Qualifications: I earned a MA degree from Southern University in 2010.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor registered with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors which is located at 801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7.300 Austin, Texas 78701 (phone 512- 305-7700
Counseling Relationship: When working with a client, I, the Counselor am ultimately headed towards creating a trusting environment that is conducive to exploring and decreasing emotional distress, maladaptive behaviors and increasing personal wellness.
Areas of Focus: I have a general practice, providing services to adults, children, couples and families.
Fee Scales and Office Procedures: The fee for an initial intake session is $125.00 and each service following is $125.00 per session and paid directly to Donna Louis. Payment for services is due before each session. Clients are seen by appointment only. Clients that cancel within 24 hours of their appointment time, will be charged $75 for their scheduled session. If a client must cancel or reschedule their appointment, it is their responsibility to call or email Donna Louis, MA, LPC to make this request. If a client is late, they are not allotted more time than their scheduled time. Fifteen minutes late with no notification will be considered a missed appointment. Payment is only credit/debit card.
Services Offered and Clients Served: As a Counselor, my practice is inclusive of a wide range of individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) as well as families of various lifestyles and backgrounds. I welcome the uniqueness that each person brings into the counseling relationship. When working with a client, I am ultimately headed towards creating a trusting environment that is conducive to exploring and decreasing emotional distress, maladaptive behaviors and increasing personal emotional wellness. The instillation of hope is fundamental to clients in order to acquire the motivation needed to make change. I embrace cultural competency, and I am committed to understanding the importance of the client's worldview, which I believe is vital to the therapeutic process. I welcome the opportunity to assist children, adolescents, adults, and families with issues that may surface in the cycle of life.
Code of Conduct: As a Counselor, I am required by law to adhere to the Code of Conduct for practice that has been adopted by my licensing board. A copy of this Code of Conduct is available upon request.
Privileged Communication: Material revealed in counseling will remain strictly confidential except for the following circumstances in accordance with state law: 1) The client signs a written release of information indicating informed consent of such release, 2) The client expresses intent to harm him/herself or someone else, 3) There is a reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect against a minor child, elderly person (60 or older), or a dependent adult, or 4) A court order is received directing the disclosure of information.
It is my policy to assert privileged communication on behalf of the client and the right to consult with the client if at all possible, except during an emergency, before mandated disclosure. I will notify clients of all mandated disclosures as conceivable.
In the event of family counseling, material obtained from an adult client individually may be shared with the client's family members only with the client's written permission. Any material obtained from a minor client may be shared with the client's parent or guardian.
Emergency Situations: If an emergency situation should arise, you may seek help through the nearest hospital emergency room facility or by calling 911.
Client Responsibilities: You, the client, are a full partner in counseling. Your honesty and effort is essential to your success. As we work together you may have suggestions or concerns about your counseling. I expect you to share these with me so that we can make the necessary adjustments. If it develops that you would be better served by another mental health provider, I will help you with the referral process. If you are currently receiving services from another mental health professional, I expect you to inform me of this and grant me permission to share information with this professional so that we may coordinate our services with you.
Physical Health: Physical health can be an important factor in the emotional well-being of an individual. If you have not had a physical examination in the last year, it is recommended that you do so and to list any medications that you are now taking.
Potential Counseling Risk: The client should be aware that counseling poses potential risks. In the course of working together, additional problems may surface of which the client was not initially aware. If this occurs, the client should feel free to share these new concerns with me.
For questions or concerns, please email DL@DonnaLouisLPC.com