What is your approach to therapy?
My training and background is in family systems. This means that when we meet, part of our initial intake process will be to explore the relational influences you experienced throughout your life. This is a crucial part of our work together, as I believe that the way we are in our adult relationships is due to what we experienced growing up. I am also solution-focused in nature, which means that I am goal-oriented and always looking to build on what you are already doing well. It is important to discuss the problems, but not to stay stuck in them.
I actively engage in trainings and continued professional education from some of the most renowned couples experts out there such as The Relational Life Institute, The Couples Institute, Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, The Gottman's, Prepare-Enrich, Sue Johnson, and more.
In working with me, you will have a therapist that is staying up to date with relationship issues in our world today and working hard to refine my professional skills to best serve you. Additionally, I stay up to date on relational issues related to substance abuse, and have inpatient and intensive outpatient experience. I also focus my practice on understanding the challenges of the millennial generation.
What are millennials?
Millennials are individuals who were born between the late 70s/early 80s and early 2000s. Today, they make up almost 25% of the U.S. population. They tend to get a bad rep in the media for being narcissistic and self-absorbed, but I believe this is a magnified generalization and experience a very different side of millennials in my office: people who want fulfillment in their life's work, want happier relationships, committed relationships, who love and value family, and people who want to feel alive.
Millennials today are marrying later, and many experience first time divorces in their 20s. Studies show that millennials are more likely to invest in something if it supports a cause (like the Toms shoes concept). I believe the best investment that young couples can make is investing in the health of their relationship.
My hope is to help millennial couples strengthen their relationships and marriages so they can positively influence the future by having healthier home lives for the next generation (Gen Z). If that isn't a greater cause, I don't know what is.
Do you work with clients who are not millennials?
Absolutely! In addition to my work with millennials, I help individuals and couples of any age who feel that I may be a good fit for them. I work with clients who are in recovery, dealing with relationship issues, life transition challenges, emotional trauma, and help individuals at different points in their lives develop the healthiest version of themselves.
Do you take insurance?
No. Therapists who hold an associate license in the state of Texas cannot be on insurance panels. Having an associate license means that I am working toward my full licensure and am under clinical supervision at this time. My clinical supervisor is Dr. Ken Bateman, LMFT-S, LPC-S.
Beyond this ethical mandate, my personal and professional business decision is to not be on insurance panels. Utilizing insurance would require that I appoint you a mental health diagnosis. Because my clinical specialties are in relationship issues, life transitions, and marital conflict, I do not find it beneficial to label clients with a diagnosis that would remain on their health record. If you present to me with a prior mental health diagnosis, I will absolutely honor that part of your experience and work with you on those issues.
I do understand that using insurance is a factor and sometimes necessity for clients, therefore I am happy to refer you to providers that I may know in your network. Otherwise, your best bet is to contact your insurance provider for a list of therapists in your area.
How much does therapy cost?
In general, you will find that the cost of therapy varies between professionals based on a few different factors (therapist's licensure status, whether or not they are on insurance panels, the amount of certifications they have or specified trainings they have completed, and more).
I believe that therapy is an investment, but one in which the benefits will repay you twofold if you accomplish the goals and change you desire. I value your time, my time, and the services I have to offer, and charge accordingly. My rate for 50 minute sessions is $100, and my rate for 80 minute sessions is $140.
What is your intake process?
Upon our initial communication, I will ask for your email address and send you a link to my online portal through Simple Practice so that you can conveniently complete my intake process prior to our first appointment.
If you are coming in as a couple, I will need you and your partner's email addresses to set you both up.
The intake process is my "digital paperwork". It will ask for basic information about you (your address, demographic information, and some personal history). You will also have an opportunity to review and sign off on my business policies and procedures, as well as the informed consent and confidentiality agreements. You can also keep your credit card information securely (encrypted) on file so that the payment process is convenient for you.
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I am pleased to offer you this seamless option to complete the logistical portion of this process. It will also give me an opportunity to review some of the information you'd like me to know about you before we meet.
How often should I/we come for sessions?
This is a great question, which depends on your presenting issues and the therapeutic approach that I feel will most benefit you. Typically, the counseling process can take anywhere from 8-20 sessions before you notice change. This, of course, depends on your motivation and the efforts that you apply between our sessions together.
I recommend for clients to begin therapy weekly, as this will allow us to really create an alliance and establish momentum toward your goals. I am open to shifting to bi-monthly sessions as we continue to explore progress and goals. It is important for you to know that you will experience more noticeable effects when you engage in more frequent sessions.
Some clients prefer to continue a therapeutic relationship for check-in support after initial goals are met. I find this beneficial and similar to the best practice of taking your car in to the shop every now and then for an oil change or tune up. Why not do that for yourself and your relationships as well?
You will typically know when you have reached a point where you feel you no longer need to come. I am very transparent with clients about discussing this and checking in with you to make sure you feel our work is on track with the goals we have established.
How long are sessions?
I offer two options for session length: 50 minutes and 80 minutes.
Depending on your needs, how much you feel comfortable investing, and if you are coming individually or with a partner, you may opt for a longer session.
Please note that I do end sessions on time, as I like to take a few minutes after our meeting to write down any important notes for our work together and to prepare myself for the next client.
Please understand that cancellations within 24 hours of our appointment may result in payment of the entire session fee.
Can you see me and my partner separately?
It depends. Ethically, when you and your partner come to therapy together, the “client” is the two of you as a couple. It may interfere with the process to see partners individually from each other (ongoing). Other times, I may have one to two individual sessions with each of you throughout the therapy process if I feel it is necessary and will benefit the relationship work. Seeing partners individually from each other is always discussed and agreed upon with both people before it happens. If we determine that individual work would be more beneficial to one or both of you, I am happy to provide you with referrals.
My partner/spouse doesn't think we have problems. Do I still come?
If this is you, don't worry! It is not uncommon for one partner to be uninterested in attending therapy. Perhaps they don’t think anything is wrong, or they don’t feel that they are contributing to any issues. More and more people are becoming open to the idea of counseling (especially because it is a more holistic approach to dealing with issues), but there still remains a stigma against it for many families, cultures, and individuals.
A helpful thing to try would be to have a gentle, non-defensive conversation with your partner, inviting them to be a part of the process with you. Don’t pressure them or give ultimatums.
If your partner refuses, then absolutely come alone. It is not uncommon for one person to begin therapy and the other to feel more willing to come when they see you making healthy changes. You can absolutely still experience growth and relief by working on your side of the situation. As I say: in relationships it always takes two, sometimes it just starts with one.
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