Frequently Asked Questions
 
Different mental health professionals
Many people confuse psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. A psychologist is a doctoral-level (Ph.D.) specialist. They will have at least four years of formal training, including classes, research, and a one-year internship. After that, one year of supervised experience and a passing grade on the state examination is required in the State of Texas to practice independently. They do not provide medication. A psychotherapist will have completed about two years of classes after a Bachelors degree, to earn their degree in psychology or social work. Supervised experience and passing the state exam are required also for independent practice. A psychiatrist will have attended medical school and will be licensed to provide medication to patients. They usually do not provide therapy services.

Coordination with other professionals
Dr. Krummel and Deborah Krummel believe that communication and cooperation with other professionals is useful for many clients. Many individuals may have underlying, associated or unknown issues such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, depression, ADHD or allergies. These can mimic or exacerbate mental health dynamics so coordination with other professionals can significantly benefit the client. However, this will not occur unless the client signs a written Release of Information form allowing the exchange of specific information.

What are your office hours?
We see clients Monday through Thursday. Our first appointment is at 9:00AM and we leave the office at 5:00AM.

What are your fees?
The per-session fees for Dr. Krummel and Deborah Krummel are fixed. Prices for assessments for ADHD, Learning Disorders, eating disorder, surgery for weight loss, fertility preparedness and employment can vary depending upon the requirements.

What type of therapy do you practice?
Both Dr. Krummel and Deborah Krummel utilize Cognitive-Behavioral strategies along with practical interventions and homework assignments between sessions to assist clients to make the changes to improve their lives. They ask all new clients to complete a personality questionnaire to assist them in assessing for the presence and strength of any underlying issues. This questionnaire is scored and the results are provided to the client at the next session.

What is the length of therapy sessions and of treatment?
The duration of an average session is about forty-five to fifty minutes, however, as appropriate, the length of a session may be doubled. This is especially beneficial for couples. Most effective treatment for individuals or for couples, to effectively address their concerns and to assist them to weaken old habits and to learn new, more effective thoughts and behaviors, usually requires about eight to sixteen sessions. Weekly or every-other-week sessions work best for most clients. Too much time between session means momentum will be lost.

If you will be out of town for a scheduled session, must be at home with an ill child, or are stuck in traffic, you can call the office and keep the appointment by doing a phone-based therapy session.


9525 Katy Freeway
Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77024
713.263.0400