Q & A

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about…You are not alone.’” – Kurt Vonnegut


1: How long will I be in therapy and how will I know this is actually helping?

Some people come to therapy because they are looking for support during a difficult time in their lives.  For them, therapy might last a few months to a year.  For those who desire deeper healing experiences, they might stay with a therapist for two years or longer.*

Click here to read about the commitment I make to my clients regarding our work together. 

2: What should I know before coming in for a consultation?

Logistics:

  • Cost of treatment: $60 – $100
  • Location: I work exclusively out of IPNB’s South Manchaca office at 8700 Manchaca Road.
  • Length of consultation: 30 minutes
  • Cost of consultation: All IPNB consultations are free (so check out our other therapists, too!)
  • Length of sessions: 50 minutes

What we’ll talk about:

  • What brings you to therapy
  • A little bit about your life – no pressure to disclose a lot.  We’re just getting to know each other!
  • Past therapeutic experiences – what you liked, what didn’t serve your needs
  • Your goals
  • Your concerns
  • How I work and what I think might help

3: Do you take insurance?

No.  LPC Interns aren’t eligible to take insurance, which is why I offer a sliding scale.

4: What is an LPC Intern?

In Texas individuals with Masters Degrees applicable to the field of therapy are eligible to apply for professional licensure.  This creates a safe standard of care for our clients.  LPC stands for “Licensed Professional Counselor.”  I will be an LPC intern for my first 3,000 of professional practice.  As an intern, I attend regular supervision with Juliane Taylor Shore, the founder of IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin.  If you have any question about my experience or my supervision, please let me know during our initial consultation.

5: What if I don’t like you?

That’s okay.  Too many people shy away from going back to therapy because of a bad experience.  If I’m not the right person for you, I will give you the names of two or three great therapists to try next.

6: What if $60 is too expensive for me right now?

Austin has some incredible resources if you’re looking for therapy but can’t afford a private practice therapist at this time.  Some places I recommend include:

Capital Area Counseling
Therapy Austin
Austin Center for Grief and Loss

7: *What if I’m looking for skills-based or time-limited therapy?

If you are interested in time-limited therapy that focuses on problem-solving or skill development, I recommend searching for trained Solution-Focused, CBT, and DBT therapists.  Keep in mind that some therapists borrow from these modalities but do not claim to do time-limited work, so please check individually regarding length of treatment.

8: I made it to the end of the list.  Tell me something about yourself.

I love animals.  Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in veterinary medicine for about 9 years.  My husband and I currently care for 5 rescued dogs and 4 previously homeless cats.

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