Professional Counseling in Austin & Westlake Hills
3355 Bee Caves Rd, #505
Austin, Tx 78746
Hours: Tu, Th, Fri 11-6 | Wed & Sun 12-4
Whether you need to learn how to tame anxiety so that you can feel at ease with your decisions, or take charge of depression so that you have the energy to live your life again, I will help you understand what your symptoms are trying to tell you, and create a plan to help you find relief. People are often relieved to find out that what they learn in our sessions applies to many other life circumstances, not just what they came in for. This is because I teach mindfulness, adaptation and resiliency in all aspects of life.
If you have been feeling like you’re going in circles and cannot figure out why, or if you are having difficulty feeling understood, then it’s time to get started on a new way of living. Start by making changes that help you find what you have been looking for: understanding, hope, confidence, and quite often, simple answers to your questions that lead to efficient solutions to your problems.
Therapy helps you help yourself
You deserve to know how to adapt to life and its inevitable curve-balls. When you feel stuck though, it is important to know where to go to get what you need. Whether you just need some insight from a neutral 3rd party, or a more in-depth exploration of your circumstances, I’ll help you:
- See what your discomfort is trying to tell you
- Develop a plan that resolves the discomfort
- Apply that plan in changing circumstances
Once you begin to see that changes in perspective can happen by the end of the first session, it becomes easier to engage the skills that we discuss on a daily basis.
Therapy improves communication skills
Couples counseling is one of the most common reasons people start counseling. You probably feel frustrated and hurt when you feel that your thoughts and feelings are dismissed (dismissal is often called the worst kind of insult). I have worked very hard to develop an approach where both of you can feel heard and understood, even when you disagree with each other.
I have had the honor to have been trained in-person in the Solution-Focused/Brief-Therapy model by several of its pioneers and highest teachers, including:
- Insoo Kim-Berg
- Scott Miller, PhD
- Barry Duncan, PhD
By using a solution-oriented approach, I assume that you already have the tools for success and happiness. I simply help you uncover them and apply them in new, often creative ways; that’s the nature of adaptation . . . applying learned skills to new and changing circumstances.
I also bring mindfulness practice into our work to help you see things from a less cloudy place. In stressful times, most people get caught in a negative cycle of judgement and “borrowing trouble” that only adds to confusion. When we strip away judgment and assumptions, we cut through the clutter and are able to see efficient solutions much more easily.
In 2010, Jonathan was selected by renown spiritual teacher Ram Dass to be one of only seven people in the world to share his daily thoughts and reflections on the 108 core teachings of the classic meditation & spiritual enlightenment guidebook Be Here Now," an Amazon #1 Best Seller in "Religion & Spirituality."–Click Here to read more. . .
Buddy: The therapy-assistance dog
This picture really captures him (when he’s awake): Present, intelligent and a show-off.
Buddy is a regular presence in my office. He helps people feel more at ease. He is quite intuitive, does not bark, and and enjoys playing at Zilker Park. If he is not in “work” mode, he will likely come say hello, then go to sleep beside me. Feel free to give him a scratch, he’s super friendly! But please don’t just give him treats–he has to earn them, and sometimes he cannot have more if he has already gobbled several treats up from earlier clients.
I trained Buddy in the intensive Therapy Dog program at the local non-profit Austin Dog Alliance. While I do not take him to nursing homes and hospitals, his intuitive nature makes him a perfect fit as an emotional-support animal in my practice.