Below are the answers to several frequently asked questions. For a more thorough exploration of these topics and others please review the Guidelines for Treatment Form which you can access on the 'Helpful Forms' page. If you need more information you are welcome to contact me directly.
What happens in therapy?
In the first few sessions I will gather information about your background and the issues that led you to seek therapy at this time. I will then discuss with you my impressions and recommendations for us to pursue in treatment. During therapy we will talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life as well as ancillary matters as they arise, with a view towards gaining greater insight into these problems and implementing more adaptive coping strategies.
How often do I come to therapy?
Most people attend therapy at least once per week. Depending on your current circumstances and needs, we can discuss whether treatment of greater or lesser frequency seems appropriate.
How long will I be in therapy?
The duration of treatment varies from person to person based on one's goals and the nature of the presenting problem.
Is therapy effective?
Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, improved relationships and better quality of life overall. In order for that to happen, you must be an active participant in treatment during the sessions and integrate what was discussed into your life.
What are the fees?
My fee for conducting psychotherapy is $175 per session. I want to make psychotherapy available to as many people as possible, so I offer a sliding scale based upon income and financial need. Other services and treatment activities such as time spent on phone calls over 5 minutes, consultation with other professionals regarding treatment (e.g., teachers, physicians, previous treating clinicians), and the review of psychological reports and records will be charged at a prorated amount.
When is payment due?
Payment of fees is due at the time of your appointment. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, Venmo or credit card.
Can I use my insurance?
I am a participating provider in the Empire BCBS provider network. For those of you who are insured by other companies, I can provide you with a monthly billing statement to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company. You should contact your insurance carrier to determine your coverage for out-of-network benefits.
What happens if I need to cancel or arrive late to a session?
If you are unable to make your appointment for any reason, please call to cancel or reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Except for the most extreme of unforeseen circumstances, if you do not provide me with more than 24 hours' notice that you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you will be charged for the session. Due to the nature of my practice, if you are late I cannot extend our sessions beyond the time it is scheduled to end. Thus, in order to take full advantage of your appointment please arrive on time.
What if I have an emergency?
In case of an emergency, you should call 911 and/or go to their nearest emergency room. Do not call, text, email or otherwise attempt to contact Dr. Gerard regarding an emergency as I do not provide 24 hour patient coverage.