about counseling & sarah
In this hectic, fast paced world, many have forgotten to feed their soul, maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat foods that heal our body and mind or tap into their potential. Based on this need, we created our wellness services. We provide mental health counseling, personal coaching, inspirational speaking, and health and nutritional consultations. We believe that people are works in progress and with effort can improve themselves in every way. Our wellness staff includes a licensed professional counselor and a nutritional coach and are in the process of building an integrative group with naturopathic and medical doctors.
What is Counseling?
It is a process where you can learn about yourself, as well as gain insight about life and the world around you. You can improve your personality, thoughts, and behaviors by noticing problem patterns, working on flaws and discovering talents and interests. While many clients reach out to us to focus on clinical issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, others wish to gain perspective on every day stressors. Clients often seek assistance in reducing daily stress caused by school, social relationships, career, romantic relationships, dealing with family, poor self-esteem, body image, losing weight or support during a transition in life.
Sarah Ali, M.S., LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mediator & Aromatherapist
Sarah received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She enjoys working with all age groups in an individual, group or family setting. She works especially works well with adolescents and young adults. Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including private practice treatment centers, clinics & schools. She has a holistic and integrative approach combining cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational i, existential psychology, person-centered therapy, motivational psychology and incorporating it with nutrition and alternative healing modalities.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Depression, Anxiety & Self Esteem
Premarital & Marital Counseling, approved by Twogether in Texas
Couple & Family Counseling
Self Esteem & Image Consulting
Psychosocial Evaluations & Reports
in training towards being a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider
Gottman Institute Training 1 & 2 Certification in process
Prepare & Enrich Marital & Premarital Counseling Certified
Certified Mediator and Negotiator - civil mediation cases
- $150 for individual/couple therapy
- $30 for group therapy session
- $125 per hour for report writing
- SLIDING FEE AVAILABLE BASED ON FINANCES: income tax audit form required
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna(now called Evernorth)
Optum/United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare
Superior - Ambetter Healthcare
Tricare/ Humana Military
1. How long is a session?
Traditionally sessions are 55 minutes long.
2. Time is up but I really have a lot more I want to talk about. Can we add more time, please?
I love counseling and really enjoy working with clients. If we are having a particularly deep and intense therapy session and time is about to finish, I can pause it for that day and book a 2nd session that week if it is warranted. If I have the next hour available, we could continue for a 2nd hour but you would need to pay out of pocket at the regular rate of $125 per hour. For insurance purposes we unfortunately cannot bill an individual client for 2 sessions in a day.
3. How often do I go for sessions?
Generally clients meet weekly to work through issues and at times some may come for some quick help focused on a particular short term need.
4. I don't live close by, how can I receive counseling from you?
We offer teletherapy via phone and webcam (using hippa privacy approved site) to those who are unable to physically come to the office. You will need to download two free mobile apps: Zipdoc (HIPPA compliant text app) and Doxy.me (HIPPA compliant webconference app)
5. I don't have a major clinical issue. Is it weird for me to go to a therapist?
People go to a doctor without thinking twice if they have an ear infection, why hesitate if you are having anxiousness over a new job or experience depression triggered by a breakup? Why deal with it alone or listen to your friend who keeps saying "why are you making such a big deal, get over it." Did you know 18% of the U.S. population has anxiety? Did you know that 1 in 9 people have experienced some form of depression? 56% of Americans are not seeking treatment. Want more information on the latest stats on mental health of Americans? Read more here. The majority of my clients are professional, educated adults, bright teens and children who are going through everyday challenges such as stress, disappointment, life transitions, grief, heartbreak, or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc.
HOW DO I START
OFFICE HOURS BY APPOINTMENT
morning. afternoon. evenings. weekend. My schedule is so flexible, you'd think I was a yogi.
Sessions may be scheduled on the following days
Friday: 10:30am- 6pm
I do my best to respond to calls, emails and texts within 24-48 hours. Sat-Mondays are my weekend and I may be less responsive during that time. If you don't hear back I apologize please reach out again.
RESCHEDULING/ARRIVING LATE/CANCELLATION POLICY
We require a 24 hour notice for appointment rescheduling or canceling otherwise you will be charged for a full session. Insurance does not cover for no show/missed appointments. If a client arrives to their appointment late it will shorten their appointment time.
Business Cell: 281 240 7102. I try to respond within 24 to 48 hours, if I haven't, also email
Bungalow landline: 832-539-6295 - only before aptmts if you are lost, as I am only in the office when in aptmts.
Text: You can text me at my business number.
Email: sarah@thetransformationstudio or email@example.com if you have images or documents