What is psychotherapy and who are psychotherapists?

Psychotherapy is known as talk therapy, counseling or simply therapy. Psychotherapy can provide a wonderful opportunity for healing, changing patterns of behavior, improving relationships and for significant personal growth, among many other issues.  The title psychotherapist can either be applied as an umbrella term, referring to any professional who treats mental health conditions, or to professionals who dedicate themselves solely to the practice of psychotherapy (as opposed psychological testing, research and case management, among others).  A practicing psychotherapist may have completed years of advanced training in general psychotherapy or in a specific area such as trauma or with a particular approach such as hypnotherapy.

What are the different types of therapy?

Type of therapy usually refers to three areas:  the mode used to deliver the therapy (e.g. Individual, family, couples, or group therapy), the specific techniques applied, and the theory that the therapy is based on. The latter is called ‘theoretical orientation’ and examples include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and hypnotherapy, (read Hypnosis Changed my Life) among others. Learn more about Karen’s therapeutic modalities.

How long will I be in therapy?

There is no specific time frame for therapy.  My goal is to give you effective tools to use in your daily life to help you feel better as soon as possible. Some people can resolve their issues in a few months while others require longer-term treatment.

How do I make an appointment?

Contact me at (646-229-9908)  to schedule an appointment for your first in-person therapy session or a free 15 minute phone consultation, if interested. Contact Karen here.

Are the therapy sessions confidential?

The confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist is protected by law. Aside from certain specific situations, a psychotherapist cannot tell anyone what you have discussed in therapy or even that you are in therapy without permission.

How much does therapy cost?

I want to make therapy accessible to you and therefore this is something we discuss right away.  I work with insurance out-of-network benefits and can work with you to make therapy affordable. Contact Karen to chat.

What session formats do you offer?

  • 45 minute individual in-person sessions
  • 60 minute couples in-person sessions
  • Phone sessions

Do you accept insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies, if you have those benefits. Many insurance plans have out-of-network benefits that typically reimburse between 50% and 80% of costs after your deductible is met. Once you verify your benefits (and I can assist you with information and questions to ask your insurance), I will explain how your out-of-network coverage and mental health/behavioral health benefits work to you in a way that makes sense. My goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Fees are paid after each session or on a monthly basis by cash, check or Chase Quickpay. You may also pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the high cost of offering services in New York City, I have a strict no show/late cancellation policy. You will be charged the full session fee for any session missed or not cancelled at least 48 hour in advance, unless I am able to reschedule your appointment within the same week.  I try to be as flexible as possible in rescheduling your appointment.  The no show/late cancellation fees are typically not reimbursed by any insurance.

How do I get started?

To schedule either a complimentary phone consultation or an initial in-person consultation session, please contact me at (212)330-8907. I look forward to hearing from you!