You Ask - I Answer

Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving you the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to email me at elise@discoverycounselingaustin.com if you have any additional questions.

DO YOU DO MORE GENERAL THERAPY?

Yes! I have experience working with teens, college students, couples, adoptees, and families through various issues. I love to work with clients who have grown up in a home with chemical dependency and/or abuse process trauma, learn a new way of navigating life, and develop healthy connections with other people.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COUNSELING FOR ATHLETES AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY?

In counseling I work with clients struggling with eating disorders, post-sports career, body image, post injury or loss, and anxiety and depression. I will most likely use some techniques that are also used in Sports Psychology such as, regulating your system, thought management, and confidence building, however, I typically work with people who are experiencing distress at a clinical level. Sports Psychology focuses on goal setting, arousal regulation, thought management, confidence, and imagery etc. Sports Psychologist focus on an athlete's mind, and can be a beneficial option if an athlete isn't experiencing distress outside of sports.

DO YOU WORK WITH A DIETITIAN?

Yes, for eating disorder recovery I highly recommend we collaborate with a dietitian. Once you are ready, I can provide referrals or work together with someone you already see. A therapist and dietitian are an optimal support team in eating disorder recovery, and both have something different to offer the client.

DO YOU HAVE EVENINGS AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS?

 Please contact me to find out my current availability.  I do my best to find an evening spot for high school students and those who do not have the flexibility to meet during the day.

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

At this time I do not take insurance. You can pay with a flexible spending account, and I can provide you with receipts to submit with your insurance provider for out-of-network benefit reimbursement. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

My fee for a 50 min session and an intake session is up to $150. Longer sessions can be prorated according to this rate. 

DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

I want people to get the counseling they need and want; I reserve a select number of sliding scale fee slots for those unable to afford my full fee. Please inquire, and I may be able to negotiate my rate to something that would be more sustainable.

DO YOU OFFER CONSULTATIONS BEFORE I/WE COMMIT TO THERAPY?

Yes! I offer a free 15 min phone consultation. Following a consult call, if I'm able to accommodate your needs we can set up an intake session. An intake is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet, you to give me background info, I can answer questions and give feedback, and we can see if we would be a good fit to work together. An intake is also when I can make sure I will be the most beneficial person to assist you in your goals, and if necessary, I can provide referrals to other clinicians if I think they may be better suited for your particular issue.