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Does the term "functional addict" seem to resonate with you?
Your addiction, substance abuse, or other behavioral dependency may not have yet not wreaked havoc on your life, at least not in your job or career.  In other words, you may be considered successful because you have a good job and income.  However, despite your job or career success, you feel your addiction or dependency is "catching up" to you and putting you at risk for health issues, adversely impacting your love life or other relationships, and making you feel out of control in many ways.  You may even worry that it could eventually jeopardize your job, or at the minimum prevent you from getting to the next level of your career, which is challenging enough in the competetive atmosphere of New York City.  If this sounds a lot like you, then I can help.

My successful treatment strategy for making progress in both your addiction and other personal struggles involves an integration of cognitive-behavioral strategies and “harm-reduction" principles.  Cognitive-behavioral techniques are exemplary for changing behaviors and reducing negative emotions, and the “harm reduction” model is excellent for reducing the ill effects of an addiction or behavioral dependency.  As such, the two combined can help an individual make substantial changes with his or her addiction or other dependency along with other important areas of life.  Unlike "traditional addiction treatments", my experience and training has lead to my current view that a person is not defined by his or her addiction and it is not a disease.  Also, that person's problems are not all due to the addiction.  In fact, many times, a person develops an addiction or behavioral dependency to cope with problems.  As such, I treat the whole individual and all of his or her struggles, and this in turn makes that individual far less likely to return to problematic behaviors. 

Truly happy and fulfilled people do not abuse drugs and alcohol because thery are truly happy and fulfilled.  This is what I believe, which differs from Anonymous groups (AA, NA, etc.) that believe people become addicted because they have the "addiction disease".  So many people in these groups do not overcome their addiction because having followed the principles and become abstinent, and coerced to do so I should add, they continue to fail to become happy and fulfilled.  Again, this is because the "other" and likley "primary" problems are still being neglected.  And when you fail to become happy and fulfilled after following these groups' principles and rules for abstinence, do you know what you are called?  A "dry drunk"!  Imagine having been sober for years and stilll unhappy and continued to be labeled in such a derogatory manner.

My approach emphasizes progress in any form but I work tiredlessly to help you experience significant gains that lead to substantial relief from your symptoms and struggles!  We strive for measurable improvements in all problematic domains in  your life.  Big leaps of progress can sometimes occur quickly, but the most important goal of my therapy is “sustainable progress”.  I would rather have you make a small bit of progress in one month that you can maintain, rather than a big improvement that does not last.  However, I am not content until you start becoming truly happy and fulfilled in your life.  While i cannot take full responsibility for your life, I do take a lot of responsibility for your treatment success.  We work as a team, and if you fail to succeed, then we both fail, and I do not like to fail!
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Individual Psychotherapy (60 minutes) 
Group Psychotherapy (90 minutes)

***Skype sessions available for those living and working outside of NYC***
I do not take insurance as an in-network provider.
However, I do work with clients' out-of-network insurance coverage and benefits. In order for you to know how much your insurance company will cover, you can find out all you need to know with one phone call to your insurance provider as long as you know the following questions to ask:

1. Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
2. How much is my deductible?
3. After the deductible, what percentage of the fees will be covered? 

Example: If your insurance company's reimbursement rate is 75%, and my session fees are $200, you would be reimbursed $150.  That means after meeting your deductible, you would be paying $50 per session.  However, you are responsible for paying the full session fees upfront, and then each month after a claim is submitted, you would receive one lump sum for reimbursement of that month's session fees directly from your insurance company.