Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between short and long term therapy? 

Short therm therapy is something we specialize in here at The Positive Mind Center.  Short term therapy is an option for individuals who have been generally in good mental health and are experiencing a specific difficulty in their lives.  It may be a life change, or unexpected circumstance that has disturbed your life.  Short term therapy is goal oriented and can be a commitment of 6 -10 weekly sessions. 

Long Term Therapy involves the diagnosis and examination of chronic mental, emotional and mood issues. It frequently involves the examination of personality dynamics and environmental factors contributing to distress and personal confusion. Long term therapy usually lasts between 20 - 40 sessions, one to two times weekly.


How much does therapy cost? 

Therapy can range in cost from $80 - $300 per 45- 50 min. session.  The price depends on the therapist and the type of therapy being done.  


Do you take insurance?

Most of our practitioners take insurance.  The specific companies are listed under each practitioner bio.  For those therapists who do not take insurance they can provide a receipt for out-of-network reimbursement.  Some therapists will also offer a sliding scale in hardship cases.  Insurance typically covers 15 -20 sessions per year.  Please contact the therapist directly for more information.  


How many times a week will I have to come? 

This is something that will be determined by your therapist.  Usually one session per week is recommended but in cases of acute need 2 - 3 sessions per week may be necessary. 


What is the difference between a Psychotherapist and a Life Coach?

Psychotherapists are licensed by the state of New York.  They are able to diagnose and treat psychological disorders and symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma. The therapy process can be one of self discovery, the acknowledgment of personal history and it’s impact on present day interactions.  Life Coaching is a goal oriented process that helps clients develop practical skills needed to progress towards achievable life goals.


What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized in the treatment of personality and behavioral disorders through the use of medication.  Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners will monitor medication use and effectiveness with weekly visits.  A Psychotherapist cannot prescribe or monitor medications.  Psychotherapy is often recommended while on medication to help clients manage symptoms and develop skills that may have been lost or undermined because due to mental or emotional challenges.