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Fees and FAQ’s

THERAPY FEES

Individual sessions for Adults (60 minutes) $160
Free Initial Phone Consultation (10 minute)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is your office located?

  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 19 West 34th street, Penthouse floor, New York, NY 10001
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays: 175 Cedar Lane, Suite 8, Teaneck, NJ 07666

What forms of payment do you accept?
All payments are accepted as either cash, check, venmo directed to Natalie Gutierrez, LMFT. Payments for sessions are collected at the beginning of each session.

Do you offer video/virtual counseling?

    Yes. I understand at times it may be difficult to meet in person, and can arrange for video conferencing/virtual counseling with clients whose needs this fits.

What days are you available?

Evenings : Monday through Thursday. Sessions are by appointment only.

Can you prescribe medication?
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am not licensed to write prescriptions. If during our time together you express a need for medication, I can refer you to a psychiatrist, and you may inquire about medication with your primary care physician, so that we may collaboratively give you the level of care that suits your needs.

Do you accept insurance?
If you wish to obtain reimbursement by your insurance company, I can provide you with an invoice for services rendered. Contact your benefits administrator to inquire about out-of-network coverage for mental health services and ask the following questions before scheduling an appointment:

  • Do I have mental health benefits and do you reimburse for a marriage and family therapist?
  • What is the procedure for reimbursement?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How much does my insurance plan cover for an out-of-network provider for procedure code (CPT code) 90834, 90837, or 90791?

Do you provide a free initial consultation?
Yes, the initial consult is a 10-minute phone consultation. This is a time for you to ask questions, explain what is motivating you to therapy, and to get a feel for me as a therapist. If, for any reason, you decide we are not a good fit; or the reason behind you seeking treatment is beyond the scope of my practice, I can refer you to one or more of my colleagues that may better suit your needs.

Why weekly sessions?
We begin our therapeutic work with weekly sessions to assist us in building rapport to develop comfort and trust, as well as, maintain consistency of our work. Eventually, following our months/year(s) of progress together, our weekly schedule may become biweekly or monthly to tailor to your needs and preferences. I do ask that if you decide to work with me, that we initially meet weekly for the first six months to maintain consistency and traction in our work.

How long should I stay in therapy?
Your involvement and participation in therapy is voluntary and you can decide your duration of treatment, whether long term or short term. You can terminate with me whenever you are ready, with a recommended termination process of 2-4 sessions to ensure proper closure of our work together. Long-term work does have the benefit of an even stronger therapeutic relationship, increased opportunity for further personal growth, as well as, improved marriage dynamics.

What if I’m not sure about coming to therapy?
It’s okay and completely natural to be ambivalent about therapy. That’s actually the beginning of the therapeutic process- sharing the discomfort and fears involving therapy and the therapist.  It’s hard to divulge private, precious information to a person you barely know. Sometimes, people also have negative experiences with therapists and naturally generalize and develop an aversion to therapy overall. It’s essential to acknowledge those feelings and express them. I encourage you to discuss them more with me. I believe once you feel heard and validated, we can begin to develop a trusting relationship and become one step closer to building a strong therapeutic foundation.

Now what do I do?
Call me at (347) 903-5063 to discuss options and to ask questions about individual counseling. As an alternative, I can also be reached via email at natalie@traumacounselingnyc.com.

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