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 that is comparable to most New York City psychiatrists. 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 offer home visits?
I have experience providing home and personal office visits, and can provide this service upon request. The fee is $500 per session, which lasts 45-50 minutes in length. This may be appropriate for you if you unable to leave your home/office/hotel for medical, psychological or logistical reasons, and enables you to avoid urgent care centers and emergency rooms. However, in the case of a true medical emergency, you should call 911.
What areas do you serve for home visits?
I travel to and serve patients in all areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
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.