Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, CBIT, ERP, CBT-I, Behavior Consultation, and Treatment for Anxiety and Insomnia

by Laura Van Schaick-Harman, Psy.D.

Dr. Laura's Meaningful Psychological Services

Online and Office Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


What is your philosophy about psychological services?


I am committed to providing meaningful, purposeful, and evidence-based psychological services to the community. I use a collaborative, problem solving approach and work to create a meaningful cooperative partnership with the children and adults I work with.  I join your team and strive to help you to recognize and create meaningful experiences and relationships in your life. Using principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology, I work to help you to become engaged in your life and to experience meaningful success as well as loving and fulfilling relationship with others.


What can you help me with?


I can help you with a variety of areas, including: anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, depression, behavior problems, unhealthy habits, tics, unwanted thoughts, school problems, parenting, college transitioning, test anxiety, communication skills, relationships, academic support (test taking strategies, study skills, time management, organization) and making positive changes in your life.



How long do sessions last? 


Sessions may take place in the office, online, or over the phone, depending on your individual needs and the goals and purpose of services.  Sessions can last for 45 minutes or 20 minutes. We can meet once a week, every other week, monthly, or as needed.



How much do sessions cost and do you take insurance?


I am an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies.  You will receive a receipt following each session with the proper information required to receive reimbursement for service fees from your insurance company. This can be submitted directly to the insurance company by you. I recommend that you contact your insurance company prior to beginning treatment to inquire about your out-of-network benefits. The full fee is expected to be paid at the time of service delivery. 


Rates are:

$150 per 45 min office session

$150 per 45 min phone/video session

$75  per  20 min phone/video session.


Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card for office sessions and credit card for phone/video sessions.



When are your office hours?


The virtual office is open Monday-Wednesday.  The Patchogue office is open on Tuesday and Wednesday. Office hours are 10am-8pm.



Do I need to live in Suffolk County to work with you?


No- you just need to be located anywhere in New York state.



What is the best way to contact you?


The best way to reach me is by sending me a message on this site if you interested in services. You can also call me at 631-484-9679 or e-mail me at drlauravsh@meaningfulpsychservices.com. Please do not include confidential personal information in your e-mail to protect your privacy.


If you are a current client the best way to reach me is to send me a secure message in the portal.


I will respond Monday-Thursday to contacts.



What should I expect from our first contact/free consultation?


We will talk by phone briefly (about 5-10 minutes) to discuss your reasons for seeking services and my experience with your concerns, talk about the type of service you are interested in (therapy, behavior consultation, workshops, etc.), answer any questions you have, discuss fees/insurance, and, if you would like, set up an intake session.



What if I have an emergency?


I do not provide emergency services. Here are the instructions for emergencies. 



What is your experience and background?


I received the Doctor of Psychology degree in 2011 from St. John's University. I am a NYS Licensed Psychologist, NYS Certified School Psychologist, and have earned the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential from the National Association of School Psychologists through 2016. I am also a Distance Credentialed Counselor. I am an active member in the Suffolk County Psychological Association as a Member-at-Large and chairperson of the Website Committee. I am a lecturer at St. Joseph's College where I teach courses in behavior modification and psychological testing. I am an active community volunteer,  a lifelong learner, and have experience working both in private and public settings with children, adults, and families. I was awarded the Suffolk County Psychological Association Service Award in 2012 and the Suffolk County Psychological Association Outstanding Service Award in 2014.


Professional and Personal References are available upon request