Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not see your question listed, please either call our office at 941-255-5489 or visit our contact page here.
What are your hours?
I see clients between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. I am sometimes available after 5pm or on weekends to give presentations, assist support groups, etc.
How long does therapy typically last?
Therapy differs for every individual. Typically, I meet with clients one hour per week. 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 she or he wishes to achieve.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Finding the right "fit" in a therapist is very important. While most of my clients have found that we are an excellent fit, surely some have not. In such cases, I will help you find a therapist who better fits your therapeutic needs and your personality, taking in practical considerations as well (e.g., someone who takes your insurance).
When trying to find a therapist, a common mistake people make is trying to find someone who is ‘like you.’ It is often human nature to seek out a therapist who is the same age, gender, sexual orientation, etc., and to believe that only this type of person will be able to understand you based on their own experiences. However, a therapist whose understanding of your struggles is based on their own experiences really doesn’t understand your struggles; they just understand their own. A good therapist understands, appreciates, and values a client’s experiences, feelings, and struggles by listening closely to that person, recognizing their humanity, and sensing their feelings.
What will the first appointment be like?
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 using the forms provided on this website. We will then spend a few minutes addressing any questions you might have and discussing our goals for the day. The goal for the first session is to allow me to gather information about you, since I approach therapy different with every person. 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 summarize 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.
How much does therapy cost?
Dr. Goldman provides an array of psychological services that vary in cost from one another. To find out more about the costs of a specific service, please call (941) 255-5489 or (941) 505-6162 to speak with my office staff.
Do you take insurance?
I am an in-network provider for Medicare and TriCare. However, I can often provide services to individuals with other insurances through their out-of-network (OON) benefits. No matter what insurance you have, my office staff will be glad to help you find out the cost of therapy to you when using your health insurance benefits.
How can I pay for services?
Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, or most major credit/debit cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
48-hour advance notice is required to cancel an appointment. Please be advised that if you are using health insurance benefits to pay for Dr. Goldman’s services, your insurance company will not pay for a missed appointment. As such, regardless of whether you are using insurance or paying out of pocket, you will be charged my $80 for missed appointments and $40 for late cancellations. This may seem displeasing at first; however, when you schedule an appointment with a therapist, you are securing not only his or her 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.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. Psychologists are doctors who provide psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and evaluation services, but are not licensed to prescribe medications. 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.
Do you treat children?
I am an adult psychologist, and do not work with young children. 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. If I were to take on your child as a client, the first appointment would be with the parent(s). If the child’s parents are divorced and have joint custody, written consent for treatment will be required from both parents.
Those seeking treatment for a young child can click on this link.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. I maintain a strict confidentiality policy. No information is released without your written consent except where disclosure is required or allowed by law. Individuals who use health insurance to pay for psychological services agree that their 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 so as to avoid the involvement of their health insurance provider and in order to retain their privacy and confidentiality with their insurance provider.
You can read more about confidentiality and patients’ rights under HIPAA in the Before We Meet tab
What should I do if I am in crisis or in case of an emergency?
In the case of a crisis or emergency, you should call 911. 24-hour crisis stabilization services are also available though select community mental health centers. Sarasota County residents can call Coastal Behavioral Healthcare’s 24-hour Crisis Stabilization Unit at (941) 364-9355, while Charlotte County residents can call Charlotte Behavioral Health Care’s 24-hour Crisis Line at (941) 575-0222.
Can you help me with my legal/court case?
Dr. Goldman is not a forensic psychologist, and does not prepare evaluations, reports, or letters for legal matters.