Currently, I am considered an in-network provider for many Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare and Magellan plans. I am also on panels with several EAPs (Employee Assistant Program). It is important to know that not using insurance has its benefits. For example, your privacy is enhanced as there is no need to share information with your insurance carrier in order to receive payment. Also, if you have a high deductible, you may be responsible for all services until that deductible is met. Likewise, while EAPs allow you to address a variety of issues, some insurances do not cover preventative maintenance issues (such as pre-marital counseling) like they do for physical health issues, and many require a diagnosis. You also have the added benefit of not having insurance dictate the amount or type of counseling that can be provided.
I am bound by state and federal laws as well as my professional code of ethics to maintain client privacy. Also, I do not share information unless you request in writing that I share the information, you are an imminent danger to yourself or others, or there is reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child, elderly or person with disability. Certain information may be shared with your insurance carrier if you elect to use your insurance for payment.
If you are concerned that your privacy has been compromised, please speak with your counselor or their supervisor. If you believe that your counselor has acted unethically and you need to file a complaint, you can contact the licensing board at
Complaints Management and Investigative Section
P.O. Box 141369
Austin, Texas 78714-1369
or call 1-800-942-5540 to request the appropriate form or obtain more information.
Generally, the first and second sessions are focused on understanding you as a person and the concerns that brought you in. During this time, we may discuss family history, your personal history, and other pertinent information. During the second or third session, we may begin to discuss your specific goals, what you hope to get out of meeting, and begin planning steps on how to meet those goals. Subsequent sessions may focus on developing the skills, insights or behaviors needed to help achieve your goal. This is just a general description of how your sessions could be, and is not an exact depiction of all therapy/counseling encounters. Your specific needs and level of involvement will determine how our time together progresses.
Counseling is very personal and many people seek counsel for a host of different reasons. If you feel that your life can benefit from you getting objective and unbiased support, feedback and tools, you may be ready for counseling. If you are struggling with negative feelings or thoughts that you just can't seem to shake, counseling may be for you. If you have areas of your life that you would like to work on improving, you may be ready for counseling. Counseling does have it's risks as you may have to deal with things that are challenging to address, or you might unearth uncomfortable feelings that you have ignored.
The frequency and duration of the counseling relationship is dependent upon your identified needs and goals. These are typically identified within the first and second sessions. During this time, you and your counselor will determine the best course of treatment for you including frequency of sessions and for how long. Each counseling situation is unique and more about this can be discussed with your therapist.