Common Questions & Answers


How do I know if I need therapy or not? 

The first appointment with me is called an intake. It's a more formal session where by discussing your concerns we can determine if therapy is the right intervention for you.


How often am I expected to go to therapy? 

Most often people are seen on a weekly basis for about an hour. It really depends on what your needs are. It is most common to start off weekly and as things improve start to come less (i.e.- every other week) until you feel comfortable and don't feel like you need the support of therapy anymore. There are times where I may recommend seeing you less or more. This is all based on the individual and can change over time. 


How do I get started?

There are a few ways to contact me to discuss starting sessions:

  1. You can click here to search available times and request an appointment on my interactive calendar simply enter the site as a "new client"
  2. You can email me directly through the contact me page or using my email address jvlmhc@gmail.com
  3. If you prefer to speak to me over the phone feel free to call my work cell at 347-755-2237 and please leave a detailed message if I am unavailable. Often I am in sessions or with clients and can't answer the phone. I do my best to return all phone calls within 24 hours. 

Please note- If you are experiencing an emergency and you need to speak to someone ASAP contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room*


How do I know if my insurance covers your services?

I will verify your insurance information for you to be sure services are covered. This will be done prior to an intake/initial appointment so you are aware. In order for me to check benefits I need to following information from you: 

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Type of insurance (i.e.- CIGNA- Open Access Plus)
  3. Member ID # 
  4. Provider Services number (back of card)

Are you close to public transportation? 

Yes. My office is conveniently located at the Court Square stop in Long Island City (LIC). Court Square is accessible via bus and subway.

The following subways stop at Court Square connecting you to Eastern Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn: E, M, 7 and G