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Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1

With all of the therapists out there, why choose your practice?
 

At Peace of Mind Therapy NYC, we embrace a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, recognizing that our clients' wellbeing encompasses every aspect of their lives. Our mission is to ensure therapy is a meaningful and joyful experience while fostering comprehensive healing. We do so by nurturing a supportive, compassionate, and collaborative environment where clients feel empowered to share, learn, grow, and thrive.

 

What distinguishes our practice is our proactive, innovative, and results-driven approach, combined with our unwavering commitment to personalized and uniquely tailored care that expands awareness and facilitates significant and observable change in our clients' lives. We understand that therapy is a huge investment, and we, too, are fully invested in our clients' growth and transformation.

 

Drawing from our own human experiences, we bring authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability into our practice. Our priority is to build genuine connections with our clients, emphasizing our identity as fellow humans above our role as therapists. Counseling from a nonjudgmental place of understanding and compassion, we meet each client exactly where they are on their individual journey, honoring their experiences and walking alongside them towards reaching their goals.

 

At Peace of Mind Therapy NYC, we take pride in our passionate team of therapists, each bringing their unique experiences, specialties, and expertise to the table. This collective strength enables us to offer our clients the most comprehensive and personalized care possible.

Q 2

Who is your typical clientele?

We specialize in working with diverse individuals, families, and couples, who are navigating through many of life's challenges. Trained with a strong multicultural, social justice background, we are committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive practice.

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What can I expect from the free consultation?

During our initial free 15 minute consultation, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself, share your current needs, and ask any questions you may have in order to get a feel for who we are and how we can be of service to you. We will also discuss affordable and sustainable pricing for future sessions.
 
Studies show that the number one factor in determining the likelihood of change from and satisfaction in counseling is the relationship between client and counselor, so it is of the upmost importance to us that you have an opportunity to get a sense of whether we will be a good fit.

Q 4

What can I expect from your Individual Therapy sessions?

We are deeply committed to creating a safe, open, and honest space for you to:

 

  • share, explore, and process emotions, thoughts and experiences

  • gain a deeper understanding of self

  • confront unhealthy and problematic emotional, mental and behavioral patterns

  • build self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-worth and resilience

  • navigate the healing process

  • learn and practice healthy coping skills and techniques to resolve conflict and/or generally enhance your personal and inter-personal relationships

  • experience greater fulfillment and contentment

We will work together to identify areas of concern, create goals and implement tangible and results oriented action steps towards realizing those goals.

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What can I expect from Family Therapy sessions?

During family therapy sessions, we will have the opportunity to observe the ways in which family members interact with each other in order to gain a deeper understanding of each member's role and dynamic in the greater family unit. We will work to identify dysfunctional patterns of behavior in order to develop new, positive patterns. We give each family member an opportunity to feel seen and heard and work closely with the family unit to confront challenges, create a safe space for communication and connection and develop the practical tools and strategies to resolve family issues and tensions.

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What can I expect from Couples Counseling sessions?

When beginning couples counseling sessions, our therapists follow a 4-session structured approach. The first session involves meeting with both partners together to gain an understanding of the issues at hand and the dynamics between the couple. It's an opportunity for partners to express their concerns and goals for therapy. In the second and third sessions, each partner meets separately. This provides a chance to delve into each person's family background, personal history, and individual perspectives on the relationship. It helps the therapist gain deeper insight into each partner's experiences and concerns outside of the couple dynamic. The fourth session brings the couple back together so that the therapist can share their observations, insights and feedback. Together, the couple and therapist collaboratively set goals for the remaining sessions, which have both partners present. Building on the insights gained from the previous sessions, therapist and couple work together to confront challenges, understand and change emotional responses and patterns, create a safe space for communication and connection, highlight and expand on strengths in the relationship, and develop the practical tools and strategies to resolve conflict, miscommunications and tensions.

Q9

How long will it take to see results?

There are many factors which determine when results will be realized. Some of these include individual circumstances, the magnitude of the problem or goal, frequency of sessions, commitment to doing the necessary work to bring about positive change and discipline to challenge self-defeating behavioral and thinking patterns.

 

When we have our free consultation and we are able to get a sense of you and your needs, we will better be able to discuss a realistic timeline. While it is always better to receive consistent counseling over a period of time, We understand that not every one is looking for long-term counseling, and that's ok. Depending on your unique situation, short-term counseling may be effective for you and should not deter you from reaching out and scheduling a consultation. 

Q10

How participatory are you during sessions?

It depends on the therapist, client, and the session, but we generally tend to play a more active role and believe it’s important to offer psycho-education when appropriate. Since we work from an integrative perspective and use a variety of modalities and techniques, we may purposefully alter our level of participation from session to session based on individual client needs and our unique working relationship. While the seeds of change are planted during our sessions together, the actionable change happens between sessions when you have the opportunity to put your hard work into practice in your everyday life. Therefore, we aim to provide our clients with an arsenal of tools and techniques to successfully navigate through life and may provide "homework," activities, practices and readings to help reinforce and strengthen actionable change.

Q11

How long should I commit to being in therapy?

It’s best if we schedule a consultation call to discuss this further as each person and situation is unique. In general, we recommend that people commit to a minimum of meeting once a week for 4 weeks to begin and then we can determine if continuing weekly or moving to bi-weekly is more appropriate. There are many factors which determine length and frequency of therapy, including individual circumstances, the magnitude of the problem or goal, commitment to doing the necessary work to bring about positive change, and discipline to challenge faulty behavioral and thinking patterns. While it is always better to receive consistent counseling over a period of time, we understand that not everyone is looking for long-term counseling, and that’s ok. Depending on your situation, short-term counseling may be effective for you and should not deter you from reaching out and scheduling a consultation.

Q12

What is a sliding scale fee?

A sliding scale fee is a payment model used to provide services at a lower rate to clients with financial need. Instead of charging a fixed rate for each session, we adjust the fee based on the client's income level and financial situation. We are proud to offer sliding scale fees to help ensure that all individuals have access to quality care.

 

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Do you accept insurance?

Currently, we offer out-of-network billing options, providing clients with a monthly superbill for submission to their insurance company for reimbursement. Typically, out-of-network coverage involves a deductible followed by reimbursement ranging from 60% to 80% of the session fee, making out-of-pocket therapy notably affordable. For inquiries regarding your out-of-network benefits, please contact the number listed on the back of your insurance card.

Paying out of pocket for therapy offers several advantages over using insurance. Firstly, it ensures complete privacy and confidentiality, as insurance companies may require access to your therapy records for reimbursement. Additionally, it allows for greater flexibility in choosing your therapist and treatment approach, without being limited by insurance networks or pre-authorization requirements. Furthermore, out-of-network benefits may provide more flexibility in terms of session frequency and treatment length, allowing for a more personalized and effective therapy experience tailored to your unique needs and goals.

If you are concerned about payments, please refer to the question above, "What is a sliding scale fee?"

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