Professional Counseling in Austin & Westlake Hills
Managing stress & suffering with confidence
When you feel stuck, it can seem like there is nothing that will help; the intensity of your pain and suffering compounds itself by invading everyday thoughts. You may actually feel like giving up, or like you no longer care about people’s suffering, including your own. “Compassion Fatigue” is a clear sign that it is time to take action.
Once you begin counseling, you’ll probably want to learn how to deal with challenges using mindfulness, intuition & experience instead of only focusing on why you’re having problems. This way, you’ll learn much more than how to handle only one situation; you’ll learn to handle almost any situation, and you’ll know where to turn when you feel stuck.
Counseling in Austin & Westlake since 1997
Terms related to counselors & therapists
- LPC-intern – Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern – a temporarily licensed counselor that has completed an accredited Masters or PhD program and is working under the supervision of a Texas State Board Approved LPC-supervisor for 3000 hours.
- LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor – A counselor who has completed at least a Masters degree, and 3000 hours of supervised post-graduate experience as a LPC-Intern and who has passed the licensure exam.
- LPC-Supervisor (LPC-s) – an LPC that has been licensed in good-standing for at least 2-years and has completed a 40 hour approved training for Supervisors. LPC- supervisors provide supervision for LPC-interns during their 3000 post-graduate internship.
People look for a counselor that is:
- Easy to relate to
- Warm and intelligent
You have seen others benefit from their experiences in counseling, and since you’ve found your way here, you’re ready to see the benefits for yourself. Give me a call and I’ll answer any questions you may have. (512) 771-7621 or email me at Jonathan@GateHealing.com
Meet the Therapy Dog, Buddy!
Buddy is my amazing therapy dog! He helps people feel more at ease in my office. He is a calming force, but can be a clown when he sees that the mood needs to be lightened up a bit. If he is not in “work” mode, he will likely come say hello, then go to sleep beside me. Please let me know if you are allergic to dogs.
My office is centrally located, in Westlake Hills, just minutes from both MoPac and 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.
Counseling & therapy terms to be familiar with
- Counseling – Usually shorter duration help with specific issues like stress, work, and basic marital issues.
- Therapy – Goes further into the roots of a persistent issue and may be longer in duration, and 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, more calm decisions about how to handle daily life.
- Cognitive-Behavioral – An approach that looks at how thoughts influence behaviors, and how the consequences of those behaviors influence thoughts at the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious levels.
- Conscious mind – The part of the mind that we are aware of. What we typically think of as the Thinking Mind.
- Subconscious mind – Information that is accessible to the conscious mind, but not noticed until we retrieve it. An example would be memory recall. We notice our memories when we put our attention on them.
- Unconscious mind – The part of the mind that we are not aware of. Often mistakenly called Subconscious mind. The unconscious mind is responsible for urges and drives that may have been laid down in childhood, but that we do not remember. Some traumatic experiences can be kept in the unconscious mind, then brought into the subconscious mind, then to the conscious mind through a specific trigger, like a specific sight, sound or smell associated with the traumatic event.
Please read more about Self-awareness to learn more about the structures of the brain and what they do. While these terms are certainly interesting, they are not necessary to memorize in order to get the help you are looking for.
Please stop by my Psychology Today profile. There are some amazing articles to read while you are there!
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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