Q. What is Therapy?

A.  Therapy is a process of affecting positive changes in a person’s emotional, behavioral, and relationship situations. At the Institute, Systems Therapy is used. Systems Therapy assumes that people need significant others in their lives and some basic connections in work and play. This approach helps clients balance independence and involvement with others in their lives. Therapy can help lead clients to find meaningful life experiences, individually and with others.


Q. Why would a person come to therapy?

A. In therapy, clients are assisted in resolving problems such as anxiety, depression, marital discord, or family conflict. Other situations addressed are parenting conflicts, teenage acting out, eating disorders, school problems, child abuse, family violence, and aging parents. Some people seek therapy for personal growth and change. In fact, any mental or attitudinal problem keeping an individual, couple or family from living happily and productively can be dealt with in therapy.


Q. Will therapy work for me?

A. Yes, therapy can work for you, your marriage, and your family. It is an investment in personal growth, competence, change, and most of all, a more fulfilling tomorrow.


Q. When can I schedule an appointment?

A. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are scheduled based on time availability.


Q. How long do I meet with the therapist?

A. Sessions are usually 45 to 50 minutes. Most clients meet with their therapist for one session on a weekly basis until their situation is successfully resolved.


Q. How are cost covered?  (Private Pay or Insurance)

A. Private Payment is arranged privately with your therapist.  Most insurance policies cover the majority of the cost of counseling.  Contact your insurance company and inquire about coverage under your plan.  We can file insurance claims for you.

The Institute has therapists who belong to the following insurance and managed care networks:


Humana(Life Synch)
Christian Brothers
Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Private Health Care

CorpHealth, Inc.
Community First
United Healthcare
Value Options


Q. How do I get started?

A. Call the Marriage and Family Institute at (210) 226-8407 between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M., Monday through Friday. A message may be left on a recorder after 5 P.M.  Day, evening and weekend appointments are available. A staff person or  therapist will contact you as soon as possible.