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Counseling Austin & Westlake Hills
3355 Bee Caves Rd, #505
Austin, Tx 78746
Professional Counseling Austin
Gate Healing provides high-quality adult, teen, and family counseling services in Austin, Tx. We help you learn how to deal with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, and trauma using a Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral approach.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral therapy teaches you how to recognize and self-correct negative thoughts. When you see your thought-habits changing, you’ll notice your life improving as well. It’s as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “Change your thoughts, change your life.” By finding this website, you’ve already begun your positive change.
- Couples Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Crisis/PTS(d) Counseling
Starting therapy can be a bit unsettling, and many people worry about being labeled and lectured. That’s not how I work. For me, mindfulness-based therapy is about having a conversation and learning that you are capable of making changes that reduce stress, increase confidence, and improve your overall lifestyle. You’re free to just be yourself. Request an appointment.
- Examine your assumptions
- Improve communication
- Learn how to recognize and respond to warning signs that you need to slow down and understand each other better
Two types of relationship problems:
- Content – What we argue about: Money, intimacy, and parenting are the top three
- Process – How we go about resolving the content. In my experience, the most common process conflict is when both people are correct from their own perspective
Understanding where your partner is coming from (their perspective) does not mean that you agree with them, but it motivates them to understand your side in return.
The Gottman Method of couples counseling includes a thorough assessment that helps inform precisely where we need to work to improve your relationship. Using this assessment along with an initial 90-minute couples session, we will build a treatment plan that is customized to your specific personalities, histories, and circumstances.
By definition, anxiety is nerve-wracking; it is a heightened state of awareness that is designed to help you pay attention so that you can take care of any potential dangers. Trouble is, sometimes we get this anxiety reaction when there is not an actual threat.
Counseling for anxiety teaches you to:
- Recognize thoughts and behaviors that create unnecessary anxiety
- Identify new ways of thinking that reduce anxiety
- Practice self-soothing behaviors that calm the nervous system
Depression can accurately be described as a nasty magnifying glass that magnifies the worst and minimizes the best. Those who have not dealt with it may have a tough time understanding it, thereby isolating loved ones with depression further.
Mindfulness-based counseling helps you:
- Cultivate a mindfulness practice that helps you beat depression
- Overcome the lethargy and lack of motivation that often comes with depression
- Identify specific skills that change the biochemistry of depression
Since 1998, I have responded to over 400 onsite and telephonic Critical Incidents. These have ranged from traumatic death to natural disasters and terrorism. On-site trauma response services can be at your office or home.
- Surviving a tragedy or crisis does not mean you have a ‘disorder’ (PTSD, the ‘D’ stands for Disorder)
- Left unmanaged PTS can develop into PTSD
- Traumatic Stress is not just the result of combat, terrorism or natural disaster. It can also result from crime, health issues or other major life changes like job loss
Mindfulness-based trauma recovery does not focus on re-living the trauma; instead, we focus on noticing what you are feeling and building the skills to move you forward with your life.
Buddy: The therapy dog
This picture really captures him (when he’s awake): Present, intelligent and a show-off. Buddy brings a warmth to my office only a dog can provide!
Buddy is a regular presence in my office. He helps people feel at ease. He is quite intuitive, does not bark, 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. 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 have no appetite for his dinner!
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.
If you want to be sure that Buddy is present in our sessions, please contact me and I’ll do my best to have him there for you. If you are allergic to dogs, please be aware that even if he is not here, some of his fur still is. Leather chairs help keep fur from where you sit.