How does therapy work?
If you are new to therapy you may be surprised how easy and fulfilling it is. Understandably you may be intimidated by the prospect of really facing and dealing with your problems, ‘baring your soul’ to someone, or the prospect of change.
As therapists we are specially trained to make the therapy process as painless as possible. Together we will approach your problems with the understanding that you are a unique individual, therefore your problems and subsequent solutions will be unique to you.
Therapists are by nature non-judging. Throughout the years I have had the privilege of working with numerous individuals and no two were the same.
My focus in not to pass judgement or to compare you with others but to objectively and caringly understand you, your relationships, your life circumstances and the problems you face.
I am a firm believer that each individual has natural gifts, strengths and talents. During the therapeutic process we will discover these and will utilize them to transition you from problems to solutions and mental ease.
Are sessions confidential?
I never discuss my work with clients with friends, family, or casual social acquaintances and your identity and details you disclose in our sessions are held as a sacred trust to the extent allowed and required by law and your insurance company. As a mandated reporter, I am required to disclose any plans to harm others or yourself, and may be required to report any knowledge of felonies you have committed for which you were not charged.
Are you currently taking new clients?
Yes. To set up an appointment please call me at 713-408-1608 or use this form to email me. I like to speak to all prospective clients personally. I think the therapist–client fit is really important so this initial conversation is the first step in a very personal relationship. If we feel that I am not a good fit for you I will be happy to refer you to another therapist who would be a better fit.
After this initial conversation, we will set up a mutually convenient appointment usually occurring within 3-5 business days.
Can you bill my insurance?
Can I pay for sessions with my Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
As a private practitioner who is not on any insurance panels, my services for your care might be covered on an out of network basis, or eligible for coverage by your FSA. That means you pay my full fee at each session and I provide you with a receipt that you can send to your insurance carrier to file a claim for reimbursement, or send to your employer for reimbursement from your FSA.
What are your fees?
Fees are dependent on the length and type of session.
- Individuals 55 minutes $150
- Individual 90 minutes $225
- Couples or families 90 minute sessions $225
I accept American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa for this payment.
*Preferred payment option is thru Venmo.
What if my check bounces or my credit card is denied?
Appointments will not be held when you owe for past sessions. If you check bounces or your credit card is denied, I will notify you immediately, and you are expected to pay for that session before the next scheduled appointment.
In the situation of a bounced check, I can take replacement payment in the form of cash, or credit card. You will also be charged a $35 bounced check fee.
When a credit card is denied it is often because of an incorrect number or an expiration date. You will be contacted and expected to provide corrected information or a new card.
If a transaction with a debit card is denied, payment is possible by cash, or credit card.
What if I have to reschedule or forget an appointment?
I require clients to give at least 24 hours notice when they have to reschedule, except in situations of contagious illness and medical emergency. A car accident on the way to an appointment would qualify as a medical emergency. Bronchitis, flu, or diarrhea qualify as illness, but a normal headache does not, nor does a migraine if you have gone to work on the day of the appointment.
Appointments can be rescheduled by phone calls, text messages or emails. You can also leave a message on my confidential voice mail.
If you forget an appointment, you are still financially obligated for it. I require all new clients to either leave a signed, undated check on file for the amount of a session for such eventualities, or to authorize a charge on their credit card for missed and late cancelled appointments.
If you can reschedule for the same week, the late cancellation or missed appointment fee may be waived.
Can I call or email you between sessions if I have questions?
Between sessions I’m usually difficult to reach, but if your question is urgent you are welcomed to leave a voicemail or email asking me to contact you. I may be able to answer a quick question pertaining to an assignment we’ve outlined for you, but more general questions, or questions about issues that you haven’t yet introduced in sessions should wait for your next appointment time.
If it is an urgent therapy issue that cannot wait until your next appointment, we can arrange a phone / skype therapy session. If this session lasts more than 5 minutes you will be charged a prorated amount based on the length of time of the call.
Are there issues or people you don’t work with?
Yes. Due to the limits of my training and education, and professional interests, I refrain from working with children and court mandated individuals. Problems or issues that I choose not to work with in my practice would include but not limited to:
- Conduct disorders
- Psychotic episodes
- Sex offenders
Please send me an email if you have further questions. I usually respond the same day.