FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How do I schedule an appointment and what’s your initial intake process?
A. Visit this page to complete my New Client Application Form & Book an Initial Intake Sessions.
After I receive your Application, I will send you a Scheduling Link to book your first Initial Intake Appointment–one of 2 total sessions for getting started at Thrive!
The Initial Intake Process is the first step for every new client and includes a 2-part Session Series, consisting of:
•An Initial 45-60-minute in-person (Austin) or phone/Skype Consult to meet you, hear your story, and get a better understanding of your primary concerns, health history, current nutrition/lifestyle and goals, as well as determine which labs to order (if any) for your health. Prior to the first session, you will complete an Initial Lifestyle Assessment questionnaire and Nutrition Assessment, and we will review these together.
•A follow-up 60-75 minute Thrive Life Blueprint Reveal Session to receive your Initial Thrive Life Blueprint (your custom nutrition, treatment plan, and lifestyle change), as well as discuss initial findings and establish a treatment plan/frequency of follow-up sessions.
Q. What are the requirements for starting at Thrive?
A. Only two things:
• First, and most importantly, you must be willing and ready to make a change or work towards your goals.
• You will participate in an INITIAL INTAKE Session to establish your personalized Thrive Life plan and frequency of sessions
Q. What will I get out of Thrive?
A. You will work with a professional who views each person as a “client”, not a “patient”, and specializes in holistic health care. I have seen countless clients, go from “wishing things were different” to “experiencing the difference”. Take advantage of one or all of the services at Thrive, including: Nutritional Therapy and Coaching, Fitness Training, and Occupational Therapy and Counseling
Some benefits may include:
• Increased confidence
• Decreased anxiety and stress
• Increased peace of mind
• Eating Disorder freedom
• Breaking up with the scale, calorie counting, or the mirror
• Reduced PMS and whacky hormones
• Get your period back
• Curb those sugar cravings
• Improved digestion
• Disease management & remission (autoimmune, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)
• Sustainable nutrition and lifestyle change
• Improved immunity & decreased allergies
• Mental clarity
• Excitement to live your life!
Q. How much does a typical session cost?
Session fees vary, depending on your level of care and services provided in your personalized program. Single sessions typically range from $75-$150. If a package or program is purchased, these rates are pro-rated. Thrive’s Online Programs range from $30-$150/month. For more information on pricing, contact me.
Q. How do you deal with the billing and payments of appointments?
A. Payment is due at the time the service is provided, or upon booking with my Scheduler Online. I accept cash, check or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express). I keep a credit card on file for all clients upon our work together to make payments easy.
Q. Do you take insurance?
A. Currently, I do not take Insurance. However, I am able to give you a Superbill to your insurance provider for reimbursement if requested. Many insurance companies do cover out-of-network appointments for Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, and Disease Prevention services (like functional medicine). In addition, I offer clients the option to apply for a Care Credit healthcare purchase card–a no-interest payment plan for covering professional healthcare expenses.Thrive’s fees are comparable to other service providers in the therapy, nutrition, medical and healthcare industries.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, I ask that you inform me at least 48 hours before your appointment time. I charge a full appointment fee for missed appointments or appointments that are rescheduled or canceled with less than 48 hours notice, unless otherwise discussed.
Q. Do you work with other treatment providers?
A. The short answer is: Yes! In fact, I encourage it. If you are already working with other professional(s), I value a team-approach, and am happy to work in conjunction with you and your healthcare team’s goals for you.
Q. Where are you located?
Everywhere! 🙂 I offer both Distance & In-person appointments, so sessions can take place in your pajamas if you prefer. For in-person appointments, my office is located at Soma Vida in Austin, Texas (2324 Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702). Initial In-Person Intake Sessions take place there.
Q. How do Thrive Distance Sessions work?
A. I offer Distance Coaching for those living outside Austin via Phone, Skype and Zoom Video Conferencing. Together, we will determine the appropriate frequency for guidance and support for your coaching. Sessions look like any typical session, in that you will schedule a 30-60 minute block of time to meet over the phone or through Skype.
Q: What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy helps individuals with the job of living life to the fullest!
Occupational therapy is like “life coaching on steroids”—an invested process, combining “talk therapy” with “do therapy” : Not just sitting on a couch talking about your struggles, but using Self-care training, Hands-on experiences and Everyday activities to help you gain new skills and habits, push past struggles and create meaningful (lasting) transformation.
For instance, an individual newly diagnosed with Diabetes may work with an Occupational Therapist to develop the new life skills (Like cleaning out their pantry, starting a healthy exercise routine, or navigating the grocery store).
An individual in recovery from an eating disorder may work with an Occupational Therapist on finding new healthy new hobbies and routines, body-image challenges, meal-prep, transitioning back to home after treatment, or discovering personal strengths.
In short: OT sessions incorporate real-world experiences to bring therapy to LIFE.
Q. What does an occupational therapy session look like?
Occupational Therapy will help you put change into action in a supportive and therapeutic way.
With my training and experience in both physical and cognitive rehabilitation, many sessions take a “hands-on” interactive approach to therapy.
Some sessions, we may just talk life, and the things on your heart and in your head.
Other sessions, we may get out of the office and put your goals and hopes for your healthy life into PRACTICE!
Body Image struggles? A session may incorporate a body-tracing project, scale-smashing or shopping support trip to the mall.
Want to “eat healthier” but don’t know how? Let’s go grocery shopping and clean out your pantry together! Or have a simple meal prep session.
Unhappy in your job, but not sure where to begin? Let’s explore other career options together. Discover your strengths through my strengths assessment; create tangible action steps (with accountability) for taking a new leap; and get unstuck!
Q. What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is not just talking about “healthy eating,” but instead guiding and educating clients on how to use food to thrive–body, mind and soul.
Nutritional Therapy addresses the foundations of good health: Digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acid balance, mineral balance, hydration & nourishing diet.
More than just handing you a meal plan or food guide pyramid picture, Nutritional Therapy is an individualized process, focused on helping clients bio-individualize their nutrient needs. Nutritional Theapy addresses the ROOTS of any disease, ailment or less-than-optimal wellness through the viewpoint: Food is medicine.
Q. What is Functional Medicine?
Simply put: Functional Medicine is a healthcare model based in addressing the ROOTS of disease for healing—not band-aiding symptoms.
In traditional medicine, there’s a doctor for every part of your body: ear doctors for the ears, endocrinologists for your hormones, neurologists for the brain, GI docs for your stomach, etc.
In functional medicine, the body is one whole; You the WHOLE person, not you, the: Headache. The anxiety. The eating disorder. The hormonal imbalance. Sleep disorder.
Imagine that you had a pebble in your shoe and it made your foot hurt—like alot. While, you surely could take ibuprofen or another painkiller to reduce the pain in your foot, wouldn’t it be a better idea to just take off your shoe and get rid of that rock?
Enter: Functional Medicine.
I help people get to the roots of digestive disorders, food struggles, hormone imbalances, stress and more.