Where is your office located?
Here’s where we’ll meet
You can find me in the Jefferson Building at 1600 W. 38th St., Suite 428, Austin, TX 78731.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way – teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.
Furthermore, counselling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counselling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I use talk therapy as a basis for building our therapeutic relationship. I also may suggest different creative/expressive activities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy exercises, self-regulation exercises, EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique or other modalities I have found successful with my clients.
How long will therapy take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counselling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counselling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions.
Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Do you take insurance?
Good question! Did you know that insurance companies require a mental health disorder diagnosis in order to cover your counseling visits? Yep, it’s true. Yuck. Also, when your claim is submitted, up to 15-20 people might see your supposedly confidential information!
As a private pay clinician, I work for you, not the insurance companies. And when you work with me, I am the only person who will have access to your confidential information.
So…in order to protect your privacy and my ability to work with you in the way that will be of greatest benefit to you and your family, I do not take insurance. If you’re in a bind and need some assistance, I can refer you to some low-cost agencies in town. I am occasionally able to offer a reduced fee. I designate a few spots for that option. Call me and we’ll discuss that option if you need it.
If you have insurance and you want to work with me, I am happy to provide a receipt for reimbursement for an out-of-network provider.
What are your fees?
My full fee is $150 for a 50-minute session; $200 for an 80-minute session.
Most people choose to see me for 80 minutes at least the first session, so we can cover a lot of ground.
Most couples and families choose the 80-minute option because with more people in the room, there’s a lot more to talk about and process. I also do activity therapy with families, and more time means more time to process what you learned and “any aha!” moments.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
It’s an industry standard – if you cancel in the 24 hours prior to your appointment, I reserve the right to charge you the full fee. If you reschedule within the same calendar week, no charge. If you just don’t show up, I will charge you the full fee.
I find that people who invest in themselves by paying my full fee have a greater commitment to showing up and doing the work, so this has not been a problem for my practice.