Frequently Asked Questions
FGP has a firm 24-hour cancellation policy. Our intake paperwork also explains that clients are charged the full fee for sessions not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that insurance plans do not reimburse unattended sessions therefore copays and co-insurance would not cover any costs pertaining to late-cancelled or missed sessions. The full fee of the session would be charged to your credit card automatically. If you have any objections to this policy please share your feedback with your therapist at intake to avoid any misunderstandings.
We offer a wide variety of options and the price will vary depending on your insurance plan. For uninsured clients in financial need, we offer a sliding scale program. Please contact us for more information.
We accept payment by credit card only. Session payment is made the morning after each session is held. FGP requires a credit card to be kept on file for payment since we do not have other means of accepting payment.
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Evidence-based therapies are psychological treatments that have been researched and demonstrated effectiveness in scientific studies. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely researched psychotherapy approach and is shown to be highly effective for treatment of many disorders including: anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and this approach is also helpful for relationship problems. If you feel ready to roll up your sleeves and tackle the problems interfering in your life CBT may be the right approach for you.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a more structured, interactive and goal-oriented type treatment that targets problems by examining the thoughts and beliefs that lead to emotional distress. Most importantly, CBT therapists assign home practice exercises to allow you to learn skills that you can use outside of session time and experience relief in real time.
TEAM-CBT, also referred to as “TEAM” is an evidence-based framework for conducting cognitive behavioral therapy designed to render CBT more effective. TEAM is simply an acronym that stands for T-testing, E-empathy, A-agenda setting and M-methods. Drawing mainly from cognitive behavioral therapy, the TEAM approach incorporates best methods from various schools of therapy increasing your opportunities for recovery. At FGP, our therapists have all received intensive training in the TEAM approach to psychotherapy to accelerate your recovery process and teach you life-long skills to maintain your well-being in the long run.
FGP offers weekly therapy, at a minimum, to create the momentum necessary to foster therapeutic change. Some people inquire about bi-monthly sessions and while we understand that our clients lead busy lives, treatment for anxiety, depression and other psychological problems requires requires consistent weekly therapy sessions and home practice assigned by your therapist which may include: selected reading, recording of thoughts, and behavioral exercises, depending on therapy goals.
We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans of NY (we are not able to accept EPO or HMO plans), Aetna, Wellfleet and Lyra insurance. We are not contracted to accept Medicaid or Medicare plans.
We do accept most of the other major Insurance plans (UHC, Cigna, Beacon, etc) as out-of-network providers only. Depending on your plan’s coverage, they may cover a portion of the session cost after the deductible is met. You may want to check your plan’s benefits or alternatively our office will be glad to verify your coverage and will even submit claims on your behalf, to make your life easier. Out-of-network plans often reimburse a portion of the session cost after the deductible is met. For your convenience we verify your benefits and submit claims on your behalf after each session. Our balanced billing system assigns clients responsibility for all costs not covered by their insurance plan.
You may have heard of “Intensives” which is when a client meets with their therapist for an extended period of time for therapy per day, over several days. We offer therapy intensives on a limited basis. A practical alternative to therapy intensives is to have extended therapy sessions (90-100 minute sessions).
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While many of our clients choose to have standard, weekly 45 -50 minute sessions, research demonstrates that longer sessions can be even more effective in helping people recover more rapidly. Our clients find that meeting for 90-100 minute sessions allows them adequate space to vent their feelings and receive empathy with more time to try out a wide variety of techniques to feel better.