Frequently Asked Questions
+ How do I know if I need therapy?
If I’m honest, I think we all could benefit from therapy at some point in our lives but of course, I would say that as a psychologist. Without knowing the specifics of your situation, I cannot say for sure. However, I would encourage you to consider the following questions: Do you keep running into the same conflict in your relationships? Do you keep getting the same feedback from others? Ever feel like you’re putting strain on your relationships because you need so much advice? Do you have emotional distress that does not seem to get better?
+ What if my partner/spouse doesn’t want to go to couple’s therapy?
It’s not uncommon for one partner to be less excited about couple’s therapy for a number of reasons: They think the relationship “isn’t that bad;” They may have had a previous bad couple’s therapy experience; They assume the therapist will automatically take sides with the partner of the same gender. You and your partner should know I am highly trained to be objective and understand BOTH partner’s perspective. I will be happy to talk with you and your partner about his/her concerns. Nevertheless, if your partner refuses to participate, you may still consider individual therapy to address your role in the relationship.
+ Will I be in therapy a long time?
Therapy today is no longer like the days of old. It can help with long or short-term concerns. Everyone’s treatment needs differ so your length of treatment depends on factors including but not limited to symptoms, treatment goals, and engagement and commitment to the therapy process. Your treatment plan will be collaboratively tailored to your needs.
+ What is evidence-based treatment?
The American Psychological Association (APA) (2005) defined it as “the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context patient characteristics, culture, and preferences.” This does not mean you get a cookie-cutter approach. Rather, it means I would use my clinical judgement and expertise to formulate a specific treatment plan that considers factors and symptoms unique to you.
+ Does going to therapy mean I’m crazy or weak?
Absolutely not! I can assure you there is no such diagnosis as “crazy.” It takes an incredible amount of strength to reach out for support. Once you engage in therapy, you may be surprised to learn that many of your symptoms actually have a name and are more common than you think.
+ What if I don’t want/like to take medication?
I’m glad you asked! As a psychologist, I don’t prescribe medication. Rather, psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts in prescribing psychiatric medication. There are some mental health diagnoses that strongly benefit from a combination of medication and psychotherapy. If that is the case for you, I will provide my recommendations and we can discuss ways you can find a medical provider to manage that aspect of your treatment plan.
+ Should I see a psychologist or a life coach?
This is a simple, yet complicated answer so like most answers in psychology, it depends. Here are some things you may consider in making that determination: The nature, history, and complexity of your current symptoms along with your goals and expectations may help you decide the level of experience, expertise, and professional accountability you need.
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+ Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) PPO plans. I encourage you to contact your insurance to find out about your copay and deductibles. If you have another insurance carrier, I would be considered an out-of-network provider. If you choose to use your insurance, please contact your insurance carrier for more details on your out-of-network benefits.
+ Do you offer supervision services?
I do not offer formal supervision for unlicensed mental health professionals.