Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions About Therapy and Mental Health

What Should I Talk to My Therapist About?

While you can talk about anything to your therapist, it can be helpful to begin by talking about what brought you to therapy. This can be a number of things, such as a recent pattern of behavior that you’ve been noticing or a relationship that has given you trouble.

How Can I Schedule an Appointment with a Psychologist at BHNY?

BHNY makes it easy for our patients to schedule an appointment with our team. Simply fill out our contact form with your information to request an appointment or call our office. A member of our staff will review your information and contact you.

How Much Does Therapy Cost in NYC?

The cost of therapy in NYC can vary from practice to practice. At BHNY, we work with a variety of different insurance plans that make the cost of therapy more accessible. Our staff will review your insurance benefit after you’ve contacted our office and go over the details of your coverage prior to your first appointment.

How Many Sessions per Week Is Therapy?

Once per week is recommended to start. After certain goals are reached, we may recommend dropping down to every other week before ending treatment.

What Is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy, or virtual therapy, allows you to participate in your therapy sessions in the comfort of your home or office. This can be ideal for patients who can’t make the commute into our office.

Questions About Conditions We Treat

What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

Presently, there is no distinction made between ADD and ADHD. Prior to 1987, these two terms were used to differentiate between attention deficit disorder—which was used for people without hyperactivity—and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder—which categorizes people with hyperactivity. These have since been combined into one umbrella term: ADHD.

Why Is It Important to Identify and Treat Clinical Depression?

Untreated depression can cause a whole host of problems. It can lead to problems at work, social isolation, and put a strain on relationships and family.  People with untreated depression can experience insomnia, loss of appetite, lack of interest in life, and are at a higher risk for suicide.

Do I Need Therapy for Social Anxiety?

Therapy can be a very effective treatment for social anxiety. WIth the help of a therapist, people with social anxiety can learn to manage their anxiety and confront their fears in social situations.

What Does Anxiety Feel Like Physically?

Anxiety can have distinct physical symptoms in each person. However, there are some common physical symptoms of anxiety that are easily recognized:

  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle aches
  • Dizziness

Questions About Therapy Methods We Offer

How Long Does CBT Therapy Last?

CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is generally considered to be short-term therapy and can last anywhere from five to 20 sessions. Your therapist will help you determine how many sessions are right for you.

What Happens in Couples Therapy?

In couples therapy, your therapist will speak with you and your partner about what causes the most tension or strain in your relationship. They will also ask you to talk about the main problems that you’re experiencing as a couple. This information will help the therapist guide you and your partner toward clearer communication and a healthier relationship.

How Many Sessions Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and commitment therapy is considered to be a short-term therapy. ACT will typically last anywhere from eight to 16 sessions, depending on what is recommended to you by your therapist. 

Questions about Psychological Tests

How Long Is an ADHD Evaluation?

ADHD evaluations can vary from practice to practice. However, it is not a quick process. You can expect to speak to your therapist for anywhere from one to three hours in an interview-style format.

What Happens During an ADHD Evaluation?

There are several things that can happen in an ADHD evaluation. Most commonly, patients will undergo a patient interview and some kind of patient assessment, such as the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale or the Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale-IV. Children being screened for ADHD may also undergo a behavioral assessment.

How Can I Test for a Math Learning Disability?

Dyscalculia is a math learning disability, and it can affect both children and adults. Behavioral Health of New York offers screenings for various learning disabilities, including dyscalculia.

How Can I Get Tested for a Learning Disability in College?

To be evaluated for a learning disability in college, you will usually have to undergo a screening, interview, and then testing. Some colleges may offer this type of testing, or they may refer you to someone who does, like BHNY.

Can Adults Be Tested for Learning Disabilities?

Yes, they can. Adults can be tested for learning disabilities using patient interviews and patient assessments to determine if a learning disability is present and the extent of that disability in the patient.

Can I Get ACT Testing Accommodations?

Yes, students with disabilities can request accommodations for the ACT testing by having a professionally diagnosed and documented disability. Such students may benefit from having accommodations for various school tests, from the SATs to everyday class quizzes.