FAQs for Trauma, Anxiety and Relationship Counseling in Midlothian, Texas
You’re tired of feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and like you are to blame. You want to feel calm, confident, and be able to experience joy again. You’re ready to gain control of your thoughts, behaviors, emotions and feel settled in your relationships. It’s time to invest in your overall well-being. You’re about to pick up the phone to call, but you’re nervous and not sure what to expect. You’re not quite sure if you’re ready. I get it. Let me start by answering some of your questions here.
How long does therapy take?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the length of counseling, so it is difficult to predict until we begin working together. Typically, clients commit to counseling for 6 months and progress is measured monthly.
How often do we meet?
I have found that meeting weekly improve my clients’ progress toward their goals. For that reason, I meet with my clients weekly. I will establish a set to time to meet each week and that will be our reoccurring weekly appointment.
But wait! That’s a lot. Why do we meet so much?
Doing healing work at the level that will sustain long-term change takes time. It’s a commitment. Clients that invest in the time get better faster and with less relapse into old patterns.
Do you give homework?
Yes, especially in the beginning. I will suggest things for you do to at home that supports the work we do in our therapy sessions. I have found that clients make significantly faster progress when they do the homework. Much of the homework is to support the integration of the deep work we do in session.
What can I expect to happen during our time together?
Generally speaking, during the first few sessions, we will do a thorough history and establish specific goals for your therapy. During the next several sessions, we will develop a tool kit for dealing with the current stressors that brought you to counseling. In the last part of therapy, we will do the deep diving work to help heal the roots of problems that brought you to counseling.
When will I start to feel better?
Just as each person’s story is unique, so is their healing process. Some clients report experiencing some relief at the end of their first session. However, true healing and recovery is a process.
For example, if you had open heart surgery there would be an expectation of physical healing and a process of recovery through physical therapy. By participating in physical therapy, you may experience some pain. But, you also learn new tools and techniques to help you become stronger and, in some cases, learn to use muscles that haven’t been used in a long time (or ever).
The process of counseling is much like recovery from emotional open heart surgery. It can be messy and painful at times. Your counselor is here to walk beside you and help you navigate those difficult times. We can offer you tools and techniques to help you become the healthiest version of you possible.
You will get out of counseling, what you put into it.
What if I can’t make it to a scheduled appointment?
We understand that life happens. If you need to cancel your session, please make sure to give us 24 hours notice to avoid paying the late cancellation fee. Late cancellations and no show appointments will be charged at the full session rate. Your health insurance will not reimburse this fee.
What is your availability?
We see clients in our office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm. We currently have openings for new clients.
How much does a session cost?
Our rates are based on your counselor’s education and experience and range in price from $125 – $50. The standard and customary rate for a 50 minute session is $125. However, reduced fees are based on annual household income and are available for those in need of financial assistance. Our sliding scale fee is subject to change at any time and your fees may change during the course of therapy. If your fee will be changing, we will notify you a minimum of four weeks in advance of any change taking effect.
Your fee for counseling is due at the beginning of each session unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Appointments for additional sessions will not be made until your balance is paid or other arrangements have been made.
Do you accept my insurance?
Since we are not currently on any insurance panels and would be considered an Out-of-Network Provider, let me share with you how we work with clients that would like to use their insurance.
For PPO plans, my rate is $125 per 50 minute session. You will pay your counselor at the start of each session. We will give you a special receipt to submit to your insurance company for them to provide you reimbursement.
Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it may be possible for services to be reimbursed to you in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
My spouse and I need help. Do we both need to come together?
When a couple is wanting to work on their relationship, my preference is that we all meet together for the initial session. The 2-3 sessions will be separate for each spouse, and session 4 we will all meet together again. After the fourth session, together we can develop a treatment plan that will best fit the needs of your relationship to help it grow and become healthier. Sometimes, a part of that plan includes a recommendation for one or both individuals to attend individual counseling in addition to couples counseling to help you heal and achieve the results you are hoping for.
I am ready to get started. What do I do next?
We offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we’re the right counselor in Midlothian for you based on your needs.
Call today at 972-761-5800 to schedule now and we will help you move forward.
Amy Standifer, MA, LPC
Owner / Therapist
Nancy Wilkins MA, LPC-Intern
Scott Floyd, Ph. D., LPC-S, LMFT