Frequently Asked Questions
General Therapy Questions
Do you work with clients outside of the state of Texas?
Unfortunately, no, I do not. I am licensed in the state of Texas and can only work with residents in the state of Texas. This is for both in-office visits, as well as online therapy (aka tele-therapy, e-therapy, online counseling).
What is your cost per session?
Clinical Supervision pricing for LCSW
Do you accept insurance?
I'm not sure I can afford therapy. How do I pay for it?
How do I know if you're the right therapist for me?
Does this person make me feel comfortable?
Do I “like” them?
Do I feel like I can trust them to keep our conversations confidential?
Does it seem like they understand me?
Does their expertise align with my specific issues?
Does their availability align with my schedule and needs? (Many therapists have heavy client loads. If you need to be seen every week, don’t settle for a therapist who can only see you every 3 weeks)
What kind of clients do you work with?
Sleep or Insomnia
Trauma and PTSD
What methodology do you use?
I specialize in CBT and DBT. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is Cognitive Processing accomplished through talk therapy. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking. Clients begin to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) also provides clients with new skills. Clients learn to better manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.
I also use Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), and Strength-Based therapies, among other methods to address anxiety, depression, stress, and other issues, and help you develop new, more effective thoughts and behaviors using the skills and tools you’ve acquired in our sessions.
Are sessions confidential?
2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse
3) in the case of a court subpoena.
Our initial intake session (our first session together after your consultation call) will cover confidentiality, my policies, and what to expect moving forward.
What can I expect in my first session?
How long is a therapy session?
Most therapy sessions are 50 minutes long. I will let you know when we’re nearing the end of our session. To respect your schedule and the time of other clients, I do stick to our allotted time.
How often should I plan to come to therapy?
We will work together to determine the best schedule for your circumstances. It’s common to connect once a week or every other week.
How long do I need to go to therapy? How will I know when I'm done?
Therapy looks different for everyone. Some, who want to change thinking patterns, behaviors and belief systems, will take a considerable amount of time to go through the process of making changes. Some are looking to address a temporary stress or process a recent trauma. That work may take six months. It may take a year. Give yourself time. I can tell you that we will check in together regularly to determine together if it makes sense to end therapy, move on to another therapist, change frequency, methodology or take a break. I will always be honest and upfront with you about our progress, your options, and what I think is best for you. My feelings aren’t hurt if you decide to end therapy or begin work with another therapist.
I don't want to just talk about my feelings. I want to improve my life.
While I’m happy to listen on days you just need to vent, we will be doing actual work together. It will likely challenge you. I may sometimes give you homework, ask you difficult questions, challenge your beliefs, provide worksheets, and even recommend resources and reading materials. This is how change happens.
Where are you located? Where do I park?
When entering suite 607, you will find yourself in a small lobby. You may sit in the lobby area until the time of your session and I will come to greet you before your session begins.
If I call the number on your website, who will I be speaking to? Is it an answering service?
Online Therapy Questions
Is online video counseling confidential and private?
Yes! As much as it can be. My tele-therapy platform, DoxyMe.com, is HIPAA-compliant. I am physically located in a closed, private room during online video sessions. I recommend that you connect from a private, comfortable space to ensure privacy on your end as well. I comply with data privacy, HIPPA and security provision to safeguard your medical data and what you share with me.
How does online video counseling work?
I use DoxyMe.com to send a link for clients to connect to my virtual waiting room. You will click the link right before the appointment. When I see you are online, I connect the video from my secure, password-protected computer.
Is online video counseling as effective as in-office?
It can be. Learn more about online video counseling in my blog post about Tele-Therapy.
Do I need special equipment to do online counseling?
Clients must have their own equipment and internet connection. Equipment includes (ideally) a laptop or desktop, though a mobile smartphone will work. I do use a special platform for online therapy. I will send you a link ahead of our online session to connect to my virtual waiting room. You will click the link right before the appointment.