Do you take insurance?
Currently I do not. 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 Patricia Koch, PhD, LMFT-S.
In addition, in order to use insurance, it requires I give my clients a mental health diagnosis. Insurance can then dictate what kind of treatment you can receive. I take a non-pathological approach to psychotherapy that is aligned with functional medicine in addressing root causes of symptoms, and I choose to let what is best for my clients to dictate treatment – not what insurance will pay for. I also prefer to empower my clients to decide if they want a mental health diagnosis on their record or not, for client privacy is a top priority for me.
While I do not currently accept insurance, I will provide superbills for you to file for reimbursement if you have out of network coverage. Please check with your insurance to see if you have out of network mental health coverage. If you choose to file for out of network benefits it will require me to give a diagnosis code on your superbill. Also please note – Couples and Family Therapy is not usually covered by insurance.
How much does therapy cost?
I believe that therapy is an investment in yourself and your relationships and one that will repay you over and over. I value your time, my time, and the services I have to offer, and charge in accordance with that. My rate for 50 minute sessions at this time is $120. My rate for 75 min sessions is $180.
I do not accept insurance, but I will provide superbills if you have out of network mental health coverage. You pay full fee in session, and then will be responsible for filing for reimbursement with your insurance company. Please note – couples therapy is not usually covered by insurance.
How often should I/we come for sessions?
I recommend for clients to begin therapy weekly, as this will allow us to form a solid therapeutic relationship and create momentum toward your goals. I am open to shifting to bi-monthly sessions as we continue to explore progress and goals. Please know that you will experience more noticeable change when you engage in regular sessions and commit to also doing the work outside of sessions.
You will typically know when you have reached a point where you feel you no longer need to come. We will be discussing your progress and how therapy is going regularly and openly and will communicate about what termination looks like together.
How long are sessions?
My sessions with couples and individuals typically last 50 min. or 75 mins. I am respectful of my client’s time by reserving a regular time slot for them, so I ask my clients to please arrive at their appointments on time.
Please understand that cancellations within 24 hours of our appointment or no-shows will result in payment of the entire session fee.
What is EMDR therapy and how does it help?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an evidence based treatment for trauma, and has been found effective for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more.
It involves the use of your sensory system to stimulate memory networks to heal traumatic or disturbing memories. It has been shown that the nervous system holds on to unprocessed trauma and stays stuck in the stress response. This can happen for years. By using EMDR to process the trauma the body can process through the memory and release the stress response.
I offer EMDR therapy for individual clients. Call 512-607-7897 to set up your free 15 min consult to see if EMDR is right for you.
How does Online Therapy work?
In addition to in-office therapy, I provide secure online therapy for individual adults who are residents of Texas. I also provide this for couples on a case by case basis. Skype and other online video conferencing software cannot guarantee privacy. Therefore, my online therapy services occur via my HIPAA compliant web portal. It requires my clients to go to a secure website in order to participate in therapy, and then works just like any other video conferencing application.
What is the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling?
The Gottman Method was created by Dr. John and Dr. Julie Gottman and has become the “gold standard” in marital and relational therapy. It has been researched for decades with thousands of couples and is very effective. This approach addresses conflict management, communication, empathy, trust, commitment, and intimacy, as well as other relationship topics. It is a well-rounded and active approach rooted in solid relationship science. I am trained in level 1 and 2 of Gottman Method Couples Counseling, and this approach is instrumental in my work with couples.