FAQs

To help answer frequently-asked-questions regarding our Sugar Land counseling practice and counseling approach

Sugar Land Counselors - Questions

+What exactly is therapy?

-What exactly is therapy?

Therapy is the process of meeting with a trained and credentialed professional on a weekly, ongoing basis.

  

The therapist helps you recognize and change deep-rooted and potentially self-sabotaging mental and emotional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns.

These are the things that are keeping you feeling stuck, in pain, and away from the life you want to live.

+What should I expect during my first therapy session?

-What should I expect during my first therapy session?

After the initial introductions, your therapist will discuss the counseling relationship.  They will also cover your rights and responsibilities, and the practices of Motivations Counseling.

Afterwards, you can expect to do most of the talking. Your therapist will listen and provide feedback.  They will consider your situation and decide on possible treatment options.

The therapist will not influence what you say, nor the way you say it.  We respect your thoughts, feelings, and opinions.  Everything you say is confidential.

The counseling relationship is based on mutual respect and understanding.

+Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

-Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

The choice to seek therapy is a personal one.  Some people feel that they can solve their problems on their own.  Sometimes they discuss the situation with trusted friends and/or family.

A couple of questions to ask yourself when considering counseling:

  • What do I want to get out of a counseling relationship?
  • Are there specific goals/problems that I want the therapist to help me focus on?

Even if you don't have all the answers, the first step is to decide whether to seek counseling.

+Does Couples Therapy really work?

-Does Couples Therapy really work?

Couples therapy is useful to couples who experience relationship problems.  This could include problems such as negative arguments, feeling distant, angry, resentful, and unhappy.   Couples experiencing these feelings may also have a lack of interest in physical affection.

According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, greater than 75% of couples were better off than those who did not receive counseling.

That said, acknowledging that a problem exists and making a commitment to counseling is the first step.  You must both be open to the process and realize that change takes some time and effort.

We have training and experience in this type of counseling and have had success helping other couples.  We look forward to helping you to improve your relationship.

+Do you prescribe medication?

-Do you prescribe medication?

As licensed professional counselors, we do not prescribe medication.  We respect individuals' decision to use or not use medication.

We also are happy to work collaboratively with your family physician or psychiatrist.  This is totally your discretion.   We cannot speak to them without your written permission.

+What happens if I cannot attend a session?

-What happens if I cannot attend a session?

We understand that life happens.  If you cannot make a scheduled appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

 

We prefer a minimum of 24-hours advanced notice.

If you miss a scheduled appointment, or cancel with less than the minimum advanced notice, there will be a missed appointment fee.

We will cover fee arrangements with you during the initial client intake session.

+How do I make an appointment?

-How do I make an appointment?

There are a few ways you can schedule an appointment to see a therapist at Motivations Counseling.

Phone: (281) 858-3001
Email: susan@motivationscounseling.com
Form: Contact Us

+Do you take insurance?

-Do you take insurance?

We do not bill directly to any insurance companies.

If you have a health savings account (HSA) or a flexible spending account (FSA), we are able to accept payments using the credit cards provided by your health insurer.

Therapy services are usually covered by most mental health insurance plans as "out-of-network" benefits. We will gladly provide a statement for you to file with your insurance company for reimbursement.

For out-of-network benefits coverage you should ask your insurance company:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year are covered?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

+How long are sessions?

-How long are sessions?

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and typically occur once per week.   Depending on the nature and severity of your problem(s), they could be more or less frequent.

Weekly sessions foster a strong therapeutic relationship and builds momentum toward your treatment goals.   The frequency of sessions may diminish as you progress applying what you have learned in therapy.

+How long does therapy last?

-How long does therapy last?

The short answer is "it depends".  Some people feel better right away after a few sessions.  For others it takes longer.

The number of sessions you will need depends on your goals, history, and type of problem you want to solve. The therapist will come up with a treatment plan. Sticking to this plan will help you solve the problem sooner.

If you plan to use out-of-network benefits with your insurance, check with them to see if there are limits to the number of sessions covered.

+Is what I share confidential?

-Is what I share confidential?

Absolutely. What you share with in our sessions is completely confidential.  There are except, though.  If you indicate:

  • immediate threat of harm to self or other
  • suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse
  • in the case of a court subpoena

We will discuss all of this and office policies during your initial intake session.

+What forms of payment are accepted?

-What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept all forms of payment including cash, checks, PayPal, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, etc) including Apple Pay.


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