Joy Allen LCSW, M.Div
Fee payment is expected at the time of service. I also work with people who are unable to pay the full fee. You will be charged for missed appointments.
A statement can be provided for you to turn into your insurance company. I am not on network insurance panels, but some insurance companies will pay for out of network services provided that a mental health diagnosis is given to you.
You will have an opportunity to discuss your personal issues in a safe, professional and comfortable environment. Having help understanding one another, setting goals for change, and creating a plan for forward progress will be part of the meetings.
Sessions will be tailored to your specific needs. My goals include helping you learn about, express and take action about your concerns; strengthen your relationships with family and others; and find deeper meaning and satisfaction in your life.
If you experience a sense of being understood by your counselor, that’s a good start. Because you are talking about personal concerns you need to feel like you can trust your therapist and that they can help you. Then you’ll have to determine as you go along whether you are making the changes that you want for your life. If not, talk with your therapist or find another one.
Counseling is a very individualized process and is based on your unique history, patterns of interaction, strengths, and experiences. It takes time and commitment to make significant changes. I will help you set realistic goals, increase your self-understanding, and stick to your plan for change. I will also guide you through the process of learning skills for a stronger relationship if that is your concern. Talking about feelings and frustrations occurs so that you can move forward in a positive way.
People who see me are often concerned about family or work problems, depression and anxiety, self esteem issues, control or abuse in prior relationships, emotional problems or relationship concerns. If a situation is distressing to you - no matter how "everyday" it may seem - and you aren’t able to resolve it yourself, a professional therapist can help you.
Sessions are usually weekly or every other week for 50 minutes in my Ft. Worth office. In some cases I offer 90 minute sessions. Appointments are scheduled on a regular basis so you can depend upon the consistency of therapy. I see clients by appointment. How long you will need to be in psychotherapy depends your readiness to make changes and upon the goals that your set in your work.