Health & Wellness

Counseling & Behavior Supports

Providing Counseling and Behavior Supports

Counseling and Behavior Supports Services at The Center for Pursuit provides counseling and behavioral supports provided by licensed clinicians to adolescents, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), autism, and other similar conditions. Counseling services are open to any qualifying community member regardless of whether they are currently enrolled as clients of The Center.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a process for treating mental health problems by talking with a state-licensed counselor as your mental health professional. 

During counseling, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Therapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that’s right for you depends on your individual situation.

Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy, or, simply, therapy.

Psychotherapy can be helpful in treating most mental health problems, including:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder

Psychotherapy is also helpful for those who are neurodivergent and have challenges associated with their diagnosis.

The LPC’s at The Center for Pursuit also work with families whose loved ones have special needs to help provide support and guidance as they experience any difficulties. 

Group Counseling

A counseling group usually comprises six to eight individuals who meet face-to-face with one or two trained group therapists and talk about what most concerns them. Members listen to each other and openly express thoughts and feelings about what other members do or say. These interactions give members an opportunity to increase their understanding of self and others, try out new ways of being with others, and learn more effective ways to interact. The content of the group sessions is absolutely confidential; members must commit to confidentiality: they may talk about their own experience with whom they choose, but may not identify other members or what they say outside of the group.

Behavior Supports

A full and active life supported by caring relationships can reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviors in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)* or on the Autism spectrum. However, if such behaviors occur, people with IDD, Autism and those who support them must have access to positive behavioral supports that focus on improved quality of life as well as reductions in the behaviors.

The Center for Pursuit does not have a Licensed Psychiatrist on staff. If you need that level of support or need inpatient psychiatric intervention, please contact 2-1-1 to get referral information.

Counseling services are offered in a safe and confidential environment at The Center and via telehealth where individuals can explore their personal feelings and concerns to increase self-awareness, make good choices, establish satisfying relationships, set personal goals, and achieve overall mental well-being. Counseling also helps those living with emotional, psychological, social, or behavioral problems as well as other mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety.

Behavioral supports are also provided by our Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs), in office and via telehealth to help individuals, family members, and other caregivers through training and consulting to learn how to manage behavioral challenges in a positive way. Additionally, behavioral supports help to educate the individual, family members, and other caregivers about ways to assist the individual in managing maladaptive or unacceptable behaviors.

Request an appointment by contacting Rebecca Kern at 713-525-8310 or rkern@thecenterforpursuit.org.

Clinical Staff

Rebecca Kern

Rebecca Kern

Director of Clinical Services
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor & Gerontologist
Kathryn Scroggins

Kathryn Scroggins

Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate

Rates

Pre-treatment Consultation Rates
Consultation provided prior to treatment.

  • No cost for the first 15-minutes
  • $30 per 15-minutes (verbal or email)

Counseling & Behavior Support (private) Rates

  • $120 per 60-minute session
  • $90 per 45-minute session
  • $60 per 30-minute session

Family Therapy (private) Rate

  • $150 per 60-minute session (prorated)

Insurance

Insurances Accepted:  LPCs are participating providers of Medicaid (Traditional, Amerigroup, and United Healthcare), Texas Children’s Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), and CIGNA.

Waivers: Behavioral supports are eligible under HCS, CLASS, and TxHml waivers or through private pay.  We do not accept insurance for behavioral supports. Please note: To request behavioral supports, please contact the individual’s service coordinator and request behavioral support units be added to the individual’s IPC. Please click here and review the Texas Health and Human Services billing guidelines regarding what services are covered for behavioral supports. (Refer to page 31, number 10)

Only our LPC and BCBA provide behavior support through a waiver. Registered Behavior Technician, one-on-one supports are available only through private pay.

Payment

Counseling and Behavioral Supports accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards as forms of payment.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged a late cancellation or no-show fee.

Any Other Questions

Please contact Rebecca Kern at 713-525-8310 or rkern@thecenterforpursuit.org, for any additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you!