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dots wellness FAQs

Connecting the dots to answer your questions.

  • What can I expect in a session with you?
    First and foremost, you can expect compassion, empathy, warmth, and authenticity from me as I work hard to establish trust with you so that we can have open, honest conversations. You can expect me to listen intently, not only to the words you speak, but also for the subtle meanings beneath the words in order to unearth unspoken and undiscovered truths. You can expect me to gently challenge you when I suspect there is avoidance, denial, or thoughts and behaviors that might be impeding your progress. You can expect me to partner with you to search for the root cause by diligently probing the issue until we hit on something -- causing that profound a-ha moment -- where we know we stumbled upon the deepest meaning and truth. You can expect me to safely guide you on your journey with unconditional support and encouragement.
  • How long are your sessions?
    All of my sessions are 45 minutes in duration. If you're new here, I recommend booking two 45-minute sessions for your first visit. You are welcome to extend sessions by blocks of 15 minutes, when scheduling permits.
  • What are your session fees?
    My fee for sessions is $125. All sessions are 45 minutes in duration. You are welcome to extend sessions in blocks of 15 minutes for an additional $40. It is important to me that everyone is able to access the care they need; therefore, I offer a limited number of sessions at a sliding scale reduced rate. I provide this service to qualifying members of Open Path. Please visit the Open Path website here to learn more.
  • Do you offer discounts or sliding scale?
    It is important to me that everyone is able to access the care they need; therefore, I offer a limited number of sessions at a sliding scale reduced rate. I provide this service to qualifying members of Open Path. Please visit the Open Path website here to learn more.
  • Do you meet with clients in-person, virtually, or both?
    I exclusively offer virtual sessions because I find that many people are unable to easily and consistently attend therapy in a physical location due to geographical or time constraints. It is important to me that everyone has access to quality mental healthcare. Managing a virtual practice allows me to reach rural areas that are often underserved. I'm licensed by the state of Texas, which allows me to provide psychotherapy services across our great state.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    I do not accept insurance, but I'm happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to insurance, if you wish. The primary reason I do not accept insurance is because insurance providers require a diagnosis of the client by the practitioner. I strongly disagree, on moral and ethical principles, with diagnosis as a means for treatment. My issue with diagnosis is based on: (1) diagnosis can lead to stress for the client as the diagnosis itself can be traumatizing as it merely serves to label the symptoms, (2) it is easy for a practitioner to misdiagnose symptoms, thus potentially causing harm to the client, (3) diagnosis is based upon the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which has stirred some controversy for its errors and omissions, and (4) I believe privacy is of the utmost importance in mental healthcare, and sharing diagnosis with a third-party payer is a breach of privacy, in my opinion. The second reason is because, unfortunately, insurance does not cover functional medicine, even though functional medicine is evidenced-based and scientifically proven through the rigorous gold-standard of testing: peer-reviewed, double-blind, randomized, and controlled clinical trials.
  • How soon will I see results?
    Your results depend on you. Results themselves are up to interpretation. Timing is based on a plethora of influencing factors. Only you can decide if you feel improvements or positive changes because you are the only expert on you. I sincerely hope that our work together provides you with growth and transformation, but I cannot guarantee or expect that to be the case. Having said that, I have confidence in my approach, training, and skillset. I'm confident that our work together will be rewarding, but I cannot guarantee results.
  • Why do you integrate functional medicine and talk therapy?
    Because mind and body are integrated. There is a vast communication network between mind and body. For example, science has proven there exists a gut-brain axis that allows communication to flow freely. Mind and body work in concert. To truly heal, we must not ignore this sacred integration.
  • Can I see you for psychotherapy and not functional medicine?
    Yes, of course. Please know that even if you define our time together as purely a psychotherapy session, I bring all of my skills and knowledge to each session. Therefore, I might offer suggestions or insights regarding the non-psychological causes. I might suggest we discuss those components during a future session.
  • Can I see you for functional medicine and not psychotherapy?
    Yes, of course. Please keep in mind that while you might define our session as a functional medicine consultation, I come to the session with all of my skills and knowledge. Therefore, I might suggest psychotherapeutic interventions. I might suggest we explore those interventions during a future session.
  • How do I schedule an appointment?
    To schedule an appointment, you have several options: Call 469-430-9955 Email Visit the dots wellness client portal here to schedule an appointment - without needing to create an account. Click any Book Now button on the website, which will take you to the dots wellness client portal.
  • How do I contact you?
    You have several options to contact me: email: phone: 469-430-9955 message: You can message me via our website here. Please keep in mind that communication via the internet is not secure. While it is unlikely, internet communication can be intercepted by unwanted parties. Please be safe and do not share private, personal information unless you are certain that you are in a secure, encrypted messaging environment. Please remember that anyone who has access to your devices and/or accounts might be able to read messages, including employers.
  • How do I refer a patient to dots wellness?
    We are grateful that you would consider us partners in addressing your patient's health. You can access our referral form here or call us at 469-430-9955 or email us at
  • Are you a doctor?
    No, I am not a doctor. I'm licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA), supervised by Gina Gabriano, LPCS. In addition, I'm a triple certified coach, and I hold the Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). I'm a candidate for certified functional medicine practitioner (IFMCP) and completed all of my training in functional medicine through the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Please note that I and this website do not provide medical advice. The content discussed in our sessions or contained on this website (including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other information) is for informational purposes only. No material on this site or from our sessions is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always talk to your doctor before making any changes at all, including changes to diet or lifestyle. Never delay seeking your doctor's advice because of something you read on this site or heard about in our sessions.
  • Where can I read your Privacy Policy?
    You can read the Privacy Policy here.
  • How do I access the client portal?
    dots wellness utilizes SimplePractice as the client portal, electronic health record (EHR), and practice management software. You can access the client portal here.
  • Must I create an account on the client portal?
    You do not need to create an account to view Christine's calendar. However, as a client, you will need to create an account in the system so that Christine can maintain progress notes, create treatment plans, manage session appointments, accept payments, and conduct standard practice operations.
  • How do I know your client portal is secure?
    Christine takes your privacy and security very seriously. In fact, she selected the client portal because of its outstanding security features. dots wellness utilizes SimplePractice as the client portal, electronic health record (EHR), and practice management software. You can learn more about SimplePractice's security features here. You can access the client portal here.
  • How do I use telehealth?
    dots wellness utilizes the SimplePractice telehealth platform. You can read how to use SimplePractice telehealth here.
  • I need help with the client portal.
    The best solution is to access the SimplePractice Guides for Clients and FAQs here. As always, you can contact Christine, and she will do her best to reply within 24 hours.
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