Frequently Asked Questions
I've never been to counseling before, how does this work?
After our initial contact - whether by email or phone call, we can schedule your first session. We will send you an email with a link. The link will take you to your personal client portal. Once logged on, you'll have access to your intake forms and our private practice policies. Once you have completed and signed all of your forms, your therapist will confirm receipt, verify anything that may not be clear and also confirm your initial session.
What can I expect our first session to be like?
Your initial session will be a time for you and your therapist to get to know you/your partner/family members more. Your therapist will want to know what brings you into therapy and since you've already filled out the intake forms, may refer to some things that stood out that they would want to know more about. Your therapist will also want to understand your goals for therapy more clearly and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.
How many sessions can I expect to be in therapy for?
Every individual/couple/family coming in for therapy has different needs and goals. The length of time in therapy is dependant on those needs and the goals so the number of sessions and/or "end dates" are hard to pre-determine. Therapy is typically "over" when your goals/needs have been met. You and your therapist will have on-going discussions regarding your individual/couple/family goals throughout your work together. When the normal progression of therapy results in termination, the process leading up to it can take 2-3 sessions.You can also terminate therapy at any time. It is advisable to have a process session when therapy comes to an end as it is usually a valuable experience for both the clinician as well as the client.
What if, due to finances or scheduling, I can't come in for weekly sessions?
Depending on scheduling availability, you and your therapist can discuss having bi-weekly sessions. Talking about what your needs are and how they can be accommodated is important to us. Please note however, that we recommend making a commitment to weekly sessions as therapy is most effective, especially in the beginning stages, with a weekly cadence prior to pursuing bi-weekly sessions.
I've been hearing a lot about "telehealth therapy" - what is it and do you offer it?
"Telehealth therapy" is essentially online sessions. You meet with the therapist from the comforts of your home or your work office. It's convenient since some times schedules do not allow for traditional "in office" sessions. Please keep in mind that not all video platforms like FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom are safe, secure or HIPAA compliant.
Yes, we offer telehealth therapy - and currently only offer telehealth therapy during this time. We use a safe, secure HIPAA compliant video platform through "SimplePractice."
A friend referred you to me but I don't live in New York. Can you still see me?
Michelle Park, LMFT is licensed to see clients who reside in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Supervised interns can also see clients who reside in these states. Associate therapists can only see clients in the State of New York.
Do you see children and/or teens?
We will work with children and teens individually, on a case by case basis. It is our policy, however, to work with the entire family when there are children and/or teens involved in therapy. We believe change happens on both the process and systemic levels so it is important that as many immediate family members, if not all, be part of the therapeutic process.
I would like to get reimbursed by my insurance company for your services. What are some questions to ask them?
Some questions to consider:
Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
What percentage of the fee will my insurance company cover?
Do I have an out of network deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
Since all of ReEnvision's sessions are currently Telehealth, please consider asking your insurance company the following questions as well:
Does my insurance cover Telehealth sessions? If not, how can you can obtain approval for Telehealth sessions.
If your insurance allows for Telehealth sessions, inquire which "modifier" the insurance company uses - either GT or 95.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has a great article that may help you further on this matter.
What are your licensing organizations and affiliations?
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
If you have any questions which you did not find answers to here, please feel free to use the contact form and ask away! Our Care Coordinator will reply to your inquiry within 24-48 hours.