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WELCOME

 

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership over that freed self was another.

Toni Morrison

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ABOUT ME

I am a NY & NJ licensed, EMDR-trained therapist, committed to inclusive, effective, and anti-oppressive practice. I am drawn to therapy for its respect of the depth, scope, and complexities of all people.  I am rooted in a Black feminist perspective and am dedicated to understanding the individual in the context of family legacies, community legacies, and socio-political systems.  I have been trained at Ackerman Institute for the Family and Big Oak Psychotherapy Training Institute.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT

Whether it's your first time in therapy, or your fifth, I invite you to co-create a space with me where exploration, healing, and growth can take place.  During our first meeting, I will ask you questions about your past and present in hopes of gaining a robust understanding of what makes you who you are.  So often, our struggles with mental health can make us feel dim, disconnected, and overwhelmed.  I believe we all have the inner resources to develop full, vibrant, and meaningful lives, and that we all deserve support in getting there.

 

SERVICES I OFFER

FREE PHONE CONSULTATION

Ask questions, assess fit.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

An exploratory process designed to move you toward your goals.

3 SESSION INTRODUCTORY PACKAGE

Try it out at a discount.

EMDR

Use the mind-body connection to facilitate healing.

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The past few years have been full of trauma, upheaval, and loss.  As I work with a majority Black client base, the impact on those I work with has been ineffable.  I accept donations and use them in the following manner:

To provide continued care to people who become unable to pay for therapy during the course of their treatment;

To waive outstanding balances for clients I've worked with who are unable to pay off a balance owed; To offer free sessions or reduced cost sessions to existing clients as their financial realities shift and change; To sustain therapy sessions I offer at a reduced cost (as low as $25/session vs. my full fee of $200/session).

I'm deeply grateful for any donation you're able to make!

 

FAQ

HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?

My fee is $200 per session. For those coming to therapy with me for the first time, I offer a bundle of 3 sessions at a 20% discount.  Before your first session, you will receive a Good Faith Estimate for the estimated cost of one year of treatment.

WHAT IS A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE?

Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance for reimbursement an estimate of the bill for services.  You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. For psychotherapists this means the cost per session.  Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.  If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.

HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

Each session is 45 minutes long.

WHEN DO YOU HOLD APPOINTMENT HOURS?

I am available for appointments Monday-Thursday from 12PM-8PM.

CAN MY INSURANCE COMPANY HELP ME PAY FOR THERAPY?

I am not currently in-network with any providers, but I do accept out-of-network benefits and HSA/FSA to offset the cost of therapy. If you are not sure if you have out-of-network benefits, or have never used them before, please contact me and I will provide guidance.

WHY AREN'T YOU IN NETWORK WITH ANY INSURANCE PANELS?

Therapy sessions in New York and New Jersey tend to range from $150-$250 when paying out of pocket depending on the therapist's level of training and expertise. In contrast, most insurance companies pay between $60 and $80 per session--well below the market rate.  My fee takes into consideration the number of appointments I can reasonably take per day, the cost of running a practice, and my experience and expertise.

DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

I hold 30% of spots in my practice for sliding scale and low cost work.

WHY IS THERAPY SO EXPENSIVE?

Please reach out, even if my fee is out of your budget. If I cannot accommodate a price that is accessible and sustainable to you, I am happy to provide resources, referrals, and tips on how to find a therapist who is within your budget. For therapists in private practice (as I am), the fee covers operating costs (office rent, supervision, charting systems, business insurance, marketing, materials, etc); the ongoing continuing education credits therapists must fulfill to keep their license active; benefits not afforded to self-employed individuals (sick days, time off, medical leave, insurance); and income.

ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR PHONE AND VIDEO SESSIONS?

I am available to see individuals who live in New York or New Jersey by phone and video. Please be aware that if using out-of-network benefits, it is important to clarify with your insurance company that they will reimburse you for telehealth services. Most insurance companies that cover telehealth allow for video, but not phone sessions. Please inquire for more information.

WHAT IS EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy, originally developed to help people heal from trauma, and now recognized to help treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, phobias, and more. Often we have insight into the origins of our pain and problems, but still struggle with the ways in which our past can wreak havoc on our present. EMDR can help. Read more about EMDR at: https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/