Frequently Asked Questions
My hope is that you feel comfortable and prepared for our first session and throughout your time in therapy.
Therapy is a confidential and pressure-free environment built on safety and trust. Therapy teaches you new information and skills, listens to you without judgment, works together to address concerns and helps you in listen and trust yourself again.
Showing up and sharing your unique experiences and truths will build a foundation for powerful work together. We will collaborate with you from there to help you meet your goals. If you’re not always sure what you’re feeling or how to describe it, we’ll be there to respectfully help you find your voice.
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time you spend in therapy meeting your goals depends on your commitment to the process and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. For many individuals and couples working with us, therapy spans 6-12 months, with some attending for shorter periods and some attending for longer. Factors such as broken trust, history of trauma, or addiction may take longer to respectfully untangle. Some people also choose to attend therapy less frequently once some improvements have been made.
The single most important thing you can do to get the most out of therapy is to attend regularly. During that attendance, showing up with a willingness to learn more about yourself and your partner will enhance your ability to meet your goals. Lastly, following up on recommended reading or practicing coping strategies between sessions will boost your ability to translate your work in our office to your life outside of our office.
If you are concerned about your relationship and you’re both open to attending therapy, you’ll find the greatest impact by working together. However, there are some circumstances where it’s not yet recommended to start couple therapy or one partner is not yet ready to attend. If you have any questions about how to begin, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we’ll help you figure out the next best step.
We offer online sessions. We used a HIPAA compliant video format that offers more privacy and confidentiality. Per ethical requirements, all clients utilizing online therapy must also be residents of Texas. For those not living Texas, please review the Coaching tab.
My number one value in the therapeutic relationship is benevolence, meaning to do no harm. As a licensed counselor, I have an ethical code that is paramount to my being successful and engaging in helpful therapeutic relationships. I understand the sensitive nature of counseling and implement my ethical code in each interaction with clients. The truth is, you may not fully trust me when we first meet, and that’s okay. I understand that building trust takes time, and I'll do everything to demonstrate my professionalism and trustworthiness during our time together.
Everything you talk with me about is confidential, meaning I don't share it with anyone. Legally, there are a few things that I cannot keep secret and I'll make sure you understand these things prior to us beginning counseling together. You will have the option to sign a release of information if you want me to be able to discuss your therapy or recommendations with others, such as family or a spouse. At times, I will consult with other licensed professionals on issues related to my therapy practice and client needs, but I do not share your personal information.
When scheduling a session, I reserve the time specifically for you. Counseling sessions that are not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance will be charged the full price of the session, except due to illness or an accident. I understand that surprises happen and life throws us curveballs, so please cancel and reschedule your session at least 24 hours in advance.
There may come a time when I make a recommendation or you decide that you want your partner, spouse, or a family member to come to counseling with you. Depending on the individual, we will determine whether or not it may be beneficial for the course of therapy to be changed. It is not uncommon for an important member of your life to attend a counseling session at some point throughout the course of therapy, but this decision is left entirely up to you.