Frequently Asked Questions

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Reasons an individual may come to therapy can include dealing with long-standing psychological issues, problems with anxiety or depression, or in response to an unexpected life change such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek counseling as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around an hour. 

Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. 

For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Things you can expect out of therapy includes compassion, respect and understanding, perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings, real strategies for enacting positive change, and effective and proven along with practical guidance. 

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

What insurances do you accept?

BWC is contracted with several insurance companies as an in network provider. Many people avoid using health insurance altogether. In that case, you are welcome to pay out of pocket. 

We work with the following insurance companies: Aetna, Ambetter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boon-Chapman, HealthSCOPE, Humana, Humana Military Tricare East, TriWest. We are also in with a long list of EAP companies. 

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Do you accept walk-ins?

No, we do not accept walk-ins. Clients are seen by appointment only. Please call us at (832)230-4158 to schedule an appointment.

What forms of payment do you accept?

You may pay with cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Paypal, or an HSA card.