Pros and Cons of Using Insurance For Therapy

I understand that having health insurance can be important when you have medical issues and expenses. However, I strongly encourage you to consider the long-term implications before using your insurance for your counseling sessions. Using your medical insurance for counseling has some risks involved. In order to use your medical insurance for counseling, you must be given a mental disorder diagnosis and that diagnosis will become a part of your permanent medical record. Having a mental diagnosis on your record may carry long-term implications and may hinder you from being able to obtain life insurance, disability or health insurance in the future. Additionally, filing an insurance claim means your diagnosis, dates of service, etc., are no longer totally confidential, and your insurance company will be aware of your treatment and diagnosis.

Health insurance can be very important when one is dealing with medical issues. However, it is important to understand some of the possible long term consequences and risks before using insurance for counseling sessions. In order for a clinician to bill your medical insurance, you must be given a diagnosis. Having a mental diagnose on your permanent medical record can have possible downsides such as the inability to attain other insurances in the future. Also when these insurance claims are filed, your insurance company becomes aware of treatment and diagnosis, which makes therapy no longer totally confidential.

How Do Telehealth Sessions Work?

Telehealth sessions will be conducted the same as face to face sessions as far as time and flow of the session. The difference is of course not being in the same room together. This option is great for busy people who may find it difficult to get to my office weekly, it can also serve as an alternative to traditional couple therapy if one or both spouse is not able to come into the office. I can see people in both Georgia and Texas.

If you do reside in the Houston area, I would suggest at least coming in for the initial session before moving into telehealth.

Do You Do Free Consultations?

Yes! I do provide 10-15 minute consultations. During this time we will gather more information about one another, and I will asses if I am the right fit for your needs. Let’s work together!

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. However, on average therapy is 8-12 sessions depending on the frequency and need.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Be vocal about your needs in sessions. I am open to feedback and will always do my best to provide you with what you feel that you may need.


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