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Does Modern Intimacy Offer Free Therapy in NYC?

 

The cost of mental health care can be steep. One of the most common barriers in the way of people receiving mental health care is the high cost of attending therapy on a regular basis. Many people need more than just a session or two so it can be a large investment that some don’t have the resources for. We know that working with a licensed therapist can be costly and oftentimes isn’t covered by insurance plans, so we’ve developed a training program that will ideally make therapy more accessible.

 

While Modern Intimacy is a therapy practice, we also are a training site for graduate students who are in the practicum stage of their education. Practicum means that the students are starting their clinical hours needed to eventually take their licensing exam to become a licensed mental health professional.  Since these providers are students, also called externs, we offer a significantly lower rate and free services for those who are open to working with a pre-licensed student.

 

We do not currently offer free therapy in NYC with an extern to support groups and family therapy. If you are looking for those services, we’d be happy to speak with you more about available options.

 

Do Externs Have Enough Experience to Conduct Therapy?

 

Externs are in the early stages of their clinical experience. While they don’t have years of therapy under their belt, they are gaining specialized experience working at our practice, under diligent supervision on a weekly basis. Since externs are pre-licensed students, we are able to offer a much lower rate than we are able to for our more seasoned therapists.

 

To ensure that externs are providing the most adequate and ethical therapy, they are assigned a supervisor who they meet with weekly. All externs at Modern Intimacy are supervised by our founder, Dr. Kate Balestrieri, who is a licensed psychologist, certified sex therapist, and certified sex addiction therapist. Dr. Balestrieri oversees the training program, hand selecting appropriate candidates, and ensuring all services rendered are up to the high standards we set at our practice.

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      What Mental Health Problems and Concerns Can Externs Help With?

       

      During their training at Modern Intimacy, externs are gaining experience around myriad mental health and mental illness concerns. We offer free therapy services including some of the following:

      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Panic attacks
      • Work stress
      • Major life changes
      • Trauma
      • Sexual dysfunctions
      • Anger management
      • Relationship issues
      • Substance abuse
      • Exploring sexuality
      • LGBTQ+ affirming therapy
      • Sex positive therapy
      • Body image issues

          My Partner and I Need Help. Can We Do Couples Therapy with an Extern?

           

          Our extern program offers individual and couples therapy. If you are going through problems in your relationship or just need an objective party to help move through a stuck point, our externs can work with you and your partner. Some common issues our extern(s) assist couples with can include:

           

          • Communication struggles
          • Improving sexual satisfaction
          • Mismatched libidos
          • Conflict resolution
          • Relational disagreements
          • Differences in sexual preferences
          • Introducing alternative relationship styles
          • Gracefully navigating breakups
          • Navigating sexual dysfunction
          • Familial conflict

          I Don’t Live in New York City, but I Live in New York. Do You Offer Free Therapy in NYC Online?

           

          At this time, all mental health services and free therapy in NYC at Modern Intimacy are conducted virtually. We use a HIPAA compliant Telehealth platform that allows clients to meet with their therapist virtually over video. For your convenience, session links are emailed to you automatically before each session. Be sure to be in a quiet and private setting during your sessions so you can feel comfortable to speak freely with your therapist during sessions.

           

          How Do I Know if I am a Good Fit for an Extern? What are the Next Steps?

          In order to make sure your goals and needs are within our extern’s scope of practice and competency, before booking a session, we offer a free 30-minute consultation with our Intake Specialist. During this call, our Intake Specialist will learn more about your therapeutic needs and make sure that our extern can adequately help.

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