Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my own problems.
Everyone faces challenges. While you may have successfully handled many difficulties, it can be helpful to seek out extra support. There are many reasons why people decide to come to therapy. Common reasons are to learn tools for alleviating stress and anxiety, how to deal with difficult people, or how to move on past difficult events. Many common life events cause heightened stress and counseling may help you move beyond feeling anxious, to increased self-confidence, a sense of happiness, peace of mind, new purpose or direction, or a more meaningful life.
What is therapy like?
Therapy focuses on creating change where you need it. The office is like a cozy living room where we will work on finding tools to help you manage stress or anxiety, get past the past, and create the life you want. What we do will be unique to you. I use a range of techniques including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness meditation, humanistic, EMDR, and psychodynamic. Sessions are normally 50-minutes, but I also 75-minute, or 90-minute sessions for your convenience.
How long will therapy take? How often should I go?
While weekly 50-minute sessions are typical, there is no rule that states this should be the case. You may come less often if you prefer, or more sessions may be scheduled if needed. You can always discuss how therapy is meeting your needs at any time. Length of therapy depends on many factors including the type of problem, duration of the problem, complexity of the situation, and what you are looking to accomplish. Sometimes brief solution focused interventions can be helpful in a short time. Other times, people may be in therapy for months or even years before they feel their issues have been sufficiently resolved. The choice is yours and can always be discussed with your therapist.
What is the cost of therapy?
Therapy costs are as follows: $135 per 50-minute session, $200 per 75-minute session, or $240 per 90-minute session. Phone calls involving counseling or psychological help are billed at $2.70/minute. There is a free 15-minute phone consultation for all new inquiries. Payment is due at time of service and may be made by cash, check, credit card, or debit card. (Discover, AmEx, Mastercard and Visa are accepted.)
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance, but I can provide the required documentation for you to submit to your insurance company for possible out-of-network coverage. You can review your benefits or contact your insurance carrier to find out: a) Do you have mental health coverage? b) What is the coverage amount per therapy session? c) How many sessions does the plan cover? d) How much does the plan pay for an out-of-network provider? e) Is approval required from a primary care physician?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a client and therapist. I am a licensed practitioner and confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Only in rare circumstances can exceptions be made, such as if there is a court order, if the client presents an imminent danger to self or others, or if the therapist becomes aware of child or elder abuse.
Are you available for emergencies or crisis situation?
I do not provide 24-hour crisis counseling. If you have an emergency, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 682.556.4593. If I do not answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned within 1-2 days. Upcoming available openings are shown on the calendar on the Appointments page on this website.
Where are you located?
My office is at 4305 S Hulen St. Fort Worth, TX 76109 in the Overton Park Professional Center. It is a one-story gray brick building just north of I-20 on the corner of Hulen and Westdale. My name is on the marquee facing Hulen St. The front door says Family Health Services and opens into a waiting room for an office that includes several doctors and a massage therapist. I will come find you in the waiting room at your appointment time. You do not need to check in with the front desk. If you are running late and arrive after that time, please call to let me know, 682-556-4593. At your appointment time, or if you arrive late, you can also come straight back to my office. There is a door at the back right of the waiting room with my name on it. Come through that door, down a short hallway to my office, room 10. I leave my office door open when I am ready for a client.