FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT WILL MY FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
You will be greeted with paperwork, a cup of tea, and some questions from me to get a thorough overview of your family history, your current living situation, a nutritional and hormonal blueprint, sleep hygiene, and any other factors that may be contributing to your state of mind. I will also want to know what you are looking to get out of therapy and what the most pressing issues are for you.
DO I NEED TO BE IN CRISIS MODE IN ORDER TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
I have two words for this: heck no. Therapy can be even more effective when you, the client, have some sense of stability to support a deeper exploration of old issues that need tending. Your house doesn't need to be on fire and we don't need to burn it to the ground in therapy. Consider this a tune-up to get you from merely surviving to thriving.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO COME TO THERAPY?
This really depends on you. I am an advocate for whatever feels right—whether that's six sessions or a lifetime. I am also an advocate of you living your life, which may mean taking a break from therapy or reducing the frequency as time goes on. If problems resurface after therapy feels complete, I offer drop-in check ups to address specific issues.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
It is important to me that your counseling is affordable, and so I offer rates of $80 per session. I am an out-of-network provider and cannot bill insurance companies directly. However, I can provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement or application of fees toward your deductible. I advise new clients to contact their insurer with questions about coverage for out-of-network mental health providers.
DOES THERAPY HAVE TO CONSIST OF SITTING IN AN OFFICE EVERY WEEK?
Definitely not. For those who tend to form their thoughts while in motion, I offer therapy at West Austin Neighborhood Park as well as Pease Park. This can be particularly helpful for children and people with attention deficit disorders and digital dependencies. I am a trained ecotherapist, and am aware of the clinically-proven effects f nature on improving mental health. Why limit ourselves to the indoors?
HOW WILL I KNOW THAT THERAPY IS WORKING?
Great question with a tricky answer. Therapy has a way of feeling worse before it feels better. Pain is painful, and the initial surfacing of sometimes old wounds doesn't always feel wonderful. The good news is, once those painful feelings are online, your nervous system has the access to be able to change how it senses them. So the bottom line is—you will know that therapy is working when your feelings of sadness, despair, anger, or gloom are no longer perceived as a threat but as something to listen to.