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

Frequently Asked Questions

My approach, fees, insurance, scheduling and more.

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, how you show up in the world today, and how you cope with tough stuff. Together, we’ll explore the roles you play, the stories you’ve been told, and the way you speak to yourself.

I’ll help you learn how to slow down and find a sense of calmness within.

From there, we’ll explore what it means to show up in bright and bold ways, and how to better understand 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 judgments.

You’ll learn to treat yourself gentler and get unstuck from familiar anxiety spirals. 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.

Do I have to be musical to come to music therapy?

No – not at all.

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.

I honestly don’t care if you’re musical – read more about my thoughts on this here.


How does music play a part in sessions?

Sessions can include as much or as little music as is comfortable for you. The music is a tool in the therapy process that can add depth and expressiveness to thoughts, feelings, and ideas. This might mean that we listen to some of your music, explore rhythm together, or do vocal work.

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.” 

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.


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 specialize in working with women who are ready to step out of old patterns of relating and show up in the world – for their work, their relationships, themselves – in a calm and empowered way. 

Some of my specialties include anxiety, perfectionism, high sensitivity, and intergenerational trauma.


Where/when 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 available for sessions Tuesdays – Fridays.


What are your fees?

initial 20 minute phone call: FREE
60 minute session: $175

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 do not accept insurance. 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 at the end of each month 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?

In addition to therapy sessions, I offer private intensives, retreats and workshops. Please send me a message if you’re interested in any of these.