Cammie Smith 

LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

Waco, TX

Common Questions

What is the benefit of seeing a licensed marriage and family therapist?

Please view the video below to acquaint yourself with the unique field of marriage and family therapy. I chose to become a marriage and family therapist because I believe deeply that relationships matter. More importantly, I believe that even "individual problems" stand the best chances for success when external supports are in place. Our relationships with spouses, parents, children, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. can be a source of great frustration, but can also provide us with the greatest source of strength and support when we are trying to make changes. And think about it - those relationships are the resources that will continue to exist long after the relationship with a therapist is over. 

 

While marriage and family therapists receive much of the traditional mental health training, there is an underlying emphasis on a holistic approach. Even if I am working with an individual with depression or anxiety, understanding family patterns and dynamics can help provide insight and promote change. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do I need therapy?
Life throws all of us curveballs, and for the most part we are strong enough to handle quite a bit of stress remarkably well. Think about some of the hard things you have endured! However, when we feel ourselves crumpling under the pressure, not performing as well as we need to in school, jobs, or daily living, or when we notice our prized relationships taking a real toll - that is when therapy can be especially helpful. Therapy is meant to help you learn new skills, gain insight, and get back on track to living the life you desire. 
 
How can therapy help me?
There are lots of places you can turn for advice or an outside perspective, some more reliable than others. As a therapist, my job is about more than just giving advice or counsel- I have been trained in evidence-based techniques to get you feeling better and to help you get your relationship back on track.  There are many benefits of participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Therapy is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution.
 
What happens during therapy?
In your first session, we will discuss your goals and work to create a treatment plan that is custom-made for you. Many people say they feel some relief almost immediately when they take the first steps to meet with a therapist. Within 4-6 sessions, we should be able to identify specific progress that is taking place and we can adjust your goals as needed. I typically recommend about 8-10 sessions for couples, families, or individuals, although you may feel like progress has been satisfactory in fewer sessions - I will follow your lead when it comes to the the length of your treatment.
 
Medication vs. Therapy
I am happy to work with your physician to make sure that you receive the treatment you need. For some issues, such as anxiety and depression, a combination of therapy and medication is usually most effective for getting better. 
 
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Yes, most definitely. I am bound by law to maintaining your confidentiality, with only a few, very specific exceptions. (If I become aware in our sessions of abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders; or if you are at risk of harming yourself or threaten to harm another person, I will be required to report this information to someone who can help.) 
 

What are your rates?

I charge $100 per 50-minute session.
 

Do you accept insurance?

I do not currently accept insurance. However, if you would prefer to use insurance to help cover the cost of your therapy sessions, you can call your insurance provider to ask if you have any out-of-network behavioral health benefits. If you choose this option, generally you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket for your sessions and I will provide you with a receipt at the end of each session that you can then file with your insurance company for reimbursement. Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted for payment.
 

What is your cancellation policy?

Therapy will be most effective if you commit to coming weekly. If you wish to cancel your appointment, I request that you give notice at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you will be expected to bear half the cost of the session.
 

Can I schedule online?

Schedule online here at your convenience or contact me for more information here .
 

Get in Touch

600 Lake Air Drive, Suite 4A, Waco, TX 76710

TEL: 970.393.2360
EMAIL: therapy@cammiesmith.com

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