What To Expect

What to expect in sessions is a laid back, non-judgmental and caring atmosphere. I emphasize rapport and building a trusting alliance with you. I’ll dive down into the psychic muck and point towards the tools you left behind. I will search for where you’ve hidden that part of you that you really loved and show you it’s still there. And of course, we’ll talk about how the week is going too! If you’re ready to move forward then here’s the map!

Where to begin?
Call or email me and I can provide a free and confidential consultation to determine if I am a good fit for your needs and goals. Feel free to ask me as many questions as you want. I’ll have my own as well! Here are some common questions from people starting out in therapy below.

Are we going to talk about my childhood?
Only to the extent as it relates to what brings you to therapy. But yes, our personalities are formed early on in life, throw in some unexpected events on the way and you may be viewing the world through skewed lenses and in a great deal of pain stemming from earlier points in your life.

Do I need to talk about my feelings?
Feelings are important but not everything with me. My pat question is not, “How did that make you feel?” whilst pushing a Kleenex box towards you. I also look at your beliefs, interpretations, motivations and emotions.  All of these taken together can paint a richer picture.

Do I have to tell you everything?
It would help. But it can be difficult telling me intimate details of your life early in the process. It’s not natural to tell a total stranger all your intimate life events. So, my job early on is to gain your trust and provide a safe and comfortable space where you can feel vulnerable and secure.

How long do I need in therapy?
It depends on different factors. In a very rough sense, some clients present with short-term issues with limited number of sessions needed. Others may stay in therapy as a means to address different needs over longer periods of time. Some end therapy but return for check-ups or fine tuning on an issue needing attention.

What are your fees?
My fees average between $100 to $120 per 50 minute session. I’m currently accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas-PPO, Oxford Healthcare, United Healthcare and Cigna clients.
If I’m an out of network provider for you I can provide superbills for you to submit for reimbursement for services rendered.
I do offer sliding scale for session fees. This can be discussed during the free consultation.

What do you, the therapist, do?
I look at what brought you to therapy beyond just the “problem”. It’s rare anyone seeks a therapist’s help because life is going well. There is typically a crisis event prompting one to seek help but not always. Crises aren’t mandatory. I offer you a hand up, a patient ear, mindful feedback, creative problem solving and thoughtful interpretations. I examine your issues from various angles and personalize my approach to cater to your goals and strengths. I provide you the space to explore your life in the deepest way possible. Through this process you’ll find your footing, you’ll forge your path and you’ll find your freedom and meaning.

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