If you're feeling like you're stuck, like life is fine but could be BETTER, like you know there's nothing really "wrong" but you still can't shake the sadness or the background noise of anxiety in your head...
you've come to the right place!
Sometimes, talking to family and friends just doesn't offer the resolution you're looking for - that's where I come in. Your session with me is a compassionate and accepting space, a place where you say what you need to say and get honesty, directness, and confidentiality back. We work together to figure out what thoughts are driving those feelings - the "meh," the noisy irritation, the confusion - and how to shift them around to create feelings of excitement, confidence, and direction. We increase what works, and decrease what doesn't work. It's not much more complicated than that.
What doesn't happen in my office is preaching, finger-wagging, naysaying, or insistent advice-giving. There's a certain sense of liberation in knowing that you can say whatever you need to say, whatever you need to feel, without being judged or shamed.
What can you expect from a session?
Just as each client is unique, so too is their experience with any particular therapist. My goal is to value and support you, using humor and genuine human curiosity. In general, you can expect to talk about your history, your current situation, and your future goals. We'll also discuss your relationships, your work, your hobbies - all the things that make you YOU. We'll get an an idea of what is and isn't working in your life and what you might be willing to change in order to get closer to where you want to be. Not all therapists work the same way. My approach tends to be familiar and friendly - we laugh a lot, talk about fluffy stuff - but I take the work seriously and ask clients to do the same. Counseling works best when the client is fully engaged, so be prepared to do work both in the session and after. You'll most likely be asked to do homework assignments (thinking, writing, practicing a skill, or reading about an issue brought up in session). Counseling doesn't end when the hour's up. That's what makes it powerful.
Sometimes, clients can't come to the office and want to have sessions over the phone or over the internet. Others ask for longer or shorter sessions. Most requests can be accommodated, but be aware that there may be out-of-pocket expenses associated with non-traditional sessions.
What about medication?
If you think medication might be right for you, see your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist. If you don't have a doctor, I'm happy to refer you to some great physicians in the Pearland/Greater Houston area. Counselors in Texas CANNOT prescribe medications.
Confidentiality in Therapy:
The rules for confidentiality in therapy are important and necessary - if you think I'm going to blab your business everywhere, you won't tell me anything, and then what's the point? I take it seriously and do everything in my power to protect it. That being said, though, there are certain conditions under which I would be required, either legally or ethically, to disclose something. The primary reasons for disclosure are:
- Safety-related #1: if you are a danger to yourself or someone else
- Safety-related #2: if there's reason to suspect a child, elderly person, or person with a disability is at risk for abuse, neglect, or exploitation
- An insurance company asks for an audit of records
- The state licensing board asks for an audit of records
- I receive a court order from a judge requiring submission of records
If you're looking for a counselor for your child, adolescent, or family, I'm happy to provide referrals for excellent clinicians in the Pearland and greater Houston area. If you're just not sure what you're looking for, I can help you figure that out, too.
NOTICE TO CLIENTS: The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct committed by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, and licensed specialists in school psychology. Although not ever complaint against or dispute with a licensee involves professional misconduct, the Executive Council will provide you with information about how to file a complaint. Please call 1-800-821-3205.