GRAND CENTRAL PSYCHIATRY
 
 

Psychiatric Medication & 
Psychotherapy in Midtown Manhattan


(212) 551-1014     

Murtuza (Mars) Gunja, MD

 
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WELCOME

Grand Central Psychiatry offers premium mental health services for adults and older adolescents. Flexible hours including next-day appointments are available at our conveniently located office directly across from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. 

ABOUT DR. GUNJA

Dr. Mars Gunja is a licensed and boarded Psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks in adults. He served as chief resident at Mt Sinai St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry from Columbia University. His research interests include anxiety, stress-related burnout and resilience, and the integration of mental and physical health.  His service to the community is broad, including extensive experience conducting home visits as Lead Psychiatrist for an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and caring for patients at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. Dr. Gunja holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University and attended St. George’s University School of Medicine. 

 

PRACTICE APPROACH

Dr. Gunja specializes in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. He feels strongly about an integrated approach to mental and physical health, employing talk therapy and using medication when appropriate. He employs a warm, inviting approach and personalizes treatment, drawing from a variety of disciplines including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychiatric medications and natural remedies. Dr. Gunja is also sensitive to the stigma that still exists about mental health treatment among varied cultural and religious beliefs, and works to overcome barriers in a culturally-sensitive approach.

SERVICES

Dr. Gunja specifically tailors treatment to each individual. Initial evaluations are 60 minutes in length, while follow-up sessions are typically 45 minutes in length, depending on need and treatment modality. 

 

SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE: 

  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Individual Talk Therapy
  • Medication Management

ISSUES TREATED INCLUDE: 

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and Sleep Problems
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Image Concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Addictive Behavior
  • Culture and Religious Issues
  • Stress-Related Difficulties
 
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LOCATION

 

380 Lexington Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10168
(212) 551-1014

Grand Central Psychiatry is conveniently located on 42nd Street across from Grand Central Terminal, with easy access to the 4/5/6/7/S Subway lines and Metro North.

Dr. Gunja's office is in the Chanin building, a nationally-recognized NYC landmark building designed in the Art Deco style, with a lobby that directly accesses the Grand Central Subway/Metro North lines. 


FEES

All sessions are billed at the same flat rate, $300 per session, including the initial consultation. The fee is due in full at the time of the session. 

Dr. Gunja provides care as an out-of-network provider. Monthly itemized statements and assistance is provided to patients in submitting and receiving out-of-network insurance reimbursements. Operating outside insurance panels allows for more personalized and flexible care, including longer sessions, more extensive use of talk therapy and increased privacy. 

Please note the cancellation policy for appointments - cancellations must be communicated at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment, or rescheduled within 24 hours from the original scheduled appointment, otherwise the full fee will be charged for the session.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I talk to you first to see if you are a good fit? 
Yes, you can contact me by phone, email, or via ZocDoc prior to coming in. I provide a complimentary 10 minute phone conversation to evaluate whether I would be an appropriate treatment provider for you. Once the first appointment is confirmed, please fill out the New Patient Form and return to me before our first meeting.

How long will it take for you to get back to me?
I make every effort to respond to inquiries via phone or email within one business day.

What is your fee?
All sessions are billed at the same flat rate, $300 per session, including the initial consultation. The fee is due in full at the time of the session. 

What does your fee include?
Each session is billed a flat-rate fee. There are no extra charges for initial evaluations, brief phone calls and emails, medication refills, prior authorizations for prescriptions, or sessions involving presence of family members or significant others.

How does payment work?
My fee is due in full at the start of the session. I accept credit card, HSA (Health Savings Account), FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and cash. I do not accept checks at this time.

Do you take insurance?
I do not accept benefits from in-network private or government insurance plans. I work as an out-of-network provider. Operating outside insurance panels allows for more personalized and flexible care, including longer sessions, more extensive use of talk therapy and increased privacy. 

How do out-of-network benefits work?
Contact your insurance plan directly and inquire about your “out-of-network” benefits for mental health care in your geographic area. I will provide you a monthly itemized statement that you can then submit directly to your insurance plan for reimbursement.   

What is your policy for controlled substances?
Controlled substances include benzodiazepines, stimulants, and medications for opioid addiction, such as buprenorphine. Patients fill out a controlled-substances agreement and in-person sessions are required for all prescriptions and refills.

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancelled sessions require at least 48 hours notice by phone or email. Cancellations after that time will incur the full session fee, with the exception of appointments that are are rescheduled later that day or the next immediate day. 

What is the first session like?
Initial evaluations last 60 minutes. I will ask questions in order to get a sense of your issues and to determine a course of treatment. Sometimes the initial evaluation may require more than one session. Please bring a valid ID to all sessions for check-in at the lobby. Take the elevator up to the 17th floor waiting area where you will be greeted by the receptionist.

How often would we meet for ongoing sessions?
This depends on the type of treatment. Medication follow-ups sessions are typically scheduled every 1-2 months, but sometimes a follow-up session spaced 2 weeks apart are indicated early in the course of treatment, for example, after a new medication is started or a medication is changed. Talk therapy sessions can be scheduled once weekly, twice weekly, or once every other week, depending on the type of treatment.

How long are follow-up sessions?
All follow-up sessions are scheduled 45 minutes in length. Per patient request, shorter session times are available, though the full flat-rate will be applied.

What if I already have a therapist?
I can provide medication management while actively reaching out and collaborating with your existing therapist.

What if I don’t have a therapist?
If you do not have a therapist, I can provide talk therapy in conjunction with medication management, if appropriate. If you would like a separate therapist, I can refer you to an appropriate provider from my network of colleagues.  

Do you text with patients?
I make all efforts to respond to inquiries and concerns in a timely fashion via phone or HIPAA-secure email. I do not currently text with patients.


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Contact Dr. Gunja

Please leave your message and we will respond within one business day. You can also call Dr. Gunja directly at (212) 551-1014 or book an appointment at Zocdoc.

If you are a new patient, please fill out the New Patient Form and email or fax to Dr. Gunja before your first visit.

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