The questions listed, below, are those most frequently asked by prospective new clients. If you would like more information or have a question not answered, here, please contact Therapist NYC.
Can therapy help?
The decision to enter into a client-therapist relationship is a personal choice and there are many reasons why it may be a good option for you. Whether you are faced with a new and unanticipated situation, have been living with long standing life issues, or wish to pursue personal growth and exploration, a therapist can help you navigate your way to a better life. A trained, licensed therapist can offer insight into your areas of concern, can help you develop tools and strategies to manage your life, and can support your efforts to implement change. If you are prepared to increase your self-awareness and to take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions, then working with a counselor or therapist can help you with your goals..
How are therapy sessions structured?
After an initial consultation, the therapist will help you establish objectives for your therapy and a schedule of therapy sessions to support your work towards their achievement. Typically, clients enter into a sequence of weekly sessions with the therapist. In each session, which generally runs from 45 minutes to an hour, it is customary to talk with your therapist about your core issues and together explore the efforts you are making to address them. Longer or more frequent sessions may be scheduled according to your needs. You and your therapist will decide together the duration of your treatment. For complex or ongoing situations, a long-term course of therapy will be most helpful. For a targeted issue or transient condition, a short-term therapeutic experience may be most appropriate. Regardless of the frequency and duration, your therapy will be most successful if you remain proactively engaged and put forth your best effort both between as well as during your sessions.
What types of therapy might be considered?
Depending upon your needs, a therapist may recommend one or more of the following therapeutic approaches:
Psychoanalysis / Psychotherapy
In psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, clients explore the factors, whether conscious or unconscious, that influence their thought patterns and behaviors. Through an in-depth exploration, clients uncover their fundamental beliefs, feelings, and motivators. Once exposed, clients can act on those drivers and begin to make more informed decisions as to how they respond to and interact with people and life circumstances. The extent to which psychotherapists express their own perspectives during therapy sessions may vary. Traditional psychotherapists typically remain detached during a session and do not reveal their personal views on a client’s situation. Contemporary psychotherapists may adopt a more interactive stance. In your initial consultation, you should feel free to question the therapist about his or her approach to psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic Therapy / Relational Psychoanalysis
Psychodynamic therapy is similar to psychotherapy in that they both aim to bring hidden influences into consciousness so that they can be examined and understood. They differ in two respects. First, psychodynamic therapy is more focused and less intensive than is psychoanalytic therapy. As such, it tends to be of shorter duration. Relational psychoanalysis is focused on the client’s relationship with the therapist as an example of and an opportunity to learn about interpersonal relationships in general.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a combination of cognitive therapy and mindfulness. Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which faulty thought patterns that contribute to maladaptive behaviors are challenged. Mindfulness involves quiet, focused reflection on a situation in an objective, judgment-free manner. MBCT has been successfully used to manage pain, reduce stress, and extend coping abilities. Thus, it may be an appropriate treatment choice for patients with chronic health conditions such as pain, depression, cancer, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease.
Somatic Experiencing focuses on the client’s perceptions of bodily sensations, referred to as somatic experiences, as a means of reducing symptoms of physical, mental, and health-related stress. Somatic Experiencing may be of relatively short duration to relieve the lingering effects of a sudden shock or integrated with psychotherapy for the treatment of developmental trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). It is also effective in treating anxiety, depression, physical pain and panic disorder.
In the interest of versatility, many highly trained therapists employ an assortment of therapeutic approaches. Erika will utilize cognitive, mind-body, Somatic Experiencing and psychodynamic disciplines, as part of a personalized treatment plan to meet each client’s unique set of needs and preferences.
What is the cost of therapy?
Appointment schedules are tailored to support the needs of each client. The associated costs are influenced by the following factors:
- The frequency and length of each session
- The number of participants in a session
- The time of day for which the session is scheduled
Please verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit. To schedule your initial consultation, please call Erika at Therapist NYC, 212.581.3689.