Psychotherapy FAQ | Media FAQ

Q. What is cognitive-behavior therapy?
A. As the name implies, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) focuses on changing maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns.  Scientific research suggests that CBT is typically the most effective line of treatment for patients.  Patients often prefer CBT given that it tends to be short-term and problem-focused.

Q. What services does Dr. Macari provide?
A. Dr. Macari provides top notch comprehensive care.  She offers individual, marital and family psychotherapy.  She has experience treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunctions, psychosis, anger, school-related problems, stress, and relationship issues.  She also provides psychological testing and educational evaluations for the school or court systems.  Patients also have access to Dr. Macari's extensive book and video library to help expand their knowledge.

Q. Is Dr. Macari the only psychologist in the office?
A. No!  Dr. Macari has several excellent staff psychologists who treat patients in the office.  This enables patients to find the best therapist to suit their needs. Please contact Dr. Macari to learn more about scheduling an appointment with one of these psychologists.

Q. Where do the sessions take place?
A. Most sessions are held in Dr. Macari's office located at 1010 Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, New York. Her office is conveniently located off the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway.  The Great Neck and Manhasset Train Stations are also in walking distance.  For those concerned about privacy, Dr. Macari's office has a separate entrance and exit so that patients will not unexpectedly see each other.  When therapeutically appropriate, Dr. Macari will also conduct out-of-office sessions or in-home sessions.

Q. When does Dr. Macari (and the staff psychologists) offer appointments? How do I schedule an appointment?
A. In order to accommodate patients' busy schedules, Dr. Macari and the staff psychologists offer morning, afternoon, and evening appointments 7 days a week.  To schedule an appointment, visit the Contact page or call Dr. Macari at (516) 816-1425.

Q. What if I need medication?
A. Medication can be essential in the treatment of some mental illnesses.  If medication is deemed necessary, Dr. Macari will refer you to one of the many psychiatrists she trusts for a medication evaluation.

Q. I need therapy, but I do not live in your office's vicinity.  How do I go about finding a qualified therapist in my area?
A. Dr. Macari understands that the process of finding a therapist can be daunting.  However, it is important that you find someone who is qualified to handle your unique needs.  Dr. Macari recommends that you find a licensed psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and who is trained in cognitive-behavior therapy.  The Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies offers a national directory of CBT psychologists. Don't be afraid to "shop around" until you find the right person for the job!

Please contact Dr. Macari for more information or to book her for an appearance.