Where is your office and what do I do when I arrive?
My office is on the corner of Rio Grande and 22nd Street. Unit B is on the second floor of the house. The staircase leading up to our entrance is on the right side of the house when you face the front door. Please take a seat in the waiting area right when you walk in. Feel free to have something to grab some water or tea. I will come out and greet you at your appointment time.
Prior to your appointment date I will send a secure link so you may fill out the necessary paperwork through your client portal. Please be on the lookout for that email once we have scheduled your first appointment!
Note on Parking and Accessibility:
Please note that there is only street and garage parking available. Metered parking is free after 6pm Monday through Thursday and all day Sunday. Check parking signs when you arrive. Paid garage parking is available in two public lots: one between 22nd and 23rd St on Rio Grande and the other between 21st and 22nd on Nueces. Each of these lots is within one walking block from our office.
Due to the historic nature of the building, we regret that our office does not have wheelchair accessibility. If mobility is a concern for you, please let me know and I will coordinate an alternate arrangement for meeting with you.
Use caution when driving in the area, as this is located in West Campus where pedestrians and stop signs are plentiful. Be safe!
If this appointment is for a child, do I bring him/her the first time?
The first session involves the parents, but not always the child/children. I can help you make that decision during our first conversation on the telephone. For some older adolescents, I will meet with them alone for the first session as long as proper consent has been given.
If you are over the age of 18 and starting therapy for yourself, you may bring yourself to therapy and sign your own paperwork. In some circumstances, I may ask for written consent to consult or speak with a parent. This is not always the case and something we can talk about at our session.
How often will my appointments be? How long will therapy last?
I generally suggest that appointments be weekly at the beginning of therapy. They are 45 minutes long. Children and teenagers need consistency and repetition to help make progress (and so do parents!). Also, weekly appointments allow us to get to know each other and develop a good working relationship. Appointment frequency can be adjusted later on in therapy when progress has made and a therapeutic relationship has been established. Therapy duration varies from family to family and person to person. I encourage conversation about therapy duration and termination throughout the process.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance, though I am able to provide you with a receipt that you may send to your insurance provider for out-of-network reimbursement. If you are hoping to file with your insurance provider for reimbursement, I advise that you check with them prior to our first appointment.
I accept cash, check, or credit card. Payment is due at the beginning of each session.
What if I need to cancel a session?
Between children's schedules, your schedule, and the unexpected there are times you may need to cancel. Please cancel with at least 24 hours advance notice. Like many other practioners, I charge the FULL session fee for late cancellations and "no shows."
I will notify you in advance of time that I will be away from the office, such as for a vacation or training/conference. If you are late, please note that it is likely our session will still have to end as scheduled.
What about medication? Do you prescribe it and is it necessary?
Only psychiatrists and some family doctors can prescribe medication. I am able to provide referrals for those circumstances. Medication may be helpful for you or your child, but we may also find solutions through therapy alone.