Taking the first step to begin psychotherapy can be overwhelming. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. Dana is available by phone or email to answer any questions you may have about getting started. If you decide to make an appointment, Dana takes time during your first meeting to get the best sense of your concerns and goals and tailors a therapeutic approach that meets your specific needs.
Getting started in Therapy and FAQs
- How can therapy help me?
- What is Child Therapy?
- Signs your child may benefit from a consultation with a therapist
- What do I expect out of therapy for my child?
- How long does it take to get an appointment?
- How often do I come to see you?
- How long do I see you for?
- Where are you located?
- Are services confidential?
- How can I pay for my session?
- Do you take insurance?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Approaches for child therapy can vary broadly across the spectrum. My therapeutic approach involves a comprehensive overview of the child and family history to determine the best treatment plan for your child.
Using principles of CBT and mindfulness, among other therapies, I work with the child or teen to provide insight into their struggles. My sessions with children and teens help to improve emotional regulation and change difficult behaviors, while also respecting their own autonomy.
In some cases, such as attachment and trauma, individual child counseling is just one part of the puzzle when children are in therapy. The key to a successful therapy outcome is when all those who are involved in the child’s life take an active role in helping make sure that those goals for the child are maintained. In an accepting environment, I help teach families (and all important members of a child’s life) how to bring a mindful understanding to their child’s behavior. This collaborative relationship promotes awareness and helps set realistic and achievable goals for the child.
- developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
- learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
- behavioral problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
- a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
- episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
- social withdrawal or isolation
- being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
- decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
- sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
- insomnia or increased sleepiness
- excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
- mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
- development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
- management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness
- signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
- problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
- bereavement issues
- sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
Child therapy is intended to be solution-focused and short term. The goal is to help parents and children work together on the identified issue, monitor positive outcomes and transition out of therapy once goals are achieved.
When working with a child, Dana always meets with the parent(s) individually for the first session. This is intended so that a comprehensive history of the identified issue can be discussed and treatment goals can be established. Parent sessions are then scheduled throughout the course of treatment to discuss progress toward the identified goals.
In most cases, appointment availability is possible within the week. Evening hours and occasional weekend hours are available to accommodate a client’s busy schedule.
This is usually up to the preference and availability of the client. Weekly sessions are most common, but bi-weekly, and even monthly are not unusual based on the need for therapy.
Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions initially.
Dana practices out of two office locations: Hartsdale, NY located in Westchester County, and Norwalk, CT located in Fairfield County.
The Hartsdale location is conveniently located near all major highways, including I-287, the Bronx River Parkway and the Sprain Brook Parkway. The office is on the 3rd floor of The Fortune Building across from the Trader Joe’s-Best Buy Shopping Center. It is easily accessible from Scarsdale, White Plains, Tuckahoe, Yonkers, and other Westchester County towns. Clients also travel from Greenwich, New Caanan and other areas in Fairfield County, CT. There is plenty of parking in the building lot, as well as free valet for added convenience.
The Norwalk office is located just off I-95 (Exit 16, East Avenue): 108 East Avenue, 2nd Floor, Norwalk, CT. It is conveniently located near Stamford, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, and other Fairfield County towns.
All services are confidential, to the fullest extent of the law.
Dana’s rate is $250 for a 45 minute intake. Sessions are $225 for all 45 minute sessions thereafter. Dana accepts cash, check, FSA and other credit cards.
Dana is purposefully not part of any managed care panels, because of the limitations insurance companies place on providers and consumers. As a courtesy to clients, Dana will complete and submit all insurance claims for clients who have out of network benefits. This means that once a deductible is met, a client will begin receiving reimbursement checks directly from his/her insurance company, without having to do any of the paperwork.