I’m sure that you have more questions regarding what therapy is all about.  Making that initial phone call can be difficult if you have no idea what to expect or the right questions to ask.  Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers.  You can always call me at (832) 827-3288 or email with questions or concerns. 

How long is a session and how often will I see you? 

            Sessions are typically 50 minutes long and are scheduled weekly, especially in the beginning.  Most people have been struggling to deal with difficult situations by the time they come to therapy.  Weekly sessions will help to keep you accountable and motivated to work towards your goals in an efficient way.  As therapy progresses, we can work together to determine if weekly sessions will continue to be helpful.  Some people will find that as they begin to heal and grow, fewer sessions are needed.  The frequency of sessions can be adjusted in order to best meet your needs and maintain positive change. 

How long will therapy last?

            Every client or couple is experiencing a unique situation, so length of treatment will vary.  Most people attend therapy an average of 8-20 sessions, but it is always up to you how long you want to meet.  Some clients will get what they need in 2-3 sessions, whereas other people attend therapy for a year.  Several factors play into how long therapy will last, including the complexity of the issue, how much growth and change you want to make, how deeply you would like to explore your pain, and your commitment.  I will work with you in determining the appropriate schedule for therapy. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

            I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. 

Do you accept insurance? 

            I do not accept insurance at this time.  Third party payers often dictate the duration of therapy as well as how we are able to work together; for example, insurance may not cover relationship or parenting issues.  Furthermore, insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis which will not be appropriate in all cases.  By not going through insurance, you have more control and flexibility in regards to your care and the therapy process, as well as greater privacy.  Private pay therapy services allow me to keep fees lower and have more time to attend trainings, refine my skills, and do what I’m most passionate about, which is see clients!   That being said, I understand financial constraints and the desire to use health insurance.  I can provide you with a receipt for payment that you can use to seek reimbursement from your insurance company. 

What is your fee? 

            Individual and couple therapy sessions are $125 for a 50-minute session.  That may seem very expensive and I acknowledge that it is a significant investment you are making to take care of yourself, your mental health, and your future.  To put it into perspective, therapy is less expensive in the long run than other medical outcomes (having a heart attack, stomach ulcers, conditions requiring psychotropic medications, etc.) or relationship outcomes (mediation, attorney fees, divorce, etc.). 

How do I make an appointment?

            Making the decision to come for your first appointment was probably a difficult one, so I try to make the process as easy as possible.  You can call me at (832) 827-3288 or email me to make an appointment.  If I am unavailable, please be sure to leave a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours. 

What kind of clients do you typically work with?

            I prefer to work with clients that are motivated and ready for change.  My typical client is present and engaged, willing to look at themselves, and open to new ways of thinking.  My clients may be struggling with certain aspects of life, including relationship conflict, infertility, becoming new parents, communication issues, grief, and depression.  People that work with me are looking for meaningful and lasting change in their lives.  I work with women, men, adolescents, adults, and members of the LGBT community.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

            Therapy sessions are 50 minutes and will focus on you and your needs.  Some people come to therapy because they are in the midst of a crisis, while others are seeking self improvement and exploration.  The initial session will be an opportunity for me to get to know and understand you and your situation, as well as determine whether our relationship is a good fit.  We will work on setting goals for therapy as well as formulating ways to begin working on those goals.  Every small step you take is a step in the right direction, and I am a believer in taking action.   There may be times that you are asked to complete an exercise outside of session or continue processing themes.  The work we do inside session should translate to your life outside of session, improve your self-worth and relationships, increase self awareness, and directly address the initial problems you brought into therapy. 

What if I still don’t know if therapy is for me?

            Going to therapy or counseling for the first time, switching therapists, or returning for services can be scary.  You may not know what to expect or how you will talk to a stranger about your problems.  Many people worry about being labeled as “crazy.”  The portrayal of therapy on TV and movies may be misleading.  I will not ask you to lie on a couch while I psychoanalyze you!  I view therapy as a service focused on you.  If your needs are not being met, I am open to discussing that and making adjustments as necessary.  That may mean changing the frequency of sessions, altering the approach I am using, or referring you to another therapist that will be a better fit.  Therapy is a fluid process, and you have control and choices in your care.  If you are still not sure whether therapy is a good decision for you, I recommend scheduling an initial session with me so that we can talk in more detail.  You are under no obligation to continue with services if it doesn’t feel like the right thing.  I want you to have a good outcome and experience meaningful change, so I will help you to the best of my abilities to figure out what will work for you.

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