Change is difficult and can be scary. It’s our goal to make you as comfortable as possible during your work with us. According to studies, the effectiveness of therapy depends more on the quality of interpersonal rapport between a therapist and client than a therapist’s techniques, education, or approach. It is believed that the relationship between a therapist and client is the most significant predictor of therapeutic success. Since it may take a couple of sessions before you begin to feel comfortable, we encourage you meet with a prospective therapist a few times before deciding whether they are a “right fit” for you.
Before the conclusion of your first session, your therapist should ask you if you wish to return for another session. They may also ask about your experience of your first session together. It is important to share your feelings as openly as possible. If you do not feel a particular therapist is a “good match” for you they will help you in finding another therapist, or refer you to our administration, who will assist you in finding someone more compatible with your needs or wishes. Remember, YOU are in charge. We have included biographies and pictures of each of our providers. Feel free to read through our Therapists page to see if you find someone you feel might be right for you. Please keep in mind that many of our therapists keep specific hours (example: only evenings or weekends) so please keep this in mind when speaking with our administrators. Keep an open mind!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Mind Your Self located?
Our offices are located off of 410 and Babcock, close to Medical Center and within a block of bus stops on the 410E Frontage Road. We are located in the Brass Professional Center, at the corner of Woodcock and S. Piedras Drive in the Goliad Building. Our office hours are Monday – Thursday from 9am – 8pm, and Friday – Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
Why do individuals, couples and families typically seek therapy?
There are many reasons persons seek the support of therapy, ranging from anxiety or depression, to difficulties in creating and sustaining stable and nurturing bonds with others, to fears of expressing themselves authentically or trusting others. Some seek the assistance of psychotherapy to understand anger or conflicts with family members, spouses or other persons with whom they are engaged romantically, collegially or as friends; or lingering influences from their early lives that affected them adversely. Others seek the help of therapy to develop new ways of responding to circumstances that have been habitually problematic, to develop more capacity for intimacy or to experience more joy and contentment in their lives. Sometimes a particular experience, such as a separation, divorce or a turbulent disagreement, or a milestone, such as marrying or becoming a parent, may also precipitate a decision to seek counseling; at other times a long-standing and vague sense of feeling lost, confused and disengaged from others drives the desire to seek a professional. The reasons as are vast and as varied as people themselves, but most persons share a desire for a more gratifying experience of their lives.
In what ways is psychotherapy typically found to be helpful?
Therapy has been proven to be as effective as medication in helping to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to be useful in assisting persons to (1) develop more psychological awareness and insight, (2) learn to communicate more effectively, (3) learn to resolve both internal and interpersonal conflicts, (4) manage, reduce or relieve symptoms of emotional distress, (5) develop more social, relational or vocational functioning, (6) pursue personal growth and development and (7) reconstruct their lives in the aftermath of trauma and abuse.
What if I need or want to consider medication as an adjunct to psychotherapy?
Medication can often be helpful in supporting a person to feel a greater sense of well-being. If you are suffering from persistent or debilitating depression, anxiety, or other troubling symptoms, you may be interested in discussing the benefits of medication with your therapist. If you are interested in exploring this option, your therapist will either refer you to a psychiatrist for a consultation, or help you in obtaining a referral through other means. If you wish to consider other methods of symptom management, such as the use of alternative remedies available through non-medical sources like homeopathy, they may also have recommendations or referrals.
How long is a typical psychotherapy session and how often will I meet with my therapist?
Most sessions are weekly and 50 minutes in length, however your therapist may suggest meeting longer or more frequently depending on your needs and goals. Sessions with couples are often scheduled for 60 to 75 minutes by some therapists. Please discuss your therapist’s approach to session frequency and length during your first session.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
The length of therapy is dependent on many factors, including your goals, how frequently and consistently you attend sessions, your level of motivation for change, and the type of concerns or issues you are addressing in therapy. In general, recent situational stresses or problems can be addressed in fewer sessions than longer-standing issues, or situations involving trauma or abuse. Of course, therapy is a collaborative process, and we encourage you to share your preferences with your therapist. Even longer-term goals can be pursued in “chapters” if you prefer.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. To derive the most from therapy, attend your sessions regularly. If you are struggling with excessive alcohol or drug consumption, it is generally recommended that you abstain from substance use at least 24 hours before your sessions.
Cost of Therapy
Affordable Mental Health Care
We believe that everyone deserves access to affordable counseling.
In an effort to make our services more accessible, Mind Your Self offers some reduced fee or sliding scale fee options.
The current average cost of therapy per session within the San Antonio ranges between $140 – $300 per appointment. While we cannot guarantee to accommodate all income levels, we will do our best to make counseling as affordable as possible. We also accept many insurance programs (see below).
- Intake / Psychological Assessments (necessary for all therapy) $200
- Session (50 minutes) $125
Standard rates for therapy services are considered “private pay” and those that are covered by an insurance that we do not accept (“Out of Network”). Out of Network clients are responsible for the full rate at the time of service. A Smart Bill/Invoice will be provided for submission to insurance by the client for reimbursement.
- Intake / Psychological Assessments (necessary for all therapy) $100
- Session (50 minutes) $75
Mind Your Self accommodates several sliding scale sessions. These sessions must be pre-approved; acceptance is based on a variety of criteria. ALL sliding scale sessions use Masters level clinicians that are under Supervision for a higher level license. These sessions are meant for those individuals that do not have insurance or choose not to utilize insurance because of a substantial deductible.
- Intake / Psychological Assessments (necessary for all therapy) $0
- Session (50 minutes) $0
Mind Your Self is proud to offer pro bono therapy services. These sessions must be pre-approved; acceptance is based on a variety of criteria. ALL sliding scale sessions use Masters level clinicians that are under Supervision for a higher level license and have volunteered their time.
- No show fee $75
- Late cancellation fee $75
- Documentation requests by client $25
- Service animal recommendations $425
(This includes an assessment, two sessions, and the letter)
Payment for therapy is made at each session. We accept cash or credit and debit cards via Square. Most sessions are weekly and 50-minutes in length. All payments, including co-pays, are due before sessions begin.
We bill insurance directly, and accept the following plans:
- Aetna Better Health (Medicaid Only)
- Beacon Health Options
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Children’s Medical Center Health Plan (Thru Beacon)
- Compsych EAP
- Community First Health Plans (including Medicaid)
- Community Health Choice (Thru Beacon)
- Cook Children’s Health Plan (Thru Beacon)
- Health Advocate
- Humana Behavioral
- Humana Choice Care Network
- Medicaid of Texas (TMHP)
- Military One Source
- Multiplan Medicaid
- Multiplan/PHCS and Multiplan Gov’t Medicaid
- Parkland Community Health (Thru Beacon)
- Sendero Health Plans (Thru Beacon)
- Tricare (all plans)
- United Healthcare