FAQS

What are your client specialties?

  • supporting Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
  • life transitions
  • self esteem & self identity
  • vibrational wellbeing
  • trauma recovery & prevention
  • stress resiliency & pain reduction
  • anxiety & depression reduction
  • emotion & grief processing
  • life meaning exploration
  • vocation & career exploration
  • relationships, intimacy & communication
  • Is there an area you’d wish to explore, but do not see here?

Let’s talk & see how I can help or so I may provide you with a referral.

What is Narrative Therapy?

Narrative therapy is an empowering therapeutic approach centering people as experts on their stories & lives & sees problems as being separate from the person.

*I will help you develop your needs & goals for therapy; the why behind your goals being your power & your purpose being stronger than your outcome. From here we will check in often to determine if therapy is working for you & explore what we can do if it isn’t.

What is (HSP) Highly Sensitive Person?

Heightened Sensitivity or Sensory Processing Sensitivity identifies a natural design of the (CNS) central nervous system in approximately 20% of people (and over 100 animal species).

Theirs is a natural ability to quickly & effectively detect & process large amounts of sensory information to point out environmental threat in order to react & survive. HSPs can become easily overwhelmed & stressed in the modern world due to this ability.

Areas where HSPs may experience threat sensitivities are (sight & 3d eye intuition, hearing, feeling, tasting & smelling)

  • environment shifts (temperature & culture)
  • emotional shifts (discomfort in self & other)
  • physical stimulants & depressants (alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceuticals)
  • chemical poisons (perfumes, cleaning agents, GMOs, “products”)
  • intuitive & metaphysical information (sensing beyond the 3rd/physical dimension)

More processing filters means HSPs can create grand scale visions & solutions, but in order to do so, specific needs must be met for maintaining the integrity of how they can carry out this process, Caring for their nervous system is essential.

I have specialized training to support the HSP & Empath.

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE OF DR. ELAINE ARRON, WHO COINED THE TERM, HSP.

How long will we work together?

This is generally a difficult question to answer.

We will create practical milestones through a flexible process to reflect on. We will check in to determine how you are feeling, if you are experiencing progress & if we need to make changes or seek resources.

What can I expect from sessions?

In the first few sessions getting to know one another, assessment & milestone setting will happen.

We can explore how past experiences may still be affecting your present & help you gain insights & clarity about emotions, thoughts, behaviors & relationships. We can also target a specific goal & shift our focus as needed. The therapy container is designed to be a relaxed & judgement free zone.

What are your credentials & education?

Andrea M. Rabago, M.A., LMFT

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Minor Philosophy
    • St. Edward’s University, ATX
  • Master of Arts in Counseling, focus on open systems integration
    • St. Edward’s University, ATX

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #TX202237
Level II Gottman Certified Provider
Certified TRE® Provider

What is TRE®?

TRE® is a relaxation technique including 7 gentle stretching & mild fatigue exercises that guide you to engage a natural shaking mechanism for the purpose of releasing stress & tension energy that builds up in tissue & muscle fibers due to chronic contraction of the psoas muscle.

Explore more about TRE®

What are somatic sessions?

 

Somatic sessions focus more on emotional & physical processing & less on narrative & cognitive experience, helping the body to express, release & integrate at deeper levels of perceptual & sub perceptual awareness.

Do you work with couples?

Sure do.

I can offer the Gottman Method to couple’s therapy & incorporate narrative techniques.

We will begin with a 3 part series

  1. 1. Oral history interview session with online assessment (1.5 hours)
  2. 2. Individual session for each partner (45 minutes)
  3. 3. Review together in 1.5 hour session what we’ve discovered in this process

This is a scientifically validated & effective way to learn where you & your partner stand regarding the many aspects of your relationship.

For whatever reason you do not wish to enter into a therapeutic relationship, you are able to take the assessment & outcomes with you as additional information for any other practitioner you may choose to work with in the future.

  • Three part assessment including collaborative & online support
  • $499

I also offer somatic sessions for couples.

Where are you located?

Located by Westlake High School
West Oaks Office Park
950 Westbank Dr. Suite 104
ATX 78746

Zoom, Skpye or FT sessions offered as assessed appropriate

I am available to travel to your office or personal setting to offer TRE® services individually or as a group.

What are your fees & payment policies?

Somatic sessions last from 1.5-2 hours.

Rates differ depending on group size & travel. $70-145 per person.

 

Therapy Fees
55 minute session, $115
85 minute session, $145 (most often requested)
115 minute session, $195

 

I offer sliding scale options when available

I will also hold one session balance in case of emergencies

Do you take insurance?

I am an out of network provider for for all major insurances.

I will provide you with documentation to submit to your health care provider for reimbursement & collect payment in full at the time services are provided.

I offer a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider & provide a receipt so you may go forward with being reimbursed. See next FAQ below.

What do I ask my insurance company about reimbursement?

If you would like to explore the possibility of reimbursement for out-of-network coverage, please review your policy carefully & call your provider to ask the following questions

  1. Is my mental health plan an HMO or a PPO?

If it is a PPO, what are my benefits for an “out-of-network” provider?

  1. Do I have a deductible (the deductible may be different for “in-network” and “out-of-network” benefits)?
  2. Has my deductible been satisfied? –If you have called a “behavioral health” or “mental health” number on your card, he/she may tell you that you must phone the main insurance company number to obtain this information.
  3. Does this “deductible year” run from Jan.—Dec.? If not, where am I in the cycle?

What will be my co-pay?

  1. How many visits am I allowed per calendar year?

Is pre-authorization required before I see a therapist? If so, ask your customer service representative for this phone number, as you will need this to pursue authorization.

  1. Is there a “pre-existing” clause?
  2. What diagnoses qualify for reimbursement?
  3. What types of licenses are accepted (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, etc.)

**Andrea is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

All insurance reimbursements are the responsibility of each client

Reporting a complaint

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Complaint Process

An individual who wishes to file a complaint against a Licensed Professional Counselor may write to

Complaints Management and Investigative Section
P.O. Box 141369
Austin, Texas 78714-1369
OR
Call 1-800-942-5540 to request the appropriate form or obtain more information.
This number is for complaints only