Sunset over the river with Jenn Zatopek Listens in the sky.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.  

Life throws all of us curveballs, and we need extra help to navigate those challenging times. In fact, therapy benefits those who have enough self-awareness to realize they need some extra support, which is to be admired! You are accepting you need to take responsibility for where you’re at in life and you’re choosing to commit to creating intentional change by pursing therapy.

What are some of the benefits of therapy?

Therapy offers long-term benefits including vital emotional support from a caring therapist, science-based approaches to help you manage triggers, creative solutions to whatever challenges you face, and freedom from past constraints. Therapy also offers you valuable encouragement and support through difficult experiences you face, reinforcing the truth that you know you deserve care. Other benefits including befriending yourself, pursuing a more purpose-driven and meaningful life, and rich spiritual awakenings, leading to your next evolution as a human.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People come to therapy for lots of reasons including going through major life transitions like losing a job, a divorce, or a recent trauma. Others may need help dealing with complex issues like low self-worth, depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship problems, spirituality or sexuality concerns, and creative blocks. In short, people who seek out therapy are ready to meet their life challenges head-on and ready to create change for their greatest good.

What is therapy like?

Therapy focuses on creating change where you need it the most. As your therapist, I have advanced training in EMDR and the latest insights in mindfulness to help you release old feelings and take control of your life. I’m also trained in the 12-Steps to help you with codependency issues or relationship problems. My virtual office is like a cozy living room where we’ll work together to help you break free from old patterns and build the life you want.

How long is therapy?

Length of therapy depends on many factors including the type of problem you need help with, how long you’ve dealt with the problem, complexity of your situation, and what goals you hope to achieve. Sometimes people find relief in only 13-16 sessions, which works quickly to meet your short-term goals. Other times, people may be in therapy for longer until they feel their issues have been resolved. The choice is yours and can always be discussed with me!

How much does therapy cost?

Therapy costs are as follows: $165 for the first initial consultation session, which lasts about 65-70 minutes. Subsequent sessions are $150 and last about 50-55 minutes. Hour-long nature therapy sessions in DFW are $175. Seventy-five minute sessions are $190 and 90- minute sessions are $225. Phone calls are billed at $2.50 per minute. I offer a free and no-obligation phone consultation session for all new inquires. Payment is due at time of service and may be made by cash, check, credit card, or debit card. I have sliding scale spots available which are based on your income so please ask if you cannot pay the full fee right now.

Do you provide case consultation sessions?

I offer case consultation sessions for counseling professionals or for counseling trainees and charge $150 for 55-minute sessions.

What is your cancellation policy?

For all appointments I ask that you give at least more than 24 hours notice when you cancel or reschedule the appointment. This allows me the chance to offer that spot to a client on my waitlist. For those sessions that are canceled less than 24 hours of the scheduled appointment, you will be charged the full session fee of whatever service you have booked.

Do you accept insurance?

I don’t accept insurance, but I’m happy to provide you with the required documentation for you to submit to your insurance carrier for possible out-of-network benefits. Check with your insurance company and ask them if mental health services are covered, how much therapy costs per session, how many sessions are covered under their plan, how much does the plan cover for an out-of-network provider and when their plan will reimburse you.

Why don’t you take insurance?

Insurance companies limit the number of sessions you can have, the type of therapy that you receive, and require that you have a diagnosis attached to your medical record. Your private information shared with your insurance company can potentially be accessed by certain third parties (such as life insurance companies or the military). This may also apply if you use your out-of-network insurance benefits and seek reimbursement for out-of-pocket therapy expenses. By working directly with my clients and not insurance companies, I have the flexibility and freedom to use my best clinical expertise to provide you with the most effective care you need.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes, the law protects the privileged communication between a client and therapist. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and they are as follows: 1) report of child or elder abuse; 2) danger to self or others; and 3) if there is a court order.

What is a free initial phone consultation? 

A free initial 15-minute phone consultation allows me to ask what brings you to therapy and what you would like to focus on. You’ll have time to ask me questions as well. By the end of our call, you’ll get to decide if it seems like therapy is right for you and if we are a good fit for working together. From there, we can discuss scheduling and help you access the online portal system to complete paperwork.

What is your favorite coffee shop in Fort Worth?

I adore Wildcraft Coffee and their Cosmic Steamer and gluten-free coffee cake are my two favorite things to enjoy!

How do I make an appointment with you?

Please fill out the form below to schedule your free initial phone consultation! You can send me a direct message, call or text my practice number which is (817) 642 – 7305, or send me an email at Let’s connect and work together!


Image: Trinity River at sunset, Jenn Zatopek