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. I like to think that you are the true master of your own self.
My answer is: when you feel like you are in that place you want to be, then that is when you should stop.
Usually what I do with my clients who are towards the end of their time with me is I meet with them twice a month instead of weekly. After a few months of that, we step down to what I call the “maintenance” phase, which is when is see once every 4-6 weeks. This is to make sure that you are still progressing and getting the results you like.
Do you take insurance?
You can use your insurance if your benefits plan offers coverage for out-of-network providers. Most plans provide this coverage.
You will need to contact your insurance company to determine your reimbursement coverage.
I recognize that filing insurance claims can be confusing at times, and, if you wish, I will provide a monthly statement containing all necessary information (coding, diagnosis, dates of service, signature, etc.) for that purpose. You may then file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.
Please be aware that I have no control over the confidentiality of your information once it is received by your insurance company.
Do you specialize in any particular area?
Most of my work is done with adolescents and young adults. This particular demographic is one that I really have a passion for. Teens are one of the most underappreciated populations we have in our society. Teens in my opinion are a blank canvas and all they want to do is leave their mark. I want to empower them to not only make that mark, but make it a masterpiece.
I also work with parents who are struggling with their kids or don’t know what steps to take in helping them out.
My main areas of speciality are recovery related issues (drugs, internet, gambling, etc.), anxiety, depression, academic underachievement, and failure to launch cases.
Why should I choose you?
That is a really good question to ask when you are looking for any therapist. I would say that 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.
I don’t have an interest in telling you or your family how to live your life. You know exactly what you want your life to look like and my job is to help facilitate that change.
That being said, I think my authenticity and warmth are big strengths of mine that help me to build that bond with my clients, especially when it comes to adolescents and young adults. People are really good at sensing when something is fishy, and I take pride in being an authentic wholehearted person.
Make sure that with whomever you choose (I hope it’s me!!), you have that connection and buy into what they are trying to accomplish.
But therapy is so expensive. What if it doesn’t work?
Therapy isn’t something in my opinion 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. If there is, I hope the price tag is larger than the amount that you are paying for therapy. This is an investment unlike any other and it is potentially life transforming.
That being said, I can’t guarantee you that it will work for you. If I could do that, then I would be the richest person in the world.
How much do you charge:
My rate is $135 per 50-minute session. I do offer a couple of sliding scale slots, so please feel free to ask if one of those slots is open.
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, I will not share information or respond to inquiries of any kind from any source without your written consent:
- If in my clinical judgment, you pose a threat to harm yourself, and you refuse appropriate treatment, I am ethically bound to notify the appropriate parties (those who can intervene to protect you).
- If you indicate a serious threat to harm another person, I am legally required to warn the intended victim(s) and the police and/or to obtain a civil commitment to the state mental health system.
- I am required to report any suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
- In some instances the courts may subpoena my records or testimony. In most instances, I am forced to honor these subpoenas.
These stipulations apply to all mental health practitioners in Texas.
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