About Gate Healing & Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s
Jonathan is an avid musician and played rhythm and lead guitar in a hard rock/blues-based band in the late ’90s. He enjoys running around Zilker Park with his dog, Buddy, and enjoying the plethora of coffee shops around Austin. He studies current neuroscience, philosophy/spirituality, eastern wisdom, and empirical research (like the neuroscience of meditation).
Jonathan’s career providing professional counseling as well as management and personal consultation for thousands of customers over the past 20+ years has prepared him to help people as they explore ways to find balance in their lives. He provides his counseling, therapy, and consultation in a manner that is applicable to real-life situations (i.e.even metaphysical discussions are always brought back to real-life, even scientific, applications to your life).
He earned his Master’s degree in 1997 at the University of Minnesota, where the Counseling Psychology program has repeatedly achieved recognition as one of the top five counseling graduate programs in the nation (US News and World Report). He is currently in private practice on Bee Caves Rd, near Walsh Tarlton (3355 Bee Caves, #505, Austin, Tx 78746).
Jonathan has a particular interest in working with families, spiritual & existential concerns (the meaning of life/death, for example), grief, and internal life-skills. He has the ability to create symbolic scenarios and metaphors that help people understand their own life from external and internal vantage points. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors recognizes Jonathan as a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Board Approved Supervisor of LPC-interns. He is also trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as an Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing professional.
While working at an international Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Jonathan had the good fortune of receiving in-person training, clinical case consultations, and live supervision in the Solution-Focused/Brief-Therapy model by several of its pioneers and highest teachers, including:
- Insoo Kim-Berg
- Scott Miller, PhD
- Barry Duncan, PhD
These teachers were extremely important in shaping his approach to effective psychotherapy. He learned to assume that people already have the tools for success and happiness; and that his job as a therapist is simply to help you uncover them and apply them in new and creative ways. It’s a strengths-based approach that fosters adaptation to your reality by using your inherent strengths.
An LPC Supervisor, Jonathan provides supervision to well-qualified professionals who are highly motivated to succeed and behave in an ethical manner that provides effective results. He sees his role as an LPC Supervisor both as a tremendous honor to be allowed into the deeply personal experience of an intern moving through their transition to independent practice, and as an opportunity to contribute to the integrity of the profession.
Management Consultant – Trauma Specialist
For 7 years, Jonathan provided high-level management consulting to Fortune 500 companies, along with Just-In-Time supervisor coaching through an international EAP organization. As a part of this organizational support, he traveled nationwide to provide trauma counseling for companies experiencing major trauma (hostage incidents, murder/ suicide, accidental workplace death, etc.). He continues this work in his current practice and considers it a significant benefit that employers provide to their employees
Teacher, Facilitator, Writer
Teaching small groups up to large conferences is a particularly enjoyable part of his career. He has developed and facilitated professional and public education on issues including communication, stress, parenting, anger management, chemical addiction, meditation, professional ethics, and cultural diversity.
Writing for Baba Ram Dass
After having met with him on several occasions, Jonathan was selected by spiritual teacher Ram Dass in 2010 to be one of 7 people in the country to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his classic book, Be Here Now, and the release of his next book, Be Love Now. Jonathan and the other 6 writers worked their way through the 108 “brown pages” of Be Here Now and shared their experiences and thoughts on the Ram Dass Now blog. He used the opportunity to express appreciation for meditation and exploration of consciousness, and to express his honest doubts about some of the more fantastical tales often shared in classic spiritual texts. Jonathan works to maintain this balance of healthy skepticism and science, with an open mind and acknowledgment of the known, the unknown (but knowable), and the unknowable.
Gate Healing, PLLC: Owner
2001 – Present
Individual and couples counseling, trauma response and LPC-intern supervision. Professional trainings for mental health professionals and corporate clients.
Resources For Living: Counselor, Drug and Alcohol Specialist, Trauma Specialist, Lead Trainer
1998 – 2005
Provided counseling, critical incident stress debriefing, and executive coaching to international corporate clients and their employees. Created and led the training team that oversaw new hires and their training schedules. Provided collaborative approach with corporations and their employees that needed drug and alcohol interventions.
Austin Recovery Center: Senior Therapist
Oversaw clinical services of a chemical dependency day treatment program for adolescents. Provided counseling services for clients enrolled in program, coordinated experiential therapy, and consulted with other mental health providers on treatment teams for clients.
Communities In Schools – Central Texas: Program Manager
Administered mental health and social services programming at school-based dropout prevention program (elementary & middle school). Supervised all site staff and volunteers, provided individual, family and group counseling.
University of Minnesota Day Community Day Treatment Center: Staff Therapist – Intern
1995 – 1997
Provided individual, group, family and experential therapy at a Level-5 day treatment program for high-risk youth. Coordinated with academic staff and other mental health staff.
History of the Gate
In 1997, I was thinking about the idea of a gate, and how there are gates mentioned throughout biology, chemistry, neurology, and even spirituality of all varieties. The image seemed to lend itself to the connection between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind; two areas often discussed in psychology and applied in counseling and therapy.
As I talked with close friends, teachers, and colleagues, and read more literature ranging from neuroscience to spirituality and philosophy, a pattern emerged . . . that many very successful people had in common some very similar traits. They tend to be very honest (Genuine) about what they saw and felt (Awareness), and that they had a deep confidence in themselves (Trust), and in their ability to offer trust to those who earned it (again, Trust); finally, they also seem to embody a sense of compassion (Empathy) for other people. This did not always mean that they were ‘lost in the clouds’ or overly ‘new-agey,’ or even ‘soft;’ it simply meant that they had found a balanced way of experiencing life, even biochemically speaking.
The Gate Explained
Each of these concepts (Genuineness [G], Awareness [A], Trust [T], Empathy [E]) involves an intricate interplay of various parts of the brain that can be easily described in terms of function, conscious thoughts, unconscious drives, and related behaviors, rather than only talked about in overly intellectual medical terms and chemicals; and at the same time, for people who take comfort in a very scientific, even physiological explanations, each can be tied directly to parts of the brain, and how they interact with each other. Putting this into counseling and therapy practice was not difficult from here . . . many clients seemed to naturally arrive at the same conclusions as we talked through their daily experiences of dealing with anxiety, depression, relationships, stress, parenting, etc. They found that using a structure like the GATE, or their own adaptation of it, helped them live more successful, content lives – and a confidence in their ability to get through tough times and return to contentment when things did become challenging.