Frequently Asked Questions
What types of clients do you typically see for therapy?
We work with children (ages 4 and older), adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
What are typical areas that you address in therapy?
Topics addressed in therapy may be depression, anxiety, behavior problems, life stressors, social skills, relationship conflict, parent-child conflict, pre-marital counseling, addictions, grief and loss, trauma, and extended family issues.
What approaches or models of treatment do you use?
We use a relational or systems theory approach to improve relationships. Additional approaches are used in individual therapy sessions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) among other evidence-based approaches.
How much do therapy sessions cost?
Therapy sessions range from $120 to $150 (based on therapist years of experience) per 45-minute session. The initial intake appointment and consultation fee for all clinicians is $180 for a 60-minute session.
Reduced fees can be discussed between you and your therapist depending on individual circumstances.
Do you accept insurance for therapy sessions?
Our providers are considered out-of-network for all insurance companies. Your insurance company can be contacted to determine if you have out-of-network benefits that include mental health or behavioral health. We can provide detailed medical receipts to be submitted to the insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement upon request.
If you are choosing to pay through insurance, you are forfeiting some confidentiality and privacy in treatment. An agent of your insurance company or other third-party payer may be given information about the type(s), cost(s), date(s), and providers of any services or treatments you receive. If paying through insurance, the insurance company now dictates certain aspects of your treatment and you and your therapist will lose certain freedoms in choosing the best route for treatment. In order to utilize insurance benefits, treatment must be medically necessary and a mental health diagnosis must be assigned that is entered into permanent record and submitted to the Medical Information Bureau. It will be your responsibility to verify benefits with your insurance company to ensure you are eligible to receive mental health benefits, as well as to obtain deductible, and co-pay information prior to your session.
How long do sessions last?
We typically see clients once a week for 45-minute sessions, but some clients attend sessions every other week. All initial intake and consultation appointments are 60-minute sessions. The average client will attend therapy sessions for 12 to 16 weeks; however, this often varies according to client needs and presenting symptoms.
What type of therapist will I see?
We take pride in hiring therapists that are well-trained in relational approaches and evidence-based treatments. Our therapists are fully licensed and trained by accredited therapy programs. They have experience with a wide range of settings and populations. Visit the “Meet Our Team” page for more information.
What types of clients do you see for evaluations?
Our psychologists provide evaluations for children (ages 2 and older), adolescents, and adults. Child evaluations include information from parents, other caregivers, and teachers. Adult evaluations include information from spouses or other family members as well.
What are typical reasons for conducting an evaluation?
Evaluations are conducted for a variety of reasons:
- Identify specific concerns
- Determine underlying causes
- Provide formal diagnoses
- Determine cognitive functioning
- Determine academic level
- Provide specific recommendations
- Inform school admissions/placement
- Request academic accommodations
- Request standardized testing accommodations
How much do the evaluations cost?
Our psychologists have the highest level of training (Ph.D.) and offer competitive rates for testing in the Houston area. A flat rate fee is charged for evaluations based on hourly rates of $150 for testing, scoring, and report writing. These flat rates are based on an underestimate of the total hours typically needed to complete the evaluation from beginning to end. An advantage of this approach is that the cost is kept consistent for families, regardless of any additional hours that may be needed. Please contact Dr. Lindsay Asawa to request the total cost and breakdown for each type of evaluation.
Do you accept insurance for testing and evaluations?
Our psychologists are considered out-of-network for testing and evaluations. Your insurance company can be contacted to determine if you have out-of-network benefits that include psychological testing. Educational testing is not a covered benefit. For psychological testing, we can provide detailed medical receipts to be submitted to the insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement upon request.
How long does testing take?
The length of time needed varies for each type of evaluation. Cognitive (IQ) testing and academic achievement testing each typically take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Full psychoeducational evaluations often require 4 total hours of testing. This can be completed on one day or divided between two separate testing days. For child evaluations, we recommend bringing snacks and a packed lunch. We take breaks frequently during testing. We are also fortunate to have a playground nearby to allow children the opportunity to get outside.