FAQ about Therapy
What is your therapeutic approach?
My goal is help to YOU reach YOURS.
We will work on as much or as little as you choose to. I am an interactive systemic therapist who desires to help bring healing to the whole-person using techniques from various clinical approaches including family systems theory, cognitive behavioral, REBT, strategic, solution-focused, Gestalt, existential and positive psychology. I want to work with you in a team approach to meet your goals for treatment and will look at your issues from a perspective that examines your mental, emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual situations.
I believe that each area of a person’s life can affect them and therefore, each area should be explored, as applicable and desired. As we work on your therapy goals, I will consider your medical history and physical health, your social life, your work life, how you handle emotions and your thought processes, as well as behaviors. I also explore the spiritual side of you because ultimately, we will live what we believe. If you believe you are worthless, you will live that way. But if you truly believe you have great worth and have hope for your life, you will live that as well. And although I am a follower of Jesus by faith and practice and can offer Biblical/Christian counseling as a part of the therapeutic process, I also treat clients of all walks of life and faith. I will honor you where you are in your spiritual journey.
Ever work on a 1000 piece puzzle? When clients come into my office, they essentially bring in a completed puzzle picture that they don’t really like. We can explore all thousand pieces and see what you want to change or not, but it will really be better if you are able to come in and bring me that picture on the top of the puzzle box that lets me know what you want to see! We will focus our work on what YOU want to change or are willing/able to change.
How many sessions will this take?The length of therapy is really determined by the severity of the issues that are to be addressed. It is hard to say exactly how many but after my initial assessment, I can usually offer a bit of a time line for you. We will, of course, continue to evaluate your progress on your goals for the duration of therapy to determine an end time and discharge session.
I need marriage counseling. What if my spouse doesn’t want to come?I would say come in for yourself for now. You could benefit from individual therapy as you address your own individual concerns as it relates to your marriage. As a systemic therapist, I also believe that what changes you personally will directly impact your spouse and how you interact with them. This can often later encourage the spouse to join in when they see positive changes you are making yourself.
Do you offer phone sessions?I do offer phone sessions to established clients on a case by case basis. These sessions are usually for clients with minor issues and/or are in a maintenance level of therapeutic care. These sessions are not covered by insurance, so they would be billed at full cash rates.
Do you offer online sessions?Yes! I am now able to provide online therapy services to anyone in the state of Texas via Breakthrough.com. Simply go to the www.breakthrough.com website and find my profile and request a session. These online sessions are secure, confidential and HIPPA compliant, unlike other methods such as Skype. A few insurance companies are covering telehealth/online therapy. If yours does not, they would be billed at full cash rates.
How is therapy/counseling different than coaching?
Therapy or counseling is focused on bringing resolution and healing to areas or relationships that are causing some problem in your daily life. Oftentimes, therapy will not only look at your present circumstances but will also look into the past to identify root issues where healing or help is needed to bring a person to wholeness in the present.
Coaching, on the other hand, focuses more on present-future situations. Coaching offers strategies so you are able to grow, change, and be empowered to accomplish the goals you want to achieve.
You can think of wellness like a numbered continuum from -100 to 0 to +100. Therapy clients are often walking in negative numbers and work to progress to zero and beyond. Coaching takes you from being around zero or above, and then moves you into higher positive numbers.
What are your rates? Do you offer packages?
My rates are as follows:
$150 for 1-hour intake session.
$150 for 1-hour session.
$325 for 2-hour session.
Packages (for cash pay clients only):
$690 for 5 1-hour sessions (saving $60)
$1495 for 5 2-hour sessions (saving $130)
Packages are non-refundable and non-transferable, however, a credit to your account will be available for up to one year. I do accept some insurance. My office will provide the courtesy of verifying your insurance benefits as well as billing them for you, if applicable. Otherwise, I accept cash, check, and debit/credit cards. Please note that most insurances do not allow or reimburse for 2-hour sessions.