I want to start therapy but what if it takes too much time out of my day?

We’re all so busy, aren’t we?! Sometimes it can feel impossible to make time for work and our kids, let alone our friends or our health. Just like how going to the gym and working out takes an investment of our time and money, so does therapy. Also like exercising, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you’re ready for positive change in your life, you’ll need to find the time and the money. Therapy isn’t inexpensive. My hope is that working together you’ll see our time as an investment – one that pays out well over time.

I want very badly to change and feel better about myself. But what if I’m not ready for whatever you suggest?

We will go at your pace. In my experience working with people who are hesitant to change, there comes a point at which they do become ready. At this point, I can offer lots of suggestions but not until you want to hear them.

I went to therapy a while ago and had a negative experience. I want to try it again but am afraid of repeating that.

Having a negative experience in therapy can be devastating. After all, you’re there to be heard, understood, and then get support. You might even have experiences from your past where you didn’t get the help you needed – making a negative experience even worse for you. My approach is to understand what happened. Let’s talk about it – and especially get a sense of what you needed that you didn’t get. That way, I’ll be learning about how to help you as we move forward together.

I’m ready to start counseling but my partner isn’t. They’re afraid you might judge them or tell them one of us should leave our relationship. Would you do that?

My approach is a very non-judgmental one. I take time in the beginning to understand how and why each of you are in relationship in the way that you are. This means a lot of times when we argue with each other it’s because we’re trying to protect ourselves. Well, you’re allowed to protect yourself! Perhaps over time, however, we can find ways in which you can protect yourself and not also isolate your partner.

I’m in an LGBTQ relationship and I’m not sure if you’re the kind of person who would judge that. How do you feel about LGBTQ relationships?

I enjoy working with LGBTQ clients, both individuals and couples. My idea is that most of us are on a spectrum when it comes to our sexuality. Some of us happen to be on one side or the other of that spectrum but many of us are in the middle. I welcome relationships in the middle of that spectrum. Far from judging you, we will talk about the cost to you and your relationship of others’ judgment. We will work to create a stronger, more secure sense of yourself and your relationship.

I read in your About Me section that you’re a feminist. Does that mean you’ll be really hard on me if I’m male, or if my partner is male?

I can understand the concern. I believe couples don’t come to counseling because only one of you, male or female, is at fault. Both of you worked at creating the particular relationship dynamics you currently experience. And both of you need to work on creating a different one. That means both of you taking responsibility.

What does LMFT-Associate mean?

LMFT-Associate stands for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate.  Anyone with these initials behind their name has completed the state’s required number of educational and training hours in order to become an Associate.  As an Associate, we are working towards full licensure under the supervision of a fully licensed professional.

How long are your sessions?

Individuals: 50 minute session

Couples: 50 minute session

How much do you charge?

Individuals: $100 for a 50 minute session

Couples: $100 for a 50 minute session


Where are you located?

My office is located at 8500 Shoal Creek Blvd., Building 4, Suite 114, Austin, TX 78757.

To reach me for directions or to set up an appointment:

Call: 512.669.0395
Email: jbilbreycounseling@gmail.com

Do you accept insurance?

While I don’t accept insurance, I can provide documentation if you wish to submit to an insurance company for “out of network” benefit coverage.