Steven Kopor, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, BCPCC - About Me
Common Questions Answered
Steven Kopor's Bio
Rates and Insurance
Do I really need Counseling?
How do I know if Counseling is right for me?
What is Counseling like?
What about Medications vs Counseling?
Benefits and Emotional Risks of Counseling
Termination of Counseling
How To Protect Your Children
Steven Kopor's Bio - Steven Kopor is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor who has a successful private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.
With over 25 years experience, a MA in Psychology and a MBA in Strategic Leadership, he is currently helping adult individuals and couples only. He practices Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a Christian Perspective. He works with each client to help them build on their strengths and accomplish the changes they are committed to making.
Among his areas of expertise are: Marriage and Relationship Issues, Clinical Disorders, Spiritual Problems, Addictions, Trauma, Abortion Recovery, Grief Work, and a variety of other Personal Issues. He is especially effective in helping women who are in emotionally abusive relationships.
In addition to being a therapist, Steven has presented at National and local conferences, and been interviewed on Christian television and Christian radio. He has several publications, most notably, a book titled, Alcoholic Christians. He is working on his next book, with his wife, tentatively titled, Spiritual and Psychological Healing After Abortion. He also volunteers for Rachel Ministries Ministries, which provides spiritual and psychological healing for those who had an abortion, or were complicit, repented, and are still suffering spiritually and psychologically. He also volunteers at his local Church
Steven is a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors. Steve's Counseling Philosophy
Rates and Insurance - For patients not using health insurance the fee for counseling services is $125 per 55 minute session. For those using health insurance, session fees are based on the insurance company’s fee schedule. The Patient is personally responsible for deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and non-covered or ineligible services. If you have eligible insurance coverage, Christian Counseling of Texas PLLC (CCofT) will submit claims on your behalf. If Patient is ineligible at the time services are rendered, Patient is responsible for full payment. Please have your payment ready at the beginning of each session. Payments can be made by cash or personal check. Please make check payable to Christian Counseling of Texas.
The following items are not covered by insurance: Reports & letters, $25. Records request, $10 dollars. Court appearances, $500 per day of appearance. Phone calls, $1 per minute after the first five minutes. There is a $20 charge on all returned checks. Special mailing fees will be passed on to the person requesting the records. Attendance Policy Violations, $75 (Not the co-pay fee)
Confidentiality - is an important trust between a client and Licensed Professional Counselor. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone, but by law your therapist can't release this information without obtaining your written permission.
The law protects the relationship between a client and Licensed Professional Counselor. Communication between a therapist and client, and the client's records are confidential under the provisions of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611, and other state and federal statutes or rules. A licensee can't disclose any communication, record, or identity of a client except as provided in Texas Health and Saftey Code, Chapter 611 or other state or federal statutes or rules. Information that you discuss in your therapy sessions is confidential, but there are exceptions.
A licensee must report information if required by any of the following statutes: Texas Family Code, Chapter 261, concerning abuse or neglect of a minor; Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter 48, concerning abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly or disabled persons. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately
Do I really need Counseling? - When you need expert confidential guidance, talking with a counselor, sharing your thoughts, venting your feelings - without worrying about judgmentalism, over-reacting or creating drama - can be very helpful. Counseling can be the beginning of living a more productive, meaningful, and satisfying life. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Counselors can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
How do I know if Counseling is right for me? - People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Counseling can provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking counseling are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is Counseling like? - Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly). It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you work hard. The ultimate purpose of counseling is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in counseling sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Christian Counseling of Texas PLLC, provides professional counseling from a Christian perspective to address psychological, emotional and mental health issues. Our approach is eclectic, usually focusing on identifying solvable problems, setting realistic goals, designing interventions, and examining progress and outcomes. Generally, we practice cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy. At Christian Counseling of Texas PLLC, we are professional counselors in the service of Christ.
What about Medications vs Counseling? - Prescribing medications is outside the scope of work for my license. It is the psychiatrist or physician who can prescribe medication, not the counselor, therapist, or social worker. Nevertheless, I have worked in the business for decades, worked with many psychiatrists, and provided counseling for many patients who were taking psychotropic medications. Over the years, I have developed an understanding about medications which I would like to share.
I think there are two circumstances when psych meds are medically necessary: 1) When a person is schizophrenic or psychotic, especially when they are experiencing command hallucinations, telling them to kill somebody. In this case I think best practice is to be stabilized on meds until the homocidal thoughts go away, 2) When a person is so depressed and suicidal. In these two cases I think medication is medically necessary.
Outside of these two cases, I think the use of psych meds is a personal choice. When someone is very depressed, not suicidal, they could choose not to take meds and embrace the pain. They may choose to change their diet, exercise, go to therapy, or Google "alternative treatments" for their symptoms. Some people are just dead set on not taking meds and it's up to them. Others feel depressed, take meds, and feel great. Whatever your thoughts on taking meds, it is always a good idea, and I recommend, discussing the issue with your physician. Hear what your doctor has to say and then make an informed decision.
My professional opinion is that the combination of psychotropic medications combined with psychotherapy is the treatment method of choice. If the healing value of meds without therapy were two, and the healing value of therapy without meds were also two, when combining them, the synergy isn't 2 + 2 =4, instead the synergy equals 70. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor and counselor, you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and counseling is the right course of action.
Benefits and Emotional Risks of Counseling - The majority of individuals and families that obtain counseling services benefit from the experience, but some risks do exist. As counseling begins, some experience unwanted feelings, because examining old issues may produce unhappiness, anger, guilt or frustration. Important personal decisions are often an outcome of counseling. These are likely to produce new opportunities as well as unique challenges. Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member will be viewed as negative by another. Don’t hesitate to discuss treatment goals, procedures, or your impressions of the services that are being provided.
Termination of Counseling - When the goals we define at the beginning of counseling are met, unless new goals are defined, the logical conclusion to counseling has arrived. Sometimes it becomes apparent that goals can not be met. This, too, is a logical time to stop meeting. If I do not believe I can be of help, I will certainly let you know. That being said, the Patient can always stop counseling for any reason. Ideally, there would be agreement as to when it is time to stop meeting. Likewise, if I think your continuation in counseling is a medical necessity, I will tell you so and make a referral to another therapist. It is best to have a defined final session where we can review progress and establish a discharge plan.
Attendance Policy - It’s my expectation that patients keep their scheduled counseling appointments according to the Advanced Multiple Schedule.
Therefore, I view all “no show/no call” patients, cancellations with less than 24 hour advance notice, or any missed appointment, as a very serious problem and a breach of the Counseling Services Agreement. Since insurance companies do not pay for these missed appointments, patient agrees to accept financial responsibility for the missed session and pay $75, not the co - pay fee, through Pay Pal, on my website, before another session is scheduled. Any patient who misses an appointment and does not wish to pay the $75 fee will not be rescheduled.
I immediately discharge all "no show/no call clients" and fill the time slot ASAP, often immediately. Therefore, calling after a missed appointment may result in already having lost the standing appointment time. Any patient who repeatedly (more than twice per quarter) cancel appointments, even to reschedule, even with 24 hours advance notice, will result in patient being discharged.
Missed appointments mean one thing to me: lost revenue. Your reservation of the scheduled session time prevents me from using this time for another patient. If I allow just one person per week to miss their appointment and not collect the Missed Appointment Fee my annual income drops about $5000 per year. I can’t allow those I’m trying to help to negatively effect my livelihood in this way.