Suzanne's approach to psychotherapy is highly centered on client-centered principles meaning that the therapist emphasizes unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathetic understanding with each client first and foremost. Within this view, it is the therapeutic relationship that is nurtured that is considered the foundation for successful treatment. Psychotherapy is about the client and their concerns and it is this philosophy that is reflected within the counseling session. When entering the problem-solving phase of treatment, the utilization of various techniques and interventions from a cognitive-behavioral framework are utilized to help meet the client's treatment goals. Therapy is designed to help one learn about themselves psychologically, become more self-aware and teach one new tools to help recognize and change distorted thoughts, beliefs and perspectives. The result of psychotherapy is to discover a greater self-esteem, acceptance and joy which can be experienced in the client's life outside session. Knowing that not one style or intervention will work with every client, therapy is highly tailored and specific to each client, and is therefore by no means "canned" or "one size fits all". As rapport is built and a therapeutic relationship developed, the interventions and techniques that will be utilized will become more evident. She prefers this integrative approach to counseling as a way of bringing the highest level of quality care to her clientele.
Her practice has an interactive style in therapy utilizing her clinical strengths and competencies to help bring the client to a new understanding and awareness regarding chronic and long-standing mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. Like many therapists, she strongly believes that therapy needs to involve integrating the skills taught in counseling to the client's life outside the counselor's office, to help reinforce permanent long-lasting change. This is what makes counseling a life-changing experience, and with that being said, the client should be ready to take an active role in their own psychological and emotional healing and betterment. To help reinforce real change, she likes to give a weekly "prescription" for the client to work on outside of therapy, and for review during the next scheduled appointment. If you are ready for this commitment, and would like to schedule an appointment, please visit the Contact Us page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is counseling? What can it do for me?
*Counseling is a collaborative process between a licensed professional and a client where the focus is on working towards resolving personal problems. These problems may include Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Depression, Addiction, Low self-esteem, Social Anxiety and/or Interpersonal Conflict and continue to negatively impact the person's quality of life. Helping the client reach long-lasting behavioral change is the main focus of a counselor's work. Counseling can also help one with gaining new insights, embracing a more balanced perspective, and re-scripting the past to make way for a better and more positive future. Often what is holding a person back in life to an extent are old irrational belief systems or negative subconscious programming that does nothing but limit the person from taking advantage of present-day opportunities. Counseling provides a safe and caring environment to address these many psychological issues and meet with what the real self has in store.
How long is counseling?
There is no set time-frame for therapy. Individual factors such as frequency, duration, and intensity of symptoms and the presenting problem are all taken into account when establishing a treatment plan. If the therapist is a good match for your personality and needs, you should expect steady progress during your time in counseling. Sessions are recommended on a weekly basis typically, and are about 50-55 minutes in length.
Is counseling confidential?
The law protects the confidentiality of communication between clients and therapists with a few exceptions. If child or elder abuse is suspected, the therapist must report it to authorities. The therapist also is obligated to notify police if a client threatens bodily harm to another person. The counselor will also notify the authorities if a client threatens to harm themselves and their safety is at stake.
Do you take insurance? What are your fees?
We believe that your personal finances should not come between you and your mental health. Knowing this, we do our best to keep our fees at a reasonable rate to meet your personal needs. Self-pay rates are as follows:
$125 in-take sessions; $100 all follow-up visits
Please call 832-243-1051 weekdays to inquire more about fees.
Currently accepting---United Healthcare/Optum, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Aetna; Cigna/Evernorth Behavioral Health; Magellan; Beacon Health Options,
Additional information regarding the cancellation policy, etc. can be found by viewing the Rates & Insurance page.
***We can answer any other questions you may have by sending us a message via the Contact Us page.