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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is your fee?
    My hourly rate for psychotherapy is $175. I use a managed sliding scale system and reserve a set number of reduced fee slots ranging from to $25-$175 for folks who cannot afford my full fee. Please contact me if you’re interested in learning more about my sliding scale system and availability. My hourly rate for workshop facilitation and consultation varies based on the project, but generally ranges from $150-$300.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    No. However, I can provide superbills for folks with out-of-network (OON) benefits. Legally, I can only provide superbills to folks who pay my full fee.
  • How do I know if I have OON benefits?
    Below are questions to ask your insurance provider about out of network coverage: • Does my plan include mental health benefits and do I need preauthorization to access those benefits? • What is the deductible under my plan and has part or all of it been met? • What percentage of the cost of treatment will be my responsibility once my deductible has been met? • Is there a limit to the number of sessions my plan will cover? • What types of therapy do my out-of-network benefits cover?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    If you do not show up to a session or provide me with 24 hours notice, I will charge you our session fee, unless we are able to reschedule for the same week. Please note that my ability to accommodate last-minute rescheduling requests is often very limited. I understand emergencies and illnesses occur, and it is important to me to honor those realities. Therefore, I do not charge for unavoidable last-minute cancellations due to emergency or illness.
  • What methods of payment do you accept?
    I use a secure, HIPAA-compliant app called IvyPay, which was developed specifically for therapists. You do not need to download this app to complete payment. You will be prompted to put a card on file. This can be a debit card, credit card, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card or Health Spending Account (HSA) card. After each session, you will be charged the agreed-upon fee.
  • What are your hours?
    I work Mondays-Fridays from 10am-6pm. I have very limited availability after 4pm, and do not work on weekends.
  • Do you offer in-person or virtual sessions?
    I currently only offer virtual sessions.
  • How does a free consultation work?
    A free consultation is an opportunity for us to connect and determine if we're a good fit for working together. When you reach out, if I have availability, we'll schedule a 15-30 minute phone call. In this phone conversation, we'll discuss why you're seeking therapy and what you're looking for in a therapist. I'll also share more about my approach, and we'll cover logistical details such as fees and availability. If it feels like a good fit, we will then schedule an intake. I always encourage people to explore consultations with multiple therapists to gauge what feels best.
  • What can I expect from a first session?
    Our first session will look slightly different than the average session. We’ll go over confidentiality, consent, and other therapy agreements. It’s important to me to gather some background information in our first few sessions, so I’ll likely direct the session more than I typically would. We will also talk about your goals and hopes for therapy.
  • How frequently will we meet?
    I encourage weekly sessions in order to have the space to engage in deeper healing work. That being said, many people choose to meet every other week or 1x per month during periods of feeling more resourced. I ask that we meet weekly for at least the first 3 sessions, and then together we can evaluate what makes most sense for you.
  • How long will we work together?
    The duration of our work together depends on your individual needs and life circumstances. My approach is attachment-based, focused on lasting and sustainable healing. While I typically work with clients for at least one year, the average range spans from 6 months to several years. Many clients also find it beneficial to take breaks and return to therapy as needed. Our work is flexible and tailored to support your unique journey.
  • Can I work with you if I’m not queer or trans?
    Yes! I work with people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
  • Is Somatic Experiencing possible to do virtually?
    Almost all of my Somatic Experiencing training has been online, so I am confident that the tools I've learned and developed are effective in a virtual space. I’ve also learned that there can be many advantages to doing SE virtually, like the increased safety that comes with being in your own home.
  • What if I’ve had bad experiences in therapy?
    Many folks I work with have had negative or harmful experiences with previous therapists. It is unfortunately not uncommon. I believe deeply in the importance of honoring and processing those past experiences. In our work together, we prioritize open communication about how the therapeutic relationship is feeling for you. You get to decide what feels right for you, and you are welcome to end therapy at any time. If you decide our therapeutic relationship doesn’t feel like a good fit, I will provide referrals and support to help you find a different therapist.
  • Crisis support
    The Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ+ youth)- (866) 488-7386 National Trans Lifeline- (877) 565-8860 The National Domestic Violence Hotline- 800-799-7233 Crisis Text Line- Text HOME to 741741 NYC Well’s crisis text line- Text WELL to 65173 Ulster County Mobile Mental Health- (844) 277-4820
  • Low/no cost mental health resources in NYC and the Hudson Valley
    Callen-Lorde: https://callen-lorde.org The Gender Affirmative Letter Access Project: https://www.thegalap.org/ NYU Center for Counseling and Wellbeing: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/center-counseling-and-community-wellbeing The Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training: https://www.gestaltnyc.org The White Institute: https://wawhite.org/clinical-services
  • Therapist directories
    Manhattan Alternative: https://www.manhattanalternative.com/ National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: https://nqttcn.com/en/ Covid-conscious therapists: https://www.covidconscioustherapists.com/ Inclusive Therapists: https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/ Black Female Therapists: https://www.blackfemaletherapists.com/directory/ Asian Mental Health Collective: https://www.asianmhc.org/therapists-us/
  • About
    I am a big reader and big believer in the power of story-telling. Below are book-lists I have created specifically for folks interested in reading/learning more about queerness, gender, disability justice, and somatic healing. The books listed are ones I personally have enjoyed, found useful, and recommend. These lists are in no way meant to be exhaustive.
  • Non-fiction books for adults written by trans, non-binary, and genderqueer authors:
    • Trans Girl Suicide Museum, by Hannah Baer • We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma • A Year Without a Name, by Cyrus Dunham • I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, by Kai Cheng Thom • None of the Above: Reflections on Life Beyond the Binary, by Travis Alabanza • Be Not Afraid of Love: Lessons on Fear, Intimacy, and Connection, by Mimi Zhu • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, by Adrienne Maree Brown • Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls, by Kai Cheng Thom • Heaven, by Emerson Whitney • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans identity, by Riley Snorton • Dream Rooms, by River Halen • The Terrible We: Thinking With Trans Maladjustment, by Cameron Awkward Rich • Histories of the Transgender Child, by Jules Gil Peterson • Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender, by Kit Heyam • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, edited by E. Patrick Johnson • Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Tourmaline, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, by Dean Spade • Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad, by Hil Malatino • The Transgender Issue: Trans Justice is for All, by Shon Faye • The Trans Allyship Workbook, by Davey Shlasko • Beyond the Gender Binary, by Alok V Menon
  • Fiction books for adults written by trans, non-binary, and genderqueer authors:
    • Detransition, Baby, by Torey Peters • Bellies, by Nicola Dinan • Ponyboy, by Elliot Duncan • A Minor Chorus, by Billy-Ray Belcourt • Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, by Kai Cheng Thom • The Subtweet, by Vivek Shraya • Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body, by Megan Milks • Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, by Torey Peters • The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar • Little Fish, by Casey Plett • Nevada, by Imogen Beaver • The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeki Emezi
  • Books on disability & Disability Justice written by disabled, neurodivergent and chronically ill authors:
    • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation, by Eli Clare • Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity, by Devon Price • The Collected Schizophrenias, by Esmé Wang • Disability Visibility, edited by Alice Wong • Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, by Eli Clare • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha • The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love, Notes and Mourning Songs, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha • Health Communism, by Artie Vierkant and Beatrice Adler-Bolton
  • Books on somatic healing & the neurobiology of trauma:
    • The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice, by Staci Haines • In an Unspoken Voice: How The Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, by Peter Levine • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem • Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana • Freedom From Pain: Discover Your Body’s Power to Overcome Physical Pain, by Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment, by David Emerson
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