Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take Insurance?
No, I do not take insurance. Private payment provides you with the benefits of confidentiality, which I highly value.
As an out-of-network provider, I do not bill insurance companies directly, but I am happy to provide you with session receipts that you can submit for reimbursement.
Please ask your insurance company about their out-of-network benefits towards mental health counseling. It may also be important to ask about your deductible. It is probably a good idea to call your insurance company before you schedule an appointment if you are hoping for partial reimbursement.
What are your rates?
Individual Therapy (50 Minutes) - $150
Couples or Family Therapy (50 Minutes) - $150
Parent Session: PARENT ONLY Session of Client under 18yrs (50 Minutes) - $150
Double Session: Individual, Couples, or Family Therapy (100 Minutes) - $300
- Sliding Scale Available
Cancellation/Missed Appointment Policy:
I require 24 hours notice for all cancellations; but 48 hours is super helpful so I can fill your spot. Failure to cancel within the 24-hour time frame results in a charge of half your scheduled session.
What are the confidentiality standards you are required to meet?
Everything you tell me will be kept strictly confidential. There are a few important EXCEPTIONS to assurances of confidentiality:
United States law requires that any suspicion of risk of child abuse or neglect be reported to child welfare authorities or law enforcement authorities. If I believe that a child is at risk of being abused/neglected, has already been abused/neglected, or that someone who previously abused children is still a threat, I have no choice but to immediately make every effort possible to report it to social services agencies.
Most United States courts have the power to subpoena my records if you are involved in a court case in which your relationship with your counselor is somehow relevant. Although this may be rare, if you have any questions, it is best to contact your lawyer prior to disclosing any information you may deem private.
Texas and United States Law requires that there is a duty to report imminent cases of suicide or homicide.
Do you work with children, families or couples?
I work with individuals, families, and couples, ages 12 years and older.
How do I book an appointment?
If you are a first time client, please leave a detailed message on my confidential voicemail (806.535.6639) that includes your name, telephone number and the best time to reach you -or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What exactly is EMDR, and how can I best explain it to my child or teenager?
Ana Gomez, a leading psychotherapist, author, and researcher states the following in regard to EMDR:
"Before we talk about what EMDR is let me tell you about what EMDR does. When we have yucky things that happen to us, we have many mixed-up feelings and many mixed-up thoughts. We do not feel good in our minds, bodies, and hearts. It is like carrying bags of mixed-up stuff. When we are so busy carrying all these bags, we do not have space in our hearts, minds, and bodies for the good feelings and thoughts. EMDR can help kids by making those bags smaller or even get rid of them so kids will have space for the good feelings and the good thoughts. Grown- ups have a rather complicated name for EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing but Ana came up with a cool name for kids: Eyes Moving to Digest and Recover!!
When kids receive EMDR, one of the things they do is move their eyes from one side to another while they think about the yucky things that happened to them. Most kids don’t know this, but they actually do this every night….yes kids move their eyes every night while they are asleep and are having dreams. Grown ups call this Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep cycle. Ana calls this the “eyes dancing in the night.” EMDR helpers like Ana can also do other things instead of eye movement. They can tap your hands or knees back and forth or they can use sounds or music that move from one ear to the other.
When yucky things happen, the brain has a hard time putting all the pieces together and as a result, things that people say or do or things that kids see, hear, smell or touch can bring up the yucky memories, the mixed-up thoughts, feelings and body feelings connected to those yucky things. EMDR helps the brain put all the pieces together so the yucky stuff can leave us and the good stuff or the things we learned from it can stay so we get stronger. Then, the brain can chew up and digest all the mixed-up feelings and thoughts as well as the yucky feelings we may have in the body.
(This is an excerpt from Ana’s book: EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation.)
Why continue to carry bags of yucky stuff in our minds, hearts and bodies when we can be free from them and find our happy and exciting feelings again?"
Where did you receive your training?
I can always provide you with more details, but here it is at a glance:
Lubbock Christian University: Master of Science in Counseling
Texas Tech University: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Minor in Substance Abuse Studies
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors: Licensed Professional Counselor
Texas Department of State Health Services: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
EMDRIA: Trained Clinician in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Please feel free to reach out with additional questions.