FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What About insurance and fees?
A. See this link for a discussion on Insurance and Fees.
Q. What if I don't like the therapist that I begin treatment with?
A. Many studies show the "fit" between a client and therapist is an important predictor for successful therapy. Sometimes people have problems relating to their therapist because of larger issues related to their need for assistance, and we recommend that you first talk with your psychotherapist and try to resolve your concerns. However, rest assured that if you decide to discontinue your sessions with a therapist, we will help you find a therapeutic relationship that is right for you.
Q. How long does therapy take?
A. Each client is different, as is each type of treatment. The length of treatment will depend on the problems you face and your personal goals. Some clients find satisfaction after only a few sessions, while other people choose to remain in therapy for months or longer.
Q. I'm concerned about my privacy. How can I be sure that what goes on in the consultation room stays there?
A. All our therapists are fully licensed and accredited practitioners for whom confidentiality is of the utmost importance. By law, each client is protected by privileged communication – just as if you were consulting with a physician or an attorney. Only in rare instances, such as a direct court order or in saving a life, can an exception be made.
Q. I notice that every member of your group has initials after their name, sometimes two or three sets. What do they mean?
A. The initials after the names of our practitioners represent separate but interrelated licenses and certifications. The first set of initials state the license that each person holds. For example, the letters LCSW refer to licensed clinical social worker and mean that this professional has a master's degree in social work, has met stringent educational and clinical requirements, and has passed the licensure exam. An LCSW is qualified to perform a diagnostic assessment and provide psychotherapy using verbal methods.
Other letters after license designation reflect a practitioner's post-graduate training, experience/specialty and/or certification in a specialty (e.g., substance abuse), or method of treatment (such as group therapy).
All of these are explained below:
ACSW Academy of Certified Social Workers
BCD Board Certified Diplomate
CASAC Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor
CEAP Certified Employee Assistance Professional
CGP Certified Group Psychotherapist
DCSW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
DBT Dialectic Behavior Therapy
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Retraining
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMSW Licensed Master of Social Work
NYSDRA New York State Dispute Resolution Association
PhD Doctorate in Philosophy
REBT Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy