FREQUENTLY asked Questions
Who do you work with?
I provide teletherapy for individual adults who reside in Texas. I specialize in working with people who experience anxiety and depression, challenges in stress management, professional burnout, cross-cultural adaptation, grief and loss, self-growth, life transitions, and chronic illness.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. Most people have a good sense of whether I am the right professional to help them within the first two sessions.
Do you provide in-person or online psychotherapy?
All psychotherapy sessions are conducted via a secure and easy-to-use telehealth platform (Guide). Established clients can also hold some sessions by telephone, if needed. I am not providing any in-person psychotherapy at this time.
Is teletherapy right for me?
Although there are many advantages of online counseling (it’s convenient, effective, keeps us safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19), it’s not right for everyone. Teletherapy works best for those with mild to moderate symptoms (not people who are suicidal or in crisis), are comfortable using technology, and have a quiet and private place to have their sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in-network with all major health insurance plans. Please see a complete list here.
For other healthcare plans, I am considered an out of network provider. If you have out of network benefits with your insurance company, I will be able to provide you with a super bill so that you can submit it to your insurance company for service reimbursement. Any client would need to contact their particular insurance company to see what type of out of network benefits their specific plan has, if any. Several online services are available to help in submitting out-of-network claims if you’d like that assistance. Here is a step-by-step guide to out of network benefits.
What can I expect from therapy?
Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. And, although you and I will travel together, it is ultimately your journey and you will make your own decisions. I do not have answers to all your concerns, but I do have the ability to listen carefully and will ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but we will not tell you what to do.
What happens during the first session?
The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Does the therapist seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; I will begin to figure out how to help you get there.
How long do appointments last?
Appointments are 50 minutes. This is the standard length of a psychotherapy session. If you are interested in a longer session (75 minutes) please contact me regarding availability and cost.
How often will we meet?
To begin, we will meet once a week. I find it’s important to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense.
Should I use insurance or pay for therapy out of pocket?
There are important factors to consider when deciding whether to use insurance or pay for therapy out of pocket. I want to support you in making an informed decision.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing whether to use your insurance or self-pay for therapy services.
Diagnosis Required – Often, a person’s reason for seeking therapy is not related to a mental health diagnosis. However, most insurance companies require a diagnosis in order to pay for treatment. A therapist who is functioning ethically and in your best interest will not diagnose exclusively to utilize insurance. Additionally, there are some diagnoses that may be appropriate to what you are experiencing that insurance companies will not cover if they do not deem therapy to be ‘medically necessary’. Paying out of pocket allows you to access services regardless of diagnosis status, and you have the power to determine if sessions are necessary.
Session Duration – Insurance companies ultimately decide the number of therapy sessions you are able to receive, dependent on your diagnosis and benefits package. At the end of that number of sessions, your case will be re-evaluated by your insurance to determine if therapy continues to be ‘medically necessary’. Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee of receiving insurance approval to continue. Self-pay allows you to make the decision of continuing in therapy if it is working for you.
Decreased Privacy – Information that is communicated to your insurance for reimbursement is part of your medical record. This includes any diagnosis you received, as well as any other information the insurance requested to determine coverage. When paying privately, you have increased control over where, when, and how your information is shared.
I understand the financial and personal commitment involved in therapy with or without insurance, and do not take the responsibility of your care lightly. If you have more questions as you are trying to choose between insurance versus private pay, please schedule a consultation with me below.
Do you write Emotional Support Animal Letters?
For many who struggle with mental health challenges, an emotional support animal (ESA) can offer relief in addition to psychotherapy. I have experience in ESA evaluation and can help determine the need and suitability for an emotional support animal. A letter can be provided If determined appropriate, I would be glad to provide a letter for you.
Do you help with FMLA Letters of Support?
I have experience in evaluating the client's need for FMLA if medical leave is requested due to a mental health condition. I am willing to help with filling out any necessary documentation if it is deemed appropriate to facilitate this process.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. Many of my clients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, either contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, I can coordinate care with your doctor.