I am a licensed psychologist who lives and works in New York City. I completed my doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh where I focused on psychotherapy with adults, particularly those dealing with depression, anxiety, addictive disorders, and LGBTQIA-related issues. My research has focused on the association between depression, life stress, and personality. I currently divide my time between private practice and as Director of Behavioral Consulting Services at Behavioral and Neuropsychological Consultants, LLP (BNC, LLP).
I work with a wide variety of clients and address numerous emotional and behavioral issues, including, but not limited to: stress management, anger management, anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma, grief, relationship issues, LGBTQIA-related issues, alcohol and substance addiction and recovery, sexual addiction, and HDG (High Demand Group)-related issues . My goal is to cultivate a unique, individualized approach with each client, fostering a collaborative dynamic and seeking two-way feedback in order to constructively and effectively attain the client's stated goals. Although I have received training in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) and psychodynamic psychotherapies, among others, I attempt to integrate the best elements of each approach, particularly those with demonstrated effectiveness through empirical research. Because the foundation of all good psychotherapy is the relationship between the therapist and client, I therefore make every effort to cultivate a warm, caring environment where personal exploration, growth and discovery can flourish.
Rates and Insurance
I am currently an in-network provider for Medicare. In-network rates are predetermined by each insurance company. Clients can utilize my services through their out-of-network benefits as well. My fee for out-of-network clients is determined individually based on the offerings of each plan, with special consideration for making the client's portion manageable. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please note that, whenever possible, I will bill your insurance company directly so that you will not have to pay the full fee up front, but only your portion of it. It's like paying a co-payment to an in-network provider.
For out of network insurance companies, please check with your insurance company and find out:
1. Can you see an out-of-network provider?
2. What is your deductible?
3. What, if any, are the limitations on number of sessions and/or dollar amount per calendar year.
4. What percentage of the fee will they cover? What is their "reasonable and customary fee" for the service you are seeking (e.g., individual psychotherapy)?
5. Do you need pre-authorization before the first session?
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- A client threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), in which case I must notify the police and inform the intended victim(s).
- A client intending to harm himself or herself, in which case I would first make every effort to enlist the cooperation of the client in order to ensure his or her safety. If deemed necessary, I would contact the appropriate psychiatric emergency team.
- Client-reported child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, which I am required to report to the appropriate child protective or legal authorities immediately.