Philip S. Wong, Ph.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between a Clinical Psychologist, a Clinical Social Worker, and a Psychiatrist?

How do I choose a therapist? Which professional (clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatrist) is best for me?

How much does treatment cost?

Can I use my medical insurance?

What if I need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment?

 

What are the differences between a Clinical Psychologist, a Clinical Social Worker, and a Psychiatrist?

A clinical psychologist usually holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Psychology. Training in psychology requires extensive coursework and supervised experience in psychotherapy, research, psychological testing, and consultation. A clinical internship and a doctoral thesis also are required. Training and licensure usually takes at least six years beyond the bachelor's degree, and in many states (including New York), an additional year of supervised post-doctoral clinical experience.

A clinical social worker holds an M.S.W. degree (Masters Degree in Social Work). Training in social work includes coursework and supervised clinical experience, and requires two years beyond the bachelor's degree. Social workers who specialize in clinical work usually have six years of supervised post-master's experience in a clinical setting (e.g., a community mental health agency), and can become a registered clinical social worker (C.S.W.).

A psychiatrist holds an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). Training in psychiatry includes medical school (usually four years), a medical internship, and a psychiatry residency (usually an additional three years) in a hospital or medical center. Psychiatrists can prescribe medicine.

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How do I choose a therapist? Which professional (clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatrist) is best for me?

For psychotherapy or counseling, your choice should depend on who has the training and experience specific to your concerns. It is also important that you feel as comfortable as possible working with this person.

All professions have accrediting agencies that work to ensure training standards are of the highest quality. Be sure the therapist you are considering working with has been trained in a nationally accredited program and university.

In psychology, for example, the American Psychological Association (APA) accredits doctoral training programs and clinical internship programs across the country. A psychologist with a degree from an "APA-approved" doctoral program and experience in an APA-approved internship has been trained at institutions that adhere to recognized national standards.

All professions also have state licensing requirements. Be sure the therapist you are considering working with is licensed in your state to practice in that profession, preferably at the highest level of training.

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How much does treatment cost?

The costs for consultation, psychological testing, and psychotherapy vary, depending on the goals and length of treatment. For example, if you were working with Dr. Wong in weekly psychotherapy the cost would be different than if you were having a consultation only. In your initial contact with Dr. Wong, you can get more specific information and discuss these issues further.

Many people use their medical insurance (see below). Others prefer to pay for mental health services without using insurance. This option offers more privacy since most insurance companies require some review of your treatment and may use this information for other purposes.

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Can I use my medical insurance?

Most medical insurance policies cover outpatient mental health services. It's generally a good idea to check with your insurance company to learn about your specific coverage before you begin a consultation.

Dr. Wong will complete all forms required by your insurance company, but he does not bill companies directly.

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What if I need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment?

Please contact Dr. Wong at least 24 hours before changing an appointment time. Except for emergencies, cancellations within 24 hours will incur a full-session fee.

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Phone: 212.362.0210
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Office Hours: By Appointment
451 West End Avenue, Suite 1J
441-451 West End Avenue
Email: info@drphilipwong.com
New York, N.Y. 10024
Between 81st and 82nd Streets
New York State License: #012055

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