What’s the difference in therapy and counseling?
Technically speaking, counseling tends to be shorter-term with focus on a specific issue, while therapy goes deeper to examine patterns of behavior and may have more of a clinical focus. However, you’ll likely find that many in the mental health field use these terms interchangeably, similar to doctor/physician and attorney/lawyer.
Is therapy right for me?
I believe that everyone could benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. Therapy is a place to process your experiences, heal from your pain, learn more about yourself, address things you’d like to change, learn valuable skills, and grow as a person. If any of this sounds interesting, let’s talk!
Do you prescribe medication?
I do not prescribe medication. Doctors (MDs and DOs), physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are the only clinicians who can prescribe medication. During the course of our work together, should you and I decide you may benefit from a medication evaluation, I will gladly coordinate with your provider with your consent. Not everyone in counseling needs meds, but they can be very helpful and effective for some. There’s no shame in needing medication.
How long do I need to stay in counseling?
Treatment can look different for each client, and there is no “right” or standard amount of time you must remain in counseling to see change. Some clients may only need a few sessions to achieve their goals, while some require months or even years of treatment. Often, people will present to a therapist for help with one thing, only for it to branch into other issues and areas. After your first session, I’ll give you an overview of what I think you’ll need to get better, and this will include a general estimate of length of treatment.
When are you available for sessions?
I offer appointments Monday through Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm (all times Central).
I don’t live in Texas. Can I work with you?
Licensure is regulated by individual states, so you must be physically located in Texas in order for me to work with you.
Can I remain anonymous?
No. Legally and ethically, I cannot treat you without knowing your identity.
Do you use Skype/Facetime?
Skype and Facetime are neither secure nor HIPAA-compliant, so I do not use them in my practice. I utilize an online therapy platform which provides secure, HIPAA-compliant video.
Do you see couples?
No, though I am happy to refer you to some wonderful couples counselors!
Do you offer in-office sessions?
No. My practice is exclusively online.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted.
What do I need for online counseling?
For video, you’ll need a computer or smartphone with video capability and a good internet connection. For phone, you’ll just need a phone and reliable signal.
Can I use my HSA or FSA to pay for this?
I accept both, but check with your employer or insurance provider to be certain mental health counseling is covered under your plan.
How do I get started?
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