Seeking out counseling can be a difficult yet ultimately rewarding choice. There are many reasons why people come to counseling or therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes such as a divorce or bereavement issues, or to work on life in developmental transition. Usually counseling is thought of as short term process and therapy as a more long term process. Therapy usually focuses on remediating ineffective thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Counseling is often more of a pursuit of personal exploration and growth. Often counseling and therapy overlap, so drawing a distinct line between the two can be difficult, and I think unnecessary.
Over the years I have found there is an irony to therapy and counseling. Often clients come in with problems that are incredibly painful, stressful, and frightening. After working through their issues clients are often surprised to find they have gained such deep insight, compassion, joy, and wisdom for themselves and others. They often look back at their suffering and can view it as the "best problem of their life." This best problem focus is the goal of therapy and counseling. Entering counseling allows you to be one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
I specialize in the following: men's issues, couples therapy, trauma work, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and PTSD; psychological assessment for immigration law hearings of refugees, victims of torture, and political asylum seekers; clinical supervision and agency training and consultation of working with traumatized populations and compassion fatigue.
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy, or agency consultation today.
My office address is:
2111 Dickson Drive, Suite 16
Austin, Texas 78704
My office is located in South Austin, right off of South Lamar, right behind Kerbey Lane Restaurant.