Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do you see clients?
A. I work Monday through Friday. Sorry, no weekends. I work as a Staff Psychologist for the Houston Fire Department during the day, so I only see private clients in the evenings. I will do my best to fit your schedule, but appointments are limited, and I book about two weeks in advance. If there is an emergency, I will attempt to squeeze you into my schedule that day.

Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. You may send me an email here to make an appointment or you may call me at 713-623-2110. In your message let me know how best to contact you and when you could come for an appointment.

Q. How long will I have to wait before I can get an appointment?
A. First appointments are usually scheduled within one to two weeks of your contacting me.

Q. Do you accept my insurance?
A. I do not accept any insurance. If you wish to file on your insurance, you will be provided a receipt and other information necessary for this purpose. Keep in mind that for you to file on your insurance I must diagnose you with a mental condition. Your insurance company will determine whether to reimburse you.

Q. What is your fee?
A. The standard fees for my services are listed below.
Initial Office Visit - $200 per session
Individual Therapy - $200 per session
Family Therapy - $200 per session
Group Therapy - $72.50 per session
Psychological Testing - $200 per hour
Forensic Testimony - $350 per hour

Q. Do you have a sliding scale for fees?
A. I do not maintain a sliding scale for fees. If, however, you feel that you cannot afford to see me, talk with me about the situation. There are a variety of options we could consider making it more affordable for you.

Q. Do you prescribe medications?
A. I do not prescribe medications, but, if I believe they might be helpful, I would refer you to one of several physicians with whom I collaborate.

Q. How long are appointments?
A. Most appointments are scheduled for one hour. I will spend around 45 minutes of that time talking with you. The balance of the time will be spent in dealing with paperwork and similar matters.  Group counseling sessions are longer, generally 90 minutes in length.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. If you miss scheduled appointments without informing me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be billed at your normal fee because I will be unable to fill that appointment time.

Q. Do you charge for phone calls?
A. Phone calls of more than 15 minutes will be billed at the same rate as your normal fee.

Q. What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
A. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating mental and emotional problems through medical interventions such as medications. A psychologist holds a doctorate in psychology earned through extensive graduate training (in my case 8 years), usually at a university. A psychologist employs psychological and educational interventions such as counseling, evaluation, psychotherapy, training, and teaching. The psychologist applies psychological research to help with human problems.

Q. What’s the difference between a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a psychologist?
A. Essentially, a psychologist has completed more extensive training than has the LPC. The psychologist holds a doctorate in psychology with more than six years of graduate training. Most LPC’s have completed two years of graduate training and hold a master’s degree. Admission to a doctoral program in psychology is highly competitive, and the training for the doctorate is more demanding and more comprehensive.

Q. What is an LMFT, LCDC, LSP, LMSW, ACP, or PA?
A. There are several different mental health professions, and the proliferation of labels can be quite confusing. Some professionals even claim more than one title (e.g. Ph.D., LPC). A professional with any of these titles or labels may provide mental health services, but all professionals may only offer those services in which they are trained and competent. In general, a doctorate in psychology indicates that the professional has achieved the highest level of training in providing psychological services.  The other designations usually refer to professionals who have specialized areas of training with a master’s degree:

LMFT—Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
A specialist (usually with a master’s degree) in treating marital and family problems

LCDC—Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
A specialist (sometimes without a college degree) in treating alcohol and drug abuse

LSP—Licensed School Psychologist
A specialist (usually with a master’s degree) in treating school-related problems

LMSW—Licensed Master of Social Work
A mental health provider with a master’s degree in social work

ACP—Advanced Clinical Practitioner
A social worker with greater experience who has completed additional certification requirements.

PA—Psychological Associate
A person with a master’s degree in psychology.

Q. What records do you maintain?
A. I am required to maintain records of my work with you.  These generally take the form of notes that I make during and after appointments, intake information, written information that you give to me, billing information, and any correspondence concerning your case.  These records will not be released without your written consent except in the situations described below.  You may request a copy of your records, but I will charge for their reproduction.

Q. Who can get a copy of my records?
A. I am very careful to maintain your privacy. In general, any information you provide to me and to those under my supervision will be released only by your written consent. There are certain circumstances, however, when a psychologist is required to disclose confidential information without consent from clients. These are if:

You are a danger to yourself or others.

You are a minor, elderly, or disabled person and are being abused.

You have perpetrated abuse against a minor, elderly, or disabled person.

You had sexual contact with a previous psychotherapist or clergy member.

You file suit against me for breach of duty.

You use insurance for payment, and the insurance company requests information about your case.

A court order or other legal proceedings or statute require disclosure.

In order to be compliant with HIPAA rules, a more complete statement regarding confidentiality of records is included on this website.