The task of the therapist is to help his or her patients connect back with their own fundamental heathiness and goodness. Prospective patients come to us feeling starved and alientated. More important than giving them a set of techniques for battling their problems, we need to point them toward the experience of the fundamental ground of health which exists in them.
The Sanity We Are Born With
Ever since the publication of my first book, Unfuck Your Brain (Microcosm Publishing, 2017), I have been getting emails from all corners of the US and from people all over the plannet asking about my therapy services.
Y'all. That's so flattering. Like, seriously. It always makes my day. There is no better compliment than people telling you that they feel safe enough with you to dig into all the emotional muck they need to transform in order to get better.
Unfortunately, I am only licensed to practice in the state of Texas so it is completely illegal for me to work with individuals who live out of this state. This even applies to messages asking for general advice about a particular situation you are struggling with. Me answering those questions creates a therapeutic relationship with someone who is not my client. Them's the rules, unfortunately. It can feel limiting, but absolutely make sense for a zillion ethical reasons. Plus I like my license and want to keep hold of it. I'm not any good at anything other than this therapy thing.
But if you ARE in Texas, and are looking for more info about my practice, read on...
My private practice speciality is intimacy, relationships, and sexuality. I work with individuals, couples, and other relationship configurations. I am both polyamory and kink friendly, and I hold a certification as a Clinical Sexologist.
I have also had extensive training in trauma informed treatment modalities, and can work with a variety of other treatment issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, and substance use issues).
I work with problematic sexual behavior within a relational framework but I am not a licensed sex offender treatment provider, therefore am not qualified for working with individuals who are thought to be sex offenders by the legal system. However, I highly recommend Brenda Martinez if you are seeking an individual with that speciality.
If you have other needs are outside the scope of my training, competency, or practice I would be happy to provide you with an appropriate referral.
Many of my clients are seeing another therapist for longer term treatment issues and come see me once or twice for specific work regarding sexual intimacy. In fact, most of my referrals come from other treatment providers for just that reason! I am happy to meet with you for some brief coaching work, but if you are actively in treatment with another provider, my code of ethics does require me to consult with them as needed about your care. An informed consent form is available for download on my forms page.
In order to provide the best quality of care to my clients, I do not accept insurance. This allows me to work with individuals without assigning a diagnosis that I have to submit (along with a treatment plan) to their insurance provider that then becomes a part of their medical record. Your privacy is very important to me.
I charge $160.00 an hour, and do not charge extra for a first visit/intake visit. A typical session lasts about 50-60 minutes.
My regular office (Suite 27) is on the second floor of a stairs-only building. Which means it isn't ADA accessible. If stairs aren't doable for you for any reason, just let me know and I will book your appointments in our downstairs office (Suite 3)!
Phone and video (utilizing the HIPPA compliant doxy.me platform) therapy sessions are also available, though I will want to create a safety plan before we start long-distance therapeutic support in case we need to utilize local resources to assist you (this is already part of my distance therapy intake packet because I'm just that organized).
If you are seeking a therapist that does take your insurance (or are looking for a more inexpensive private pay option) in the San Antonio area, please do not hesitate to email me. I would be happy to give you some referrals of excellent clinicians I know and trust.
I accept cash, checks, credit cards (through Square), and HSA cards. Credit card charges will reflect a payment to Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S with no other identifying information about the services you have received. I am happy to provide you with a superbill if you would like to request reimbursement through your insurance provider.
My work is focused on your wellness and any practical concerns you wish to address, rather than assessment and diagnosis. However, if you need an assessment and diagnosis completed for employment, insurance, legal issues, or in support of other treatments, please contact me to discuss your needs.
I am certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. This is a designation that recognizes that I completed substantial post-licensure training in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is something I use adjacent to my other therapeutic work, rather than as a stand-alone service. Some individuals are excellent candidates and gain great benefit from hypnotherapy. My methodology is very client-centered and trauma-informed. Which is to say, you will be entirely in control of all inductions and hypnotherapy interventions. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing my technique in further detail.
I have a post doctoral certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition. I am one of those weirdos who is a big believer in the mind-body connection, and how we can support our physical, mental, and emotional health by how we treat our bodies. By no means does that make me one of those gym bunny hard bodies who will insist that you need to work out daily and subsist on a paleo diet.
Many people who are not otherwise interested in talk therapy (or already have a great therapist they see regularly) have scheduled appointments to seek out information on boosting their well being by making healthier choices for their body. If that is what you are lookig for, I would be happy to schedule a clinical nutrition coaching session with you!
Letters in Support of Gender Confirmation Treatment
I do provide letters in support of gender confirmation treatments and surgeries. If you are working with another clinician and are seeking your second letter, please sign a consent to release information to your primary clinician so I can confirm your treatment with them and your transition timeline.
Please be aware that WPATH Standards of Care demonstrate that you do NOT need a letter to begin hormonal treatment. If you are a minor, you need guardian consent. If you are 18 or over, no other documentation is required to begin treatment. Sometimes, however, a letter may be necessary if you have insurance coverage that may offset the expenses related to these treatments or it is required by your medical practioner. Please contact me about your specific needs if this is the case.
One Final Thing
Going to therapy is not a sign of weakness. It takes an enormous amount of strength and courage to insist on taking care of yourself in a world that continues to tell you that it doesn't matter. You are a bad-ass. Seriously. I love my clients. You amaze me, surprise me, and impress me every day. Thank you for doing the heavy lifting and letting me be part of your journey.
Please be aware that I use a fax to email service that will convert faxed documents to a PDF format and send them to my office email.
Facebook Pages: TheIntimacyDr
8603 Crownhill Suite 27
San Antonio, TX 78209
The CID Building
(behind Taco Palenque and The Magic Time Machine)