Frequently Asked Questions
New things, even a good one, can be intimidating and make us nervous. Below are some questions that you may have before contacting me.
How does therapy work?
People pursue counseling or therapy for a variety of reasons, including: a crisis, major life changes, unpredictable events, internal irritations, difficulty in relationships, personal growth, etc. In the first few sessions, as I’m learning to know you as a whole person, I will take note of your strengths, your stressors, your relationship patterns, your unmet emotional needs, what you like in therapy, and what you desire to accomplish through therapy. Together, we will make a plan how to get you from where you are now to where you want to be (your therapy goal).
In order to make the therapy works effectively, I meet with you once a week for 50 minutes. This weekly meeting is crucial to address the immediate concerns/crisis, to lay foundation for a strong therapeutic relationship, and to build a good momentum. After that objective has been accomplished, we would gradually space out the sessions as you begin to “master” the new skills and utilizing the resources into your day-to-day life. We will do this until you (or I) feel like you are ready to end the therapy.
Since every person is unique and their situation is also unique, so I will personalize the space according to your need and preference. Please know that you always have the freedom to speak up throughout the process.
Is therapy right for me?
You may be familiar with the phrase “knowledge is power.” We can use the phrase to answer the question whether therapy is right for you. It means the more we know what we are dealing with, the more we can do intentionally do something about it. I underlined the word “intentional” because that what makes our response to a situation different.
If you feel like you are stuck, therapy can help you get “unstuck” by revealing HOW you see things, which in turn dictate WHAT you feel and do. Together, we will examine your reactive patterns of thinking, feeling, doing, and relating. After we gain that knowledge, we can make a strategy to see and do things differently. It would not be easy to change a lifetime habit or perspective, but it is doable. You won’t be do it alone, I will be there with you on your journey to hope and healing, offering guidance and companionship.
Are we a good fit?
That is a question that only you can answer! From my experience, I work really well with most of my clients, but there were a few clients who didn’t share the same experience.
I believe the strongest predictor of a successful counseling is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client(s) and their therapist. Your feeling about our relationship matters. Do you feel comfortable sharing the most vulnerable part of your life with me? Do you feel safe and heard?
Trust your gut and be honest with yourself. If after a few sessions, you still don’t feel that you are connecting with me, please let me know. I could refer you to another therapist who may better serve you. Remember the therapy is about you and your well-being!
How much do sessions cost?
I charge $100 for a 50-minute session. Longer sessions available, if needed. In certain circumstances, you may qualify for a lower fee.
Where do sessions take place?
I offer both in-person and online sessions. In-person sessions are held at my office at 2605 Sagebrush Drive, Suite 101, Flower Mound, TX 75028. Online sessions (only in Texas) will be done through SimplePractice, my separate online therapy site. It is secure, HIPAA-compliant, which means that your privacy is 100% guaranteed. A video link provided per session can be accessed via computer, tablet, or phone.
Can I use my insurance?
Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance. However, if you receive out-of-network benefits from your insurance coverage, I can provide you with a superbill, an invoice with appropriate details for you to request imbursement from your insurance carrier.
How about if I cannot afford the fee or don’t have insurance?
I am proud to be a member of Open Path Collective which allows me to offer a sliding scale to those who are struggling financially. Here is the link to access my Open Path profile. I keep my availability on my profile page current to show if I have space for a new Open Path client or not.
Do I need to be a Christian?
Absolutely not! All you need is a commitment and readiness to show up and do your part.
Although my philosophy is based on my Catholic Christian faith and my formal education as a therapist is from a Christian college, but I will meet you where you are. I will never impose my faith upon you. The therapy is contingent upon you to decide how or if you want to incorporate your faith system explicitly into therapy. After all it is your journey!
The primary expression of my faith is the way I view my clients, whether they are Christians or not. I view each person as the image-bearer of God. I value their dignity and uniqueness and the special vocation corresponding to that dignity.
I do offer Faith Counseling. For this type of counseling, by nature, the clients need to be Christian or Christian-oriented.
“I was privileged to work alongside Kartika Refi as we completed our counseling practicum in the spring of 2018. During this time I saw first-hand Kartika’s passion for helping a hurting population find healing and hope. Kartika has a heart for individuals as well as couples and families. She works with her clients to help them identify God’s plan and purpose for their lives while meeting them where they are. She is a true example of the hands and feet of Jesus, and has been an inspiration to me both personally and professionally.”