Note: These FAQ’s are relevant for face to face sessions. For info about teletherapy, please contact dr deb by email.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is the office?
The Demerest Building is in the Village of Warwick at 28 Railroad Avenue (10990). There is on-street parking at meters or use the Shopper’s lot, which is free for 3 hours. The office is on the 4th floor, make sure you use the door marked “Waiting Room.”
Do you “take my insurance”?
No. I am not a participating provider in Medicaid or Medicare or provider networks; nor am I set up to bill insurance companies for my clients. I will give you a receipt so you can submit for reimbursement if you have coverage for outpatient psychotherapy. I highly recommend that you investigate your coverage before you call to set up a consultation; that way you can use the information to plan treatment in a way that works for you.
How long is the first appointment?
Your initial consultation will take 60 minutes. Ongoing therapy sessions are 45 minutes long.
What is the fee for an initial consultation?
Initial consultation (intake) is $200. Ongoing therapy is $150 per session. Payment is expected at the time of service.
How do I pay?
Cash or check, either is fine.
Can I email or text with you?
Email, yes, text no. Email is used for scheduling and limited informational purposes only. Keep in mind that email is not strictly confidential. Therefore, messages with more than 2 brief sentences of personal content will be deleted immediately, unread.
I left a message, but haven’t heard back from you. What is wrong? What should I do? Email me using the link here.
I’d like to make an appointment for my child or my husband or my mother. How should I proceed?
If the person in question is over the age of 18, they need to call to schedule their own appointment. You are welcome to offer to accompany them, share the website to help answer their questions, or sit and hold their hand while they call.
Do you treat children?
No, some teenagers, usually those older than 16.
How should I prepare for the session?
You might want to be prepared to record the session. You should read Informed Consent, print, sign and bring with you. If you think it will be helpful to take some notes so that you can make sure to cover important concerns, bring those, too. And leave plenty of time, so that you can find the office and relax for a few minutes.
What happens if I can’t make it to my appointment?
You need to send me an email least 24 hours before the scheduled time to avoid being charged for the session.
Do you mind if I answer my phone or text during the session?
It’s your session, and you are free to use it however you like. Bear in mind that your therapist may get distracted and lose concentration if this happens. Especially if your ringtone involves rap music.
May I bring my baby, dog, or friend?
Yes, but keep in mind the distraction factor.