Therapy, Consulting & Workshops with Maya Benattar, LCAT - 914-330-9545



The Frequently Asked Questions below cover many of the questions that clients ask before starting therapy. If you have any other questions, please send me a message.

What is your approach?

I work from the perspective that your early relationships – and the stories of those who came before you – all play a part in who you are, and how you show up in the world today. We explore the roles you play, the stories you’ve been told, and the way you speak to yourself.

I am passionate about supporting women who are struggling with anxiety and with an internal sense of “not good enough”. I’ll help you slow down and root in. When our feelings become things that we judge or things that we push away, the world becomes an overwhelming place. I’ll help you find a place of calm and safety within yourself. From there we’ll explore what it means to show up in bright and bold ways, and what it means to explore with your uncomfortable feelings. Deep growth happens when we can hold more than one emotion at a time and learn to let go of long-held judgements.

You’ll learn to calm and ground yourself when you get stuck in an anxiety loop. Together we’ll find a path to ease, kindness, and power – by learning how to integrate more messiness, pauses, and connection into your life.

You can learn more about me here.

Music therapy makes me kind of nervous/I’m not musical. Does that matter?

No problem! Sessions can include as much or as little music as is comfortable for you. The music is another tool in the therapy process that can add depth and expressiveness to thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Any music made during a session is for the purposes of self-exploration and expression, not “sounding right” or “playing right”. I often say “It’s not about how it sounds, but how it feels.” This might mean that we listen to some of your music, explore rhythm together, or do vocal work. I am committed to being in tune with your needs as they arise, and will always lean into those rather than a pre-conceived idea of how music should play a part in our work together.

My clients often come to me because music is a source of joy or connection for them, and they feel that a creative approach to therapy would be helpful.

Do you also offer talk therapy?

Yes, as a licensed psychotherapist, I am able to also provide talk therapy. Whether or not music is part of our work together, I always integrate mindfulness, imagery, and body/breath awareness into sessions. I believe that true growth happens when there’s a connection between your body and mind, and a deepened relationship with your inner world.

Who do you work with?

I work with women who are ready to step out of old patterns of relating and show up in the world – their work, their relationships, their families – in a calm and empowered way. I have a sweet spot for helping women in their 20s and 30s explore their capacity for living and relating from a place of calm and power. 

Where do sessions take place?

Sessions take place in my comfortable and convenient office in Midtown Manhattan, at 202 West 40th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues). The office is convenient to most subway lines, Grand Central, Port Authority, and Penn Station.

I am currently available for sessions on Thursdays and Fridays.

What are your fees?

initial 20 minute phone consultation: FREE

60 minute session: $170

Longer sessions are also available.

What are the payment options?

I accept cash, check, or credit cards. Payment is due in person at the end of each session. I do not bill for services or carry account balances.

Do you work with insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider. If you have mental health insurance benefits you may be eligible to submit a claim for reimbursement of out-of-network services.

You pay me in full at time of service and upon your request I will provide you with a  special statement —referred to as a superbill — for you to submit for reimbursement to your insurance provider.  I make no guarantees about the level of reimbursement you will receive from your insurance company.

I suggest you contact your insurance company to find out about your out-of-network benefits, as each plan differs. In order to submit superbills for possible reimbursement, please know that they must contain a mental health diagnosis code. 

What questions should I ask my insurance company about my out-of-network benefits?

  • Do I have out-of-network mental health or behavioral health coverage?
  • Does my plan cover psychotherapy services provided by a licensed creative arts therapist (“LCAT” in New York State)? 
  • Do I need to meet an out-of-network deductible?
  • At what rate will I be reimbursed?
  • Is there an annual limit on the number of sessions or the total amount that’s reimbursable?
  • What’s the process for getting reimbursed?

How often will we meet?

I generally work with people on a weekly basis.

If this is not possible, we can discuss other ways to work together. Please send me a message or schedule your free 20 minute phone consultation.

How else can I work with you?

If weekly sessions are not a good fit, I do offer private intensives, retreats and workshops. Please send me a message if you’re interested in any of these.