Are You Accepting New Clients?
Yes, I am currently accepting new clients. Most clients will be seen within 7-10 days.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Your first session with the therapist will be different from future visits. The initial visit is a period for you and your therapist to get to know each other and get an idea of how to proceed. Future visits will be more therapeutic in nature. For example, in your second session, you may explore a specific symptom, problem, or past trauma you mentioned in the first session.
Keep in mind that psychotherapy usually requires multiple visits, so don’t expect any instant solutions to your problems the first day. Therapy is about equipping you with life-long solutions and not a quick fix.
During the first session, your therapist may ask you:
- What are your symptoms?
- What brought you to therapy?
- What do you feel is wrong in your life?
- Some questions about your history, including your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends), your current living situation, and your career
What is the Free Exploratory Consultation?
An exploratory consultation is a free telephone call with me. It’s risk-free and you are in no way obligated to make an appointment. A consultation is a time when you can ask any questions about me and my practice and you can get a feel for how I work and my approach with clients. It is also a time for me to hear about the reason you are seeking therapy and for us to determine if we would be a good fit to work together. We will also move forward with the next steps to setting up an in office appointment. The phone call will be no longer than 15 minutes.
Do We Accept Insurance?
While insurance is not accepted, a receipt can be provided for you to turn in to your insurance carrier for reimbursement as an out-of-network provider. Health insurance plans and benefits vary, so please consult your insurance provider about reimbursement for your counseling services prior to your visit.
*Please review the “Why Choose Private Pay” section below
Why is Private Pay Beneficial?
Private paying clients choose not to involve insurance companies in their mental health care. Their counseling is not limited by a diagnosis, treatment plan, or sessions limits that health insurance companies mandate. Often, insurance companies limit the number of sessions and even the type of therapy they will cover.
In order to obtain reimbursement from your insurance company, a mental health diagnosis must be made. This becomes a part of your permanent health care record and the insurance company can review all of your records at their discretion.
By paying privately or out of pocket, we can assure private pay clients the highest degree of privacy, flexibility and control of their mental health and records that is allowed by Texas state law. We will work collaboratively to decide how often you would like to attend therapy and you decide what you want to focus on. You have the control over your mental health care.
Do You See Clients in Online Therapy Sessions?
Yes, I offer private and secure therapy online via zoom for clients located within the state of Texas.
How Do You Handle Social Media with Clients?
The short answer is no, I do not follow, like, friend or share with clients on social media. The reasoning behind this is to maintain the professional and therapeutic boundaries of our relationship.
Please feel free to review the entire Social Media Policy by clicking this link.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Clients must inform me at least 1 day in advance that they are cancelling their standing appointment. If a client fails to inform me they cannot make the appointment, they will be responsible for the cost of the appointment. I have created extra measures to ensure that clients are clear on their appointment times and dates and also offer clients the option of receiving reminders of their appointments.
NOTICE TO CLIENTS: The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct committed by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, and licensed specialists in school psychology. Although not every complaint against or dispute with a licensee involves professional misconduct, the Executive Council will provide you with information about how to file a complaint. Please call 1-800-821-3205 for more information.