How do I make an appointment? +
To schedule an appointment directly with me, fill out the contact form, email me directly at therapy@DulcineaPitagora.com, or call me at 917-675-3446. If I don't have an opening that works with your schedule, I am happy to give referrals to other therapists.
When and where do sessions take place? +
My office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings. My office is located at 50 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan (near the F, J/M/Z, and B/D trains).
Are remote sessions available? +
Yes. For example, rather than miss your appointment when home sick or traveling, HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing sessions are an option, and take place at Doxy.me/DAPitagora. I am also available for remote sessions as a consultant for those who do not live near enough to meet in person.
Do you accept insurance? +
Not currently, though I can provide you with a receipt that you may submit for out-of-network reimbursement, depending on your insurance plan’s allowances.
Do you have a sliding scale? +
Yes, I do set aside a certain number of appointments to see people on a sliding scale. At the moment, most of those appointments are filled, though there will likely be openings at some point this year. To be contacted when a sliding scale appointment becomes available, please fill out this form.
What forms of payment do you accept? +
I accept cash, check, credit cards, Venmo (@Dulcinea-Pitagora),3) and Squarecash/Cash App ($DulcineaPitagora). Fees can be paid in advance or at the time of the session.
What if I have to cancel or reschedule an appointment? +
Appointments can be cancelled or rescheduled up to 48 hours in advance. Non-emergency cancellations within 48 hours require payment of the full session fee. Last minute cancellations can sometimes be rescheduled the same week, depending on availability, with no additional cancellation fee. Also, remote videoconferencing appointments may be available if you can’t make it to the office (for example, if you’re sick or traveling).
How often can I come to therapy? +
Most find regularly scheduled weekly appointments to be helpful. More or less frequent appointments can sometimes be arranged, though it's usually best to attend a minimum of one session per week for the first month or so. Drop in appointments are also often available on an as needed basis.
How long are people usually in therapy? +
This depends entirely on the individual’s needs and preference. For some people, short-term therapy from three to six months is adequate to address a less complicated problem or issue, while others find long-term therapy that lasts for a year or more to be most effective. Some people enjoy the consistent and neutral support of a therapist to be helpful on an ongoing basis, even when they have no specific problem to work on or issue to discuss.
How is sex therapy different from “regular” therapy? +
Sex therapy is the same as psychotherapy in that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are explored and processed through talking. There are no physical or sexual interactions or demonstrations. Certified sex therapists are required to have the same foundational psychotherapy training as other therapists, as well as additional training related to relationships, sexual and gender identities, and sexual functioning.
Do you have recommendations for other sex-positive providers? +
Yes, I suggest taking a look at ManhattanAlternative.com—a network of therapeutic service providers in New York City who are sex-positive, affirmative, and have expertise related to issues that kink, poly, consensually non-monogamous, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or LGBQ-identified individuals face. Other places people look are NCSF’s Kink Aware Professionals Directory, Psychology Today, and FindATherapist.com.