Frequently Asked Questions

The process of therapy might feel a little different for each person. Sometimes individuals come in and know exactly what they’d like to change and work on and sometimes they have a more general idea of the areas they’d like to address: i.e.- anxiety, family conflict, major life transitions, career related stress, relationship concerns/ dating, etc.

We find both individuals and couples pursue therapy for many different reasons at various points of transition or when a particular issue becomes overwhelming to manage on their own. Over the course of your treatment, you can expect that you and your therapist will periodically check in about your progress and whether your treatment is effective in achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Some of the clinical areas we have the best outcomes in are:

Couples therapy where partners are on board with making an effort to improve the quality of their relationship

Individual therapy clients who are seeking to resolve problematic patterns in their relationships, outlook, self-care/ ability to manage stress/ anxiety/ depression, career/ work concerns, and issues relating back to childhood or family of origin

In general, therapy can provide support, guidance, and encouragement while helping you to develop better strategies for handling the hassles of daily life.

Many individuals also find that a highly skilled and compassionate therapist can help you achieve significant emotional growth and more genuine fulfillment by helping you to identify and understand your present coping strategies and patterns in your relationships.

The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Some of the specific benefits from therapy might include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing more effective ones
  • Finding resolutions to the issues and concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Building momentum toward your personal goals and taking action
  • Improving your ability to cultivate more fulfilling relationships
  • Learning new ways to cope with stressful life transitions
  • Developing skills to better handle difficult relationship struggles
  • Improving your ability to manage stress, anger, grief, and other emotional pressures
  • Attaining a sense of calm and perspective when dealing with setbacks and disappointments
  • Improving self-esteem and boosting confidence
  • Developing new insights about yourself in relationship to others
  • Improving your ability to cultivate more joy and excitement in your life
  • For couples, improving intimacy, desire, sex/affection, and communication
  • Improving your ability to manage challenges more effectively and deal with setbacks
  • Addressing roadblocks in your intimate relationships so that you can feel more free and satisfied

Time in therapy really depends on what you are hoping to achieve and which service is the best fit for you at this particular time. Our accelerated programs offer more targeted support and guidance and therefore do not require the same level of time commitment as traditional weekly psychotherapy services.

In thinking about and discussing your goals and reasons for seeking therapy –both in the intake call and with your loved ones involved, you will develop a better understanding of what you might need to focus on at this time. We want you to be successful in achieving the goals you set for yourself. Our initial call is an important first step in helping you to determine the best way to proceed.

The majority of our clients (for ongoing psychotherapy) are seen anywhere from 6-36 months on a weekly basis. Time in therapy is difficult to predict due to the highly individualized nature of the service; it really varies depending on each individual person and their particular circumstances and goals for the work. Of course, as specialists, we can make recommendations based on our understanding of the issues and how best to treat them.

You can rest assured that we will always make it a point to ask you how you feel your progress is going. We believe transparency and collaboration are critical to the success of this work.

In general, we operate with the belief that “the goal of therapy is to end therapy.” Meaning, we aim to help you develop an improved sense of well-being along with the skills, knowledge, and enhanced ability to handle distressing issues, life transitions, and relationship challenges more effectively.

LMFTs are professionals who hold a license to practice psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families. Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, marriage and family therapists focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interactional patterns within their existing environment.

Improving the quality of your life with the help of a LMFT:

In order to be licensed, LMFTs have a minimum of a master’s degree and 1500 supervised (face-to-face) clinical hours. Lastly, they must also pass a national exam.

Training programs in marriage and family therapy emphasize understanding and resolving conflict within the context in which it occurs and with consideration for the many systems at play including—— internal, cultural, environmental, familial, and interpersonal.

LMFTs assess, treat and implement change in the overall, long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families and those in other relationships. The traditional emphasis on the individual is expanded to include consideration of the nature and roles of individuals in relation to others, particularly in the family system.

Of course. We regularly treat individuals and couples in our practice – however, you would not have the same therapist for each service.

It’s okay if you are uncertain how to proceed, it is helpful to read through the various issues we treat to better understand what might be the most appropriate service for you at this time. Our initial phone call will help point you in the right direction.

If you are considering couples therapy, it is a good idea to discuss it with your partner directly and share the reasons you think it might be helpful at this time. While you can’t force someone to come to therapy, you can express how you feel and share your intentions about why you think the services might be helpful and timely for you both. The Modern Accelerated Program for Couples (2 hour consult) might be a great option to explore so that you can gain clarity and guidance on how best to proceed.

We are a fee for service practice and do not accept insurance on an in-network basis–meaning, we are not contracted with insurance companies directly to offer our services. Fees vary depending on the type of service and the therapist providing the service. Many clients receiving weekly therapy services are receiving some reimbursement from their insurance company. However, many clients also opt not to pursue reimbursement due to their wish for privacy.

For weekly therapy services, we will provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. In general, it’s a good idea to check your out-of-network benefits so that you have a solid understanding of the reimbursement process. We are happy to help you navigate the process along the way! We aim to make our services as accessible as possible and do have a limited number of sliding scale spots available. Just ask in the initial call or when you fill out our contact form.

Due to their unique and personalized format, the Modern Accelerated Programs (MAPs) are not reimbursed by insurance companies. MAPs are exclusive offerings of Modern MFT based on Jennifer’s years of clinical experience helping individuals and couples in her practice.

We view therapy as a powerful, life enhancing experience and an important investment – whether pursued individually or as a couple. Therapy is a unique type of service in that it requires a serious commitment and an active effort on your part.

Our goal is to be a trusted guide in facilitating the change process. Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming, so we help you determine if we are a good match for your needs from the start. We offer a range of services including ongoing weekly therapy and accelerated programs to target particular areas in need of growth or attention–both for individuals and for couples.

We want to help you achieve lasting results – not temporary ones, so we focus both on practical skill-building as well as on deep interpersonal shifts and relationship dynamics.

A client’s confidentiality is of primary importance to us.

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all client/ therapist communications. However, there are a few exceptions when confidentiality must be broken:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

To get started, please contact us at 917.708.7088 or send us a message.

We speak briefly to all prospective clients prior to scheduling the initial consultation appointment.

The initial consultation appointment is 75 minutes. This meeting provides us with an opportunity to discuss your interest in coming to therapy at this time, and to take some time to evaluate your specific needs.

We provide a tailored approach to your relationship health and wellness. As part of the personal nature of the work between client and therapist, it is important to make sure the professional relationship is a good fit for both parties. If we decide to proceed, we will typically meet on a weekly basis for 50-minutes per session for individuals or 60 minutes for couples. However, we also provide short-term intensive programs as well. The frequency and length of the sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of the client and the treatment.

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