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Frequently Asked Questions - NYC Family & Marriage Therapy
Location: 29 West 36th Street 5th Floor New York, NY 10018
Phone: 917-740-7199
Frequently Asked Questions



Who attends therapy?

Therapy can be helpful for everyone at different points in your life. It is meant to be a safe place for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings, address the unresolved issues in your life, and work towards an achievable goal. Together with your therapist, you can work through the challenges in your life that are keeping you stuck and are getting in the way of you living the life you deserve.

How often does therapy occur and how long is each session?

Every therapy session at Holding Hope is 45-50 minutes. Double sessions are also available and are 90 minutes. Sessions occur on a weekly basis, however biweekly sessions are also available. While this option may be more convenient for your schedule, most clients tend to experience greater progress and change when meeting more frequently.

Are therapy sessions covered by insurance?

Mara is an out of network provider and does not participate directly with any insurance companies. If interested, she can give you a receipt at the end of each session, which you can submit to your insurance company. Depending on your out of network benefits, you may be eligible to get anywhere from 50-80% of your session cost reimbursed. Call your insurance company to ask about your benefits and to see if you have a deductible for mental health services. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Mara accepts credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover), checks, or cash. Payment is collected at the time of service.

How long will I be in therapy?

Therapy is a journey and one that is difficult to predict, since everyone enters therapy for a different reason. Mara believes that we are always transforming and growing into our greatest selves. Therefore, you may go to therapy once to deal with a specific issue, attend periodically throughout your life, or you may find it helpful to continue on an ongoing basis. Either way, we can work together to find a structure that suits your needs while working to achieve your goals.

What if my needs are greater than therapy can provide?

The first few sessions are considered an initial assessment phase where the therapist can learn more about what’s bringing you in and your specific goals for therapy. In the event that Mara’s training and expertise is not a good fit for your treatment goals, then she would be happy to give you referrals for providers who may be more suitable for you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Seeking help is one of the most vulnerable things we can do and having a therapist who you feel comfortable with is an important first step!