Gate Healing, PLLC Counseling in Austin since 2001

Who we are

Gate Healing PLLC specializes in counseling for stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, and trauma. The top two predictors of success in your therapy are, 1) Trusting your counselor, 2) Gaining insight into your thoughts and behaviors. We earn trust by understanding your situation, providing judgment free counseling, and by being honest and consistent with feedback. Your insights become clear as we explore your history, your choices and your patterns of thoughts & behaviors. Offices are near you in the beautiful West Lake Hills neighborhood in Central Austin.

We can help you with that anxiety

Most people deal with an occasional “Anxiety Storm.” Sometimes those nervous storms are ongoing or escalate into panic. Common types of anxiety are romantic anxiety, social anxiety, and performance anxiety. Regardless of the type, there is effective help here in Austin for all types of Anxiety Storms. We will look at your family history, your current circumstances and identify triggers of your anxiety, then develop a plan that is tailored to your personality so that the skills are easy to remember and use.

Austin Mental Health

“Why am I so tired? I am so irritable, what’s wrong with me? Will I ever sleep? Why am I crying so much? Austin is such a great city . . . why can’t I seem to enjoy it?”

Your mind and your body collaborate to keep you safe and happy, but when something is wrong, they signal us with physical and emotional distress.

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.

therapy room with comfortable chair, window and plants

Counseling Services in Austin

  • Individual Counseling

    I offer specialized treatment in Austin 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.

  • Couples Counseling

    Using the empirically validated Gottman Method of Couples Counseling, I provide couples a safe place to work through conflict and build more enjoyable relationships. My objective is to help you work through conflict without regularly needing a therapist by offering guidance, education, and emotional support in a way that helps you use those skills at home.

    You’ll find our counseling office in west-central Austin, just minutes from downtown in the West Lake Hills neighborhood.

  • Crisis and Trauma - PTSD Counseling

    You and/or your loved ones will not have to re-live the story of your trauma by telling it to me. I have been helping people recover from trauma and post-traumatic stress for over 20 years. Originally trained by one of the founding fathers of Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing, I honed my skills at an international crisis response team and have responded to over 400 onsite, telephonic and in-office traumatic situations. It is important to know that having survived a tragedy does not mean that you have a ‘disorder’ (ie PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Please read more about my crisis/trauma response services to learn more about this, and ideas for how to begin to recover.

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 has completed Level-2 of the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling, and in 1998 received specialized training by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing.

Take a look at my Psychology Today profile.

Counseling Austin Therapy Dog

Buddy, the Therapy Dog: Austin’s favorite helper pup!

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

Seth Houdeshell, LCSW
Colleague: Seth Houdeshell, LCSW, SAP
Jon is a colleague who I trust inherently with any therapy clients that I send his way. He is very clear in his communication, direct, yet compassionate and able to connect with clients in a very meaningful and transformative way.
Seth Houdeshell, LCSW, SAPLicensed Clinical Social Worker, Substance Abuse ProviderAustin, Tx
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