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DEVANEY KNIGHT
DEVANEY KNIGHTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist

About West Lake Houston Counseling

Welcome! West Lake Houston Counseling is a counseling practice based locally in the Houston, TX area. We offer flexible meeting solutions with counseling services offered in-person in the Houston area, and online to Texas and California residents.

Therapy for Sustainable Life Change

FAQ About Devaney

How often will we meet?2024-03-14T11:57:31+00:00

Therapy is effective when it is consistent. We should meet regularly during the beginning stages of our work together (weekly). When you begin to see improvements, we can meet less frequently for maintenance.

How should I prepare for a video session?2024-03-14T12:05:33+00:00
Because therapy must be private and confidential, you should find a quiet space alone with minimal distractions. Video therapy is different from office-based therapy in that both the therapist and the client need to work together to ensure the therapy remains private. You are encouraged to use a computer, if possible. Placing yourself on ‘do not disturb’ will help prevent distractions during our session together so that you get the most from our time. Closing your open tabs/windows will also help you be present in the moments of your sacred therapy time.
Where will we meet?2024-03-14T11:50:54+00:00

You have the option of being seen at one of our local offices, or via telehealth for video sessions.

How long are sessions?2024-03-14T11:49:29+00:00

Sessions are timed at 50-55 minutes.

I have an insurance plan that has an out-of-network benefit. Can I use that?2024-03-22T08:51:06+00:00

If you have out-of-network coverage with another insurance company, you can check your benefits coverage using the form below. We’ve partnered with Mentaya, a service that streamlines getting reimbursed for your therapy sessions through out-of-network benefits. Mentaya is perfect if you:

  • Have out of network benefits
  • Feel overwhelmed by superbills and insurance.
  • Have submitted superbills but failed to get any reimbursement.
  • Simply want to skip the hassle of paperwork!
Are you on insurance panels?2024-03-14T11:42:55+00:00

My insurance caseload is currently full and I am only able to offer therapy services via private pay arrangement.

Are you accepting new clients?2024-03-14T11:24:22+00:00

Yes, I am accepting new clients.

Payment Options

I am currently an out-of-network provider with most insurance. However, I work with Mentaya, which will automatically file out-of-network claims for you and help you potentially get partial reimbursement for my services (subject to a 5% charge for claim submission). You can use this tool below to check your insurance and see if you are eligible for these benefits.

Other Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy
I feel very nervous about talking to a professional. I usually just deal with things on my own. Am I weak for seeking counseling?2024-03-14T10:26:11+00:00

No, seeking counseling does not make you weak. However, it is 100% normal to feel hesitant and nervous about making that initial call to start therapy. Many people feel nervous, self-conscious, or downright ashamed about what it means to “need” therapy. Many of us grew up hearing and believing that therapy was for ‘other’ people and that the need for therapy means that you are beyond help. This statement is one of the greatest myths of therapy. Simply put, therapy is a tool. It is one of many tools that can help a person navigate everyday life challenges. Although therapy is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’, we work hard to tailor our approach to fit your specific needs as they arise during our time together.

How will talking to a therapist be different from talking to someone I already know?2024-03-14T10:26:12+00:00

Talking to a therapist

Talking to a therapist has significant benefits. There can be great comfort found in talking to someone you already know, however, therapists have the professional training to work with various problems from an array of perspectives. Our training prepares us to offer a level of support that fosters and encourages the development of new skills and prompts insight and perspective on your part. We can also provide feedback to help you towards the changes you seek to make and will offer safety and non-judgment with each session you attend. You would not have to worry about someone else’s opinions being pushed on you, or being told what to do in a situation.

Furthermore, therapy is confidential (with few limits). Therapists are bound by laws in place to protect your privacy as a client. There are few relationships in life where strict confidentiality is guaranteed. When talking with friends or family members about personal problems, the risk of disclosure of your problems to outside people is present – even when loved ones mean no harm. This can have negative effects on those relationships.

What about medication? Can’t I just do that instead of therapy?2024-03-14T10:26:12+00:00

Medication or Therapy?

When considering medication instead of therapy, it is important to recognize that, while medication treats various mental health symptoms, it is not designed to explore and treat foundational issues; therapy is. Therapy helps a person adopt new strategies for managing life’s challenges and accomplishing personal goals. Medication can be useful but is frequently found more effective with the support of talk therapy.

How does therapy work? How long will I need to attend therapy?2024-03-14T10:26:12+00:00

How does therapy work?

This is how therapy will work. Sessions are timed at 50 minutes. In the first session, your therapist will conduct an intake to better understand your presenting problems in greater detail and to ask other health and background questions. From there, your therapist will work with you to establish the way toward your goals. Therapy is most effective when you attend it regularly (particularly in the beginning). We encourage you to approach therapy as an investment in yourself with the expectation of personal return. A large part of your successful outcomes will be related to how able you are to participate and remain committed to your goals.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?2024-03-14T10:26:12+00:00

We believe that the true work of therapy takes place from the time you leave our office to the time you return. This means that most of the work you will do will translate to various aspects of your personal life. Your discipline is crucial to meeting the goals you have. The time you spend on and with yourself between sessions is likely the greatest help towards therapy. This could include completing homework or other therapeutic activities (such as reading) outside of your therapy sessions. Your therapist can offer guidance based on your goals.

I am having relationship problems. Should I be in individual counseling, or should I and my partner come to couples counseling?2024-03-14T10:26:12+00:00

Relationship problems

If you are having relationship problems and your partner is agreeable to participating in sessions, couple therapy may be a suitable option. In the first session, your therapist will conduct an intake to gather relevant information that will help inform your goals. Sometimes, individual therapy is a more appropriate treatment for certain relationship problems. Your therapist will provide recommendations if couple therapy is determined to be an inappropriate fit to address those concerns.

When working with couples, we hold a strict “no secrets” policy. This means that your therapist will not hold secret information about one of you from the other within the context of couple therapy.

Some people decide that they would like to continue working with the therapist individually once they have finished couples therapy. Should you decide this is right for you, the therapist could only work with one of you. Due to potential trust issues, we generally do not begin couple therapy after individual therapy with the same therapist.

Service Overview

THERE ARE MANY LIFE ISSUES THAT LEAD PEOPLE TO SEEK THERAPY ON THEIR OWN.

Depression

To increase positive mood and improve overall life functioning in ways

Anxiety

We will discuss the context of your anxiety and the ways it affects you daily.

Life Transitions

With every life transition, there can be a sense of grief at the loss you are experiencing.

Women’s Issues

Ongoing personal, interpersonal, and global issues affecting the lives of women.

Racial Identity

Many members of racial minority groups often report feeling isolated and stigmatized in the workplace

Psychotherapy for Individuals Seeking to Make Positive Life Change

We strive to provide a warm, accepting environment, and excellent care to the clients we serve. We each bring with us our clinical expertise and our humanity to the work we do. We are proud advocates for reducing mental health and therapy stigma, particularly in underserved populations. We are happy to welcome you here! West Lake Houston Counseling was founded in 2018 by Devaney Knight, LMFT-S.

The practice was founded on the intention of providing the community with “Therapy for Sustainable Life Change.” We are real people, helping real people with real problems. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to providing a therapeutic safe haven to those we serve!

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