What are your hours?
Dr. Hirsch sees patients Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm, as well as Fridays from 9am-3pm. Therapy sessions are provided in person or via telehealth. Dr. Taylor is seeing patients via telehealth.
What insurance plans do you accept?
We are not in-network with any insurance plans (with the exception of Northwell Direct) but if you have out-of-network insurance benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you directly all or part of the cost of treatment, depending on your benefits. If you would like to utilize your insurance benefits to help cover the cost of treatment, we can provide an itemized bill for services at the end of each session, which you can forward to your insurance company for reimbursement based on your particular plan policies. This allows for substantially increased confidentiality of your or your child’s medical record.
Some insurance companies will allow for a single case agreement where they will reimburse at a higher rate for an out-of-network provider with specialized expertise (e.g., eating disorders, FBT, DBT). Please contact your insurance company directly regarding this option.
*Note: If your insurance plan informed you that Dr. Hirsch is an in-network provider, please check the address they have listed. It is likely a Northwell site. She sees a very narrow population of patients at the hospital and only during daytime hours. While the hospital accepts most insurance plans, this does not apply to sessions held in her private practice.
How do I find out how much my insurance company will reimburse me for your service?
If you would like to find out how much your insurance company will reimburse you, I recommend you contact your carrier and ask them how much they will cover for typical services provided by psychologists (i.e., initial assessment (90791), individual psychotherapy (90834, 90837,), and family therapy (90846/90847). In determining how much you will be reimbursed, be sure to ask them the percentage of the doctor’s fees they will reimburse, if you have a deductible and/or copay, and if there is a maximum allowable amount.
What kind of training do Clinical Psychologists receive?
To be licensed as a Psychologist in New York, an individual must hold a doctoral degree. Obtaining a doctoral degree requires a minimum of 4 years of graduate training beyond the bachelor's degree, although most students are enrolled in graduate school for 5-7 years. The doctoral degree may be a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree (Ph.D.), a Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.), or a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.); The American Psychological Association sets the standards for Clinical Psychology graduate programs and recognizes programs meeting these standards through an accreditation process.
In New York, 3000 hours of supervised pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychological training must be completed before psychologists take a national test. As a Clinical Psychologist who graduated from an APA-Accredited Ph.D. program, my training strongly emphasized evidenced-based treatment. This means that the treatment your child receives, under my care, is of the highest quality and based on what has been shown to work best.
How can I set up a bariatric surgery evaluation with you?
Please contact the Center for Bariatric Surgery Specialties at (516) 496-2752 if you are currently a bariatric patient at Syosset Hospital and would like to schedule your psychological evaluation. I do not conduct pre-surgical bariatric surgery evaluations in my private practice, but do offer pre- and post-op counseling to assist patients in obtaining optimal results.