FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To help determine if we are a good fit for you and your family, we have
provided answers to commonly asked questions:
If you haven't found the answer you are looking for, call us at 917-968-5599
What type of psychotherapy do you provide?
Psychotherapy is a process of guided self-exploration and discovery
that happens within the relationship between client and therapist. We
work with clients to move through defense structures and into
self-expression for the purpose of healing their suffering. Many of us
no longer need the walls we built to protect ourselves but would never
risk taking them down alone.
The relationship between therapist and client is a catalyst for
transformation. We believe that our clients have within them what they
need to effect great change in their lives, and that therapy is a
process of uncovering and actualizing this potential. We meet our
clients where they are emotionally and encourage them to heal within
the therapeutic relationship. We discover and witness who they are,
rather than telling them how to be. We aim to create a safe environment
that responds to, understands, supports, and respects each client.
We provide in-depth relational therapy for individuals, couples,
families, and groups.
How long does the therapy process last?
The length of therapy is dependent upon each client's specific goals,
history, intensity of pain and wounding, defense structures, current
coping skills, dedication, and motivation to the therapeutic work.
After 4-6 sessions the therapist should be able to set reasonable
expectations as to the potential length of the therapeutic
(top page) OUR TRAINING PROGRAM
Why should I work with a therapist in
This provides the unique experience to receive long-term therapy at
very affordable rates. Additionally, therapists in training are very
focused on the quality and outcome of the therapy. They are always
questioning their work and reaching out for support.
Are they supervised?
Our Interns and Associates receive weekly individual and group
supervision from Midtown MFT as well as weekly group supervision from
their respective Universities.
How many clients do they see each week?
Case loads for Interns are limited to an average of 10 clients per
week. Associates hold larger caseloads reflective of their experience.
What if I see an Intern and I am not comfortable, can I switch
therapists? YES. A part of the process of therapy is to provide an open
and safe space where clients can voice their needs of the therapist. If
the therapist is not a good fit for you, we encourage discussion around
finding a good fit.
What happens when my Interns or Associate
therapist graduates or gets licensed. Does therapy end?
NO. We are structured for long-term work. It is the goal for Interns to
be promoted to the Associate level. Once they become licensed and enter
into their own practice, clients have the option of going with them.
(top page) About MFTs
Are you a doctor or social worker?
No. Our staff is comprised of highly trained and experienced Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), Post-master's Associate
Clinicians fulfilling the experience requirement for licensure as MFTs,
as well as Interns completing a Masters Program in Marriage and Family
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?
Marriage and Family therapists are mental health professionals with a
minimum of a Master's Degree and two years of supervised clinical
experience. MFTs are trained and licensed to independently diagnose and
treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Trained in
psychotherapy and family systems, MFTs focus on understanding their
client's symptoms and interactional patterns within their existing
environment, and treat from a relationship perspective that
incorporates family systems. Go to www.aamft.org for more information.
Why should I choose a Marriage and Family
Therapist over a different mental health discipline?
MFTs understand the interactional patterns among systems and the
complimentary wounding between couples. Our work with individuals
always has a focus on the individual in relation to others. Marriage
and Family Therapy is very different from Individual Therapy. An MFT
has a degree from a university giving specialized training in this
field. Many other programs of training in the social sciences often
give but one course in Marriage and Family Therapy whereas a program
giving out a specific degree in MFT will have at least 45 credits in
this area. If you are looking to improve your self and your
relationships (romantic, family, work, friends, etc.), a Marriage and
Family Therapist is what you are looking for.
Do you see couples that are not married?
Yes, we see all couples in committed relationships and at different
stages of a relationship. You may be living together with your partner,
dating for a long or short time, engaged to be married, newlyweds, same
sex partners or have been married for a length of time.
Should I bring in my partner?
If you are experiencing issues in your relationship, if you believe
that your problem is related to difficulties in your relationship, or
that an issue is contributing to relationship issues, then you should
consider bringing your partner. MFTs view issues from a broad
perspective and look to understand how our relationships may be
maintaining the problem. In doing so, it is helpful to have as many
people as possible involved in the therapy process so that everyone is
working in collaboration rather than against one another.
(top page) Operations
Where are you located?
271 Madison Avenue (between 39th and 40th St.), Suite 708, NY, NY 10016
What days and times can we meet with a
Sessions with a therapist are by appointment ONLY.
Monday - Friday 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday/ Sunday - 9:00am-5:00pm
Do you accept insurance?
No, we are not a provider for any insurance company. Payment for
services is due at the time of service. If a client wishes to obtain
reimbursement by their insurance company according to their
out-of-network benefit schedule, we can provide a receipt for services
rendered. It is recommended that the individual wanting to submit a
claim to their insurance provider first call about their benefits,
verify out-of-network coverage for mental health services, and if the
services will be reimbursed if provided by a Marriage and Family
Therapist. How often are sessions scheduled? Sessions are scheduled on
a weekly basis.
How long is each session?
Each session is 45 minutes in length. At the initial session, clients
are asked to come in 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to review
and complete standard intake forms.
Are you HIPAA compliant?
Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy, PC is not a "covered entity" under
the HIPAA regulations, is not HIPAA compliant, and therefore is not
required to follow the standards outlined in the legislation. Midtown
Marriage and Family Therapy, PC does not transmit any health
information electronically. We function as a sole provider. Our
clients' health records are for the sole purpose of clinical treatment.
We do not clinically collaborate with any other professionals
How do I (we) get started?
Call us at 917-968-5599
to discuss options for
therapy. Our intake coordinator will take a brief history to match you
with one of our therapists, who will then call you within 24 hours of
your call to set up an appointment.
Is there a free initial consultation?
No, the initial session is the same rate as any regular session.
What are the fees?
The fee per session depends on the clinician seen and the time of the
session. They range from $50-$150 per session. Go to the Fees page for
What forms of payment are accepted?
All payments are accepted as either cash or check made out to Midtown
MFT. Payment is collected at the end of each session.