Frequently asked questions
What are your office hours?
My office hours are by appointment only. I offer convenient weekday, after-school, and evening appointments. Please call me at 972-566-4692 to schedule an appointment.
Where is your office located?
I am located on the 4th floor of
Building B at Medical City of Dallas. The physical address is
7777 Forest Lane, Suite B-411, Dallas, TX 75230.
How much do you charge?
My standard fee is $175 per hour. I offer reduced rates based on financial need. If you believe you may qualify for a reduced rate, please indicate this in your initial phone call.
Can I use insurance to pay for my appointments?
Due to my personal philosophy and code of ethics, I have chosen not to work directly with managed care or insurance companies. The limitations of managed care make it difficult to ensure confidentiality and the highest standards of treatment. I do, therefore, expect payment to be made at the time of service. If you have insurance coverage and plan to file for reimbursement, you will be given a detailed statement that contains my provider information and your relevant diagnostic code(s). The statement may then be attached to one of your insurance claim forms which you may file for reimbursement.
Do you treat issues other than eating disorders?
Yes! While 90 -95% of my current cases involve issues of eating, weight, and body image, I also treat adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship issues. In addition to my therapy practice, I do comprehensive testing for learning disabilities and ADHD. Please call for information on testing services.
What is your approach to therapy?
My approach to psychotherapy is individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based. The specific treatment approach we decide to use will be based on a variety of factors, including your age, personality, preferences, and family situation as well as the nature and severity of your difficulties. My treatment techniques are derived from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), These treatment methods are empirically-supported, which means that scientific research has demonstrated that these methods are particularly effective for treating certain problems. Success in psychotherapy requires an active commitment on your part. At the start of our work together, we will have a dialogue about which type of treatment best suits your needs. I will provide you with information and reading materials about your particular problem and the treatment approach we are using so that you will be fully informed. In order for therapy to be most successful, you will be required to work on assignments between sessions. For example, I may recommend relaxation exercises, journaling, or other coping strategies for you to practice at home.
I suspect that my child may be developing an eating disorder, but she insists that nothing is wrong. What should I do?
Trust your parental instincts. If you suspect that your child has a problem, you are probably correct. Individuals with eating disorders are often unable to recognize the severity of the problem and it is not unusual for them to deny that there is anything wrong. This denial is a symptom of the illness, NOT an indication that there is no problem. Your child did not “choose” to get an eating disorder any more than you would “choose” to get an ulcer or a migraine headache. She cannot “choose” to get well on her own, and you probably cannot “talk her out of it.” It is important that you intervene as soon as you suspect a problem. Eating disorders have serious consequences for your child’s physical, mental, and emotional health, and they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric problem. Early intervention dramatically improves your child’s prognosis. As a parent, you can be your child’s greatest resource in recovery. It is your responsibility to ensure that she gets proper treatment right away, regardless of whether she goes willingly. I offer both family-based and individual therapies for adolescents with eating disorders.
Where can I get more information about eating disorders?
Check out my resources page for links to great information about eating disorders.