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Our Services

Below is a brief summary for each role that a court can order in a case.
For more detailed explanations, please contact our office at (936)760-1880.

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PARENT FACILITATOR
PARENT COORDINATIOR
COUNSELOR
CUSTODY EVALUATOR
·   Voluntary, mandated, or stipulated
·   Nonconfidential and facilitator DOES go to court
·   Clients are held accountable for behaviors
·   Required monitoring
·   Based on child’s needs
·   Based on present and future
·   Highly structured
·   Maximum expectations
·   “Change” required
·   No third-party reimbursement
·   Reports progress to attorneys
·   Utilizes mediation skills
·   Parenting plan created/submitted
·   Additional 88 hours of training required beyond state licensure
·   Each party pays 50% of services unless otherwise reallocated by facilitator
·   Services cease upon refusal to pay
·   Requires retainer fee prior to commencement of services
·   Must provide court orders with proper wording for facilitator’s role prior to initial appointment
·   All paperwork must be completed and consents signed prior to commencement of services
·   Does NOT determine custody or visitation
 
·   Voluntary, mandated, or stipulated
·   Confidential and facilitator does NOT go to court
·   Clients are held accountable for behaviors
·   Required monitoring
·   Based on child’s needs
·   Based on present and future
·   Highly structured
·   Maximum expectations
·   “Change” required
·   No third-party reimbursement
·   Reports progress to attorneys
·   Utilizes mediation skills
·   Parenting plan created/submitted
·   Additional 88 hours of training required beyond state licensure
·   Each party pays 50% of services unless otherwise reallocated by facilitator
·   Services cease upon refusal to pay
·   Requires retainer fee prior to commencement of services
·   Must provide court orders with proper wording for facilitator’s role prior to initial appointment
·   All paperwork must be completed and consents signed prior to commencement of services
·   Does NOT determine custody or visitation
 
·    Voluntary
·    Confidential
·    Clients are not held accountable for their behaviors and choices
·    Client Monitors Self
·    Based on client’s needs
·    Based on past, present, and future
·    Client sets expectations
·    “Change” is optional
·    May use third-party reimbursement
·    No parenting plan created
·    Must have graduate degree and hold a license governed by a state licensing board
·    For court ordered cases, all court orders must be provided prior to commencement of services with proper wording
·    All consents must be signed prior to commencement of services
·    All paperwork must be completed prior to initial appointment
·    Clients are responsible for fees that insurance does not cover
·    Does NOT determine custody or visitation
 
·     Court ordered
·     Retainer fee required prior to commencement of service
·     No third-party reimbursement
·     Evaluator interviews all members of the family of origin and others that are directly involved with the family dynamic
·     Investigations could be conducted to review any and all information relevant to residences and/or academic setting(s)
·     Reference letters may be requested
 
 

COUNSELING

Prior to scheduling your first appointment, we will need your insurance information. We will do our best to verify your benefits, but it is also your responsibility to know what your insurance will cover. If your insurance denies payment for the services you receive, then you are responsible for the full fee.  Please call the office with your insurance information 936-760-1880.


Our office will email you the required paperwork and it must be completed prior to being seen. If it is not completed, there is a risk that you will have to reschedule your appointment but will still be responsible for the full fee of the appointment.

Child Care Services are NOT provided. Please bring a responsible party to assist you with child care.

We have a 72 hour cancellation policy. Failure to provide 72+ hours notice for the need to reschedule will result in a no show fee which is the full amount of the appointment ($200) per hour. You will be required to pay this fee prior to scheduling any additional appointments. If you have additional appointments already scheduled, then they will be cancelled immediately until you have paid the no show fee and this will could result in your time slot to be filled with other clients. In the event of an emergency, please provide documentation and after review, we can explore waiving or reducing the fee.


Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.

Please request a copy of the HIPAA and Limits of Confidentiality form or retain the email that we send with all of the paperwork. The form provides significantly more detail than what is listed above.


If you would like us to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the Release of Information Authorization form that will be in the packet we email you prior to starting services.   
 

