Michelle Ambalu, Lcsw and group are therapists in Garden City, NY providing adult, child and teen counseling. We are licensed social workers and psychotherapists who specializes in Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and Relational Issues. We accept most Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield , Fidelis and Optum United Healthcare insurance plans. We can also help NYSHIP clients with their out of network benefits. If you have another insurance you can ask us for guidance in what to ask your insurance company to receive potential reimbursement from them.
We accept most Fidelis (including Medicaid), Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), UMR, Cigna, Magnacare, Healthfirst (including Medicaid), Optum, Oxford, and UnitedHealthcare (including community plan) insurances. Your insurance may cover part or all of the fee. Once you provide your information we can check if you are able to see our Long Island based therapists under your exact insurance plan.
The out of pocket fee per therapy session (if no coverage) is $80
If you have a different insurance, you can ask us for direction on how to find out about your out of network benefits to obtain potential reimbursement from your insurer.
List of insurance plans we are in network with:
Fully Integrated Duals Advantage
Medicaid Managed Care
Medicare Advantage Dual Advantage
Medicaid Advantage Plus
Metal-Level Products (Bonze, Gold, etc.)
Open Access Plus
Many employer selected plans
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Contracted with most commercial PPO, EPO, POS local plans
Federal Employee Program NY
Many Excellus Plans
Blue Access (Employer-Sponsored)-NY
Blue Access Network Empire EPO-NY
Connection Network Empire EPO-NY
National Blue High Performance Network (BlueHPN Non-Tiered)
National Blue High Performance Network (BlueHPN Tiered)
National PPO (BlueCard PPO Basic)
and more including most metal plans (Bronze, Gold, etc.)
(most managed Medicaid and commercial plans accepted)
Optum - Oxford, UnitedHealthcare
UHC Community Plan Medicaid
United HealthCare ChoicePlus
Oxford Freedom Network
and more including most Bronze, Gold, etc.)
Most Magnacare plans accepted by our therapists in Long Island
Most UMR plans accepted by our therapists in Long Island
NYSHIP Empire Plan
Although we are out of network with this plan, we are able to submit claims to insurance under your out of network benefits. We are able to match your in network copay, meaning the cost to you for sessions here would be the same cost as it would be with an in-network provider.
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Garden City Therapy PLLC is committed to your privacy. Your information is confidential or private information regarding your health condition when completing any form and submitting to Garden City Therapy.
We are affiliated with and support the following professional organizations: Anxiety Disorders Association of America, NYS Social Work Office of the Professions, Mental Health Association of Nassau County as well as the American Psychological Association. Please visit other links to community and national mental health resources here.
Psychotherapy and Mental Health Counseling for adults. We are committed to providing affordable, quality, mental health care by the best therapists in Long Island. We have extensive prior experience working at numerous mental health clinics in Long Island and Queens, we have provided counseling and psychotherapy to individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, difficulty adjusting to life changes, abandonment and trust issues, as well as other areas of exploration. We have Masters Degrees in Social Work and/ or Mental Health Counseling. Executive Director, Michelle Ambalu, LCSW has supervised social work students learning to practice psychotherapy and all of out clinical staff meet weekly to engage in advanced supervision towards advanced clinical credentialing and for the purpose or best treatment practices as seen fit by the state of New York. Services are $80 per session out of pocket. We also accept most Cigna, Empire BCBS,Fidelis (and Medicaid), Optum UnitedHealthcare (and Medicaid) Oxford, Community Plan Medicaid, Healthfirst (and Medicaid), Magnacare and UMR insurance plans. We also submit claims for NYSHIP for out of network reimbursement and by doing are able to match your in-network copay. Fully HIPAA compliant telehealth counseling services.