Frequently Asked Questions
You Ask - I Answer
How long does each session take?
That depends on the service. Therapy sessions will generally be between 45 and 55 minutes. Testing intakes and feedback sessions are usually 1-2 hours long. Testing sessions themselves run between two and four hours long, depending on what the person testing is comfortably able to manage.
Do you accept insurance? What about sliding scale rates?
I am currently not in network for any insurance plans. If your insurance offers out of network benefits, I am happy to provide bills with all relevant information to ensure you are reimbursed. I do understand that therapy and testing can be expensive, however, and so I do offer sliding scale rates for both therapy and testing services. More information about this can be found in the Important Documents tab.
Where are you located?
I currently have office space only in Teaneck, NJ, but continue to see patients via telehealth. My licensure allows me to see patients in NY, NJ, and any state covered by Psypact legislation. (Check here to see if your location is included.) My physical office can be found at 416 Cedar Lane on the second floor. My virtual sessions take place at https://doxy.me/avigailgordonphd.
Do you have evening hours?
I do have some evening hours available, but they are limited. Some people are able to make "daytime" hours work by leaving work early or going in late one day per week, or to come to therapy during a lunch hour.
It is important to note that I do not conduct evaluations in afternoon or evening hours. While some psychologists will do testing after school, I do not believe that those circumstances allow us to see your child's best performance. Therefore I only conduct testing during morning hours, so your child can put their full energy into the evaluation, and not have to dig for those resources after a long school day.
Who shouldn't work with you?
This is an important one, because I believe that the right fit between therapist and patient is essential. For therapy purposes, if you're looking for a "quick fix," chances are I'm not going to be the therapist for you. I believe that the issues that lead us into therapy are complex, and that taking the time to understand and address them is the only way to overcome them. Similarly, while I do incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques into my work, if you're looking for a strict CBT approach, we're likely not a good match.
For testing, if you know the diagnosis you're after, or you definitely want extended time (just as an example) and will only be satisfied if the report backs you up, then I'm not the evaluator you're looking for. If the data fits, I'm happy to give a diagnosis and recommendations to address it, but I cannot guarantee any diagnosis or accommodation recommendations without evaluating your child to see if that diagnosis fits, in my clinical judgment.