Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do People Go To Therapy?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy including but not limited to:

How Can Therapy Help?

Long story short: Lots of ways!


The benefits you obtain depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some benefits available from therapy include:

Do I Really Need Therapy? I Can Usually Handle My Problems.

Only you can answer if you need therapy or not.

What Is Therapy Like?

It depends.

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. 

Does What We Talk About In Therapy Remain Confidential?


Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a psychologist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere. Every psychologist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “informed consent.”

however, you may want your psychologist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (e.g., your physician, psychiatrist), but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, Please NOTE:

State law and professional ethics require psychologists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

Click here to view a Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) form that discusses your rights as a patient and the therapist's duties.

Medication vs. Psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 

Can You Prescribe Medication?

Although there is an ongoing active movement to allow licensed psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication, psychologists are only allowed to prescribe medication in Louisiana, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa, and Idaho. It would be wonderful if this is implemented in the states where I am currently practicing in (New York & Florida) since there is a huge demand for psychiatric support but no - I cannot prescribe medication.

Telehealth Services vs. In-Person Therapy?

Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, in-person therapy was the primary mode of service even though telehealth services were available. During the pandemic, there were many research studies conducted evaluating the effectiveness of telehealth services suggesting that telehealth services are as effective as in-person therapy.

Overall, everyone is different and has their own preference in the mode of service. There are pros/cons to both telehealth and in-person services and you get to decide what you want.