Frequently Asked Questions
What is an LPC Associate?
"Licensed Professional Counselor Associate" is the title given to preliminary license holders in the State of Texas. In order to earn this licensure, I did the following:
Earned an MEd. from Lamar University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).
Completed over 850 hours of clinical counseling experience at Capital Area Counseling as a part of my graduate program.
Passed the Texas Jurisprudence Exam, demonstrating competency in Texas laws and ethics related to professional counselors.
As an LPC Associate, I am in the process of completing the required 3,000 post-graduate clinical hours in counseling under the supervision of a board-certified LPC Supervisor. Supervision does not mean that my supervisor attends sessions with me. Instead, I hold private, independent counseling sessions with clients, and meet with her separately for a minimum of four hours per month, during which time we review cases, discuss questions I may have, and plan for my professional growth. This experience is often compared to clinical experiences or residencies that medical professionals must complete as a part of their licensure process. LPC Associates are required to work under an LPC Supervisor for a minimum of 18 months before being granted full licensure as an LPC.
Where is your office located?
Right now, due to COVID-19 I am only seeing clients remotely via telehealth. This means that I can see clients who live anywhere in Texas, from the comfort of your home, office, car, or anywhere else that is private and comfortable for you!
Do you take insurance?
At this time, I do not accept insurance.
Do you offer discounts?
I offer a sliding scale of $100-$125 for a 50 minute session.
How does telehealth work?
Telehealth technology has been available for several years now, but was in its infancy in terms of being adopted for widespread use. COVID-19 changed this, as clinicians looked for creative solutions in order to continue providing services to clients in a safe, socially-distanced manner. Telehealth allows for a safe, secure, HIPAA-compliant video conference platform that you can access from a computer, a tablet, or most smart phones. This also allows you the freedom to choose any counselor who is licensed to practice in the State of Texas. Other benefits include saving time, travel expenses, and you don't even have to wear real pants.
When will you be offering in-person services again?
The short, yet admittedly frustrating answer is "I don't know." At this current time I am only offering services through telehealth, for your safety as well as mine. I miss being in the room face-to-face with clients, and plan to offer in-person sessions as soon as it is safe and feasible for me to do so.
What made you become a counselor?
I took a long, winding road to get to where I am now. I've had the privilege to have a wide range of experiences working with a wide range of individuals, but found common themes and passions along the way which culminated in two important realizations: 1) I love helping people; 2) I'm very comfortable getting down in the deep, dark, icky places people don't like to talk about. I understand trauma, despair, hopelessness, and feeling so broken you can't imagine ever being whole again, let alone happy. I can't guarantee happiness, but I can promise you that I'll always be willing to listen with empathy, positive regard, no judgment, and with the goal to help you get to where you want to go in life. I don't believe in lost causes, too late, or too broken. If you're willing to share your story with me, I'd love to be a part of your support system.
What do all of those letters after your name mean?
M.Ed. - Master's of Education
LPC Associate - Please see the first question on this FAQ page
NCC - National Certified Counselor
CCTP - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional