FAQS

What is your specialty?

I help people connect with their inner therapist; sparking motivation, momentum & movement through an inspired, straightforward & uplifting attitude.

A determining factor for a successful therapeutic experience is the client/therapist relationship. I understand that not all personalities or all approaches are a match all the time, so over a relaxed initial phone call, we will determine if we feel comfortable going forward with an in person session. I am happy to report that I am able to refer you to someone from a network of qualified & competent healers for a solid alliance to begin your journey.

Specialty (n.) a pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted much time & effort & which they are expert.

I have devoted more than 10 years to the study of open energy systems including: human attachment & behavior, relationships & especially, the nervous system. I am proficient in the areas of neurological & emotional development & how early relationships create the physical structures for how we navigate the world as we adult & age.

I am a Highly Sensitive Informed Therapist who understands a naturally sensitive nervous system, one that has been conditioned to being reactive (usually trauma) or experiences neurological sensitivities resulting from genetic differences that manifest as Autism, mild or moderate developmental delay or the former diagnosis, Aspergers.

Somatic therapy is important. The body needs to speak it’s mind to be healthy too.

I devoted a year of training with Dr. David Berceli for becoming a certified TRE® provider. TRE® assists the restoration of neurological pathways that calm & regulate the body during or after stressful situations. This can help prevent or recover from trauma, even the ones that happened long before you can remember. Resembling a practice much like yoga, practicing TRE® will be different each time & each time you will benefit. You will evolve with this practice & it will evolve with you, for life.

Please contact me by phone, text or email at the bottom of the page to have your questions answered or to schedule a consult.

How does Narrative Therapy work?

Narrative exploration empowers people as experts of their lives, identifies & separates person from problem.
You are you. The problem is the problem.

Narrative therapy helps you explore & understand how you tell your story, identify the different chapters & phases of your life, decide if you like the story(s) you tell or if you would like to change aspects of all of it.

I integrate the narrative approach with other classic techniques for a modern & personalized blend.

A client favorite is the technique ‘Interviewing the Problem’ where after we have identified & externalized the “problem”, we interview it.
This gives a client the opportunity to deepen their understanding & gain insights from a third person point of view. Other techniques include mediation, journaling, drawing, visualization, movement…

Principles of Narrative Therapy

*Reality is socially constructed, which means that our interactions and dialogue with others impacts the way we experience reality.

*Reality is influenced by and communicated through language, which suggests that people speak differently. They may have radically different interpretations of the same experiences.

*Having a narrative that can be understood helps us to organize and maintain our reality. In other words, stories and narratives help us to make sense of our experiences.

*There is no “objective reality” or absolute truth, meaning that what is true for us may not be the same for another person, or even for ourselves at another point in time.

Narrative therapy developed in the 80s through Michael White & David Epston in New Zealand.

What does (HSP) Highly Sensitive Person mean?

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 & detect & significant amounts of sensory information & to process & 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 this ability,therefore caring for their nervous system is essential.

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

How long will we work together?

This is difficult to answer. People will typically begin on a weekly basis, creating practical milestones to reflect on. We will check in often. If you are experiencing progress, lovely. If you are not, we will reassess together to make changes or seek other healers or resources. Due to the ongoing nature of reflection & checking in, determining a place where your process feels complete will come naturally.

Some people know exactly what they want to work on, often times a short term situation & can complete their process within a couple of months.

Other people or couples will benefit from a lengthened process to create a foundation for deeper changes.

When people come to learn TRE® only, 3 sessions is doable & clients will sometimes return monthly for checkins on their progress, to learn new modifications or techniques as their practice evolves.

Can you tell me about your office space?

It is a large, gentle & sensory space that moves slowly, intently & often playfully. In the first few sessions of us getting to know one another, conversations, assessment & milestone setting will happen.

The therapy container is a relaxing, empowering & a judgement free zone.

Where did you go to school?

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
Highly Sensitive Informed Therapist; Dr. Elaine Aron
Level II Gottman Certified Provider
Certified TRE® Provider; Training with Dave Berceli

…& the natural world is my most cherished teacher.

Can you explain TRE®?

TRE® assists the restoration of neurological pathways that calm & regulate the body during or after stressful situations. This can help prevent or recover from trauma, even the ones that happened long before you can remember.

It is self regulation & relaxation technique including 7 gentle stretching & mild fatiguing exercises that elicit natural shaking for the purpose of releasing stored memory energy & rigidity. This technique allows more restful sleep, a deeper connection with intuition & instinct, enhances vibratory flow, ease & overall wellbeing.

Resembling a practice much like yoga, practicing TRE® will be different each time & each time you will benefit. You will evolve with this practice & it will evolve with you, for life.

You can learn more by searching David Berceli or going to traumaprevention.com or calling me.
I will share resources in abundance & answer your questions.

What do you mean by wholistic?

Many aspects make up your whole embodied experience. Therefore, I blend narrative, emotional, physical & energetic exploration & processing to gently & naturally bring these different aspects into alignment for feeling whole & connected.
This includes but is not limited to nutrition & hydration, active rest, movement & social connection.

Do you work with couples or trios?

Yes.

I integrate the Gottman Couples Method to sessions

We will begin with a 3 part series

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

This validated & effective way to learn where you & your partner(s) stand regarding the many aspects of your relationship can be a helpful foundation to your overall relationship wellbeing.

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.

I offer somatic sessions for those who wish to deepen their connection, intimacy practices & nurture their ongoing partnership.

Where are you located?

Just 10 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas.

West Oaks Office Park
950 Westbank Dr. Suite 104
ATX 78746

I am also available to travel to your office or personal setting to offer release & consulting services.

Do you take insurance?

No. I am an out of network provider. I choose this for a couple of reasons, one of which is to protect you. I also strive to support your wellness choices as being your personal choices & not to be made by your insurance provider’s opinion for how our work should look.

However, I will provide you with documentation to submit to providers for possible reimbursement. Clients are often successful with partial reimbursement.

I ask for payment in full at the time of service. Please note that even though that the charge you see is per session hour, much space outside of session is devoted to development & cultivation of this craft. We are supporting each other.

50 minutes 115

75 minutes 145

110 minutes 175

Session fees include ongoing remote support & unlimited resource sharing.

See the list of questions below to ask your healthcare provider so you may go forward with being reimbursed.

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?
  2. If it is a PPO, what are my benefits for an “out-of-network” provider?
  3. Do I have a deductible (the deductible may be different for “in-network” and “out-of-network” benefits)?
  4. 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.
  5. Does this “deductible year” run from Jan.—Dec.? If not, where am I in the cycle?
  6. What will be my co-pay?
  7. How many visits am I allowed per calendar year?
  8. 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.
  9. Is there a “pre-existing” clause?
  10. What diagnoses qualify for reimbursement?
  11. 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

I hope that our therapeutic rapport withstand the weight of the board to be able to speak transparently & openly as our feeling & perspectives allow…however….
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