Trauma is described as a deeply distressing or disturbing event. Often times, people think of trauma, their initial thoughts are of PTSD and military veterans. Trauma can also include a party involved in a car accident, a robbery victim, even learning that a spouse has cheated. We allow each individual to define their own trauma, because what affects one person negatively may not affect the next person in the same way. Experiencing a traumatic experience may result in emotional and physical symptoms that affects day to day life. These symptoms might include, shock, anger, irritability, guilt, shame, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, and/ or a change in appetite. Using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I assist clients in processing trauma, with the goal of being able to reconcile and move forward without hinderance.
Everyone has unique perception of the world and their place in it. How we view ourselves in this world influences our interpretation of experiences; thoughts, feelings and responses. Identifying with various cultures based on gender, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation or religion is an important tool for learning who we are. Mindful of these complexities, individual therapy tailored to your specific needs can be beneficial in helping navigate a multicultural and sometimes complicated world.
Have you recently made a decision to change something in your life, but aren’t exactly clear on how to go about it? Maybe you are outgrowing your friends or are considering returning to college, making a career change or soon becoming an empty nester. I can help by offering support and walking through this journey with you. Life transitions are important. They are the moments in our lives that let us know we are moving forward. Knowing this, however, does not mean life transitions are always easy. Therapy can be a helpful tool when trying to manage the conflicting feelings often associated with life transitions as they arise.
One of the most meaningful aspects of a person’s life are their relationships. The ability to be in a supportive, respectful relationship with someone who can meet your needs results in a greater sense of well-being. Whether you are coping with a break-up, making the decision to enter the dating scene, you don’t have to navigate this alone. Working together, we can explore relationship patterns, improve social skills and identify needs and wants.
CPS is a state agency responsible for ensuring the safety of children from abuse, neglect and/ or exploitation. I am an approved contractor through The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to offer outpatient counseling services to help families meet their service plan requirements, as identified by CPS. Counseling often includes discussions of topics related to decision making, parenting skills and unresolved personal issues. I am also approved to complete psychosocial assessments; a comprehensive interview and report that includes clinical recommendations.
Supervision sessions include individual and/or group meetings averaging 4 hours a month. In these meetings, we address topics such as ethics, counseling techniques, applicable literature reviews, interventions and case staffings.
My goal is to provide support and guidance to interns, so they may emerge from their internship as confident and effective therapist with strong ethics, and an ability to work independently.
I am qualified to provide substance abuse evaluations to Department of Transportation regulated employees as a result of a positive drug test or a drug test refusal. Assisting with the return-to-duty process, my overall goal is to improve personal and public safety. Services include a thorough psychosocial assessment, referrals to service providers, case management/ consultations and a follow- up evaluation.
If I am out-of-network with your insurance company, our services may still be covered under your out-of-network benefits. If you choose to use your out-of-network benefit coverage, then a full session fee is due at the time of service and we will provide you with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
We accept payment in the form of cash, check, credit card and some HRA’s. Payment is due at the time services are rendered.
I am happy to answer any question or concern you may have as it relates to the payment of services. Please contact us at 832-703-6369.
$50- per hr. of clinical supervision (200/mo.)
$100- 50 min. individual session
$100- per hr. of additional professional services(letter writing, preparation of records, etc.)
$200- per hour for court appearances
$350 – per Substance Abuse Professional Evaluation
Reasons people elect to self- pay for services, even if they have insurance:
1. A diagnosis is required- Insurance companies will only reimburse providers for services that are “medically necessary”, meaning a diagnosis is required. If you are depressed and receiving treatment for depression, then a diagnosis is appropriate. However, if you are seeking counseling to help improve social skills for dating, you may not want or need a medical diagnosis to be placed in your medical chart.
2. Privacy- In addition, to a diagnosis, insurance companies often request other information, such as, date of service and a procedure code. If audited, therapists are expected to provide access to treatment records. By electing not to use your insurance company, the therapist has no obligation to inform them of your treatment.
3. Restricting- Insurance companies have the ability to restrict your care, which can effect overall treatment. Insurance companies can restrict care by denying services they do not deem “medically necessary”, even if it is beneficial to you, limiting the amount of sessions you are allowed and offering select providers you can choose to receive care from.
Private pay allows you have have more control over the services you receive.