Ever find yourself saying something like, “If only I could sleep, my days would be so much better,” or, “I know what to do to feel better, I just can’t seem to follow through!” Our specialty is learning about you and building solutions that work specifically for your personality and circumstances.  Rest assured that your personal information and sessions are 100% confidential. Read our Privacy Policy here.

Why get counseling?

“Why am I so tired? I am so irritable, what’s wrong with me? Will I ever sleep? Why am I crying so much?”

Your mind and body work in concert to keep you safe and happy, but when something is wrong, they signal us with physical and emotional distress. Counseling helps you find out what is causing it and how to fix it.

We’ve all had hard times, but sometimes things feel a little too difficult, more overwhelming than usual. You just want to feel better, think more clearly, and get more enjoyment out of life and relationships. Now imagine feeling grateful, inspired to excel, and empowered to achieve what you want in your home life, work life, and in your social/romantic life. Counseling helps you enjoy your relationships, get that promotion and/or raise at work, and feel in control of your life again.

Telephone Therapy is available

People in and around Austin are often extremely busy with work, family, and friends. Since driving across Austin to a therapy appointment isn’t always convenient, I offer telephone counseling for individuals and couples.

Empirical research by Reese, Conoley, and Brossart (Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2002) states that telephone therapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy and that clients showed equally healthy therapeutic bonds with their therapists via phone counseling. It is worth noting that this therapeutic bond is the best predictor of counseling effectiveness.

For couples counseling, the first session is required to be face-to-face.

Counseling Services

  • Individual Counseling

    I offer specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, relationships, stress, and trauma using techniques from Mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (m-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method Couples Counseling, and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing (CISD/M, a trauma-informed therapy).

    Gate Healing, PLLC offers fully-licensed, masters-level individual therapy for adults and teens who are ready to feel good again and take back control of their lives. Most people look for counseling when something very important to them, like relationships, work, or health feel out of balance. By helping you recognize and replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with healthy ones, Gate Healing, PLLC counseling helps you stop worrying about money and work/life problems, communicate better in your relationships, and enjoy your life again. Remember, counseling is about preventing suffering, not just relieving it.

Counseling Austin Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s

Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s, Owner and Therapist

Jonathan is the owner of Gate Healing, PLLC and has worked in the therapeutic community since 1990. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 1994, he attended the highly-regarded University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to earn his Master’s degree in 1997. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is recognized as a Board Approved Supervisor by the State of Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Jonathan is a Gottman-trained Couples Counselor, and in 1998 received specialized training by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing.

Counseling Austin Therapy Dog

Buddy, the Therapy Dog

This picture really captures him (when he’s awake): Present, intelligent and a show-off. Buddy brings warmth to my office only a dog can provide! Plus, he’s a great listener . . . I mean, look at those ears!

Buddy is a regular presence in my office. He helps people feel at ease. He is quite intuitive, does not bark, and enjoys exploring parks around Austin, especially playing at Zilker Park. If he is not in “therapy-work” mode, he will likely come to say hello, then go to sleep beside me. Sometimes, you’ll find him looking out the window in the waiting room; or sleeping in front of it. Feel free to give him a scratch, he’s super friendly! But, please don’t give him treats since by the end of the day he may not have an appetite for his dinner!

Testimonials

Client, A. D.
After a few counseling sessions with Jon, I felt compelled to write this quick review. My wife and I would like to thank Mr. Anderson for assisting us through some challenging moments. Jon quickly opened our eyes to different approaches and strategies to better communication. It’s amazing how you can get into a rut, or habit of the same negative communication patterns, but think you are being completely open minded. Jon opened my eyes to this better understanding, without making me feel judged, and for that I highly recommend him.
A. D.High Tech Chief of StaffAustin, Tx