The Woodlands Center for Couples & Families (TWCCF) is a true team, made-up of members from diverse backgrounds. Standing behind every therapist is a team of professionals who are dedicated to the health, and well being of every client. The compassion, and drive that we have for our clients, is the same we have for our own family members.
Leading the team at TWCCF is Dr. Faline Christensen, who has been treating clients for some 20 years. “Excellence in care” is our mantra, and we take pride in the fact that we are not "Band-Aid dispensers", we recognize and treat the root causes of dysfunction.
Getting to meet different people, and watching them heal, grow and meet their goals; it's really quite humbling to be a part of that.
I would definitely recommend Mark D. Cochran My husband & I were very nervous about couples counseling but Mr.Cochran made us feel very comfortable. We Will be seeing him again soon. Thank You!
Phone contact: Ensure that we answer all the questions that we can, for the potential client. We want our clients to come to our office with "eyes wide open", to be comfortable, and know what to expect.
Send email with forms: When the client is interested in coming in, we will send them an email with all of our contact information (address, phone number, email address & link to our web site), and our forms, so that when they come in, we can "hit the ground running"; this adds value in that, the client doesn't feel rushed to fill-out the paperwork, and precious session time is not spent on completing forms.
First session: When the client(s) come in for their first session, we will get background, and assessment information; we will talk about the primary issues the client(s) are concerned with, right away.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have training (and experience) working in a hospital, clinic, mental-care house, and private practice. I also have a great deal of experience in management, supervision, and training.
As it currently stands, all one therapeutic hour sessions are just $90, with the exception of the first session (one and a half hours), which is $135.
Having the great fortune of managing a lot of people, I loved it when my employees would come into my office, and ask if they could talk to me about personal issues they were dealing with. My heart would absolutely soar when I could see that these wonderful people trusted me enough to share these (often extremely private) things with me, and I also loved when they found the advice I gave them helped them to overcome their hurdles. It was often clear that they were just very happy, and relieved that they had someone to talk to that really listened to them, understood what they were trying to convey, and respected who they were, and what they stood for. These experiences made it clear to me that doing therapy/counseling was what I truly wanted to do.
From there, it was just a matter of gaining the education, and experience I needed, to get the ball rolling.
I have worked with virtually any, and every type of client you could imagine. Many individuals, couples, and family configurations.
Oh no... I have to pick just one? Okay... A mother brought her daughter in, saying the she was "out of control". In just three sessions, the mother came in absolutely elated; the whole family was "in a much better place", as she put it. We had a few more session, as she wanted to workout some issues she was having with her other kids.
There are no guarantees in therapy, but this is one example of many, that I am so blessed to have experienced.
The number one aspect that leads to successful therapy is something called the therapeutic alliance; that's just a fancy way of talking about how well the therapist, and client get along. Do they "click"?
So, when you talk to a therapist, ask a lot of questions. Does the therapist answer your questions to your satisfaction? Do they "speak your language"? By that, I mean do they talk like you, or do they try to sound extra smart, and talk over you, or talk past you?
Make sure they are good listeners; do they make clarifying statements, like "it sounds like you are saying that you, and your partner just can't seem to communicate, do I have that right?"
And finally, I think it's best to work with a relational, or systemic therapist. Nearly every issue that we deal with, either directly involves others, or impacts others. Systemic, or relational therapists consider how the work they do with you impacts others that you are close to, and as a result, how their reactions, or responses impact you.
How well do I understand the situation I'm faced with?
Do I know what my goals are?
What time do I have to commit, to do the work needed to meet my goals?
Is everyone involved in this situation avalable to meet with the therapist, so that we can work as a team?
Am I prepared to be open, and honest with myself, others involved in this struggle, and the therapist?
How far am I willing to travel, for sessions?
Am I comfortable working with a therapist of the opposite sex?
Do I have the resources necessary to compensate for the services?
Am I committed enough to follow this through?