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FAQ'S

Where is Full Spectrum located?

 

Full Spectrum offices are located in the Flatiron District in New York City. We are steps away from the 6 train at 23rd Street, and a short walk from the N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6, F and L subway lines. We are able to provide remote and telehealth psychotherapy to clients anywhere in New York State. Coaching and consultations are available globally.

 

What is creative arts therapy? Does Full Spectrum also offer regular talk therapy?

Creative arts therapy is a profession that uses active engagement in the arts to address mental, emotional, developmental, and behavioral concerns. Creative arts therapists are trained both in verbal psychotherapy as well as in specific arts disciplines, which may include art therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, and music therapy. Our multidisciplinary training allows us to work successfully with a range of clients, some who have found traditional talk therapy incomplete, particularly when spoken language alone doesn’t communicate the intensity of emotion or the nuance of identity relevant to care. Creative arts therapists tend to be strength-based, trauma-informed, person-centered, and innovative in their approaches to treatment. No previous experience or expertise in the arts is required to benefit from creative arts therapy.

 

Therapists at Full Spectrum are available for creative arts therapy as well as traditional talk therapy. 

 

What does LGBTQ affirming psychotherapy mean? What if I don’t identify as LGBTQ?

 

LGBTQ affirming psychotherapy speaks to the de-pathologization of LGBTQ identities and the celebration of resiliency and pride from a mental health perspective. We focus on meeting the needs of diverse LGBTQ communities because we know that they have been overlooked by clinicians in the past, and still today there is a fraught and complex relationship between the mental health field and many LGBTQ people. Harmful and discredited “conversion” therapies aiming to change sexual orientation and gender identity are still practiced, and transgender and non-binary people seeking gender affirming medical care generally still need a psychological diagnosis in order to access services. All therapists at Full Spectrum have extensive experience and post-graduate training focused on the unique clinical needs of LGBTQ individuals, as well as the social and emotional fatigue resulting from widespread heteronormativity and cisnormativity. Full Spectrum is a trans-led practice, and many of our therapists identify as LGBTQ. 

 

While we are especially skilled and savvy at meeting the needs of our community, all are welcome in the practice regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

 

Will my insurance cover my therapy?

 

Many insurance plans provide full or partial coverage for our services. Most of our clinicians are in-network with Cigna and Consolidated Health Plan (CHP). If you are covered by one of these plans, it is likely that you will be able to access care at no out of pocket cost to you or for the copay amount listed on your card for specialists. Some plans require you to have first hit your deductible, although many plans do not. 

 

If you are covered by an insurance plan other than Cigna or CHP, you may be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company if you have out-of-network mental health benefits. It is always best to contact your insurance company directly to gain clarity about your specific situation, as coverage varies significantly across company and plan. 

 

What are the fees for therapy?

 

Out-of-network 45-minute individual sessions range from $165-$250. Longer sessions are prorated and group therapy rates are lower. If your clinician is in-network with your insurance company, your session may be covered in full, or you may be responsible for a copay each session, usually between $10-$40, although this is negotiated between your plan administrator (usually your employer), and your insurance company directly. We are not able to make any changes to the copays associated with your plan. 

 

Full Spectrum is committed to working with individuals and families who are not able to afford our full session fees, whether they lack out-of-network benefits or are uninsured. All of our clinicians offer generous sliding scale weekly appointment slots. Please contact us for more information about sliding scale openings or any other questions regarding fees and accessibility.

 

 

We are currently offering in-person and virtual sessions. Our therapists and staff have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We practice thorough cleaning protocols in between sessions, and use medical grade H13 HEPA air filtration in our therapy rooms.