I’ve never been in therapy, what can I expect?
Prior to our first therapy session together, I will send you intake paperwork to complete through a secure online client portal. We will review your intake documents in our first session and continue what is called the intake process. I use a holistic approach with my clients and want to get to know you within the broader context of your life experiences, family, and culture. Once we are finished gathering history of the issue that brought you to therapy, we will discuss the changes you want to see and set measurable goals. As you begin to resolve the issue that brought you to therapy, you’ll also be learning new skills that will help you see yourself and the world differently. I believe in using a collaborative approach with my clients in deciding when they are ready to end therapy. I also enjoy hearing your feedback about how our sessions are going and if there are any changes I can make for your needs to be met. While there is not a prescribed number of sessions in therapy, research suggests that you may continue to see benefits of therapy even after it is over.
What types of therapy do you use?
I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness interventions and often use a combination of approaches that work best for you and your presenting concerns. Some of the clients I work with also enjoy incorporating movement like yoga into therapy, yet that is not required. Past clients have shared that my person centered approach feels caring and supports them in feeling grounded as they navigate change in their lives. Check out the videos below if you want to know a little more about the acronyms I used above.
What is online therapy like?
Online therapy helps eliminate many of the stressors that made therapy inaccessible in the past like getting off work in time, fighting traffic or finding childcare. Meeting online also allows for additional confidentiality so you don’t have to worry about who you might run into in the waiting room. When I first transitioned to online therapy, I was concerned it would prevent me from forming a connection with my clients. I have found this is not an issue as I have helped many clients using online therapy from the convenience of their offices or homes. I’m able to work with anyone whose permanent address is in Texas, so even if you’re not in Houston, we can still work together. Virtual therapy appointments are not only more convenient, they are also effective. Emerging research has shown online therapy is just as effective as in person therapy for anxiety and depression.
If you know online therapy isn’t for you, I also offer in person therapy in Houston, TX near the Memorial park area. Please contact me for additional details about in person offerings.
What is Trauma-Informed yoga therapy?
Trauma-informed yoga shows participants how to calm their minds and regulate physical and emotional responses in the body. Learning how to tolerate sensation is an important part of regaining a feeling of safety in the body. Trauma-informed yoga does not require prior experience, and is mostly composed of gentle movements at a pace that works for you.
The core components of Trauma-informed yoga are:
- Safety: Your emotional safety is equally important to physical safety
- Feeling: Invitation to notice bodily sensations, the focus is on feeling rather than accomplishing a pose
- Choice: Freedom to explore choices rather than instructing you what to feel, both physically and emotionally
Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about trauma informed yoga therapy.
What is my financial investment?
Deciding to go to therapy is a investment in yourself. You may want to consider the opportunity cost of not getting expert help at the right time. Research suggests the growth and insight you gain from therapy will continue long after our last session.
15 minute phone consult, Free
50 minute virtual individual therapy session, $125
75 minute virtual initial intake session, $150
50 minute in-person session, $138
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance and am considered an out-of-network provider. Insurance companies typically require a mental health diagnosis after our first session together. Based on that diagnosis and how severe it is, insurance then decides how long they will pay for your treatment. By choosing to not use health insurance you are able to:
- Avoid having a diagnosis label permanently attached to your health record
- Decide your own preferences for goals and length of treatment
- Ensure your personal records stay confidential. No one will know you are in therapy unless you decide to tell them
At your request, I will provide you with documentation to claim out-of-network benefits. Most PPO insurance plans provide out-of-network coverage. Please contact your insurance company either online or via the member services number located on the back of your insurance card to find out if you have existing out-of-network-benefits and ask about whether or not they offer reimbursement for outpatient mental health, at what percentage, and whether you need to spend a certain amount towards your deductible first.
How long will it take?
If you are anything like me, you want to see progress ASAP. I get it, if you are willing to reach out to me for support things are probably uncomfortable. For some, simply making the initial therapy appointment brings some relief. I am committed to supporting you in the change you want to see as soon as possible. It is important to note that everyone’s circumstances are unique to them (oh, the joys of being human!) and the length of time counseling 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 counseling in the first place.