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Teen Crisis Hotline 713.529.TEEN Spanish: 713.26.8088
Texas Runaway Hotline 888.580.4357

Mental Health America of Greater Houston
MHA Resource Guide
Houston Area Women’s Center
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
MHMRA of Harris County Crisis Emergency Services
Houston Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
La Red Nacional para el Estrés Traumático Infantil
Asociacion Nacional de Salud Mental (NAMI)


Frequently Asked Questions


What happens during the first session?

  • At your first counseling session you and your counselor will discuss general information relating to your counseling relationship, such as:
  • Fees for counseling and scheduling, cancellation and payment policies,
  • Goals that will guide the counseling process and methods or techniques that will be used during counseling,
  • Confidentiality aspects of counseling and the circumstances under which something you say would not remain confidential, and
  • Other persons that may be included in the counseling process.

I don’t want anyone else to know I am seeing a therapist. Are these meeting confidential?

Everything you discuss with your counselor remains confidential, with only a few exceptions. Written permission must be given before your therapist can share information with anyone about your treatment. Other exceptions include making statements that a child or elderly or disabled person has been abused or neglected, your counselor is required by law to report that information to the appropriate authorities.

How long will therapy take?

The length of therapy can be discussed with your counselor as it depends on many factors such as the counseling goals and whether you are able to practice in between sessions the ideas and skills we discuss in session. Generally, counseling sessions can take 6 to 10 sessions or more. Some individuals decide to work with their therapist for longer duration. The best way to determine the number of session is based on your progress in meeting your counseling goals and by experiencing long-lasting change in the shortest time possible. No matter how long you work with your therapist, our goal is for you to walk away from every session with some emotional relief and a clearer perspective on your situation. Your therapist is always here to provide you with skills and strategies to practice in between sessions.

What can I do to progress in therapy?
It is helpful to practice in between sessions the skills and topics discussed with your therapist. It is helpful to take a proactive approach by asking questions and completing homework assignments.

How often will we meet?
The number of sessions can vary based on your counseling goals. It is recommended to meet once a week at the beginning then less frequent as positive changes are happening.

What is your cancellation policy?
Your appointment time is reserved solely for you. As is customary with most professionals, we require 24-hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. There will be a $50 fee for appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 24-hour notice.