7700 San Felipe St #350, Houston, TX 77063, USA
Where is your office?
My office is conveniently located near the intersection of Voss Road and San Felipe Street.
7700 San Felipe Street, Suite 350 Houston, TX 77057
Go west on San Felipe Street, two blocks past Voss Road, and my office is a white building with “7700” on it in big numbers.
Why is your company name “River Oaks Family Therapy” when you are located at Voss and San Felipe?
When I began practicing privately, my office was located in the River Oaks area.
Also, because I’m a huge fan of trees and nature, as you can see when you come in my office, I kept the name.
How much do you charge?
Rates: $160 per one-hour session, $120 per 45-minute session
Insurance: Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Some of the insurance companies that cover our services: Aetna, Beacon, Cigna, Humana, Magellan Behavioral Health, United Behavioral Health and Value Options
Blue Cross/Blue Shield clients or any other clients who are “Out of Network” are billed at my regular rates, but our office can file the claims for you.
Reduced Fee: Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
Payment: Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
Cancellation Policy: If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Schedule Online: Request a therapy appointment online here.
Contact: Questions? Please contact me for further information with insurance. Their rates are based on your company’s plan.
How do I make an appointment?
You can schedule on my website here or leave a confidential message on my office phone anytime: (713) 785-1500. I will return your call as soon as possible.
How long are sessions?
Therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes long, although longer or shorter times may be reserved if agreed upon in advance.
Sessions are by appointment only and are scheduled weekly, twice weekly, or every other week.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other.
In the first session, I will work to develop an understanding of both the concerns and hopes that bring you to therapy and to get an initial sense of whether I can be helpful to you. It is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of how I see therapy and to see if you feel comfortable with me, and the way I work. Since the process and outcome of therapy are so connected to the therapy relationship, it is important that the decision to work together is mutual.
Do you keep what happens in your therapy sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is the bedrock of psychotherapy; it protects your privacy to share freely and openly in our sessions together. Your sessions and all information you disclose are confidential. Except for the instances stated below, which are required by law, I will not share information or respond to inquiries of any kind from any source without your written consent:
- I am required to report any suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
- In some instances the courts may subpoena my records or testimony. In rare instances, I am forced to honor these subpoenas.
These stipulations apply to all mental health practitioners in the state of Texas.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy addresses the personal issues, relationship difficulties, and the life challenges that everyone faces at times.
It provides a safe and supportive space in which to initiate change in your life. Some of the benefits of therapy my clients have mentioned include: increased feelings of well-being, improved relationships, higher self-esteem, enhanced physical health through reduction of stress, and greater clarity about their purpose and direction in life.
How long will therapy take?
This is a completely reasonable question to ask, and it is one of the hardest to answer.
The simplest answer is that it ends when you feel that you have completed the work you came to therapy to do.
This decision is always ultimately in your hands.
Provided that we have worked well together and have a strong and trusting relationship, it is ideal (and not uncommon) for us to arrive at that question at about the same time. It is then a decision that we explore together with the understanding that you can come back at any time.
Each person’s therapy is inherently unique and personal; it moves at its own pace.
What are your credentials and professional background for doing therapy? How much experience do you have as a therapist?
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a classically-trained singer, who entered the University of Texas on a music scholarship. I also worked as a magazine editor and was a marketing director for a large bank before I became a therapist. I have been in private practice for nearly 20 years.
I have worked with hundreds of people to help them make the changes they want to make through therapy.
Currently, I practice full-time with adolescents, individuals, couples, elders, work teams, and periodic offerings of group therapy.
Do you have a specialty?
I’m a generalist, which means that I am trained and experienced in varied therapeutic approaches.
I work with people from all walks of life dealing with many different problems.
If you have a question about any other situations and whether I work with them, simply call: (713) 785-1500.
Do you enjoy working with couples?
I enjoy working with couples in all phases of their relationships. Partner relationships go through stages across the life span just as individuals do. Many of us have smiled when we’ve seen an elderly couple out for dinner or a walk, still “engaged” with each other, talking, laughing, holding hands.
But some other relationships become disengaged over time. Barriers to intimacy develop; interactions become angry and defensive. The same arguments repeat, sometimes practiced so often that each partner can carry on the argument without the other person present. Even more painful is the betrayal of trust, and infidelity comes in many forms.
Other relationships don’t become hostile; they become stale. They die a slower, quieter death through emotional neglect and loss of connection. Partners may know a lot about each other on the outside but feel alone and misunderstood on the inside.
These difficulties are not limited to couple relationships.
Relationships of all kinds (family, friends and acquaintances, workplace colleagues) can face difficult challenges. As we identify and address the concerns and unmet needs that result in angry and painful interaction patterns, healthier ways of interacting begin to emerge.
It has been my experience that, while the differences are obvious, there is an inherent connection between growth as an individual and growth as a partner in a relationship. Choosing to do your own personal work in therapy affects all of your relationships, your relationship with your partner most of all.
Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religious traditions, etc.?
Yes, I do. I believe that all human beings are created equal and not to be judged based on their differences. I welcome clients of all faiths, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
Joan Collins Harwood, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Marriage & Family Therapist
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