Frequently Asked Questions

 

Answers to questions you may have about counseling.

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Why Christian Counseling?

Life is full of uncertainties. The one true Constant in life is God. His promises are everlasting and He never breaks a promise. I have faith in God and rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and advice. I not only pray for wisdom, but also encourage my patients to pray. I pray with my patients if they would like me to. What I have found is that when a patient realizes that God is there as a comfort and healer rather than a judge, their outlook on life changes and they begin to hope again. And God still works miracles in lives every day.

When is the right time to seeking counseling?

Why wait? If something is bothering you and causing distress, seek help. Seeing a counselor does not mean that you are crazy or that you cannot handle your problems. Being able to discuss the situation with someone with a different perspective may be just the help you need. Many people have situations in life that cause stress and sleepless nights, yet they continually try to ignore the symptoms and hope things will somehow get resolved. What usually happens is that things can and often do get worse. If you feel that there is a situation in your life that you are not handling as well as you would like, contact me so I can help.

I’m worried that my child will be reluctant to go off with a counselor without me. What should I do?

When your child comes to play therapy for the first time, I will greet your child in the waiting room and invite them to come to the playroom to play. Some children will come willingly while others will hold back and refuse to leave their parent/guardian. My policy is not to traumatize children, but to make them feel comfortable. I will then invite the parent into the playroom with us for the first few minutes. When the child begins to relax and play with the toys, the parent can usually leave the playroom.

How do I make an appointment?

If you want to make an appointment, you can  register as a new patient and we will call you to set up an appointment with the counselor that best fits your needs.  You may also call the office at 281-498-4673 and we will be happy to set your appointment for you. We can also answer any questions you may have at that time.

Do you endorse taking medication?

As a counselor, I am not able to prescribe medication for my patients. Many patients wish to find alternative ways of getting help before turning to medication. I work with patients to find the best possible solution for them. Sometimes that solution means patients are able to work through their issues with counseling alone. At other times, I may recommend they visit a psychiatrist or physician for a medication evaluation. In any case, counseling is recommended to work along with medication and/or herbs and vitamins to get the best results for the client.

How do I explain to my child that they will be coming for Play Therapy?

Visiting a "doctor's office" can be a scary event for children. I do not consider this a doctor's office. Tell your children that they will be coming to play with toys. This will make them anticipate their visit rather than dread it.

How long will counseling last?

The amount of sessions required varies  for each patient and their struggles. Some people come as few as 3 or 4 sessions and others come for several months or longer. Play Therapy tends to be at least 5 or 6 sessions minimum.  My goal is to help resolve issues as quickly as possible for the patient. Each counseling session lasts 50 minutes for adults and 30-45 minutes for children.