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, family conflict, life transitions, career related stress, relationship concerns/ dating, 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. 

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.

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

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.

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

How long will therapy last?

We want you to be successful in achieving the goals you set for yourself. You and your therapist 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.

You can expect that your therapist will always work at a pace that you feel comfortable with. 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.

You are encouraged to raise any questions you have about treatment goals, procedures, or your impressions of the services you are receiving so that we have the opportunity to discuss these topics in session. 

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.

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.

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 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.