 

PARENT FACILITATION

Parenting Facilitation is a professional case management service that renders assistance with problem-solving strategies to better assist parents in working together in efforts to alleviate the children’s exposure to parental conflicts between the two homes. As a child focused dispute resolution service, Parenting Facilitation assists parents with developing and implementing effective parenting plan when the parents are unable to independently do so.

Prior to the commencement of services, each adult must provide the following documents:

  1. Completed intake packet that will be emailed to you once you contact our office
  2. Copy of the most recent court order and the original court order
  3. $800.00 deposit from each parent  (Credit cards are NOT accepted for the initial deposit)


Once all the forms are fully completed and on file by both parents and the deposits have been paid, our office will contact both parents to schedule the initial joint appointment. Child Care Services are NOT provided and we ask that you do not bring children to these appointments unless requested by the facilitator. Because of the nature of high conflict families, it is important for us to maintain a written paper trail so phone calls will not be returned until we have received all required documents from ALL parties. If you have questions, please send questions in email to:

CCMC@CounselingCenterMoCo.com

For some parents, conflict continues to create distress for them and their children beyond the divorce. Problems may arise over issues that are not specifically addressed in their parenting plan. For example, the parenting plan may say that parents decide together on extra-curricular activities for their children but may not indicate how to deal with disagreements about these activities. When a conflict arises, children often feel caught in the middle. This situation may put them at greater risk for emotional and behavioral problems—e.g., poor school performance, anxiety, uncontrollable anger, and depression.

While divorce itself places children at risk for various psychological difficulties, research has shown that the strongest predictor of child maladjustment after divorce is exposure to high levels of inter-parental conflict, particularly when the conflict is hostile, aggressive, poorly resolved, and focused on issues pertaining to the children. In a small % of families of divorce, such conflict continues at a high level for several years following the formal divorce decree, and it typically causes the children and the parents to suffer significant and prolonged psychological distress.

Intense and prolonged inter-parental conflict can also cause problems for children indirectly. It can impair the ability of each parent to deal effectively with the children. It can draw the children into the conflict and disrupt the children’s relationships with one or both parents. In addition, it can lead to a reduction in financial support of the children by one or both parents, due to the financial costs of repeated litigation and one or both parents becoming less willing to contribute financially.

Even parents who have been able to protect their children from divorce-related conflict may encounter problems when new situations arise—e.g., remarriage.

Parenting Facilitators help parents by:
  • raising parents’ skill level in collaborative planning and decision making for their children
  • educating parents on co-parenting techniques and issues related to children growing up between two homes
  • identifying sources of conflict between them and consider ways to address them 
  • facilitating communication between the parents and between parents and others who relate to the children—e.g., grandparents, school personnel, and therapists
  • reducing chronic litigation (and preserve family resources)
  • using mediation techniques to deal with specific issues
  • applying arbitration procedures in certain defined areas when parents are otherwise unable to resolve a dispute
  • assisting the parents in compliance with court orders

The Parenting Facilitator may do this by reviewing written evaluations and reports, and talking with other significant individuals involved with the family (doctors, therapists, school personnel, lawyers, etc.) The Parenting Facilitator will meet with the parents jointly, and communicate by fax and email. Home visits may be made to both parent’s homes. The Parenting Facilitator can write status reports to the court as needed and defined in the order, testify in court and be contacted by other professionals, and will be present during hearings. The Parenting Facilitator may make recommendations to the parents.

One of the differences between a Parenting Facilitator and a Parenting Coordinator is a NONconfidential capacity. Texas Family Code Section 153.6051, defines when and why parent facilitators may be appointed, their duties and responsibilityes, qualifications needed to serve as such, and compensation.

Costs and Payment

The rate for Parenting Facilitation services is $200.00 per hour rounded up to the nearest 15 minute increment. This includes all services of the Parenting Facilitator including reviewing documentation, deliberation and issuance of decisions when parents are unable to resolve issues themselves, meetings, correspondences, phone contact, email, court time, legal expenses, and consultation with other famiy service providers.

Completion of “Understanding Parental Alienation Workshop“ must be completed within the past 6 months prior to the first session. *When registering, please specify you are doing this for Parent Facilitation services to receive a 50% discount on the rate for the workshop.

 
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