Dear Clients and Caregivers,
The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance during this time. As of 4/8/20 I am accepting new clients 18 years of age and older. I will conduct all therapy sessions with clients via video conference. Simple Practice is a secure online healthcare platform. I am emailing a private link to each individual with instructions for the patient portal. Please setup your account and complete all attached documents prior to your session. We will make every effort to bill insurance for these telemental health services. If your insurance plan does not include telehealth, I am offering a reduced cash rate of $60 per session. Feel free to call the office if you have any questions.
Caring for the Community
If you are/were classified as an essential employee during COVID-19 and have been affected by trauma you may be eligible to receive pro-bono services. Selah Counseling Center is offering weekly telehealth sessions at no charge for the rest of 2020. The number of participants is limited, so please contact the office to reserve your space.
Telemental Health Guidelines:
*Call the office at 281-997-8400 at least 15 min prior to your session to check in/complete your payment over the phone
*For weekend or after hours appointments, please contact the office by 4:00pm the next business day to submit payment over the phone
*All scheduling will be handled over the phone
*Setup your Simple Practice account and complete all paperwork prior to your session
*If needed, install the latest browser update
*Use Google Chrome or Firefox (not Internet Explorer)
*Make sure your device is fully charged or plugged in
*Maintain confidentiality by using a quiet area free from interruptions
*Complete the video test to ensure picture and sound quality ahead of time
*From your secure account, go to the appointments section 5 minutes prior to your meeting time. I will initiate the secure video conference.
*Telehealth is not appropriate for every client. Should a mental health crisis arise we will work together to make a safety plan and transition into the appropriate care setting.
***IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL OR HOMICIDAL THOUGHTS CALL 911 OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM***
Leah Gillam, LCSW
I am a native Texan and completed my undergraduate social work program at Midwestern State University. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Social Work in 2009 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2014. Working with various non-profit agencies, I have treated children in foster care, youth experiencing homelessness, and adults with serious mental illness. Each of these settings helped me understand more about our fundamental need for stability, connection, and love. While present dysfunction often stems from relational trauma in the past, I have seen that clients can and do get better when given a secure base from which to explore these issues, and the right tools to cope with difficult circumstances.
As a clinician I have treated women in recovery, adults with chronic mental illness, and families struggling with divorce or parenting issues. I’ve spent the last two years at The Menninger Clinic working with adolescents who have clinically complex or treatment resistant conditions. My role involved strengthening the support system and coaching parents to understand their teen’s mental illness in the context adolescence. In family work I emphasize relationship fundamentals such as mindfulness, validation, and acceptance, while moving toward change.
I am passionate about helping survivors of trauma reclaim their sense of stability. I became certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2017 and am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I use a collaborative approach to work with clients on identifying their goals and taking things one step at a time until these are accomplished. I look forward to working with you!