Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of clients do you work with?
A: People come to see me for a variety of reasons. Some come in reporting anxiety or depression and are looking for relief in order to lead happier, more productive lives. Some are facing significant life decisions and are confused about which path to take. Some want help with their relationships, or are seeking to heal a wound from an old relationship that continues to bring pain. And others cannot quite put their finger on it, but report a general unease or numbness and want to bring more joy, clarity or meaning to life.
Q: Who is therapy for?
A: Therapy can be for anybody. You do not have to feel a certain way or have a mental illness or diagnosis to come to therapy. The purpose of therapy is to provide a safe, compassionate environment where people can explore what is going on in their lives and bring about change. Many of my clients are struggling with life transitions that challenge all of us: relocation, a career change, a shift in status or income, marriage, divorce, the loss of a loved one, or unwelcome conflict within their relationships.
Q: What is your approach?
A: Therapy is different for each person. An approach that works with one client may not resonate with another. Generally, the first few sessions focus on assessment and goal setting, and I tailor my approach after learning about each client. Ideally, therapy provides a creative space where people gain insight and learn new tools that facilitate growth. An essential ingredient is a non-judgmental environment. All of us have had challenges and struggle with parts of ourselves that we may not like or understand. Judgment does not belong in therapy and only hinders the process.
Q: How long will it take?
A: This is a difficult question to answer. It depends on many things, including the person or couple and the reasons for coming to therapy. During the process, however, I continuously check in with my clients to see whether they feel as though they are making progress toward their goals, and, if not, what needs to change with respect to the work we are doing.
Q: What are your fees?
A: My fee is $120 for a 50-minute session. I accept cash, checks and credit cards.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: I am an out-of-network provider for all major insurance plans. This means that I collect payment in full at the time I provide services and provide you with paperwork that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company to review your out-of-network mental health benefits.
Q: Are you licensed?
A: Yes, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) by the State of Texas.
Q: Do you work with individuals?
A: Yes, in fact the training that an LMFTA receives is quite effective for working with individuals. All of us have been shaped by our relationships, and training in the dynamics of relationships assists clients with sorting out how their families, romantic partnerships, friendships and other connections play a role in their lives.
Q: Where is your office located?
A: My office is located in north-west Austin, at Austin Psychotherapy Associates.
4601 Spicewood Springs Rd. Bldg 4, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759
Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: You can call (512) 231-0164 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Q: Do you have evening appointments?
A: Yes, I offer evening appointments, as well as appointments during the lunch hour, to help my clients fit therapy into their schedules.