Questions are welcomed here. We believe in transparency.

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

A: At Gold Therapy NYC, we want to help you understand yourself fully. We want you feel good about who you are. We want you to feel empowered, trusting of yourself, and confident in your own ability to live the life you want. Our New York therapists are extensively trained professionals who will work with you on the issues and concerns you want to address for as long as you need. At the beginning, we’ll spend time getting to know you and the troubles and challenges that led you to therapy. We are committed to understanding you as deeply as possible so that we can best guide and support you. You and your therapist will talk about what it is that you’d like to further explore, understand, or change. The more we can learn about who you are, the life you’ve lived, and the life you live now, the better equipped we will be to help you. If you have any questions about the process itself, your therapist will be as transparent as possible about what you can expect from working working together. We pay very close to the relationship we build with you because we want you to feel safe, understood, and hopeful about the work you’re doing in therapy. Our therapists are committed, dedicated, and passionate about helping you to heal, grow, and thrive.

How do I know if I should consider therapy?

Deciding to seek therapy in New York is a personal choice, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Having said that, we believe that therapy can be helpful to just about anyone. Many individuals find therapy beneficial when they feel anxious or depressed for extended periods; find it challenging to cope with daily stresses; notice a decrease in performance at work due to emotional struggles; experience significant life changes; face repetitive patterns of behavior that cause distress; experience trauma; want to improve the way that they handle difficult emotions; want to understand themselves or their relationships better; or desire personal growth.

How long should I commit to therapy, and how long will the process last?

We don't believe that anyone should feel compelled to make an ironclad commitment. You have the right to withdraw from therapy at any time; however, we recommend trying a minimum of eight sessions before determining whether therapy is or isn’t helping. It takes time for you and your therapist to build a relationship, and also for your therapist to get to know you. Change doesn’t happen instantaneously, so it is worth investing the time to determine whether therapy is helping you. The duration of therapy will depend on what you’re seeking help for. You might find relief in a few weeks, or it might take months, or longer. Our goal is not to keep you in therapy forever! Your therapist will share feedback about how long you can expect the process to take, based on the nature of your concerns and your goals.

How will our relationship be different than the relationships I have with friends?

Your wellbeing will always remain our priority. Loved ones, though well-meaning, often have emotional investments in the situations being discussed and may have their own preferences or biases about what you "should" do. Unlike a friend, we are trained to remain impartial and objective, and we don’t have a personal stake in your decisions or actions. A friend might rely on their own personal life experience to make helpful suggestions, which might not be appropriate for every situation. Our highly skilled New York therapists rely years of specialized training to help guide you. 

Do you assign homework to practice or books to read between sessions?

Absolutely. We may suggest a book if it’s relevant to your needs and would be beneficial for you to read. If you’re someone who enjoys journaling, we’ll provide ideas and suggestions for journaling that promote self-reflection, self-awareness, and mindfulness. If you learn a new skill or tool in therapy, we’ll provide specific suggestions about how you can best practice it between sessions. Not everyone wants “homework” and it’s never mandatory; however, if you would welcome opportunities to self-reflect or try new skills, your therapist certainly provide suggestions.

How can I tell if I’m benefitting from therapy?

In time, you’ll begin to notice that things are shifting. Your relationships are less conflict-ridden, and healthier overall. You have an easier time speaking up and expressing your needs. You’re more comfortable setting boundaries. You feel more in control and less driven by unhealthy or unhelpful habits or behaviors. Your anxiety no longer runs the show. Your depression has dissipated. You carry less stress. You’re better able to identify what you’re feeling, and you know the right way to take care of yourself. You have self-compassion. Benefitting from therapy means there’s observable progress toward your goals. When you begin therapy, your therapist will help you to identify what to look for, and how to notice progress.

How will I know when to end therapy?

Most individuals know when they’re ready to end therapy because their lives have improved and the problems that led them to seek treatment have either been resolved or no longer cause distress. If you tell your therapist you’re ready to stop therapy and your therapist thinks there’s more work to be done, then we will be transparent in our feedback. You can still leave! The decision ultimately rests with you. If your therapist thinks you’re ready to end therapy, we’ll have that discussion long with you before the day you leave. Often, individuals who attend therapy weekly might first transition to every-other-week before ultimately stopping therapy.

Does Gold Therapy NYC accept insurance?

We do not accept insurance. In our experience, insurance companies push undue emphasis on expedient outcomes, which can jeopardize the integrity of the therapeutic process. Although your goals in therapy are always our primary interest, the gains you achieve in treatment cannot be sustained if the process is rushed. If your insurance plan decides to stop paying for treatment before you are ready to end therapy, then we would be bound by that limitation. By choosing not to work directly with insurers, we have chosen to work without constraints that would otherwise limit and hinder the therapeutic work that we facilitate. We would advise you to contact your insurance plan to determine whether you have out-of-network coverage for mental health treatment. At the end of each month, your therapist will provide you with the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company so that you can receive reimbursement as per your plan’s policy.

Do you offer online or telehealth sessions?

Yes! We are a fully remote practice, meaning all our sessions are conducted virtually. We engage in telehealth a HIPAA-compliant platform to ensure your confidentiality. This allows you to participate in therapy from the comfort of your own home, or the place of your choosing.

How do I get started?

You can reach out to us anytime by completing a simple form and providing your contact information. If you know who you’d like to work with, you can select that therapist’s name. Otherwise, we will schedule a time to speak and make a recommendation based upon your needs, goals, and preferences. As soon as we receive your message, one of our therapists will reach out to schedule a 15-minute introductory call. If you decide to move forward, we’ll walk you through the steps to get started, and you and your therapist can schedule your first appointment. Reach out today. We look forward to being a part of your life’s journey.

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