Frequently Asked Questions About My Practice and Sex Therapy
Where is your office?
72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City, near Strawberry Fields. I’m right near the 72nd Street subway station on the Central Park West line. Both the B and C trains stop at this station.
What are your office hours?
My first appointment is usually at 8:00 am, and I usually finish with my last patient around 9:30 pm. I don’t work on the Jewish sabbath.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I don’t participate with any insurance plans. But you’ll get an insurance-compatible billing statement from me to submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
How long do appointments last?
I usually schedule an hour and a half for a first visit. Subsequent appointments are usually 45 minutes to an hour.
What can I expect from a first visit?
First you’ll have time to tell me in detail about the problems you want to address. Then I’ll ask you lots of questions in order to learn as much as I can about your situation, and we’ll discuss the most important aspects. I’ll present to you what I think the most helpful strategies and options might be, and we’ll usually formulate an initial plan of action in the first session.
What is sex therapy, exactly?
Sex therapy is really just psychotherapy, but with a focus on sexual concerns. I may sometimes recommend things to try at home, but in the office all we do is talk. By the way, you don’t have to be in a couple to benefit from sex therapy. And sometimes people with partners prefer to be seen alone—which is fine.
Do you work mostly with individuals or couples?
My day is often split pretty evenly between individuals and couples. It’s often harder for both members of a New York City couple to manage to get to my office at the same time during the day. So I often will see individuals during the day, and couples after hours. I see a fair number of men and women who don’t have partners, or are looking for help finding a partner. I see people who are straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, fluid, kinky, and undecided. I often consult with individuals or couples who are in ongoing psychotherapy with other therapists, but who need a fresh perspective on sexual matters. And I specialize in complex situations where other sex therapists or couples therapists have failed.
Are you an AASECT-certified sex therapist?
Yes. Most good sex therapists are.
What is your therapeutic approach?
Sex and relationship problems are usually complex, so it’s important not to be wedded to a single treatment model. I have experience with a wide variety of approaches. I favor treatments that are collaborative, results-oriented, and have clear goals.
How long does treatment usually take?
That depends. You should come away from a first appointment with a better understanding of your problems—and having learned some specific things you can put into action right away. Sometimes one session is all that’s needed. Many sex and relationship problems lend themselves to quite brief treatment (2-5 sessions). Sometimes longer-term treatment can be helpful, and I have some patients in treatment for months or years. That’s always a highly individual decision.
What do you like most about your work?
Sex and relationship problems can be very discouraging. I like it when someone leaves my office with a renewed sense of hope. I also enjoy working with patients whom no one else has been able to help or understand.
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