I see clients between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. I am sometimes available after 5pm or on weekends to give presentations, assist support groups, etc.

Therapy differs for every individual.  Typically, I meet with clients one hour per week, though in time we may choose to decrease the frequency of treatment once you start feeling better.  The first few sessions will allow me to gather information that will give me a better sense of your needs, and will give you an opportunity to see whether you feel my approach is the right fit for your needs.  The length of treatment will depend on a person’s therapeutic goals and how challenging those goals are.  Ultimately, the length of treatment is decided by the client, based on the extent of progress they wish to achieve.

Finding the right “fit” in a therapist is very important.  While most of my clients will find that we are an excellent fit, presumably some will not.  In such cases, I will offer to help you find a therapist who better fits your therapeutic needs and your personality, taking in practical considerations as well (e.g., someone who accepts your insurance or whose office is close to where your live or work).

When trying to find a therapist, a common mistake people make is trying to find someone who is ‘like you.’  It is human nature to seek out a therapist who is the same age, gender, race, religion, etc., and to believe that this person will be best able to understand you because they have had similar experiences.  However, a therapist whose understanding of your is based on their own experiences really doesn’t understand you or your struggles at all; they just understand themselves and their struggles.  A good therapist understands, appreciates, and values a client’s background, experiences, feelings, and struggles by listening closely to that person, seeing their humanity, and understanding their unique experiences.

The first appointment is designed to be low-pressure.  You will be asked to arrive early to complete paperwork if you have not done so in advance online.  We will first address any questions or concerns you might have and discuss your goals for the appointment.  My goal for the first session is to allow me to gather information about you, since I approach therapy different with every person based on who they are and what their needs are.  The first session will also give you the opportunity to get a sense of your level of comfort with me before we get deep into the therapy process.  At the end of the session, I will offer my conceptualization of your presenting concerns and will suggest how I think I may (or may not) be able to help you toward you goals.  You will then be able to decide whether you would like to schedule another appointment with me.

I provide an array of psychological services that vary in cost from one another.  Further, different insurances have different copays and coinsurance amounts.  To find out more about the costs of therapy, please call (941) 444-5578 or email me using the contact form located here.

I am an in-network provider for Medicare and Meritain/Gulf Coast Provider Network.  However, individuals who have PPO plans with other insurance companies are typically eligble for (partial) reimbursement through their out-of-network (OON) benefits.  No matter what insurance you have, I will be glad to help you find out the cost of therapy to you whether you plan to use health insurance or not.

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, or most major credit/debit cards.  For those who prefer telehealth appointments, payment is processed through a secure online payment site using a credit/debit card or bank account.  Payment is due at the time of service.

48-hour advance notice is required to cancel an appointment without penalty.  Please be advised that if you are using health insurance benefits to pay for psychotherapy or evaluation services, your insurance company will not pay for a missed appointment or late cancellation.  As such, regardless of whether you are using insurance or paying out of pocket, you will be charged a fee for missed appointments and for late cancellations.  While I wish this were not necessary, when you schedule an appointment with a therapist, you are securing not only their services but also that person’s time.  I typically offer only 6-7 appointments per day, and if one of those few appointments is reserved for you, you are financially responsible for the time you reserve whether you keep the appointment or not.

No.  Psychologists are doctors who provide psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) and evaluation services, but are not licensed to prescribe medications in the state of Florida.  If you are seeking medications, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or a psychiatrist.  If you are interested in both psychotherapy and psychotropic medication, I will be glad to be your therapy provider and offer you a referral to a psychiatrist for medication.

I am an adult psychologist, and do not work with children.  At times I will work with older adolescents on a case by case basis.  If you are a parent of an adolescent and think that I may be a good fit for your son or daughter, I encourage you to call my office so that we can discuss your child’s needs.  In the case that a minor child’s parents are divorced and have joint custody, written consent for treatment will be required from both parents.

I am not a forensic psychologist, and do not prepare evaluations, reports, or letters for legal matters.

No.  I do not provide evaluations or endorsement statements for the purpose of securing special benefits or services (e.g., emotional support animals, educational/work accommodations, Social Security disability, disability insurance policies, service animals, etc.).  If you are seeking or anticipate needing endorsement for special benefits or services, please discuss this with Dr. Goldman prior to scheduling an appointment with him.

Yes.  I maintain a strict confidentiality policy.  No information is released without your written consent except where disclosure is required or allowed by law.  Examples of situations in which disclosure is required or allowed by law include when there is believed to be an immediate or imminent risk or threat of harm to self or others; when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child, elder adult, or vulnerable adult has been or is being abused, neglected, abandoned, endangered, or exploited; allegations made by a patient of sexual misconduct by a licensed healthcare professional; if I am a party defendant to a civil, criminal, or disciplinay action arising from a complaint filed by a patient; and when the release of records or information is authorized by a signed court order.  In addition, individuals who use health insurance to pay for psychological services agree that their full treatment file will also be available to the insurance carrier.  As such, some individuals who have health insurance may prefer to pay for services on their own in order to avoid the involvement of their health insurance provider and to retain the privacy and confidentiality of their personal health information.

You can read more about confidentiality and patients’ rights under HIPAA by clicking here.

I am not reachable outside of designated work hours and am not reachable while in session with other clients.  In the event of a crisis or emergency, do one of the following immediately:

  1. Dial 911
  2. Call or text 988 to connect with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, or chat at 988lifeline.org
  3. Contact the 24-hour Crisis Stabilization & Behavioral Health Mobile Response Team at First Step of Sarasota (941-364-9355)
  4. Visit your nearest emergency room

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