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Clinical Practice

Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Ph.D

Dr. Nicole Amoyal Pensak is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that specializes in treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, and coping with chronic illness. Dr. Pensak typically conducts an initial intake with each client, which takes approximately 60 minutes. Occasionally, the intake may last more than one session. The intake process consists of questions about your personal, mental, physical, social, and developmental history. The intake is also an opportunity for you to get to know Dr. Pensak and her style of therapy. At the end of the intake, treatment goals will be discussed and Dr. Pensak will decide if her practice is appropriate to help you meet your goals. If not, Dr. Pensak will provide appropriate referrals. After the intake process is complete, you may schedule therapy sessions with Dr Pensak.

In terms of therapy, Dr. Pensak is a therapist that conducts a standard, 50-minute therapy hour. During the therapy sessions, Dr. Pensak will work collaboratively with you to help you relieve symptoms and to reach your therapy goals. It is difficult to estimate how long the therapy process will take, as each patient is different. However, it is Dr. Pensak's strong conviction that lasting, deep change, takes time and hard work. Therapy is not meant to be easy, per se. Sometimes therapy may actually feel worse before it feels better. However, Dr. Pensak will provide evidence-based strategies that are uniquely tailored to you. Dr. Pensak often draws from the latest research to influence her therapeutic process, so you can be confident that you are getting the latest, most effective treatment available. 

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Dr. Pensak predominantly practices from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and an Interpersonal orientation, while also infusing Psychodynamic processes, when relevant. You will not be laying on a couch simply answering "how do you feel?" Dr. Pensak provides practical, in-depth, transparent therapy while honoring the complexities of the human experience. Her goal is simply to help you live to your fullest potential. Feel free to contact her directly for a free telephone consultation and to find out more information. 

Prospective Patients

Phone Consultation

Contact Dr. Nicole Amoyal Pensak to set up a brief phone consultation to discuss what you're looking for and if she may be a good fit to work with you. Before beginning therapy, Dr. Pensak will meet with you for an intake session. The intake allows Dr. Pensak to learn more about your symptoms, history, and treatment goals. At the end of the intake, Dr. Pensak will discuss treatment planning. After agreeing on a set of treatment goals, weekly therapy will begin.

Fees

Dr. Pensak is an out-of-network provider. Rates are adjusted periodically, so please call to discuss her current rate. Reduced fee services for those experiencing financial hardship are available on a limited basis. Payment is required at the time of each session and may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Credit cards ARE accepted at this time, but will include a processing fee.

Certain health insurance policies provide coverage for out-of-network mental health services. However, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of fees. On request, Dr. Pensak will provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your health insurance provider or a health savings account. If you plan to use your insurance, you should contact your insurance carrier prior to your first session and ask about your benefits for psychotherapy. Depending on your plan, insurance companies may reimburse 20-80% of the session fee. Check with your health insurance plan for options.

Cancellation Policy

Patients will be responsible for the full fee in the event of a missed or canceled appointment with less than 24 hours notice. Please be aware that insurance companies do not reimburse for canceled or missed sessions and it is your responsibility to pay the fee in full.

 

Vaccination Policy

Dr. Pensak will only see patients and families that follow the CDC's guidelines for vaccinations. To protect the welfare of her patients and family, those that choose not to vaccinate will not be accepted into Dr. Pensak's practice.

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

- Albert Einstein

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