Do you accept my insurance?
No, I am not in-network with any insurance providers. If you have out-of-network coverage, you may get 50-80% of the cost of therapy covered, otherwise the cost is out-of-pocket. Recognizing that those with in-network insurance coverage only can be limited in where they can receive specialized help, I can do a limited sliding scale in certain circumstances.
What if I have other things going on in my life besides a loss or medical issue? Can I talk about those?
Yes, I am a fully trained and experienced social worker and psychotherapist. The losses or medical issues you’re dealing with now are interwoven with everything else going on in your life — work, relationships, past traumas, anxiety, depression — and there’s room to process all of it.
Do you just do therapy?
Mostly, yes, but I keep one foot in academia: I teach Grief, Loss & Bereavement part-time in a graduate program at NYU, peer-review articles for the Clinical Social Work Journal and write chapters, articles and books on chronic illness, grief, demoralization, caregiving and professional burnout. I present locally and nationally on these topics at conferences and major medical center grand rounds, as well. I also do some care coordination for families dealing with early-stage dementia. I mentor emerging palliative social workers through the Zelda Foster program. And occasionally I work as a consultant with programs developing trainings in bereavement and other areas.
How do I find the right therapy provider?
The research generally shows that the fit between you and the therapist is more important than just about any other factor. When you’re speaking with therapists, ask yourself- do I feel like this therapist will get me and what I’m going through? Do I like them? Do they seem like someone I could trust and open up to over time?
That said, it’s also really important that your therapist has expertise in what you’re dealing with. Many of my patients have told me that my background in healthcare and bereavement makes it easier for them to feel understood.
What is your therapeutic style?
If you’re into Googling jargon, I am psychodynamically oriented in an empathic, relational frame, with training in existential, attachment and trauma modalities. I have advanced post-graduate training in Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, Palliative Care and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, as well as other trauma modalities.
In real speak, it means that you and I will create a space where you can process everything you’re going through, and that I am trained to be attuned to what you’re feeling, thinking and experiencing to help you gain insight, lessen your distress, integrate losses and past hurts and develop new ways to cope and connect.
How do we begin?
If this all sounds pretty resonant for you, or you’re curious to learn more, please send me an e-mail or give me a call, and let’s set up a 15-minute chat to figure out if I can be useful for you.