General FAQs

What is the process of therapy like?

The process of therapy might feel a little different for each person. Sometimes people 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, life transitions, career related stress, relationship concerns, etc.

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on a number of factors which include the specific needs, issues, history and personality of the client, as well as the training and personality of the therapist.

At Modern MFT, we aim to create an atmosphere of safety and trust in order to help you address your concerns and resolve the challenges bringing you in.

Modern MFT believes the therapeutic relationship works best when it feels open, honest, collaborative, and constructive.

Our practice encourages you to raise any questions you have about treatment goals, procedures, or your impressions of the services you are receiving.

Your first few sessions will include an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, your therapist will offer you some impressions of what treatment will include and goals to work toward.

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.

How should I evaluate whether to invest in therapy services?

If you feel that perhaps you've been putting a bandaid on an area of your life for some time now, you may want to tune into that inner voice and make the decision to address it in a thoughtful manner through the process of therapy. Therapy is also a great service to pursue if you have been feeling stuck in an area of your life or in an important relationship.

In our experience, therapy can be very helpful in treating a wide range of issues and presenting problems.

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

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

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

Therapy is a unique type of service. 

If you like the idea of developing a close working relationship with a trusted licensed professional trained at helping you get to the root of the matter and carefully assisting you in strengthening your own ability to improve your life and your relationships, then therapy services at Modern MFT are likely an excellent fit for you.

Our identity as licensed professional therapists trained to help you improve relational/ emotional/ mental health is important to us and we operate with high standards born out of our own integrity and commitment to the work we do as well as the best practices set forth in our professional field.

What are the benefits of therapy?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.

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

Many people 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.

In exploring the source of anxieties, frustrations, and avoidant behaviors, individuals are often able to strengthen their sense of self, address problems from a more constructive stance, and enhance their ability to nurture more satisfying interpersonal 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 benefits available from therapy 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
  • Improving your ability to cultivate more fulfilling friendships
  • 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
  • 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

Is it possible to start with individual therapy and then change to couples therapy at a later time?

In our experience, many individuals are able to make significant progress on their relational concerns through individual therapy. Starting with individual therapy is a great way to take responsibility for your contributions to the relationship and hold yourself accountable for the desired changes by completing your own work.

Many individuals we work with often report significant improvements in their relationship as well as in other aspects of life after pursuing individual therapy. It is possible to pursue couples therapy at a later date and your therapist will be happy to assist you with the process once you make that decision.

My partner and I are interested in couples therapy, but I may want to pursue individual therapy as well. Is that possible?

Of course. We regularly treat individuals and couples in our practice. It might be helpful to discuss your uncertainty in your initial phone call so we can help guide you in the right direction.

We often find that individuals who have pursued their own therapy before couples therapy often have the best outcomes in couples therapy. It may have to do with the increase in self awareness and sense of personal responsibility that typically occurs as a result of individual therapy. While you would not have the same therapist for both services, we are happy to be able to accommodate both services.

How do I know if it’s a good fit with my therapist?

The simplest way to put it is that it will feel like a good fit. You should feel comfortable talking with your therapist, however, sometimes this might take time to develop. We encourage people to “trust their instincts” when it comes to evaluating fit. Sure, it’s great to learn a little about your therapist’s background, education, and advanced training, but it’s also important to see if you simply feel comfortable.

How will I know when it’s time to end therapy?

We work collaboratively with our clients so there is always open communication about the process throughout our work.

We want you to be successful in achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Together we will evaluate on an ongoing basis, the effectiveness of treatment to make sure you feel the therapy is helpful and moving you in the right direction. Sometimes you may feel clear about moving toward ending treatment based on the significant improvements you've made and other times it might be less straight forward.

In general, if you’re feeling that you've reached a place where the concerns that initially brought you in have been addressed and your ability to take positive action steps has shifted for the better and feels consistent, it’s a good idea to bring up winding down treatment to your therapist.

Sometimes, your therapist will bring it up first and begin the conversation with you. We work with people who are struggling with a diverse range of presenting concerns which sometimes calls for a more brief treatment and other times requires more long-term, in-depth work. We encourage you to raise any questions you have about treatment goals, procedures, or your impressions of the services you are receiving.

Modern MFT operates with the belief that “the goal of therapy is to end therapy." 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.

How are your fees set?

Our fees are set with consideration to our level and range of professional experience, our specialized education, official postgraduate training, and regular involvement with advanced clinical consultation groups in our areas of expertise.

We’re concerned with providing the best possible services to the clients we serve.

We operate as a full-time private practice dedicated to providing high quality psychotherapy services. In order to maintain our high standards, our caseloads are kept small which ensures that we are able to provide a tailored and personalized therapy experience.

Who are Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFTs) and what is their training like?

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. LMFTs employed at Modern MFT have also completed advanced postgraduate training beyond the basic requirements for licensure.

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.

What services do Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists provide?

Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines. LMFTs help people to resolve a variety of issues that commonly occur across the lifespan including anxiety/ depression, life transitions, parenting, intimacy, communication issues, general well-being, trauma, and problematic intergenerational patterns.

Marriage and family therapy focuses not only on the individual client—even if it is a single person seeking therapy—but on the context and relationships in which the person participates. All relationship contexts are considered, including the married or committed couple, family, school, work, social, community and other relational systems.

Treatment often prioritizes helping people to enhance their ability to function better in relationships and improve their ability to develop new and more effective ways of coping with challenges.

Are services confidential?

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.

How do I get started?

To get started, please contact us at 917.708.7088 

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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