Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST DO TO HELP ME FEEL BETTER?

There are many different theoretical approaches to psychotherapy, and different members of Wall Street Psychologists staff have different orientations. You can read about some of these in the profiles in “Our Staff”’ What all psychologists have in common is that they carefully assess you and your difficulties based on their professional training and on your own assessment of what is making you unhappy, and how you would like to see your situation change. They then set out to help you make changes which will help you move your life in the direction you would like to see it take.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE STAFF MEMBERS AT WALL STREET PSYCHOLOGISTS?

All of our staff are psychologists who have completed a doctoral degree in Psychology, and are licensed by New York State. Many of them have completed additional, specialized training beyond the doctorate.

DO YOU PROVIDE MEDICATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHOLOGIST AND A PSYCHIATRIST?

We are all psychologists. Psychologists have several years of graduate school training, plus a year of internship, in evaluating and treating emotional difficulties. Only three or four states allow psychologists to prescribe medications; New York is not one of them. Psychiatrists are medical dotors (MDs) who first complete the full program of medical training, and then do residency training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are the doctors best suited to prescribing medication for mental health issues, though some primary care doctors may also do so. If it seems that medication may be helpful to you, we will help you find a psychiatrists who can evaluate your situation, and prescribe medication if indicated.

HOW OFTEN WOULD I MEET WITH MY THERAPIST?

All of us believe that regular, once-weekly sessions are essential to productive work in therapy. That is how most of our patients are seen. Some people may wish to be seen more often for part or all of their therapy, but that is a choice they make, in consultation with the therapist.

HOW MANY THERAPY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

This is an impossible question to answer in advance. Some people may find that their immediate problem is relieved after six to eight sessions. It is more common for therapy to continue for a number of months. Often, as the presenting problem is explored, the patient may discover other areas that are valuable to explore. It is the patient’s choice when to stop therapy.

WHAT PROBLEMS, ISSUES, AND AGES DO YOU WORK WITH?

Problems we most commonly work with are anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and work stress. We also help people look at the psychological side of alcohol and drug abuse issues, and will help them find substance abuse treatment programs if indicated.

HOW DO I GET TO YOUR OFFICES?

Our offices are located at 80 Maiden Lane, between Pearl and William Streets, opposite the end of Gold Street.

BY SUBWAY: You can reach us by via the Fulton Street station of the A, C, J, Z ,2, 3, 4, 5, (though on the 2 and 3 trains, the Uptown end of the Wall Street station is closer to our office).

BY BUS: The M5 bus on Fifth Avenue, and the X17, X17A and X19 express buses stop at Broadway and Maiden Lane. The M15 and X15 buses on Water stop at Fletcher Street, close to Maiden Lane.

We are located five blocks from the Pier 11 East River Ferry stop.

HOW CAN I GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT WALL STREET PSYCHOLOGISTS?

If you would like to learn more about our services, we invite you to either email us at , or to call our office, 212-509-2411.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept payment either in cash or check. We do not accept credit or debit cards. Payment of the patient’s share of the charge is expected at time of service.

DO YOU PARTICIPATE WITH HEALTH SAVINGS OR FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS?

We do not participate in these plans in the sense of receiving direct payment from them. We will provide you with detailed bills that you can submit to these plans yourself to receive reimbursement.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COPAYMENTS AND COINSURANCE?

Basically these are the same thing: the share of the cost of each session that is the patient’s responsibility. The difference between the two is a copayment is a set dollar amount, whereas coinsurance is a percentage of the total fee for the session.

WHAT IS A DEDUCTIBLE?

Your insurance policy may include a “deductible”, depending on your particular insurance contract. A deductible is a dollar amount, specified in your insurance plan, which you are responsible for paying out-of-pocket before the insurance company begans to provide coverage. In most cases, the deductible amount applies to all medical services you receive during the year, not just to mental health services.

ARE RECORDS OF MY TREATMENT AT WALL STREET PSYCHOLOGISTS CONFIDENTIAL?

Normally, no information about your treatment at Wall Street Psychologists is released to anyone without your written consent. The only exceptions are if you are endangering your life or that of another, or if your records are subpoenaed in some legal proceeding. If you are involved in any legal proceedings, you should discuss this with your therapist at your initial meeting.

IS THERAPY HELPFUL FOR EVERYONE?

No, like any health intervention, no one approach is helpful to everyone. If we feel that you need some kind of treatment that we do not offer, we will help you find someone who can offer that treatment.

WHAT IF I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE PSYCHOLOGIST I SEE FOR THE INITIAL VISIT?

It is important that you feel comfortable with a person you will be seeing for therapy. If you are not comfortable with the person you first see, we encourage you to let the psychologist know that. Sometimes discussion of your discomfort leads to productive work with the psychologist. If you do not feel the first psychologist is the “right” person for you, we will attempt to refer you to someone else, either within our practice or elsewhere.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

In order to schedule an appointment with us, it is best if we first verify your insurance coverage. Please click on the “Insurance Verification Form” link below. This enables us to be sure which of our staff can see you, and to tell you exactly what your cost will be. We can also determine if any pre-authorization is required. Once we receive your insurance information, we can usually get back to you within two business days to discuss scheduling.

If you have any other questions about obtaining an appointment or would like to learn more about our services, we invite you to either email us, or to call our office, 212-509-2411.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT?

Once we know your insurance coverage, we offer you an appointment with a member of our staff who matches your needs and preferences as much as possible. We invite you to read the profiles of our staff on this website, but not all staff members have open appointments at a given time, and some may not be covered by your insurance.

Clearly, anyone coming to see us for the first time needs to have an initial meeting with our psychologist to see if he or she feels like a good match. In scheduling your first meeting, however, it is important to know the following:

All of us believe that regular, once-weekly sessions are essential to productive work in therapy. . We see our patients at the same time each week, so you need to schedule yur appointment at a time when you will be able to come each week, if you decide you want to continue with the psychologist. Since we are seeing people at the same time each week, it is not possible to vary your appointment from week to week.

WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ABOUT CANCELLED APPOINTMENTS?

When you decide to enter therapy with one of us, your therapist is reserving that appointment time for you every week, until you decide to discontinue. We do allow two canceled appointments within a three month period without charge. If for any reason you miss more than two appointments in a three month period, or if you miss any appointment without notifying us prior to the appoint time, you will be responsible for paying for those sessions at the full amount of your insurance network’s contracted rate with us. Insurance plans will not pay any part of the charge for missed sessions.

Employment Opportunities

If you interested in working with us plese send resume of no more than 3 pages to email wallstreetpsych@gmail.com