Frequently Asked Questions
How long does therapy last?
Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to this question.
Some people may be in therapy for years, and others may only be in therapy a few weeks. Therapy is simply a conversation allowing you to process and address either issues from the past, or maintain a balance that you have integrated into your life. Simply put: when you feel like you are in that place you want to be, then that is when you should stop. Usually in the initial stages of building our therapeutic relationship, we discuss the frequency of your sessions (weekly, biweekly or monthly, etc). You are in charge of what you need during therapy, however, I offer flexible scheduling including evenings and by request weekend appointments.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, and you can use your insurance if your benefits plan offers coverage for in or out-of-network providers. Most plans provide this coverage. You will need to contact your insurance company to determine your reimbursement coverage. Please be aware that we have no control over the confidentiality of your information once it is received by your insurance company.
For online therapy, at this time I only accept self-pay. For in office appointments, you will need to call to make an appointment and we will verify your insurance, notifying you of what the coverage and estimated co-pay will be.
Do you specialize in any particular area?
Most of my therapy has been treating clients with in Anxiety and Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. I integrate Emotive Rational Therapy and Motivational Interviewing as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques along with holistic practices of mindfulness and breathing exercises. Additionally, I have extensively worked with many women ( and men) who are dealing with specific areas such as working on finding their identity after becoming parents who transitioning to a new life situation. I have worked with emotionally abusive relationships to address the Narcissistic pathology and the toxic relationship and empower them to see their own true worth along with identification of healthy relationship boundaries and expectations.
Why should I choose you as my therapist?
That is a really good question to ask when you are looking for any therapist. When choosing a therapist, you look for someone who holds a lot of your same values and is going to work for you and with you. A therapist should provide a safe space for you to process your feeling and emotions, but also allow you to determine your goals for therapy.
As a therapist, I always say, "I can give you a menu, but you as the client will need to choose what you're ordering". You as the client know exactly what you want your life to look like, my job is to help facilitate that change.
The importance of authenticity and warmth are big strengths that help to build that bond clients our clients, especially when it comes to building a therapeutic rapport. My therapy style is to encourage you to make decisions and process your feelings, but also to not dictate the speed at which you achieve those goals.
But therapy is so expensive. What if it doesn’t work?
Therapy isn’t something that should be viewed as an expense. This is an investment in your future and those around you as well. There should not be a price tag on that. This is an investment unlike any other and it is potentially life transforming. That being said, I cannot guarantee you that it will work for you. If we could do that, then we would be the richest people in the world. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, communicate and we can determine payment options that can encourage you to continue therapy, minus the additional stress.
Are the things said in our session confidential?
Confidentiality is the keystone to therapy; it protects your privacy to share freely and openly in our sessions together. Your sessions and all information you disclose are confidential. Except for the instances stated below, which are required by law, we will not share information or respond to inquiries of any kind from any source without your written consent:
If in our clinical judgment, you pose a threat to harm yourself, and you refuse appropriate treatment, we are ethically bound to notify the appropriate parties (those who can intervene to protect you).
If you indicate a serious threat to harm another person, we are legally required to warn the intended victim(s) and the police and/or to obtain a civil commitment to the state mental health system.
We are required to report any suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
In some instances the courts may subpoena our records or testimony. In most instances, we are forced to honor these subpoenas.
Please note: These stipulations apply to all mental health practitioners in Texas.