Frequently Asked Questions

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What is LifeTrek?

LifeTrek is a privately owned practice in southwest Houston, Texas, owned by Dr. Trent Everett, Licensed Psychologist.  LifeTrek provides outpatient therapy, counseling, coaching, parent skills training, assessment, Social Thinking Skills Training, and neurofeedback therapeutic services.  Our clients include children, adolescents, teens, and adults from diverse backgrounds with a variety of needs.  Our clinicians have achieved the highest standards in training and credentialing in Psychology and Counseling regulated under Texas state laws governing licensing of mental health professionals.

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How do I find out if I need services?

The decision to access therapeutic services to improve emotional/behavioral well-being is personal and confidential.  Our clinicians will gladly visit you briefly by phone to learn more about your concerns and provide information about services that may be beneficial.  We believe that a personal discussion with a professional is the best way for you to make decisions about services. 

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What are the fees for services?

Fees for services are discussed openly with you and provided in writing prior to beginning services.  Fees are due at the time services are rendered.   LifeTrek does not participate in managed health care plans which tend to limit the scope of services.  However, our receipts of service provide the necessary information for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.  

Fees for initial evaluations and follow-up appointments vary for each clinician. Please remember psychological initial evaluations; therapy; psychological, educational, ADHD, Learning Differences, and personality evaluations; Social Thinking Skills Training, neurofeedback therapy, Interactive Metronome, home and school visits; telephone, video conferencing, and email consultations; consultations and conversations with other professionals; reviewing documents and records; services likely to include civil or criminal cases; providing written documents: and report writing all have separate fees that vary among the clinicians.

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How is my personal information protected and kept confidential?

Not only is confidentiality a legal and ethical requirement, we believe that confidentiality of personal records is essential to effective services.  We ask you to provide only that information which is pertinent to planning and providing services to you.

We exercise considerable care in storing this information in a secured/locked location.  Information is released to others ONLY with your explicit written consent and, even then, only after discussing with you the need and potential outcomes of releasing information to others.  Texas law provides for a few exceptions to this requirement that will be discussed in your first visit with your clinician.

We maintain the confidentiality of your information under applicable state and federal laws/regulations including HIPPA and regulatory agencies such as the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Texas State Board of Professional Counselors.   

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What is counseling/therapy like?

The foundation of effective counseling/therapy is a trusting and collaborative working relationship between you and the clinician.  It is very important that you have a "good fit" and feel comfortable with your clinician.  The private counseling setting is designed to allow you to ask questions and express thoughts/feelings that you might not otherwise share with other people in your life.  In turn, the clinician provides friendly, non-judgmental support and encouragement as well recognition for your efforts and successes; focuses on strengths; provides empathy and understanding; works in collaboration with you to identify and remove obstacles that prevent you from attaining you goals; asks questions to clarify and confirm information provided; works with you on skills development; and encourages accountability in meeting the goals you set for yourself.  This process is guided by the training, knowledge, and experience of the clinician using methods demonstrated in science.

Some of the methods used at LifeTrek include cognitive/behavioral therapy, the Nurtured Heart Approach to parenting and educating challenging children, rational-emotive therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Social Thinking Skills Training, neurofeedback therapy, client-centered therapy, systematic desensitization, guided imagery, and cognitive rehabilitation/training.

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What is a psychological or psycho-educational evaluation?

Psychological, psycho-educational, and other types of evaluations use a variety of assessment devices, depending on the kind of evaluation being conducted.  The assessment devices may include interviews, rating scales, standardized tests, computer-assisted tests, and projective techniques to describe emotional, behavioral, intellectual, academic, and neuropsychological capacities in an individual.  The extent of an evaluation varies depending on the needs of the client and reason for conducting the evaluation.

Some of the reasons LifeTrek completes evaluations include identifying psychological, emotional, or personality difficulties; learning disabilities; ADHD, Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Dementia or cognitive decline.  Extensive evaluations are usually completed over 2-3 sessions lasting 2-3 hours each.  Following the administration of all procedures, data are analyzed and prepared into a written report for you that is reviewed with you by a clinician. 

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What if my child needs services?

Our clinicians are experienced in working with children ranging in age from 3 years to 18 years.  We work with you to determine the nature and scope of services needed for your child which may include working with your child's school.  We have worked with several public and private schools in the Houston area and appreciate building positive working relationships to benefit children.  Services include evaluation to facilitate educational performance, functional behavioral assessment, parent training on behavior management, social skills training, and guidance transitioning to adolescence and young adulthood.

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