FAQ & Tips About Therapy

FAQ:

Why Start Therapy Now?

You’re at a point in life wondering why patterns keep repeating. How did you get to where you are? You’re feeling ready to sit with your history, to share your story.  It’s time to stop repeating the loop of relationship conflicts, negative behaviors and arguments, you want something to change, but are not sure how to start.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

You can call me directly at 917-327-0425, email me at DanielSokal@gmail.com, or send me a message via my contact me page.

How Do I Pay For Therapy? 

I accept some health insurances, credit cards, checks, flexible spending account cards, health savings account cards, and cash payment at the time of your appointment.

Why Pay Out Of Pocket For Therapy As Opposed to Using My Health Insurance?

Think about treatment as an investment in you, the return on your spending being a more fulfilling and connected life, a decrease in symptoms, and a sense of inner peace.

Melissa Winters, MA has a great blog post on the five great reasons to pay out pocket for therapy, they include:

What are the benefits of choosing to pay out-of-pocket for therapy?

1)      Freedom from hassles of the insurance company. When you make the important decision to see a therapist, you may spend hours getting a referral from your doctor; calling the insurance company to find a provider; getting authorization numbers and letters; figuring out and paying copays; calling the insurance company to check on problems … and the list goes on. Choosing not to use your insurance gives you the freedom to find the therapist you would like to see and begin work, without these added complications.

2)      More choice in the provider you wish to see. As people call around looking for a therapist who takes their insurance, many find the perfect provider (or are referred to a specific therapist by someone they trust), only to find out that the therapist does not take their insurance. Some great therapists may not be on your insurance panel; others do not participate with any insurance panels. Choosing to pay out-of-pocket gives you more freedom to see the provider you think is the best fit

3)      Freedom from insurance-related restrictions. Many insurance companies don’t cover sessions more than once per week, or double sessions, phone sessions, group therapy, workshops, and other types of treatment that might be especially helpful to you. Paying out-of-pocket means that you can seek these other types of treatment when you and your therapist think it is suitable.

4)      Liberty to stay in therapy longer than your benefits allow, and to explore issues that may not be covered by insurance. Many insurance companies allow only a certain number of sessions per year, which may not be enough to address the concerns that brought you to therapy in the first place. Insurance companies reserve the right to manage how often and how long you can use your benefits, and may decide that you cannot use your full number of sessions for certain problems. When paying out-of-pocket for therapy, you and your therapist will work together to figure out how long you can stay in therapy and what issues you want to work on.

5)      More flexibility to fit therapy into your own schedule. When you call our office to schedule a new appointment, you will be asked questions about when you are available to come in. We realize that not everyone has the ability to come to therapy during regular business hours. You may find that many therapists who see only fee-for-service clients are available to see you on nights and even weekends, and may have more flexibility to find a time that works best for you.

Do You Accept And Bill My Insurance? 

You can quickly and easily verify your benefits here through my billing company O’Brien’s Billing. I accept some insurances both as an in network and out of network provider (OON). I am an in network provider with POMCO, Multiplan, PHCS, and ESI EAP. I often accept Aetna as an out of network provider. I do not accept medicaid or medicare as they only provide in network benefits.

What Will The First Session Be Like?

It is normal to be nervous and anxious about what therapy will be like, especially getting to and attending the first session. The first session is where you will tell your story, however much you want to share. We will discuss your hopes and aspirations, and how your symptoms operate and get in the way of living the life you want to live.

What Will The Process Of Therapy Be Like?

Together we will work towards building on your inner strengths and abilities to engage with the deeper meanings of everyday tensions. We will start the process of rebuilding frayed relationships and improving your sense of self.

Will Other People Know What We Talk About In Sessions?

The therapy room is a sacred space. Your confidentiality is strictly maintained. Only in rare circumstances, mostly rooted in care and worry, will very specific information be released: issues surrounding mandated reporting, issues surrounding a court mandate (legal mandate by a judge) of release, and issues of a risk to you or others.

 

Press:

An article on anxiety I was interviewed for, how it’s good for you and when it’s time for treatment

An article about making your kid an empathic activist that I was interviewed for

An article about having a narcissistic parent that I was interviewed for

An Article on panic attacks I was interviewed for 

Helpful Resources:

Common Mental Health Diagnoses

When to see a Psychoanalyst

Help for Children and Teens

How can Psychodynamic therapy help my child or adolescent?

Pioneers of Psychodynamic Treatment

History of Psychodynamic Theory/Definitions

Psychodynamic Terms and Concepts Defined

Empirical Evidence of the Psychodynamic Practice of Therapy

Psychotherapists and organizations that I partner with

Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Christine Tyrrell Baker, PhD at the Synergy Center in Manlius, NY

Glenn Forsythe, LCSW in Liverpool, NY

Educational and Psychological Testing and Coaching

Dr. Sheila Clonan at Educational Solutions CNY

Contact me today and we can start to bring peace back into your life and home!

Phone or text: (917) 327-0425 or (315) 416-6220

Email: DanielSokal@gmail.com

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