Dr. Matthew Paldy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy that focuses on the psychological roots of suffering. Its foundations are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and individual as a way of understanding a person's life and inner world. Unlike other forms of therapy it addresses not only a person's symptoms but their entire self and underlying core psychological factors. This approach results in improved happiness, greater self-understanding, and lasting change. Click here for an overview diagram of the therapeutic process.


How long will it take for me to feel better?

Every person and situation is different. Some people feel better quickly while others choose to stay in therapy longer, either because they face greater challenges or because they want to increase their strengths and capabilities.


It's my first time seeking therapy and I'm nervous!

It's normal to be apprehensive or nervous when seeing a therapist for the first time, but you'll see that it's just you and I talking and looking at ways to understand your situation and help ease your struggles. As we get to know each other our sessions will become more comfortable and familiar.


Does therapy mean delving into my past?

Sometimes. Our past experiences make us who we are today. So in a sense, when we work on ourselves we are always taking into account the past. As the novelist William Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." But understanding the effects of our past is only part of the process. The other is for you to build new strengths and move into a new space of possibilities for your present and future. Therapy helps you live the life you hope for, a life more vital and joyful, to be the person you want to be.


What is your fee and how do I proceed?

My fee changes occasionally, so please contact me to discuss. I offer a sliding scale for those who need it. Finding the right fit with your therapist is important. People are different and complex. Therefore instead of a short phone consultation it's best to meet for a full session. At the end of the session if we decide to work together you'll pay for the session. If not, you won't.

Give me the scoop: Do you take insurance?

Please see my insurance information page here.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Zelle (a payment system offered by most major banks) is my preferred payment method.

Will our sessions and my information be kept confidential?

I protect your confidentiality by following HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) Privacy Practices with regard to your Protected Health Information (PHI). Please read my HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices here.

Do you offer online therapy?

Yes, I offer virtual sessions as well as in-person sessions at 40 West 13th Street in Manhattan.