Frequently Asked Questions




Is counseling right for me or my child?


Anyone can benefit from counseling, but typically people come to counseling to work through a specific problem. Counseling may be benficial if you are having unsettling feelings, anxiety, depression, troubles in relationships, past trauma, among many other conditions. Counseling may be beneficial for your child if they are having tantrums, being defiant, acting out aggressively, self-mutilating, are typically withdrawn, lack friends, have trouble paying attention or following tasks, are struggling with transitions, among many other reasons. 


How does confidentiality work?


Counseling sessions are confidential except in a few instances. If I suspect abuse of a child or elderly person, or if I am concerned about your safety or the safety of others, I am required to break confidentiality. Additionally, if records are legally requested, I am required to break confidentiality. 


How do I schedule a session and what do I need to bring?


You can schedule a session by calling (713) 588-0424 or emailing For your first session, please complete the paperwork, located                                . Also, if you are seeking services for your child and have custody paperwork, please bring a copy of the custody paperwork. 


How much does counseling cost?


The initial intake appointment will cost $200. Each subsequent session will cost $150 per therapeutic hour (45-50 minutes). In some cases, longer sessions (75 minutes/90 minutes) are needed and cost $200/$225 respectively per session. I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation for first time clients prior to scheduling an appointment if desired. 


What should I expect from my first session?


The first session in counseling can sometimes be awkward or uncomfortable, especially if you have never experienced counseling before. I will typically be trying to gather as much information as possible that will help guide our work together. Additionally, the first session is a time for you to also get to know me and ask me any questions that you have about the counseling process. Typically we create a plan to proceed with after all information has been gathered. 

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4010 Bluebonnet

Suite 207

Houston, TX 77025

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