Hi, I'm Katie!
I love dogs & running & Brooklyn.
I've been a licensed social worker in NYC for over 13 years. I love working with people who are struggling to figure out what they love, and who want to be excited about their lives (work, relationships, etc)-- but just aren't right now. Let's change that!
I have lived in NYC for 17 years. I think that makes me an official(ish) "New Yorker". I graduated from New York University with my MSW in 2008. I received my LCSW in 2014 and completed NYU’s Post Masters Advanced Clinical Practice program in Spring 2015. In more recent years I’ve been attending trainings focused on a more holistic approach to mental health and therapy, including completing: The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠ and Mindfulness of the Breathing Body Teacher Training.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring Brooklyn (by foot or bike), hiking in the Catskills, learning new things, and I enjoy the challenge of training for endurance races (half & full marathons, triathlons, century rides, etc).
I’ve worked with so many people who say they are wanting to be more confident, and are waiting until that time comes to make some big changes in their lives. And I’ve dealt with my own confidence rollercoaster, and all the ways that shows up (and still sometimes shows up). Well, personally, I’ve come to believe that waiting for confidence is a waste of time (and I’m not always the most patient person, especially with myself). So, why wait?
Let’s work together to make some of the big (and little) changes you’d like to see in your life. And let’s make them happen NOW. Ways to stop worrying about the things that don’t matter (aka giving no fucks), finding balance (with work, life, relationships, yourself) and being authentically you. Whatever that means. We can deal with the confidence piece later.
Psychotherapy and Coaching Sessions: 50 minute session- $200 Couples, 60 minute session- $250 Couples, 90 minute session- $350 In-network with Cigna for individual psychotherapy. Out-of-Network Insurance reimbursement available, for individual and couples sessions. Walking or Run-Therapy Sessions: 60 minute session- $250 (first session, in-office evaluation- $200) 45 minute session- $190
Confidentiality: Your information is confidential and protected. I will not release any information about your therapy unless you authorize me to do so in writing. This includes speaking with your legal representation or family members. However, the following exceptions are required by law:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm him/herself, I will make every effort to work with them on ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
Fees and Cancellations: Fees are set and agreed upon in advance of all sessions. Full payment is due at the end of each session, unless otherwise arranged and agreed upon. I request 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. Otherwise, you will be financially responsible for the full cost of the session for the time reserved for you. Brief phone calls are also available to support therapy. If you require extended phone consultations, those sessions will be billed at my regular rate. Contact Information: You may call, text or email for scheduling and other items that need brief discussion. I check messages several times a day and usually call or write back within 24 hours, if not before. If you have a life-threatening emergency you will need to call 9-1-1. In such an incident, please contact me as well and I will follow up on your treatment. If I am on vacation or out of the office for any reason, I will inform you with advanced notice and determine a contingency/coverage plan. Insurance Reimbursement: I am an ‘Out of Network’ provider and you may be able to get reimbursed for our sessions. When requested, I can provide you an invoice with a diagnosis and you may submit this form and be reimbursed partially or fully for therapy sessions depending on your specific policy. Patients are responsible for finding out the specifics of their insurance coverage and reimbursement options.
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Therapy is all about the relationship developed between two people… feeling comfortable enough to open up about things that may make you feel vulnerable, and trusting the other person to hold this space and keep it safe. Having a good fit is KEY. I encourage people to “shop around” and find the best therapist for them. Sometimes that’s me, and sometimes it isn’t. The best way to tell is to meet together, and have some open communication about the things you might be looking for. On my end, I will also be open and transparent if for any reason I do not think I’d be the best therapist for you. If this happens, I can help you find a therapist who might be better suited to your particular situation.
What should I expect about starting therapy with you?
Sometimes people prefer to have a phone consultation first, other times people like to schedule online right away and meet in person. Either way works for me. All my clients complete an online intake packet before attending their first session- this includes my practice policy information as well as some information about yourself. Most people find the intake questionnaire very helpful to getting started.
The first couple of sessions are typically when we will start to get to know each other. It normally takes 3-5 sessions to develop a feel for what our work will be like. It is best if these first sessions happen on a weekly basis. If sessions are further apart to begin with, it is hard to get the needed momentum going.
Do you offer more frequent or less frequent sessions (than weekly?)
YES! I have people who like to come 2x a week, and some who come bi-weekly. As mentioned above, starting out it is best to come at least weekly.
Do you offer online sessions?
YES! I use doxy.me as a HIPAA compliant video session platform. You don’t need an account to sign up; it’s very easy! It often DOES require a good internet connection. Video sessions can replace regular in person weekly sessions, or can be as needed (stuck at the office, childcare falls through or your child is home sick, etc). To attend video sessions you must live in NY State (that’s where I am licensed), or live outside of the US. Regular session fees apply to online therapy, and many insurances will also cover online sessions! (Cigna does!)
Speaking of insurance, do you take my insurance?
I am in-network with all Cigna plans. I am also happy to help you bill and get reimbursed as an out of network provider.
How do I get reimbursed from my insurance for sessions?
First, you will need to talk to your insurance provider and make sure you have “out of network benefits”. If you do, they will provide some information about how much is covered (often a percentage). You will pay me upfront for your sessions, and then have 2 options for reimbursement. Through your personal online portal, you will have access to all your billing documents. Here, you can find a “superbill” after each session- and can submit this weekly for reimbursement. I am also happy to submit claims directly to your insurance provider for you, but will only do this once at the end of each month. Don’t know what to ask your insurance provider to see if you’re eligible- DON’T WORRY! I have a form with all the information you need and the questions to ask.
Why do you ask for a credit card with your intake paperwork?
Like most doctors or professionals where you book an appointment time (and even some restaurants where you make reservations), I keep a credit card on file to reserve your time spot. Your time is your time. I do not double or overbook, and very rarely ever run late. Aside from the very occasional and rare emergencies (approximately once every 3 years), your sessions will start and end on time. If you do not cancel your appointment with at least 24 hours notice, your credit card will be charged the full session fee. Having a credit card on file also is the most convenient form of payment for over 95% of my clients. Don’t worry about carrying cash or checks around- your card can be charged automatically.
What forms of payment do you accept? What method do you prefer?
I take cash, check, Venmo, and credit cards (including FSA/HSA cards!). I love the convenience of credit cards- it’s easy for me, and it’s easy for my clients. Credit cards do charge a small fee, however- so if you prefer to pay by check or cash, that is 100% okay by me!
Are in-person consultations free?
No, all in person sessions (even for a consultation) are charged a full session fee. 15 minute phone consultations ARE free, however, and can be a good way to get questions answered and start to get a feel of what working together might be like.
Please contact me if you have any other questions!