You may have clicked on this page to find out about my qualifications and experience (you can find them at the bottom of this page). But first I want to tell you why I’m a therapist and how I feel about my work and my clients. I always knew that I could help people. Even as a young child I dreamed of being a therapist. In high school, I had a part time job with a psychologist who worked with special needs adults. I felt so comfortable in that environment. It was only natural that when I went to college I majored in psychology.
But then I moved to the Big Apple. I was living in Manhattan and suddenly decided that psychology wasn’t glamorous enough for me so I went into the fashion industry. It was a tough field but I thrived there.
That is, until I had a child.
My son had autism and I had to stop working to care for him full time. This went on for many years until one day, in the depths of despair, I realized I had to do something. Something just for me. I decided to go back to school. I enrolled in social work classes at NYU. My professors were incredibly enthusiastic and kept telling me, “You’re a natural at this.” That is when I realized I could make a living out of something I really enjoyed.
It’s something I always knew and I’m grateful I got a second chance to be where I’m supposed to be.
And guess what? When we work together, my clients actually get better.
Please feel free to reach out to me. Let’s find out if we’re a good match.
Years in Practice: 15+ Years
New York University - MSW 2001
Ackerman Institute for the Family – Core Curriculum Sequence
Schema Therapy - Training and Clinical Supervision
Internal Family Systems Therapy - Level 1 Training
William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute - Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions, Year Long Training
Ackerman Institute for the Family - Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Training
License No. New York: #084317
License No. New Jersey: #44SC05292800 LCSW
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: As an out-of-network provider I am not a member of any insurance panels. However, if you have out of network benefits with your insurance company you will be reimbursed for a portion of our session. I will give you a bill at the end of the month and you can submit it yourself. It will have all of the information that your insurance company needs.
Q: What is your technique?
A: I am trained in many different modalities. Together we will determine which is the best choice for you and the outcomes you desire.
Q: How long is a session?
A: A session with me is 45 minutes.
Q: Can I book a double session?
A: I can adjust your time as needed, but in my experience, 45 minutes is usually the perfect amount of time.
Q: What if I don't like dogs?
A: If you don’t want my dog to be present during your session, I’ll make sure she is either not in the office that day or anywhere near you.
Q: How long do I have to see you?
A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. You and I will decide how long therapy should last based upon your goals. Some of my clients just want to work through a particular issue and others want to evolve in a much deeper way. The length of time we spend together will depend on many factors, but we will reassess along the way to make sure that we both feel progress is being made. My goal is that at some point, you won’t need to see me anymore.
Q: What is the difference between a social worker, a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A: Let’s start with what they all have in common. People in each of these three professions are trained to counsel clients and in most cases have additional training. The biggest difference between them is that a psychiatrist is licensed to dispense medicine and a psychologist is trained to perform psychological testing that can be utilized in a school system or other institution. However, in terms of individual psychotherapy, it’s really the individual and not the background that counts.
Q: Do you think I am crazy?
A: You come to my office because you are in pain in some way. You just want to feel happier, less anxious, or you want to work through something that has been bothering you. Seeking help when you are unhappy is a very proactive thing to do - just the opposite of crazy. And, thankfully, the stigma attached to seeking therapy has pretty much disappeared in our culture.
Q: Can you fix my brother/husband/parent, etc.?
A: Part of our work is to understand that we
can only change ourselves. However, when you learn how to react differently, the people around you tend to behave differently.
Q: Do you have a cancellation policy?
A: Yes. I require 24-hours notice. If notification of cancellation comes in after the 24-hour deadline, you will be charged for the session.
I found Wendy to be warm, caring and compassionate. She is very intelligent, and from the first visit I felt that she "got me." She works hard to understand my issues and help me work through them.
I have been seeing Wendy Bond for several years and find her insightful, compassionate and super smart. We clicked from the start. I have worked with many therapists, but few have been as helpful - especially at such a complex time in my life.
Always helpful when things needed to be discussed in great detail. Extremely professional in so many aspects. Very sharp, and perceptive and so accepting.