About

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City. I completed my internship and post-doctoral year at the Center for Motivation and Change, where I also was a staff psychologist for 6 years and did substance and trauma focused work and facilitated a DBT group. I received my doctorate from Columbia University in 2013.

FAQ

What kind of therapy do you typically do?

I am a clinical psychologist with a background in various modalities of therapy including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), mindfulness-based therapy, and supportive work. I have conducted DBT groups and substance-based relapse prevention groups. My first experience with DBT was as a treatment coordinator in 2005 so I understand DBT from both a research and clinical perspective. I am a Certified Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapist by The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Prolonged Exposure (PE) Consultant by Emory University. The latter certification allows me to train and certify other practitioners in Prolonged Exposure so I'm happy to provide supervision to other clinicians interested in PE.

How long is each session and how much does each session cost?

Each session is between 45-60 minutes. I strongly feel that therapy should be accessible to everyone and offer a sliding scale and some low-fee spots. However, if these spots are full, I will help you with referrals to other providers in your budget.

Do you accept insurance?

While I do not accept any insurance, I am happy to provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company. I am also more than open to advocating for any benefits on your behalf that we feel is clinically needed.

How can I submit out-of-network claims?

You can submit claims directly to your insurance company (either through an online portal or snail-mail) or try Reimbursify for free using this secure link: https://filefast.reimbursify.com/?qc=DCHAK666A.

What is your cancellation policy?

48 hours but I also make exceptions for any emergency or unavoidable situations.

Do you offer both telehealth and in-person sessions?

Right now, I only offer video sessions due to precautions related to covid-19. However, I am continually monitoring the current situation and plan to return to in-person sessions when appropriate.

Where are you licensed?

New York State: #020810, Maine: Temporary Emergency License, Florida: Out-of-State Telehealth Provider - http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/

What is the GFE with the No Surprises Act?

GFE "Good Faith Estimate" requires all health care practitioners to provide a cost estimate to patients who are uninsured or self-pay. I am happy to provide a GFE upon request. For more information, please see: https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers/understanding-costs-in-advance.

What are some non-clinical experiences that you have?

After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked in equity research for four years before deciding to make a career change to psychology. In that process, I explored a few different paths within the broad umbrella of psychology that included non-invasive experimental research with lemurs, paraprofessional work with an individual with autism, and a treatment coordinator on a study looking at the application of virtual reality cues for substances. Here is my curriculum vitae.

All of these experiences have shaped me into the clinician that I am today and have helped me understand and empathize with a broad range of identities, experiences, and struggles.

Do I practice the skills that I teach?

Yes! I think it's important that I stand by the skills that I teach my patients.

What do you sound like?

If you would like to hear me speak, you are welcome to check out my zencare page as well as this breathing exercise, STOP exercise, mindful movement exercise and bubble meditation.