FAQs

What is psychotherapy?

The main purpose of therapy is to facilitate your problem solving and personal growth. This occurs when you begin to acknowledge your freedom to change, accept the responsibility to make those changes, and then take action. Therapy is a process by which you can make positive life changes. The word “process”, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result, e.g., the process of growth. The implied message in this definition is that major changes take time. These major changes are an accumulation of smaller changes directed at a desired result. Don’t expect quick fixes.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The quickest way to set up an appointment with me is to send me an email letting me know the times and days of the week that work best for you and whether or not you will be filing insurance or paying out of pocket. If you are filing insurance please list the insurance plan you have.

You may also reach me via phone at (512) 517-8168.

What can I expect on our first session?

It is normal to feel anxious and unsure at the first session. On our first session you arrive and fill out paperwork that I have left for you in the waiting room. Once I bring you back  to the my office we discuss the paperwork briefly and then begin the session with you letting me know what brought you to my office. From there it I listen to your issues and concerns and gather some history when needed. It is my job at the first session to listen and pay attention to what brought you in and from there we discuss what the therapy process will look like. It is also during this first session that you are welcome to ask me any questions you may have. During this session we get a chance to get to know each other and decide if we are a “good fit” before moving forward.

 How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the individual. I generally ask that a client to expect to at least meet 4 weeks consecutively so we can get to know each other, develop a repertoire and start working together. After that point we can discuss continuing weekly or decreasing the sessions. It is good to keep in mind that the most work is being done when we are meeting weekly. Often moving to every other week or monthly becomes more maintenance work.

 What should I do in case of an emergency?

I am not a crisis facility and am not available at all times. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911, 472-help or go to an emergency room.



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Phone: 512-517-8168

Email: cristi@cristihenk.com

950 Westbank Dr
Suite 104
Austin, TX 78746