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FAQs

  • Are all of your sessions virtual?
    Yes. All of my sessions are through Zoom unless you'd prefer talking via phone. I have found that many of my clients prefer the ease and ability to access my services from anywhere (their home, office, in their car, etc.) rather than having to drive to an office (or, for some, drive to my city). I realize that some people would prefer in-person and, fortunately, there are others who offer this service.
  • Do you offer a sliding fee scale?
    Yes. For individual counseling and coaching, my hourly rate is $200/hour. If, however, your gross family income is less than $100,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $180/hour; if less than $75,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $160/hour. For marriage counseling, my hourly rate is $225/hour. If, however, your gross family income is less than $100,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $200/hour; if less than $75,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $180/hour. For family counseling, my hourly rate is $250/hour. If, however, your gross family income is less than $100,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $225/hour; if less than $75,000 gross family income annually, then my rate is $200/hour. For pre-marriage counseling, my hourly rate is $125/hour which is a very reduced rate already. I do not have a further reduced rate for pre-marital counseling.
  • Do you accept every client that comes to you?
    We all have a limited amount of time and money. As such, we should both be selective on who we give both to! I am selective on who I give my time to and you should be selective on who you give your time/money to. Throughout the first two to three sessions, we'll check each other out to decide if we're a "good fit" for one another. I tend to take on clients who are willing to listen and learn and are motivated to make improvements in their life. Those who just wish to talk but have no desire to make significant changes in their life (which include doing things in between sessions that they commit to doing ... like take small steps towards changing a habit they wish to change, watching a video to learn new things, talking to someone they are committed to contacting, etc.) will be better served via another therapist.
  • How often will we meet?
    Frequently, I like to meet with people more frequently at first as most people come in when they are really hurting emotionally; I like to get started quickly, providing rapid relief to their most significant struggles whenever possible. Then we typically meet once a week until they're able to meet once every two or three weeks. My goal is to build you up rapidly to the point at which I am no longer needed.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    I prefer to spend 100% of my time helping my clients rather than dealing with insurance companies. So while I do not deal with them directly, I can provide paperwork for you to submit a claim to your insurance company if you'd like. I have been told by several of my clients that they have been reimbursed 70%-80% of the charge towards their out of network deductible (i.e., if they paid me $200 and were reimbursed 80%, the session cost them $40).
  • How should I prepare for our Zoom session?
    Zoom is easy to use. First, download Zoom onto your phone/tablet or log onto Zoom.com via your computer. . Prior to your session, make sure the space you’ll be using is quiet and private (no children, co-workers, barking dogs, etc. disturbing your time). To get maximum bandwidth, you may want to ask others (children, spouse, etc.) to be off of wifi for your hour so that you don’t have wifi glitches. Turn your phone/ipad on “Do Not Disturb” so that you don’t get calls/texts/notifications during your session. Choose a place where you have light in front of you/on your face rather than behind you. When your session is about to start, you can click on the Zoom link in the “confirmation email” (which you received just after booking your session) or the Zoom link in the “reminder email” (which you receive 24 hours before your appt); make sure you are not “muted” and click on the “video” icon (which looks like a videocamera) to turn your video on. You may be in a virtual “waiting room” for a minute or two, then David will start the session with you. As the session wraps up, he will likely give you homework to do; then you can book your next session on the website.
  • For Current Clients - How do I register for sessions on the website?
    If you are a current client who wants to schedule a session: 1. Use the menu bar at the top of every page and choose the service page that you'd like: "Counseling" or "Coaching". It will take you to a password protected page that is only available to David's current clients. 2. Use the website password David has given to you (his client) to access this page to schedule appts with him. 3. Log in (the first time you'll need to create your own username and password) and on the service you want (like "1-on-1 Counseling") click "book now" to see the days/times available. Choose whatever day/time you'd like. You'll receive a Zoom confirmation email (with the link for your session) right away and a Zoom reminder email the day before your session.
  • For New Clients - How do I get started / How do I request a session?
    On the "New Client" page: 1) See if you’d benefit most from Counseling, Coaching, or a Course. 2) If Counseling or Coaching, click on the button to "Request Counseling" or "Request Coaching". 3) You will be given an online "Intake Form" which provides David with helpful information regarding your situation. He will review the intake form (usually within 24-48 hours) and email you, letting you know if he believes he can help and, if so, how to schedule your first session. (Note: Due to state licensing requirements, David can only "counsel" residents of Texas but can "coach" anyone who is a good fit for what he provides. Also note that he does not provide counseling services for those who are actively suicidal, recently attempted suicide, have been diagnosed with a personality disorder, or are dealing with divorce/affair recovery as these issues require a level of care beyond what he is currently able to provide.)
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