Frequently Asked Questions

To help determine if our practice is a good fit for you and your family, we have provided answers to commonly asked questions. If you have not found the answer you are looking for, please email us at info@brooklynmft.com or call (646) 801-4195.

Answer: Counseling is short-term treatment that is a practical approach to achieving personal and professional goals. Psychotherapy is longer-term, deeper treatment that gets to the underlying issues that create problems and interfere with satisfaction.
People seek individual treatment for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. Couples may seek Couples Counseling to address relationship difficulties and/or pre-marital counseling. People experiencing chaotic or isolated home lives, ongoing conflicts with family members, and/or desire more cohesive relationships with relatives may benefit from Family Therapy.
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. MFTs focus on understanding their client's symptoms and interactional patterns within their existing environment and treat their clients from a relationship perspective. MFTs have a minimum of a Master's Degree plus two years of post-graduate supervised clinical experience. Visit www.aamft.org for more information.
Yes! Sometimes called "psychotherapy" or "counseling" individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be engaged, dating, married, or partnered) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship they would like to change, and then develops a plan of action to improve each individual's satisfaction and contentment.
Working with a therapist in a safe and confidential setting, couples are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both positive and negative ways. The therapist may assist the couple with addressing any immediate and pressing problems, as well as developing strategies for protecting and enhancing the long-term health and happiness of their relationship.
Family therapy is designed for families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. Families may be in crisis, experiencing transitional issues, increased interpersonal conflict, or simply desire a more pleasant home environment. Family Therapy tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
MFT's have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
Like most private practitioners in New York City, Brooklyn MFT is an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. This means we do not accept insurance directly & payment is due at time of service.  However, if your policy includes out-of-network mental health benefits, we make the reimbursement process as seamless as possible by providing all the necessary paperwork, including receipts and diagnosis codes, in a timely fashion.
It is our experience that most patients with out-of-network mental health coverage are reimbursed for 60 to 80% for the cost of their sessions.  It is helpful to call individual insurance providers to determine level of coverage prior to your initial session.  Here are the questions to ask:
1) Does my policy include out-of-network coverage for mental health services? 2) Does my policy have any deductibles or co-pays?  If so, what are they? 3) Will services provided by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist be reimbursed by my policy?
Counseling and Psychotherapy fees begin at $110 per 45-min session.  Discounts are available via purchase of a 4 session package. Personal Life Coaching fees are $85 per 45-min session.  Workshop and Presentation fees are based on client needs & will be quoted upon request.
Payments are accepted via cash or credit card. Payment is collected at the beginning of each session.
Clients seeking individual therapy will be seen one-on-one with the Therapist.  For Couples Counseling, it is recommended that both individuals attend their sessions together.  Clients seeking Family Therapy are asked to bring all members of the family unit residing in their household and/or with whom they are experiencing relational conflict
Therapy sessions are 45 minutes each and occur on a weekly basis.  Additional or fewer sessions are determined based on client needs & in consultation with your therapist.  A client(s) and therapist may work together for as few as five (5) sessions or as long as several years,  depending on the client's unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Yes. We offer a free initial 15-minute phone consultation to discuss what brings you to therapy and whether our services can be of help to you.
There are no refunds for services provided.
No.  Life Coaching is not a clinical service and thus not reimbursable by your health insurance company.
Please cancel within 36 hours of appointment time.  Any appointments not canceled within 36 hours of the appointment start time, will be charged the full session fee.
You can get started with Brooklyn MFT today by 
1) reserving your initial appointment online, 
2) calling (646) 801-4195 to confidentially discuss your options for counseling or therapy, and/or
3) sending an email request to info@BrooklynMFT.com.