One of the biggest keys to successful therapy rests on whether or not you have a real connection with your therapist. Professionally, in this field, we call this the "therapeutic alliance". I have been blessed with an ability to quickly, and deeply connect with my clients, which allows us to move to a place of trust, and makes our relationship ripe for positive change, and healing.
The greatest joy, in my work, to me personally, is in getting to know so many wonderful people. Understanding that folks place a trust in you is quite humbling, and inspiring, all at once. A good therapist is able to immerse themselves in your challenging circumstances, to "walk along side you" in your journey, yet maintain a clear boundary, and not lose focus on the goals of the client, and the therapist's responsibilities.
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!
New clients can either log onto the website at RelationshipRepair.org, or call me at (832) 209-2109 to schedule an appointment. If a client has questions, I want to ensure that I answer all of them. I want my clients to come to my office (or, do telehealth) with "eyes wide open", to be comfortable, and know what to expect.
A link is sent to the client so that they can log onto their new system portal, where they can view the new client forms, and enter information, so that when their first session starts, 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) has/have their first session, we will confirm background, and assessment information; we will talk about the primary issues the client(s) are concerned with, right away.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I have training (and experience) working in a hospital, clinic, residential treatment center, intensive outpatient program, and private practice.
As it currently stands, individual, and couple sessions are at $120 per hour. Initial diagnostic sessions are 90 minutes long with a fee of $150. 60 minute family & group sessions are at $150. Two hour individual & couple sessions are $230. Two hour family & group sessions are $280. 15 minute phone consultations are always free. And, I consider sliding scale on a case by case basis. Do NOT let money be the reason you don't get help!
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, family, group configurations. Though my focus is currently on relationship repair, I have healped many victims of rape, and sexual abuse. I have provided therapy for those struggling with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma, personality disorders, autism spectrim, sexual addiction, sexual disfunction, paraphilia, and psychosis.
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.
A huge 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?