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FAQ’s

Take a minute to look through these common questions that most people have about counseling. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for or would like more information, please contact me directly and we can set up a free phone consultation.

Who do you counsel?

I specialize in counseling young girls (12 and up) and women in all ages and stages of life. I enjoy helping women heal from trauma, adjust to life changes (marriage, new mom, empty nest, divorce, loss, moving, graduation, crisis etc), deal with anxiety, and develop a healthy identity.

What is an LPC-Intern?

Counselors go through extensive schooling and training.

  • Counseling is a master level degree taking a minimum of 3 years of master level coursework studying psychological theory, current research, and therapeutic interventions for a variety of presenting problems.

  • During the schooling a counselor will complete a practicum, which in the state of Texas is a minimum of 300 hours heavily supervised by a counseling supervisor and professors. A practicum is when a counseling student begins to work directly with actual clients.

  • Post-graduation a counselor will complete state board examinations.

  • Once boards are passed the counselor will complete a 3,000 hour heavily supervised internship by a licensed counseling supervisor.

What makes you different as a Christian?

I am a follower of Jesus, that is a deeply held faith.  I am trained in counseling psychology. Although I can easily counsel without incorporating a Biblical worldview and frequently do, I believe in the truth of a Biblical worldview and that is the lens I use as I evaluate counseling theories and techniques. I love theology and studying the Bible. This enables me to easily to incorporate scripture into counseling for my clients who desire that. It naturally flows out of who I am.

Do you only counsel Christians?

Absolutely not. I have worked well with people of various belief systems. I do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. If significant differences, such as culture or belief systems, exist between us, I will work to understand those differences. I was trained from a Christian Worldview approach meaning I can counsel from a secular, Christian, or integrated approach. On the new client paperwork you will check if you want Christian counseling, prayer, etc. as part of your therapeutic process. If you check “no” there is no judgement made and no questions asked. I have many Christian clients who check “no” as well for personal reasons.

Where are you located?

I see clients directly as an independent contractor/provider for Christian Counseling Associates. I am located primarily in McKinney, TX but do see a few clients in Plano on Wednesdays. Click the blue words to find maps and directions.

What hours do you see clients?

I see clients Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. I have a few 9am and 5pm slots.

I am only in Plano on Wednesday morning, the rest of the week I am in McKinney

Do you accept insurance?

I am not on any insurance panels but I will provide you a receipt to file for out of network reimbursement. Although, I have no way to guarantee reimbursement, many clients have been successfully reimbursed by their insurance company.

What Is the next step?

It is very important to me that you find the right counselor for you and I know that may or may not be me. Therefore, the next step is to set up a phone consultation to make sure I am the right counselor for you.

There are several ways to schedule a free consultation or counseling appointment.

  1. You can go to the contact page on this website, submit your information and I will be in touch with you directly to schedule your appointment.

  2. You can call my business cell: 214-566-5964 and I will talk with you, make sure we’re a good match, and schedule your appointment.

  3. You can email me at athompson@counselgodsword.com and we can set up a time to talk.

  4. You can call our main office 972-422-8383 and our office manager will schedule your appointment.

What can I do to prepare for counseling?

Be ready! I think this is the biggest factor. Counseling will allow you to see yourself, others, and life differently. It will bring up painful things that need healing and challenge you to grow and change your thinking. Being ready and open is the best preparation. Find a counselor you connect with. Counseling is based on relationship so who you chose matters. Take time to interview and speak with different counselors to find the right counselor for you. To read more about getting the most out of counseling click here.

 

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