Frequently Asked Questions
When deciding to start therapy, it might feel difficult to know where to start. Check out this page to learn more about the therapy process and Enhancing Intimacy Counseling.
If your questions aren't answered or you just prefer to talk to a person, you can call us at 512-994-2588. We will do our very best to answer your call or return your voicemail as quickly as possible. If you call in the evening or over the weekend, we will get back to you as soon as we are back in the office. (Click here to contact us)
What is sex therapy?
Sex Therapy focuses on an individual’s or couple’s sexual health: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Sex or relationship therapy may also be useful for relationships that go beyond the couple.
In the first stage of therapy, the problem or concern that brought you to therapy will be discussed, and an assessment completed. The assessment is usually an interview that includes a discussion of your sexual history, family of origin and relationship history, religious and spiritual beliefs and upbringing, past abuse, and other areas important to therapy. Therapy goals are also discussed. When the assessment has been completed, therapeutic recommendations are made by your therapist.
Homework activities, reading assignments, communication exercises, video training, experiential activities, and experiencing acceptance and compassion may be used to help you progress toward achieving your therapy goals. Treatment length varies, usually between 8 and 20 sessions. Some clients find long term therapy helpful to maintain and continue their progress.
Sex therapy never involves sexual activity or touching of any kind with the therapist. Couples may engage in non-genital touching in the office but never remove their clothing.
What kinds of problems do people see you for?
There are a wide array of sexual and non-sexual problems and challenges that bring people to therapy. Here are some of them: Infidelity, communication, sexual desire differences, sexual interests/differences, sexual anxiety/avoidance, out-of-control sexual behavior, sex addiction, sexual functioning, sexual medical trauma, infertility, coming out, gender exploration, self-acceptance in a marginalizing world, navigating relationship agreements, staying true to one's values, and more.
I'm not sure if my concerns are technically sex therapy problems. Is it ok to see one of your therapists for other problems too?
Of course. We are trained to help with the many emotional, cognitive, and sexual problems that might show up in one's life. Clients identifying with sexually marginalized groups often feel safe seeking help for mental health concerns with our sex-positive therapists.
Our clients have experienced a wide range of life challenges including: depression and anxiety, isolation and loneliness, childhood abuse, grief and loss, anger problems, domestic/relationship violence, parenting challenges, financial challenges, work/life balance, co-dependency, substance use/abuse, communication skills, religious abuse/shame, and more.
Our therapists will work with you to make changes in your life to improve negative symptoms, help you feel better, and support you showing up with yourself and others genuinely. It is not unusual for these emotional challenges to affects one's sexual functioning and relationships.
What's the difference between an LPC, LMFT, Associate, and Intern? Is my therapist qualified?
All counselors are required to complete a master's degree in mental health counseling. After completion of their degree, therapists are required to complete post-graduate supervised hours in order to qualify for full licensure in their respective licenses. During this post-graduate working period they are called "Associates." Our Associates are supervised by Claudia Thompson, who is licensed by the State of Texas as a LPC Supervisor and LMFT Supervisor.
While there are some differences in Professional Counselor (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) licensure, everyone who works in our Practice specializes in working with individuals and couples who are seeking therapy for relationship or sexual concerns. Fully licensed therapists hold the credentials of LPC or LMFT and do not require formal clinical supervision, although regular consultation is encouraged.
We also have pre-graduate interns who work in our Practice. Interns have completed their master's level coursework but cannot graduate without completing three semesters of supervised therapy work. Our interns are eager to learn, enthusiastic, knowledgeable in the latest mental health research, and have a lot of guidance from fully licensed supervisors within our practice and at the university.
Our therapists are highly qualified with advanced academic training, supervised counseling work, and continuing education in sex therapy. If you would like to know the specifics of our staff's credentials, please see their full profile under the "our therapists" tab.
How much does therapy cost?
Therapy at Enhancing Intimacy ranges from $110- $225 for a 50-minute session. The price difference is generally related to training, credentials, and experience. However, our clinical supervisors work to ensure that even our therapists with less experience are providing therapeutically sound therapy for you.
We list our fees on our website to be as transparent as possible. You can find each therapist's rates at the bottom of their full bio. We know that finding a therapist that meets your budgetary needs and your treatment goals can be difficult and we want to help you find the right match within our team or help refer you in the right direction.
What if I can't afford it?
If the above rates do not work for your budget, we also offer therapy with counseling interns in their last year of graduate studies. Our counseling interns will always be supervised by a licensed counselor and an academic supervisor from their University. Our interns bring a fresh perspective, the latest research, and enthusiasm to our group practice. You can schedule with one of our counseling interns for $45 for a 50-minute session.
Can I use my health insurance policy?
We do not process insurance in our office. Please consult with your insurance provider to learn more about your out-of-network reimbursement rates. If you decide to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, we will provide you with the paperwork that is needed.
Do you take HSA (Health Savings Account) Cards?
Yes. We process credit, debit, or HSA cards through Stripe. Your card will be charged when your session has been completed. Other payment methods are also available and can be discussed with our office or your therapist.
Can I meet with my therapist online?
Yes. We can meet with you online through a secure video platform. You will receive a link to connect for your session before the scheduled appointment. Due to state licensing requirements, we are only able to see clients who live in Texas.
Not sure where to start?
Call our office at (512)994-2588 to speak to someone about your needs and what you would like to gain from therapy or schedule a free consultation with one of our therapists.