Frequently asked Questions

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How does intensive-style therapy work?

An intensive is a one-time (or two-time) 4-hour therapy session with a couple of shorter follow-up appointments as needed.
 
What is the structure? I begin by understanding the problem as you see it and identifying your goals. Next, I get some history and background information. Then we usually take a break and do the "work" in the second half of the session. My approach is pragmatic, meaning I adjust my style based on your specific case, but I find that I draw most from Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy when doing in an intensive.
 
What are the benefits? The length of time allows us to get to the root of the issue more quickly. This means I can more effectively make suggestions that will help you reach your goals. Intensives are great for people who don't want the hassle of coming in for weekly appointments. Some people find it difficult to switch gears between weekly sessions and daily life. Scheduling an intensive circumvents this issue.
 
What are the drawbacks? Intensives are not a good choice for people who want ongoing therapy. While I do my best to accommodate a few follow-up sessions, an intensive should not be thought of as the start of long-term care.
 
Who is a good candidate? Most people will benefit from intensives. I do not suggest scheduling an intensive if there is active addiction, a history of significant trauma that you've never addressed in therapy before, or immediately following an affair. I like to schedule a brief, 10-minute consult with all prospective clients before scheduling. Please let me know if you'd like to book, and I'll tell you if you're a good fit when we connect over the phone.
 
What is the cost? Intensives are billed at my regular hourly rate: $275 for the first 45 minutes and $250/45 minutes for the remainder.
 
Can we meet virtually? In-person is best, but virtual is an option for people who have not been vaccinated or cannot come into the office for some reason.
 
When can I schedule? Please call for availability. I do not see clients outside of regular business hours.
 
What are others saying? A recent participant said, "I've seen 5 or 6 therapists over the past few years. No one has gotten as deep as you have. I am so thankful for this opportunity." Another participant said, "You are extraordinary. I am beyond impressed."

How should I prepare for therapy?

All you need to prepare for therapy is an open mind and willingness to grow. Some people find it helpful to bring a timeline of events or some general notes about the issue that brings them in. This is certainly not required though. If you think your issue may be physiological in nature, we recommend scheduling a visit with your primary care physician to rule that out first. 

Should I come alone or bring my partner?

While it’s not essential, if you are coming in for an issue related to your relationship, we find it helpful to conduct the first session jointly with your partner. This not only gives us a sense of the relationship dynamic, it also helps us get you both on board for treatment and hear both perspectives. If you’re coming in for a sex therapy issue, we will meet individually to do a more thorough history and assessment. At that point, we will make our recommendations for individual versus couple therapy.

Will you prescribe medication?

No. Only licensed physicians can prescribe medications. If I believe you need medication, I will refer you back to your primary care physician or make a specific recommendation for a medical doctor that I believe can treat you best.

Is therapy confidential?

Therapy is always confidential with some exceptions. If we believe you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else or if we suspect child abuse or neglect, we are required to notify the authorities. We abide by Chapter 611 in the Texas Health and Safety Code. 

How long will I be in therapy?

The number of therapy sessions depends on several factors and we will be able to give you a better idea after we have had a chance to meet. Factors that influence how long therapy lasts include the complexity of the problem, the length of time you’ve experienced the problem, and the amount of time you devote to working on the problem in between sessions, and, if in a relationship, your partner's support and participation in the therapeutic process. I generally advise people to plan for a minimum of 6 sessions. Many clients find benefit after just a few sessions while others require more long-term care. Therapy sessions are typically 45 minutes long.

How do I make an appointment?

Clients are seen by appointment only. We do not accept walk-ins. You can make an appointment by calling the office at 832.301.9160, extension 0.

Do you accept my insurance? 

We are not in network with any insurance providers. Please review our fees page to familiarize yourself with our financial policies.