Welcome and thank you for choosing Mending Clinic for your counseling services. Today you are consenting to treatment and give Mending Clinic the ability to interview you to assess your behavioral health. Your interview will take approximately 120 minutes after you have completed the forms. We realize that beginning a process of counseling may be a major decision that you have made and may have many questions. This document is intended to inform you of our policies, state and federal laws, and your rights. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask and we will try our best to give you all the information you need. When you sign this document, it will represent an agreement between you and Mending Clinic.
Our Counseling Center
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality in our areas of respective expertise to our community. Our mission is promoting a positive emotional and psychological lifestyle for our clients through counseling and psychotherapy services. At Mending Clinic, we also offer bilingual (Spanish) counseling.
Our therapists are graduates from a major accredited University, holding a Master’s degree in Counseling. Each therapist is a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors. Our interns are in the process of completing the required 3,000 intern hours; they are under supervision to ensure that you will receive the highest excellence of service. Also, we have therapists that are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associates. The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associates are supervised by the State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapist approved Supervisors. Mending Clinic carefully selected the interns or associates based on their knowledge, character, ethics, experience, and passion to help. If you have any questions regarding any intern orassociate, ask to speak with the Clinical Director of Mending Clinic, Jorge Gama LPC-S.
If you have any complaints with a counselor that you wish to take to the state level:
Behavioral Health Executive Council
333 Guadalupe Street
Tower 3, Room 900
Austin, Texas 78701
Telephone: (512) 305-7700 or 24-hour toll free (800) 821-3205
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personality of the psychotherapist and the client and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods your therapist may use to deal with the problems that you hope to resolve. Psychotherapy calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. Moreover, psychotherapy has also shown to have great benefits for people who go through the process. Therapy often leads to an improved relationship, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. However, there are no guarantees of what you will experience.
Our first session will involve a 120 minute evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with Mending Clinic. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about our procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.
Your therapist and you will meet for approximately a 120 minute session for a behavioral health assessment to evaluate current levels of cognitive functioning to assist with treatment planning for psychotherapeutic treatment. During this session please provide your therapist with information that is as current, complete and as truthful as possible. Adjusting any notes, reports or assessments after the session with information that is not current, complete or true will be considered fraud and is not possible according to the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.