The Taconic Counseling Group
Psychologists serving Dutchess County, Putnam County, Westchester County, NY and surrounding areas.
Experience Makes All the Difference
Expertise is Essential
Compassion is the basis for Change
In Practice Since 1975

Psychologists serving Dutchess County, Putnam County, and Westchester County, New York & surrounding areas.

Hours are available in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Mt. Kisco, & Scarsdale, New York

What We Do: Why The Taconic Counseling Group?

Our Fishkill, Mount Kisco, Scarsdale, and Poughkeepsie offices offer:

The Taconic Counseling Group is a private practice consisting of six New York licensed psychologists with university affiliation and postdoctoral training. We are a group of experienced practitioners who have worked in the Hudson Valley and helped people with their challenges and growth since 1975. Because we each have certain specific areas of expertise, we expand each other's range of knowledge in ways that benefit you. We guide you to the practitioner best suited to help you and, when appropriate, we confer with each other and work collaboratively. We have a weekly case conference so that all our clients can benefit from our collective skill and wisdom, taking great care to safeguard confidentiality. In these ways, each of our specialties informs your treatment or the treatment of your family.

In our work, we draw from a wide variety of treatment modalities and techniques. Some, like psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, relational, existential therapies, systems theory, and psychoanalysis are well established approaches. Others, like hypnosis, visualization, and EMDR, are considered more innovative techniques. It is our belief that every person and situation is unique, and we work to craft the most appropriate treatment plan for each person and circumstance. Group members also collaborate in researching and developing specialized treatment programs for trauma, marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, divorcing families, and collaborative divorce.

Because of our training and years of experience in clinical practice, we have had the opportunity to teach, supervise, and conduct trainings for psychologists, educators, and other professionals. We know the importance of staying current with new developments in our field, and remain committed to incorporating in our practice up-to-date training in new research and techniques. This allows us to offer an increasingly wide range of services and cutting-edge alternatives.

We believe that, with the right support and resources, people can be effective in finding solutions to many of the complex emotional difficulties they face in their lives.

Taconic Counseling Group : Our Practitioners

Our Practitioners

Experience Makes All the Difference
Expertise is Essential
Compassion is the basis for Change

Areas of Expertise

Some of the areas in which we specialize:

Adults

Children and Adolescents

Relationships

Our Articles

Child & Adolescent Growth and Development

Relationships and Marriage

Divorce

Issues of Everyday Life

Managing Physical Illness

Taconic Counseling Group : Our Videos

Our Videos

How to Preserve Your Marriage
Elisha S. Fisch, Ph.D.

Collaborative Divorce and Marriage
Maria Alba-Fisch, Ph.D.

What We Know about Psychotherapy
Michael A. Westerman, Ph.D.

Contact

Phone: If you would like to inquire about us or our services, call us at (845) 896-7787. Our 24-hour answering service will take your call 7 days a week. Or you may leave a message in our confidential voice-mail. You can either ask for a specific one of us, or you can just ask that we get back to you. We make every effort to return calls within 24 hours. Please leave a day time and a night time phone number. If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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Insurance

With the exception of Dr. Nancy Ulrich*, the members of our practice are not on insurance panels. Because we are all licensed for independent practice, our psychotherapy services** are eligible for reimbursement, if you have an out of network benefit, or your plan permits you to pick your provider and reimburses you directly for the cost of our service. We would like you to understand some of the advantages you gain by paying privately.

Advantages of Paying Privately

Protect Your Privacy: When you see an "in-network" provider, sessions are often certified for a specific number of visits. In order to negotiate for additional sessions, your therapist may need to repeatedly discuss your case with certain insurance company employees. This involves revealing detailed treatment plans and progress updates, and sometimes includes requests for your history. Once you file a claim and have a doctor submit these reports, the doctor is no longer the only one to protect the privacy of your information. Your personal medical information is available to all involved in processing your records, and to any companies and institutions that are permitted by your insurance company to have access to your records. This is one of the major reasons people prefer to pay privately and to not submit claims, even if they can. This insurance authorization process also introduces uncertainty at each juncture — regarding whether the insurance company will continue to pay for your treatment.

You Stay in Control: If you pay out of pocket, decisions as to how long you stay in therapy and what your treatment should entail are made mutually between you and your therapist. Your insurance company cannot dictate what type of treatment you should have and how long it should take.

Insurance companies have an interest in cutting their costs and their lists of providers may direct you to therapists who are not trained at the doctoral level or specifically trained for the service you seek. While some of these practitioners may be skilled and experienced, their presence on the insurance company's list does not guarantee that. Additionally, you may seek a psychologist but be given names of people who are not licensed psychologists. Finally, in our experience, provider lists are frequently outdated, and the names you are given may be of people who are no longer on this insurance panel or no longer practice in the area.

Find a Psychologist More Easily: Many people experience difficulty in finding a participating provider on their insurance panels. The reality is that this happens for several reasons: Some clinicians limit how many patients they take at the greatly reduced fees paid by insurance companies, and some may also restrict those reduced-fee patients to hours of the day that are typically harder to fill.


* Dr. Nancy Ulrich works both with clients who wish to pay privately and those who choose to use their health insurance. She has chosen to remain a participating provider with certain insurance companies because she wants to remain available to people who choose or need to use their insurance to get good care. She participates with Empire Plan - NYSHIP, Optimum Health, POMCO, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare - Oxford, and 1199 SEIU. Dr. Ulrich is happy to discuss any of the above issues with you directly if are seeing her in treatment and use your insurance.

** Collaborative divorce services are not considered therapy. School observations and some activities relevant to testing are not covered by many insurance policies.

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