What kind of clients do you see?
I often work with people who are struggling to overcome persistent mental health and quality-of-life issues, people who have tried therapy before but found it either too rigid or impersonal or, conversely, too unstructured and without functional tools for change. My most successful clients are looking for a trusting, compassionate therapeutic relationship in which they can feel understood and can increase their understanding of themselves. They are motivated to fundamentally change parts of their experience that just aren't working anymore, often after months or years of searching for a mechanism for change. If you are ready to enter a safe, transformational therapeutic relationship, foster new self-knowledge, and adopt tools and insights in service of positive change, we will likely be a great fit!
What do services cost?
My current fees are $115 for 50-minute individual therapy and $30 for 90-minute group therapy. These sessions are all currently offered via telehealth video. I also offer outdoor eco-therapy sessions for clients in Austin, Texas starting at a fee of $150 for 60 minutes. When looking for a therapist, clients often wonder why therapy costs what it does. The answer is multi-faceted, but one important factor is that most therapists can only see 20-25 clients per week in order to maintain their own psychological wellbeing and fulfill other work duties such as writing mandatory session notes, treatment planning, processing billing, advertising, and consulting with other professionals, among other tasks.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not currently accept insurance for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, insurance and managed care companies have a demonstrated history of dictating the course of therapy in ways that can impact clients' therapeutic outcomes. They almost always require clinicians to diagnose clients in order to receive reimbursement despite the fact that many clients do not fit in a diagnostic category. Likewise, they often require clinicians to submit treatment plans that restrict the course of treatment or limit the amount of sessions for which clients are reimbursed. I dedicate my practice to my clients' dynamic and unique needs rather than allow it to be dictated by insurance companies' restrictions. Check out the article below for more information on why therapists are moving away from working with insurance companies.
This article provides a thorough explanation of why many therapists, including myself, do not take insurance and how insurance can obstruct the therapeutic process.
How do telehealth sessions work?
After receiving telehealth training amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I have helped numerous clients meet and surpass their therapeutic goals via telehealth. Each week, my client portal sends out reminders and links to a secure telehealth space. Using the SimplePractice platform, we meet in a virtual space with high quality video and sound capabilities and options for screen sharing. After years of using this platform, I am confident in its ability to facilitate client-therapist connection and therapeutic growth.
Counseling and Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas