Common Questions

1.  Is counseling right for me?

      Seeking out therapy is often a difficult and personal decision.  There are many reasons why people may decide to come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issue, or struggles with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a being laid off or going through a divorce.  The purpose of counseling is to 1.) identify issues; 2.) create goals to resolve those issues; and 3.) achieve positive results through a process of personal change.  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, stress management, marital problems, and general life transitions.

2.  Is therapy confidential?

       In general, the law protects the privacy of all communications between a client and a counselor, and I can release information about our work to others only with your written permission.  But there are a few exceptions to confidentiality defined in the state and federal statutes.  The most common of these exceptions are: (1) when someone is in danger of being harmed; (2) when a court issues a subpoena; or (3) when child/elder abuse and/or neglect is involve

3.  How do you incorporate your Christian principles and ethics into counseling?

       I believe that basic Christian principles provide a solid basis for a healthy lifestyle.  I will encourage you to pursue a healthy lifestyle mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  However, during counseling, I will not judge, preach to you, or try to convert you to a certain denomination point of view.  My goal is to meet you where you are and address all of your needs.

4.  Do I have to be a Christian to use your services?

       No, I will honor and respect your religious orientation; however, my counseling philosophies are founding in basic Christian principles.

5.  What ages and populations do you work with?

       I work with individuals, couples and families. However, I do not conduct play therapy therefore, I do not counsel children under 12 years old.

6.  What region do you service?

       My office is in Bowie, Texas, which is centrally located for much of the North Texas area.

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7.  Do you accept insurance?

        I am a provider on several major insurances (see list below).  I encourage you to find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.  Managed health care plans such as HMOs and PPOs often require authorization before they provide reimbursement for mental health services.

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cenpatico (Superior Health), ComPsych, CorpCare EAP, Humana (LifeSynch), Magellan, Medicaid, and Tricare

8.  What is your payment policy?

        Payment for service is expected at the time of service.  Payment options include insurance or private pay.  For those who prefer to file with their insurance, their payment varies per their policy.  Often, it is a flat co-pay such as what you pay at a doctor office.  I encourage you to call your insurance prior to our first appointment.

        For those who do not have insurance or who prefer to pay out of pocket, I have a sliding scale fee based on financial need and household income (see below).   Beyond a traditional 50-minute counseling session, I provide psychological testing, report writing, legal records, etc.  My fees for these services vary based on the need and time.   A $35 fee will be charged for returned checks.  A $30 fee will be charged for late cancellations or missed appointments.

Household Income*

Per Session Pay Rate

Less than $50,000

$50

$51,000 – $60,000

$60

$61,000 – $70,000

$70

$71,000 – $80,000

$80

$81,000 – $90,000

$90

$91,000 – $100,000+

$100

*Household Income includes everyone living and contributing in the house.

9.  What is your cancellation policy?

        Regular attendance at your counseling session is one of the keys to a successful outcome in counseling.  Typically, I reserve one 50-minute session per week.  Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24-hour advance notice of cancellation.  You will be billed a $30 fee for any late cancellations or no-shows.  Further, repeated late cancellations or missed appointments may result in termination of treatment.