FAQs

Where is your office located?

Since I meet clients via computer video or by phone, I have a virtual office, physically in lower Westchester County, NY. If you are in the state of New York, I can meet with you as long as you are in a quiet place.

How do tele-mental health sessions work?

Your sessions with me can either be via secure video conferencing that I have set up exclusively for my practice or in some cases via telephone.

Using video conferencing is simpler than it may sound. Prior to each session, you will receive a link specific to your designated appointment date and time. A few minutes prior to your scheduled meeting with me, you will join the video session by clicking onto the link. I will log in on my end and meet you there.

During an orientation phone call and follow up email, I will provide you with easy-to-follow directions on how to use video conferencing. I will also offer you a free 15-minute trial run of the video conferencing, walking you through the steps.

What happens if I, or you, have technical problems and cannot access the video conferencing or if the connection is poor?

If you are having problems accessing the video session, you will know to call me within 5 minutes. We can have your session via telephone in that case.

If I am having technical problems on my end, I will call you within 5 minutes, and our session will be held via phone.

What are your hours?

My hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 am through 2 pm.

If you require a different day or time, please call me to find out if I can accommodate your request. I am flexible whenever possible.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes.

How do I set up an initial appointment?

There are several ways to schedule a first appointment or to schedule a 20-minute free phone or video consultation:

  • Call me at (914) 400-3617. Please leave me a voicemail on my confidential messaging system if I am unavailable to answer the phone in person.
  • Email me at larissa@therapywithlarissa.com to request a first appointment or free consultation.
  • Fill out the Contact Form on my Website, and I will get in touch with you.
  • Schedule an initial therapy session or 20-minute free phone consultation or video consultation by clicking the button:

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What is your cancellation policy?

Kindly provide 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Less than 24 hours’ notice will result in a bill to you for the full session fee.

Who do you work with?

I work with adults ages 18 through 99+.

I work with women and men. I do not provide services to couples or minors. These populations are better served in face-to-face office visits.

I provide services to individuals who are anywhere within New York State, as permitted by my professional licensing board.

What do you do in sessions with clients?

Every client is unique, so what sessions look like will vary from person to person. In general, during each session you can expect:

  • To talk about the prior week, including challenges, successes, and even challenges that turned into successes.
  • To tell me about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, or anything else that is on your mind.
  • Feedback from me. Lots of feedback from me! In the form of encouragement, empathy, education. Pointing out connections in what you think, feel, do. Help you identify the things in your life that you can control and change.
  • Goal setting, checking in on your goals. To keep you focused on what you are trying to accomplish in therapy.
  • To discuss and practice at least one thing that will help move you toward your goals.
  • Encouragement to practice this one thing over the week. Practice will be reviewed and discussed in the following session.
What modalities do you use in your client work?

A combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. The combination of the two is the most effective therapeutic treatment, according to research.

What is your professional training and experience?
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, since 1994. Additional “R” Psychotherapy privilege, since 2000
  • NYS LCSW License #050308
  • Master of Social Work, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, New York, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Proficient in providing telebehavioral health services. My experience dates back to 2013, when I began working as a consultant at a nationwide Telemental Health company.
  • Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider Training Course Certificate, 2018
  • Supervised (2002-2005) at The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, New York, NY, by the co-founder of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • Albert Ellis Institute Child and Adolescent Therapy Practicum Certificate in REBT through the NYS Office of Mental Health in 2002
  • Primary Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute, 2001
  • Held several progressively responsible supervisory positions within a leading NYC social service agency: Supervisor, Project Director for Project Liberty, Clinical Coordinator of Trauma Treatment Services, Clinic Director, and Vice President of Outpatient Mental Health Services & Family Support Programs
  • As the Project Liberty Director within the above esteemed NYC social services agency, I provided therapy to traumatized individuals, supervised the team of therapists, and provided administrative oversight of the FEMA program which provided free psychotherapy services to those affected by 9/11, the World Trade Center Disaster, 2001-2003
  • American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Mental Health Training, 1997, Massachusetts
  • ARC volunteer Mental Health Worker, Kentucky flood and tornado, 1997, Kentucky
  • ARC Mental Health Worker, TWA Flight #800 crash, 1996, John F. Kennedy Airport, New York
Have you ever been in therapy yourself?

Yes, I have! At different points in my life.

I believe that everyone’s life can be enhanced by participating in psychotherapy at least one time in their lives. Psychotherapy is to mental fitness, as exercise is to physical fitness.

What are your dogs’ names?

Cosmo and Bear.

Are your dogs as soft and fluffy as they appear?

Yes, they are! In fact, their breed name has the French word for “cotton” in it because these dogs are cottony soft.

What is your favorite part of being a psychotherapist?

The part when I get to be there. When I get to witness my client’s “Aha!” moments. It’s so exciting… and fulfilling! It’s why I do what I do.