Below are the answers to some common questions that people have about individual, group and couples therapy (marriage counseling) offered by Dr. Marc Shulman:
What can I expect out of therapy and what will I gain from it?
During sessions you will talk about concerns in your life, relevant events from the last week, and areas for improvement. We will both explore underlying roots of your behavior and learn practical techniques that can be implemented into your life.
A typical session is 45 minutes. However, I tailor the duration of our meetings to your needs and some clients will have longer sessions if it is determined that it will be helpful. People usually come for weekly sessions, but if you are in crisis or extreme distress you may come more frequently.
Therapy can enhance personal development, improve relationships, ease the challenges of daily life, and create solutions to problems. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life. Friends and family can be helpful, but therapists are trained to teach new problem-solving skills and provide nonjudgmental and objective feedback. Many people also find that the confidential nature of therapy helps them open up more easily and just knowing that someone understands to be invaluable.
Some of the benefits of therapy include:
How do I know if you are a good match for me and my kind of problem?
One of the most important factors in determining if therapy will be effective is if you feel the therapist you select is right for you. During the first session we review your goals for therapy and develop a treatment plan together. I encourage you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have in order to make an informed decision.
Is the information we discuss confidential?
Yes. The law protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and a psychotherapist. I will keep records of our sessions in a secure file that is only accessible to myself. If I need to consult with another provider or with anyone else about you in order to ensure effective treatment, I will ask you to sign a release form. There are only a few exceptions, which include suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or danger of serious bodily harm to oneself or others. These situations are extremely rare.
How do I make payments?
Payment is made when you arrive for each session. You may pay by check or with cash.
Will my insurance pay for our sessions?
You can contact your insurance company to determine if you have out of network mental health benefits. I can provide you with a receipt for each session that you can provide to your insurance company. The key questions to ask are the following:
I am not directly on insurance panels because they often reduce confidentiality and limit my ability to practice in an individualized fashion to provide you with the best care possible. The cost of my services is often comparable to the “out of pocket” expenses incurred with an in-network provider.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Marc Shulman (psychologist & marriage counselor / couples therapist) with any other questions you may have about therapy at (516) 732-0273.
For more information on the service areas, Garden City (near Rockville Centre) and Lawrence, Nassau County, Long Island, NY, please visit my contact page.