Questions and Resources
How Do I Choose a Therapist?
"If you've never seen a mental health provider before, you may not know how to find one who suits your specific needs. Here are some things to keep in mind as you search for a mental health provider."
What is an LPCC?
"Professional clinical counseling" means the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems, and the use, application, and integration of the coursework and training required..."
What types of payment do you accept?
Insurances currently accepted are Presbyterian, Magellan, Molina Healthcare, Christus Healthcare, Multiplan, Truehealth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, and Medicaid. Please check with your insurance provider regarding your benefits, co-pays, and limitations. Copays are expected at the point of service per session.
Private pay clients welcome! A sliding scale may be available upon request.
Cash, checks, and Venmo payments accepted. At this time credit/debit card payments are not available. This may change in the future
Do I need a referral?
Check with your insurance carrier to clarify if you need a referral before attending to receive coverage. A referral is not required to attend and clients may receive treatment independent of insurance if desired.
What is Family Systems Therapy?
“Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. It is the nature of a family that its members are intensely connected emotionally. Often people feel distant or disconnected from their families, but this is more feeling than fact. Families so profoundly affect their members’ thoughts, feelings, and actions that it often seems as if people are living under the same “emotional skin.”
What is Narrative Therapy?
What is Narrative Therapy?
“Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach to counselling and community work which centers people as the experts of their own lives. A narrative approach views problems as separate from people and assumes people as having many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist them to change their relationship with the problems influencing their lives. It is a way of working that considers the broader context of people's lives particularly in the various dimensions of diversity including class, race, gender, sexual orientation and ability.”
What is Cognitive Bahavioral Therapy?
“Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.”
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
“Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.”
My Child has been referred for counceling and doesn't want me to come. What should I do?
While family therapy isn’t appropriate in every situation, it is an important part of the intake process to meet with the parents or guardians of a youth client. Please expect to attend at least two sessions in the beginning and follow up sessions to report on treatment goals. Your child may require an individual session first to help them understand this process.
If your child has concerns about confidentiality their rights will be clearly outlined during the intake process. It is important that they understand they are able to disclose what may be important but compromising information without feeling it will be used against them or to get them in trouble. It is also important for them to understand the limits of the law regarding confidentiality and so this will be shared with them during the intake process.