the scheduler that we will be meeting by video. When your appointment time comes, enter my waiting room at doxy.me here.
Learn HOW FEES WORK
Insurance limits the amount of time I can spend with you to 45 minutes. If you don't see a time slot you need, please check back from time to time, a spot is likely to open up.
You can choose to pay privately, use your in-network benefits with Aetna or Blue Cross Blue Shield, or check with on your out-of network benefits, if you have them. Before you come in please use this form to call your insurer and find out how your mental health benefits work.
Payment is due at the time of the session. I take cash, checks, or, payment cards (when you key in that information when you register to become a client).
Making an appointment means have accepted your obligation to attend it. Not showing up deprives another person of the slot and me of income. I charge a minimum of $90 for missed appointments. Please don't do it.
HOW decide what's right for you
Insurers will not pay for purely sexual or couples' issues in the absence of another diagnosis. In my experience, most relationship or sexual issues don't need a long time to resolve. Sexual issues lend themselves very well to short term therapy (1-6 sessions). Couples issues, as well, do not need to require many sessions if you are willing to try and do new things between sessions and focus on making improvements.
I assume you want to succeed and provide you with experiments to try and tools to support your success. It may be worth your while to pay privately and use your session time wisely.
You should know that using your mental health benefits requires you to have a diagnosis and will create a written record of your visit. Insurance companies are increasing the amount of scrutiny they subject psychotherapy to: reviewing patient records, denying claims. The only way to completely protect your privacy is to not use insurance. I spell this out so you can be aware of your options and choose what works best for you and your situation. What ever that is, I encourage you to do what's right for you, and respect your decision.
- standard 45 minute sessions : $200
- first sessions $250
I charge at least $90 for missed appointments (including first appointments) and same day cancellations.
HOW to USE INSURANCE
CHECK YOUR MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS FIRST
Many therapists no longer accept insurance because it of the difficulties and limitations involved. I still accept some insurance as a courtesy to my clients, but I may have to stop taking insurance because of the tremendous amount of time I waste when clients fail to call their insurer before coming in. You can prevent that, and avoid paying more than you expected, by making a 5 minute phone call to you insurer using the questions on this form.
The company that covers your medical benefits may well not cover mental health benefits. So, please call the number on the back of your card. Here's that form, again. Please use it. Find out who covers your mental health benefits, and how your policy works. I can't do it for you. I want you to have a the best possible experience in therapy with no surprises, like having to switch to to another provider because you didn't check ahead of time. I will hold you responsible for any fees your insurance company does not cover.
IN NETWORK INSURANCE
I accept Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please confirm with your insurer that your mental health benefits are covered by them; or, if it's another company, how your policy with them works. I can bill Aetna and BCBS directly. I ask that you pay me your copayment, coinsurance and /or fee that applies to your deductible each time you come in. Your insurer (not me) sets the fee you pay.
I publish my fees so you can figure out ahead of time how your arrangement with your insurer works. In some cases I can bill your insurance directly. I am also happy to provide the receipt you need to be reimbursed.
While your out-of-network insurer might attempt to reimburse at a rate other than my full fee, I expect to be paid my full fee. That means you will be responsible to pay whatever your insurer doesn't.
HOW TO USE EAP BENEFITS
If you want to use EAP benefits, please acquire an authorization number and date before coming in and make your appointment.
IF YOU STILL HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
If after having read about how I work in general, and/or how I work with relationships, how I work with sexual issues or how I work with stress you still have questions, feel free phone me at 917-238-0170, introduce yourself and let me know what you want to work on, so we can get a sense of how we might work together. Otherwise, feel free go ahead and to book a session.
my entrance, waiting room and office