Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I expect from working with a therapist at Gold Therapy NYC? 

Therapy sessions are a safe, confidential space for you to talk about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. A therapist’s role is to listen without judgment, offer guidance, and help you gain insight into yourself.  During sessions, you and your therapist will work together to identify your goals, explore your challenges, and develop coping strategies that work for you.  The process is collaborative and tailored to your unique needs. Whether you need a supportive ear, practical tools, or a fresh perspective, therapy is a journey of self-discovery and growth.

Is what I share in therapy truly confidential? Who will have access to my information?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship. What you share in therapy is protected by strict ethical and legal guidelines. As licensed therapists, we are bound by confidentiality, meaning that we cannot disclose your information to anyone without your explicit consent, except in rare situations where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, or if required by law. Your privacy is our utmost priority, and you can trust that your sessions are a safe space to express yourself freely.

Will people judge me for going to therapy? Does seeking help mean I'm weak?

Absolutely not! Seeking therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. It means you're self-aware, proactive, and committed to your personal growth. In today's fast-paced world, taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Therapy is a judgment-free space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of stigma. Remember, everyone faces challenges, and there's no shame in reaching out for support.

I'm unsure about what actually happens in therapy. Can you walk me through the process?

Therapy is a collaborative process tailored to your unique needs and goals. In our initial sessions, we'll spend time getting to know each other and discussing what brought you to therapy. We'll explore your background, experiences, and the challenges you're facing. Together, we'll identify your goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. During subsequent sessions, we'll work on developing insights, practicing new skills, and addressing the thoughts and behaviors that may be holding you back. Therapy can involve a variety of techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and emotion regulation strategies. Throughout the process, we will provide guidance, support, and a safe space for you to express yourself and grow.

How can I fit therapy sessions into my already busy schedule?

We understand that finding time for therapy can be challenging, especially with a packed calendar. However, prioritizing your mental well-being is crucial. At Gold Therapy NYC, we offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate busy professionals. This may include early morning or evening or weekend appointments, or scheduling week to week depending on your calendar. Together, we can find a time that works best for you and ensures that therapy becomes a seamless part of your self-care routine.

Is therapy affordable? Will my insurance cover the costs?

 Therapy is an investment in yourself and your future. While costs can vary, many insurance plans offer coverage for mental health services. Gold Therapy NYC is considered to be an out-of-network provider, meaning we do not work directly with insurance. However, if your insurance plan has out-of-network benefits, then you might be eligible to receive a sizable reimbursement for the cost of therapy. In fact, some of our clients pay as low as $40 per session because insurance provides reimbursement. If you're not sure about your out-of-network coverage, we're always glad to look into it for you.

Is online therapy as effective as in-person sessions? I'm worried that telehealth might not be as helpful.

Research shows that telehealth is just as beneficial as in-person sessions. In fact, telehealth offers several unique advantages that can enhance your therapeutic experience.

One of the main benefits of telehealth is convenience and accessibility. With online sessions, you can access therapy from the comfort of your home, eliminating the need for travel and making it easier to fit sessions into your busy schedule.

Importantly, online therapy still provides the same core components of effective treatment, including a strong therapeutic relationship, emotional support, and evidence-based techniques. At Gold Therapy NYC, we are committed to creating a warm, empathetic, and collaborative environment, regardless of the format.

If you have any concerns about telehealth, we encourage you to discuss them during your consultation. Together, we can explore whether online therapy is the right fit for you and how we can optimize the experience to best support your needs and goals.

How long does therapy take to work? Will I see results quickly?

The timeline for therapy varies from person to person, as everyone's journey is unique. Some people may experience relief and progress within a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term support. It's important to remember that therapy is not a quick fix, but rather a process of self-exploration and growth that leads to lasting and sustainable change. We'll work together to set realistic goals, and celebrate your progress along the way. While change takes time, commitment, and effort, the skills and insights you gain in therapy can have a lasting impact on your life.

I've heard mixed things about therapy. How do I know it won't be a waste of time?

