Dr. David Tharp, board certified psychiatrist and counselor, and the staff at Stonebriar Psychiatric Services are ready to meet your counseling and psychiatric needs.  Offering a
broad range of services, including evaluation,  psychotherapy, counseling and medication management.  Call us if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive
disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, family or marital issues, compulsive behaviors such as sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress related to past abuse, or self esteem issues.  Service
area:  Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, Richardson, Prosper, Celina, Denton, Collin County, Dallas, Fairview, Murphy, Carrollton, Anna, Melissa.

The goal of marital counseling and couple's therapy is to better understand communication and relationship patterns within a
couple's relationship in order to develop more positive and emotionally healthy relationships and patterns of interaction.  

Frequently this will involve looking at communication patterns, as well as examining the individual needs of both persons within
the relationship and how these needs may or may not be communicated and met by the other.  
Issues that may need to be addressed include how to better deal with conflict, children and other family members, the couple’s
sexual relationship, or their ability to deal with spiritual or emotional intimacy.  

As with other forms of therapy, the specific goals will need to be evaluated and decided upon by the couple with clarification and
input from the therapist.  We want your treatment to fit you and your relationship needs.

We offer one-part and three-part evaluations (see below).  We also offer intensives for our patients who live out of the area or
travel frequently, making weekly or bi-weekly appointments an extreme challenge

Wendy approaches marriage not as a contract but a covenant, an eternal promise between a man, a woman, and God.

Check out Wendy's page for information on Relationship Therapy

What to expect from a one-part Marital Evaluation

What to expect from a three-part Marital Evaluation
We ask that each member of the couple complete a set of the forms listed under
forms would be dropped off at our office or faxed to our secure fax at
972-852-1812
prior to the day of your appointment.  If that is not possible, we ask
It is imperative that all forms be completed prior to the appointment, otherwise
appointment time will need to be used for you to complete them.

Therapist will review your forms prior to meeting with you.  If you have not faxed
or dropped off the forms prior to the day or your appointment, or if you have not
arrived 15 minutes early the day of your appointment, this review will occur during
the early minutes of your session.  

Initial Evaluations generally last up to 90 minutes
.  This will include reviewing the
current state of the relationship, some history of the relationship, and brief
information on backgrounds of each of the partners.

Some couples will require more time for various reasons such as a couple in crisis,
complex history or presenting problems, forms have not been provided or
completed prior to the appointment, etc.  Fees for the appointment will include an
increase to cover the extended time.

Before your appointment is concluded, your therapist will give you her impression
and treatment recommendations.  Then together you will agree upon a treatment
plan.

A relationship can not have a diagnosis and therefore many insurance companies -
even those who provide benefits for marital counseling - will not reimburse if the
relationship alone is "the patient".  Check with your insurer to find out you own
specific coverage
We ask that each member of the couple complete a set of the forms listed under forms
would be dropped off at our office or faxed to our secure fax at 972-852-1812
prior to the
day of your appointment.  If that is not possible, we ask you to arrive 15 minutes before
your appointment time.

It is imperative that all forms be completed prior to the appointment, otherwise
appointment time will need to be used for you to complete them

Therapist will review your forms prior to meeting with you.  If you have not faxed or
dropped off the forms prior to the day or your appointment, or if you have not arrived 15
minutes early the day of your appointment, this review will occur during the early minutes
of your session.  

The three-part evaluation consists of a Relationship Evaluation and Individual
Evaluations on each of the partners.  There are many benefits to this approach at the
beginning of treatment.  

From a clinical standpoint, it gives your therapist a better understanding of each partner
and how he/she has come to the relationship and contributed to its development over
time.  
From a practical standpoint, when the partners have individual evaluations with specific
diagnoses, insurance companies that have benefits for marital counseling are more likely
to reimburse when submitted under the individual diagnosis.  When they define a specific
number of visits covered, each patient is entitled to that number of visits.  Having both
partners evaluated doubles the number of visits available.  Check with your insurer to find
out if this would benefit you.

We start with the
Relationship Evaluation, which generally last up to 90 minutes.  This
will include a more intense focus on the current state of the relationship, any events
leading up to or causing the current issue, and each partner's input into what they would
like to accomplish in counseling.  There will be time to review the history of the
relationship.

The next
two appointments will be individual evaluations for each partner.  At the end of
the appointment, the therapist will discuss any recommendations relative to coordinating
individual therapy with the marital.  

The appointment following the three-part evaluation will be with the couple together
again and will begin as a collaborative
treatment planning session for future
appointments.  Once the treatment plan is established,  the session will flow into beginning
therapy.

For couples wanting to "jump start" treatment, we can do all 4 appointments in a one day
intensive.  This is particularly helpful for those couples where one or both partners travel
for work.  Because of the amount of time involved, intensives require prepayment and a
full two week's notice to change.
Stonebriar Psychiatric Services, P.A.
972-335-2430
3550 Parkwood Blvd.  Suite 705
Frisco, TX  75034