Professional Counseling in Austin & Westlake Hills
Solutions for relationships & life
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.
When you feel stuck in your relationship, or any part of your life, it can seem like there is nothing that will help; the intensity of your pain and suffering compounds itself by invading everyday thoughts. Whether you need individual, couples or family counseling, I can help you relieve the suffering and restore a sense of well-being. Please call (512) 771-7621, or email me to get started.
Meet the Therapy Dog, Buddy!
Buddy is my amazing therapy dog! He helps people feel more at ease in my office. 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.
My office is centrally located, in Westlake Hills, just minutes from both Loop 1 and Loop 360 on Bee Caves Rd. I have limited weekend availability on Sunday afternoons. Sunday and late afternoon weekday spots book quickly, please call for availability. I am also available for on-site Critical Incident (Crisis/Trauma) responses. A fast response can be crucial, so please contact me as soon as possible.
Optimism is a trait that is very susceptible to the practice effect; this means that the more you practice it, the better you get at it. When we cultivate an optimistic attitude, we are measurably more likely to see new opportunities. With optimism, we are also statistically more likely to act on those opportunities, and to act on them in a useful way (again, because of our healthy mind-set). The more often we seize opportunities for success in healthy ways, the more chances we have for success to manifest. And when we succeed, we get a biochemical and psychological reward in our brains that encourages us to continue practicing optimistic thinking and behavior. ~ In a nutshell, the more you practice optimism, the better you get at it . . .the better you get at it, the more opportunities you see to put it to good use . . . the more you put it to good use, the more chances you have for things to go your way! That simple.–Jonathan F. Anderson LPC-s, Owner - The Gate
It is each individual’s responsibility to decide whether or not to follow though on behaviors that help, rather than hurt, the change they are looking for. I tell people that the counseling is what happens in my office, but that the deeper therapy is what happens outside of my office . . . in the real world, where it really counts.–Jonathan F. Anderson LPC-s, Owner - The Gate
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If you have been feeling like you’re going in circles and cannot figure out why, or if you feel that you don’t know where to start, then give me a call and we will get you moving forward again. (512) 771-7621 or email me at Jonathan@GateHealing.com
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Counseling & therapy terms
- Counseling – Usually shorter duration help with specific issues like stress, work, and basic marital issues.
- Therapy – Goes further into the roots of persistent issues and may be longer in duration, and/or more frequent.
- Strength-based – An approach that focuses on the inherent strengths of the client to help them find intuitive methods that work for them.
- Mindfulness-based – An approach that teaches clients to become aware of their thoughts and choices from a non-judgmental perspective so that they can make better, calmer decisions about how to handle daily life.
- Cognitive-Behavioral – An approach that looks at how thoughts and behaviors interact to create change.
- LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor.
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