Our New Insurance Updates for 2015

Our New Insurance Updates for 2015

Value Options / Cigna / United / Optum / Humana Clients / AETNA and BCBS

Our New Insurance Updates for 2015; as of December 1, 2014, I am no longer accepting Value Options, Cigna, United, Optum, Humana, Aetna or Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans as an in-network or “covered provider”.


Current clients who have already been seeing me under one of these insurance plans and wishes to continue to do so has several options -please contact me to discuss. New clients, please see the options indicated below.

Direct-Fee Psychotherapy Clients

Direct-Fee (private rate) Psychotherapy rates will increase on January 1, 2015. The new insurance statements known as “super bills” will be provided for you, if requested, at the time of service. These insurance statements are only supplied for direct-fee psychotherapy. Retrospective statements are not provided. More info will be available on www.carrettin.com in December 2014.

Professional Coaching / Consultation Clients and Critical Incident Services

Professional Coaching and Consultation services will continue to be offered. Information regarding these services for addiction recovery, grief/loss, cancer/heart disease patients, traumatic/critical events and life transitions can be found on the new website for these services at www.texasrecoverysupport.com in December.

If you have any additional questions – please contact us directly.

Thank you.

Our New Insurance Updates for 2015 / Live Better Live Now / Houston, Texas


A Bit About What Makes Us Different…

Mindfulness based therapies are based on age old techniques that have been used across the globe and have more recently been combined with CBT. As a compliment to CBT, mindfulness training enhances awareness of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors as they occur, while emphasizing acceptance of individual experiences.

Mindfulness can be described as “focusing with intention, in the present moment, without judgment”. Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches take the view that attempting to change the content of incapacitating thoughts is less productive in the long term than learning to develop control over the processes that maintain them.

Because much of life stress stems from worrying about past or future events, present focused training is a powerful method by which to handle discomfort caused by unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The basic objective is to redefine our appraisal of what thoughts are; just “thoughts”, rather than “truths” we have about ourselves and the world.

The Core Goals of Mindfulness-Integrated CBT are:

(a) Gain attentional control and discontinue living “automatically”. Increase your ability to shift attention, rather than allowing emotion to determine your focus.

(b) Cultivate a nonjudgmental and more objective perspective of emotions, thoughts, and physiologic sensations. You as a whole are much more than thoughts and emotions.

(c) Increase ability to live in the moment rather than focusing on the past or the future. Live life to the fullest by focusing attention on current experiences in the here and now.


Got Gratitude ?

Got Gratitude?

During Thanksgiving and the holiday season, as well as every day of the year, let’s pause in our hurried lives and holiday preparations to consider a very simple, but highly effective, stress management tool; Gratitude.

That’s right, simple gratitude.

When you find one thing, however small, to be thankful for and you hold that feeling for as little as 15-20 seconds, many subtle and beneficial physiologic changes take place in your body:

1. Stress hormone levels of cortisol and norepinephrine decrease, (rendering a tidal wave of positive metabolic changes such as an enhanced immune system.)

2. Coronary arteries relax and this allows an increase of blood supply to your heart.

3. Heart rhythms becomes more leveled, having a very positive effect on your mood and all other bodily organs.

4. Breathing becomes deeper, (more oxygen in your tissues).

5. Important psychological changes take place too; it lifts your mood, makes you smile (more smiling alone has amazing benefits) and supports a more positive outlook.

And guess what?

You can do it any time, any place and immediately cash in on all of the benefits of your change in perception.
It isn’t always easy to remember to be grateful. The cultural tendency is to put a negative spin on almost everything, (but hey, since when are you just a follower?) You can train yourself to make gratitude an almost instance response to any situation.

Try out some of these:

a. Make it one of your first thoughts when you wake up to be grateful for another day. It will set your mental framework for the whole day.

b. Be grateful for what health you and and what sustains it everyday such as the earth, trees, water, animals, sun and air, for without these things, we perish.

c. Express gratitude to others for simple, kind or helpful gestures and watch everyone’s day get brighter. Small actions, small words – BIG impact.

d. And what about those who are most near and dear to us? – like our spouses, children, family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. Catch their eye, and try a smile, a hug, kiss or pat while feeling grateful for their special place to your life. Remember what a gift they are to you!

e. Every night, before you go to sleep, say out loud at least three things – unique to that day – that you are grateful for. Even if it was a hard day, you probably learned something to help you in days ahead. Say it our loud – you hearing it is an important part.

My a point to get our there and enjoy the precious REASONS for the SEASON!

Live Better Live Now