Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about all things therapy! Need more information, please do not hesitate to reach out!

How do I choose a therapist?

Finding the right therapist is similar to the dating process: you have an idea of what you want or need and are on the search for someone compatible. Before getting started on your search for a therapist, summarize what you're hoping to work on and what you're looking for. This could be as broad as, "life stuff" or as specific as, "making a decision about transitioning to a new job." This will help you identify therapists that may align with your specific needs. Then, consider your personal preferences (gender, age, religion, location, etc.). As you begin to sift through therapy pages or directories, make note of whose short introductions you "clicked with." This is a snapshot of the therapist and can help you narrow your search. It may also help to become familiar with the therapists credentials (am I looking for a Licensed Professional Counselor or a Medical Doctor?; be sure to select a mental health professional that is licensed). Prior to your initial appointment, plan to ask your therapist questions to ensure they are a good match for you. This can include questions about how they work with their clients, their experience working with issues similar to yours and the overall experience of therapy. Ultimately, select the therapist you feel connected to, comfortable with, and that you believe can help you attain your goals.

What is your style or approach to therapy?

Specific styles may vary depending on your therapist, but all clinicians at Thrive Therapy Houston share some basic similarities that inform our practice. We are all committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for all. We are inclusive and affirming of all identities and abilities, anti-racist, LGBTIA+ affirming, and practice cultural humility, individually and as an organization. We are continuously learning and growing in our antiracism and inclusivity practices.

Here at Thrive Therapy Houston, we welcome and accept my clients without judgement, and create a space for them to process, learn, heal, and grow. This may occur through trying new ways of thinking and behaving in session, which can then be translated to other parts of the client's life outside of the therapy office.

How long are sessions and how often do I meet with you?

While the dosage for therapy (as we like to call it) will be different for each client, typically each session is 45-50 minutes. Longer session may be accommodated based on availability and at your request or need. Regarding frequency of visits, this depends on your need and your own availability. Typically, we will start by meeting once and week, then we can decrease as we get to know one another and get some traction. Some clients prefer to continue to meet once a week, some clients prefer once every other week. We want to meet you where you are and accommodate what you need. The dosage of therapy will be a continuous conversation as our work progresses. While we are always fond of our clients, our ultimate goal is that they reach completion of therapy and will not need regular sessions.

What can I expect in first session?

The first session is an opportunity for us to learn more about each other. You are encouraged to share as much or as little as you would like and feel comfortable doing. You can also learn about us and our style of work. During our first session, we will also review the policies and procedures and answer any questions your may have about therapy and our clinic. Additionally, and importantly, we will discuss your hopes and goals for therapy.

Do I have to take medication? Do you provide medication?

No, we do not provide medication. While we are not an advocate for or against medication, we are happy to discuss the use of medication in conjunction with our work together. This includes possible side effects and how to advocate for yourself with your prescribing doctor. Medication is not a requirement to receive therapy/counseling services. It can also be a topic of conversation if you are feeling unsure of who or what to ask of your provider.

Do you offer both online and in-person counseling?

All of our therapists offer both telehealth and in-person counseling appointments. We understand the ease and accessibility of telehealth appointments and the comfort and confidentiality that in-person sessions provide. We want you to be able to pick what is best for you.

Who has access to my information?

In short, no one (if you are over the age of 18). Your information (demographic info, documents, notes, payment, etc.) is only accessible to you and your clinician. However, there are some cases in which your information may be shared. This includes if you request for your information to be released, if your clinician is court ordered to release information regarding your care, and/or if there is concern regarding your safety or the safety of another person. In the case that your clinician becomes incapacitated, a licensed professional has been assigned to take over your case to mitigate disruption to your progress and growth. Confidentiality is a little different if you are legally a minor and your clinician can discuss that with you further.

How do I set up an appointment?

Setting up an appointment is easy. It begins by reaching out, just a quick email or call to your preferred clinician. This gives us an opportunity to briefly discuss your needs, ask each other questions, and set up your first visit. All subsequent appointments will be scheduled with your clinician at the end of each session. To set up your first appointment, contact us now!