Below are various questions and answers that may help you. If you do not find the answers you are looking for on this page, please contact me and I will be happy to assist.
Q: What insurance plans do you accept?
A: I am currently accepting Traditional Medicaid, Cigna-Health Spring (Star Plus), Optum/United Behavioral Health, UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and TriCare Standard. In the near future, I will be accepting all forms of Tricare Insurance, HealthChoice, and Molina insurances.
Q: Do you have after hours or weekend appointments?
A: Yes, by appointment only.
Q: Do you have appointment reminders?
A: Yes, depending on your preference, you can receive them via phone call, email, or text.
Q: What are my payment options?
A: I accept payments by cash, check, and credit card.
Q: How long is a therapy session, and how often do I have to go?
A: Clients typically find it most effective to attend one hour-long session once a week. Alternative recommendations may be made if both parties agree it is clinically appropriate. Therapy can be an effective tool through which to work through challenges; however, there is no cut and dry way to determine how long it will take to achieve your goals for therapy. Sometimes, therapy only requires a short-term commitment, but it can be a long-term process, depending on your personal challenges and goals.
Q: Why therapy?
A: There are many different motivations for going to therapy. Therapy can give people the support and skills they need to cope with issues like depression, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, grief, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, substance abuse, and more. Therapy allows you to actively determine what in your life is not serving you, and teaches you skills that enable you to get what you truly need and want.
Q: What should I expect from therapy? Does therapy really work?
A: During therapy, you will talk about what the main challenges in your life are, and your goals for the future. Every client is unique, so exactly what therapy modality is used depends on your own needs. My goal as your therapist is to help you reach a place of more self-awareness to help you achieve your goals. Usually, these means helping you develop better coping and communication skills. I will also work with you to develop better self-esteem, strengthen relationships, gain perspective on your life, and relieve mental suffering.
Therapy can work, but only if you actively participate in and outside of sessions. I try to create a safe space in which you feel heard and validated, but therapy is a two-way street. Your commitment to growth has the largest impact on how helpful therapy is for you.
Q: What therapy model do you work from the most?
A: I subscribe to no one model of therapy over the other; rather, I choose what model of therapy will work best for you based upon your personality, your desires from therapy, and what best fits your unique needs.
Q: Is therapy right for me?
A: Deciding whether therapy is the “right thing for you” is dependent on many factors, such as stressors in your life, how committed you are to your own personal growth process, how much time you have, etc. Most people find counseling beneficial. I would be more than happy to discuss with you if therapy is the right fit for you at your particular stage in life.
Q: Do you do psychological testing?
A: No, I do not do psychological testing. I can, however, provide you with a diagnosis.
Q: What types of therapy do you provide?
A: I provide individual counseling and couples counseling.
Q: What problems do you treat?
A: I have treated and will treat such issues as depression, domestic violence, PTSD, bullying, transgender issues, sexual orientation issues, grief or bereavement issues, relational issues, and many more issues. If you do not see your issue listed, please call me, and I will be more than happy to let you know if I am capable of providing assistance for your unique need.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: You may schedule an appointment by calling 903-892-2874, option #2.
Q: Do I have to have a referral or preauthorization from my insurance company?
A: Most insurances require pre-authorization. You can determine whether counseling services need to be pre-authorized by contacting the customer service number on your insurance card. A referral from another provider is not necessary.