THE DILEMMA: Anxiety is a terrible thing. You feel down and are uneasy, but aren't sure why. You wake up with a feeling of dread and urgency - of having missed something. You can't stop your mind from running. You may be unproductive and aren't able to get anything done. You aren't sleeping well, and wake up feeling dread. You find yourself obsessing about a lot of things you can't control. You might be so out of sorts you are nervously asking yourself, "Am I broken?" Whether or not you are, life is like a broken record.
You've talked to friends, looked up cures on the internet, read self help books, distracted yourself with things that usually make you feel better and none of it seems to work for very long. Something is wrong. If this describes what you are going through now, you have my sympathy. It is also possible that you are exactly where you need to be to progress to the next phase of your life. You may be at a cross roads, and the right turn can lead you to a better life.
WHAT TO DO: If you want to take the next step, contact me. We will talk for 5-10 minutes. If you want to see me without talking, send me an email and we'll schedule an appointment. I will strive to help you feel comfortable and get a sense of me as a therapist and as a person.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A FIRST SESSION: For now, I am only seeing patients, including new patients, by telephone, Facetime or Skype. When you contact me, let me know any scheduling preferences. The first session is structured and I will be asking you a lot of questions. We will be determining an initial treatment plan. There is no way to do therapy wrong. Everything that happens is for your benefit.
WHO I AM: A psychologist with a doctorate in psychology and 20 years of experience. Since graduating and obtaining my NY psychology license, I've continued studying from psychologists who get the best results, so that I can deliver results to my clients.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY: That depends on what you want to get out of therapy. If your goal is small and well defined, chances are that therapy may take a few months. More ambitious goals can take much longer. I work diligently, thoughtfully, treat you kindly, and you will definitely learn something new through our work. I have training and experience to do longer term work effectively - such as a pattern of problem or toxic relationships, relationship problems, or a desire to make major life changes.
DETAILS: I accept many forms of payment (credit card, check or cash). I will provide you with receipt so you can be reimbursed by your insurance company, and will help you to ascertain out-of-network benefits (I don't take any insurance, Medicare or Medicaid).
For most people, the therapy experience is shrouded in mystery. They aren't sure what this experience will be like, but hope that it will do what they want it to do. It is most important to see if there is a fit, and to have a good sense that the therapy is giving you what you want and need. I find that once clients have more clarity about the kind of experience they will have (and want to have) in therapy, the initial anxiety about money recedes, and they can make an informed decision.
SELF-DIAGNOSIS: There are all kinds of resources on the internet, but there are some limitations. Some of the information can be misleading, and without input from a trained professional it is difficult to make correct interpretations. Premature and incorrect diagnosis may contribute to that feeling of "something is wrong with me" that is already plaguing you.
Dr. Carolyn AlRoy ReachesNew York City NY