Information About New Paths Psychotherapy
Who? My practice offers individual psychotherapy to adults (ages 18 to 99+) of all genders and sexual orientations. I have two decades experience working with members of the LGBT community. They are, and always will be, fully welcomed into my practice.
How? My standard fee is $115 for a 50-minute session. Currently I accept Aetna, Cigna, and Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance plans. I also work with those who have approved benefits for "out of network" providers through other insurance plans. Otherwise, my clients pay by cash, check or credit/debit cards. Sliding scale fees are offered based on financial need.
Where? New Paths Psychotherapy is conveniently located on a tree-lined street in the vibrant community of Astoria. The office is within a suite of quiet and private offices. It is easily accessible by several bus and subway lines. The Steinway Street subway station on the M and R lines is one and a half blocks away.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
I find it important to let clients know that they are entitled to like, trust and feel comfortable with their new therapist. Trust is at the core of the relationship between you and your therapist. I want to let you know that this is not something that happens in the first, second or even third session with the new therapist. This is a process that takes time. Confidentiality is a rule that is protected professionally, ethically and legally. Lastly, I like to let individuals new to therapy know that the role of therapy is not to make you do things you don't want to do. The role of therapy is to move you where you are most comfortable, happy and functioning in your life, based on goals you have set for yourself.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I feel therapy works best when individuals attend sessions on a regular basis. My standard form of practice is to meet with clients at least once per week, particularly in the first 3-6 months of therapy. How long you attend therapy is based on you, your needs and the nature of the situation that brought you into therapy. No one, including the therapist, can make you attend therapy if you no longer wish to.