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. Counseling 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.
“Where do I get help with saddness? Why am I so tired? I am so irritable, what’s wrong with me? How do I get better 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.
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.
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.
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!