Counseling Information

 

What to expect in counseling

 

Seeking counseling is a difficult decision for many people. It is normal to feel nervous when making the phone call to schedule an appointment and when coming to the office for your first session.  When you initially call the office it is like calling any other office. The admins will take some basic information, discuss payment, and schedule an appointment.  When you arrive for your first counseling session you will first complete paperwork that will be reviewed during the session with me. As a counselor I need to get an idea of what brought you to therapy, your symptoms, and history. Together we will develop goals for counseling that are backed up with a treatment plan.  This professional and therapeutic environment is a safe place for clients to heal emotionally, feel better about themselves, and repair relationships. During the initial session I will give you a recommendation for frequency of treatment. Some clients come to counseling a twice a week, once a week, twice a month, or as otherwise needed. Typically, clients feel considerably relieved after the initial session. After three to four sessions many clients will begin to feel change and healing starting to occur.  Expect to have things to do in between every session. The “homework” I give my clients is meant to keep the process going and clients working towards their therapeutic goals outside of my office. Bringing intimate partners and family into the session may be a reality as treatment progresses. For couples counseling I need to meet with both partners together for the initial session.  During that session I will make a recommendation for treatment that typically involves both individual and couples sessions.  The counseling office is located in West Houston off of the Katy Freeway. 

 

  

 

 

Recommended reading

 

  • After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrams Spring
  • How Can I Forgive You?: The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To by Janis Abrams Spring
  • Not "Just Friends": Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity by Shirley P. Glass and Jean Coppock
  • Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On - Together or Apart by Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, Donald H. Baucom, PhD, and Kristina Coop Gordon, PhD
  • His Needs Her Needs: Building an Affair Proof Marriage by Willard F. Harley, Jr.
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetypeby Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide From the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver
  • Desperate Marriages: Moving Towards Hope and Healing in Your Relationship by Gary Chapman