Questions about Therapy?
I'm interested in counseling but would like to learn more before I make an appointment...
Coming to counseling for the first time takes a tremendous amount of energy and, often, something in life isn't working the way you'd hoped. I want you to know that I understand that it can be challenging to come to therapy and I do whatever possible to help my clients feel safe and comfortable.
For new counseling clients I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if a first appointment makes sense. At that time you are welcome to ask me questions and decide whether to move forward or not. Please send me an email at to learn more!
What can I expect from counseling?
My therapy process is goal driven and client directed. That means our work is correlated with specific goals you define at the start of counseling. We will check in on those goals throughout our time together. It's important for you to know that I have the end goal of working myself out of a job. While I'm grateful for my time with each client, my hope is that there would be a time that they are not in need of counseling services. That timeline looks different for each client but once their objectives are achieved they often move on.
A typical counseling session is 50 minutes and clients often come in weekly or bi-weekly at the beginning. A standard EMDR session is 80 minutes long but I am flexible with clients who prefer a 50 minute EMDR session.
Everyone's goals and needs are unique. I understand that individuals are bringing the "fine china" into the therapy room: their hopes, heartbreaks, hidden wounds, and stories. While I bring expertise and training to the table, I am never the expert of another person's life. It's important to me that you feel you have a place where you can be who you are, have a voice, and courageously pursue healing and understanding. Give me a call or send me an email to get started.
What is your clinical orientation?
For those who are familiar with specific therapeutic frameworks, my primary clinical approach is strengths based and through the lens of attachment theories and interpersonal neurobiology. I am a strong proponent of growth and am continually learning, reading, and educating myself on how I can better care for my clients.
Practically speaking, however, in working with clients I look to identify their unique needs and integrate a number of psychological approaches including: EMDR (eye movement and desensitation reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Theory, Family Systems, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness. Additionally, I strongly believe that each client is multi-dimensional and I work to understand their experiences holistically in mind, body, spirit, and relationships. Regardless of their backgrounds many of my clients report that they appreciate my desire to meet them where they are, my work to empower them to have a voice in and out of their sessions, and my mission to be a partner with them as they make sense of their journey. I know that coming to counseling for the first time takes incredible momentum and I feel immensely honored to walk alongside of those who chose to come into my office.
For new counseling clients I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if a first appointment makes sense. At that time you are welcome to ask me questions and decide whether to move forward or not. Please give me a call today to schedule your free consult.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. I am considered an out of network mental health provider. For those who would like to use their insurance coverage I can provide you with a superbill at the end of each month for your services. Please check with your insurance provider to confirm your out of network coverage. Also, please give me a call if you are looking to find an in-network mental health provider. I have strong collaborative relationships with therapists who accept insurance in the Austin area and would love to help you find the right fit.
What don't you work with?
I feel passionate about "staying in my lane" of specialty and am quick to tell clients when another provider would be a better fit. I typically refer out for the following: addictions, couples therapy, play therapy, personality disorders, autism, anorexia nervosa, psychosis, and bi-polar disorder. While I may have experience in these arenas, there are other fantastic specialists in each of these areas that I trust. If my services are not the best fit I would love to help you find someone who is.
What are your therapy fees?
I charge $140 for a 50 minute therapy session. Please give me a call even if this charge is outside of your budget. I would love to ensure you have the care you need. If I am not a good fit I am happy to help you find another well-regarded therapist who fits your budget or insurance needs.
I notice you work with churches and incorporate spirituality. Do I have to be a Christian to work with you?
Absolutely not! Regardless of who you are, my greatest hope is that you feel welcome and safe when working with me. While I believe that incorporating spirituality can be an important part of healing, each person comes in with a different definition of what that looks like for them. My clients determine how little or how much we bring that into the mix.
I see you are also a health coach. What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
When individuals come to therapy they are often in a very hard spot in regards to their relationships, their mental health, or they have hit challenges where they are looking to understand more of who they are, where they are going, and to make sense of their story. We often include techniques such as EMDR in our treatment plan to help them work through previous traumas, mental blocks, or to improve emotional regulation. At times we focus on safety planning, coping skills, or things they can do to care for themselves while they are in a challenging place. This is often deeper work that causes them to look into their past, their choices, and their life in order to have freedom, to grow, and to move forward. In this time we often cover specific mental health goals and I refer them to various wellness practitioners when necessary.
Coaching, on the other hand, is primarily focused on achieving particular wellness outcomes. I have a separate coaching business for these clients. If therapy focuses on healing from our past, coaching looks to enhance your present and your future. Because this wellness coaching is holistic in nature, we might discuss various aspects of your nutrition, your health, your career, your relationships, your spiritual life, and your mental health. While therapy related topics may come up in the course of our sessions, the coaching process is not therapy. If it becomes clear that therapy could be useful for someone who is utilizing my coaching services I have a list of wonderful, like-minded therapists that I may refer them to. In that case I continue working with them on the wellness side while they and their therapist dig deeper to address therapy related topics. For some clients it can be immensely helpful to work with me and their therapist at the same time.
Can I receive both coaching and therapy services from you?
I keep these practices separate due to the ethics associated with dual relationships for social workers in the state of Texas. It's so important that you feel safe in these relationships and one of the ways I provide that safety is to make the scope of each service very clear to my clients. At this time I do not provide health coaching to clients who are current or former therapy clients. For those who receive health coaching from me, I refer them to another therapy provider if the service is warranted. If you are interested in receiving both services I have strong collaborative relationships with other wellness practitioners who can support you in your journey and would love to help you find the right fit.