It's understandable to have doubts about the effectiveness of therapy, especially with so much conflicting information out there. However, research consistently shows that therapy can lead to significant improvements in mental health and overall well-being. The key is finding the right therapist and approach that resonates with you. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it's essential to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who tailors their approach to your specific needs. It's also important to remember that therapy requires active participation and commitment from both the therapist and the client. By engaging fully in the process, being open to feedback, and practicing new skills outside of sessions, you can maximize the benefits of therapy. While progress may not always be linear, the insights, tools, and self-awareness gained in therapy can have a lasting impact on your life.

I'm worried about opening up and being vulnerable in therapy. How can I feel more comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings?

Opening up and being vulnerable can feel scary, especially if you're used to keeping your emotions guarded. It's important to remember that therapy is a safe, non-judgmental space designed for you to express yourself freely. As your therapist, our role is to create an environment of trust and acceptance, where you can share at your own pace. We'll work together to build a strong relationship based on empathy, respect, and understanding. You can start by discussing your concerns about vulnerability, and we'll explore ways to help you feel more comfortable sharing. With time and practice, you'll find that opening up can be a liberating and empowering experience.

I'm afraid of being judged or misunderstood in therapy. How can I trust that my therapist will really "get" me?

The fear of being judged or misunderstood is a common concern, but it's important to know that therapy is a judgment-free zone. As therapists, our role is to listen with empathy, respect, and an open mind. We're here to understand your unique experiences, not to pass judgment or impose our own beliefs. Building trust is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship, and we're committed to creating a safe space where you feel heard and validated. If at any point you feel misunderstood, we encourage you to share those feelings. Open communication is key to ensuring that we're on the same page and that you feel truly supported. Remember, therapy is a space for you to be your authentic self without fear of criticism or judgment.

I'm nervous about facing my emotions. Is it normal to feel scared about starting therapy?

It's completely normal to feel nervous or scared about starting therapy. Opening up and exploring your emotions can be intimidating, but it's also an incredibly brave and rewarding step. At Gold Therapy NYC, our therapists create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can express yourself freely and at your own pace. We'll work together to build trust and help you feel comfortable discussing your concerns.

Remember, therapy is a collaborative process, and you are in control of your journey. It's okay to take things one step at a time and to be gentle with yourself as you navigate new territories.

I'm anxious about making changes in my life. How can therapy help me overcome this fear?

It's natural to feel anxious about change, even when it's a positive step forward. Therapy can be a powerful catalyst for change, but it's common to fear the unknown, or worry about how these changes might impact your life.

It's important to remember that change is a gradual process, and you are in control of your therapeutic journey. We're here to provide guidance and support at a pace that feels manageable to you. Together, we'll help you manage anxiety and build resilience in the face of change. Making personal changes takes courage, and seeking therapy is a brave step. By committing to the process and trusting in your resilience, you can overcome your fear and create meaningful, lasting transformation.

My family doesn't believe in therapy. How can I navigate this and still get the help I need?

Dealing with family members who are skeptical or unsupportive of therapy can be challenging. It's important to remember that seeking help is a personal decision, and you have the right to prioritize your mental well-being. While it may be difficult, try to have an open and honest conversation with your family about why therapy is important to you. Share how it's benefiting your life and helping you grow. If they still struggle to understand, remember that their views do not invalidate your experiences or needs. Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends or loved ones who respect your choices. And know that as your therapist, we are here to support you every step of the way, regardless of your family's beliefs.

I'm ready to start therapy. What are the next steps?

To get started, send us a message and schedule your free therapy consultation. You're welcome to select a therapist who you'd like to work with, but don't worry if you're not sure. During the consultation, we'll discuss your goals and concerns in more detail to determine which therapist is the best match for you.

When you send us a message, you'll have the option to provide your insurance information. This will allow us an opportunity to look into your out-of-network coverage ahead of our conversation.

At the end of your consultation, we'll schedule your first appointment and email you our digital intake forms. If your questions haven't been answered here, you're welcome to send an email to

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