Common issues in counseling

While I specialize in couples counseling, trauma, depression, and anxiety I also provide specialized treatment for a variety of issues that people face in daily life. Individual counseling is designed to help you make sense of your life in terms of solutions and adaptations. Examining thoughts and behaviors will help you see patterns that may be leading to your difficult situation; once we identify those patterns, we will build a plan for changing them. This mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral approach has been shown to be highly effective for:

Stress Management

Stress is a biochemical state of heightened alert and is related to anxiety in that way. Chemicals like cortisol, epinephrine, and testosterone create the tense mental and physiological state that comes with stress. Stress is trying to help keep you safe and should be managed and leveraged in a healthy manner, not eradicated.

Depression and Anxiety Management

Depression and anxiety tend to co-occur. Some find that they are experiencing a primary depression and a secondary anxiety, while others experience anxiety with a secondary depression. The “3rd Musketeer” is irritability. Where you see depression or anxiety, you’ll usually see some form of irritability. Most often, medication is not necessary to manage depression and anxiety; counseling, exercise and healthy nutrition show far more positive results in managing depression and anxiety.

Life Transitions

Let’s face it, getting that dream job and moving to that amazing community that you’ve always wanted to live in is a blessing! But you’ll need to do some planning in order to have a smooth transition that minimizes stress and confusion as the unexpected curve-balls inevitably arise. Perhaps you are just considering a change, maybe whether to have a baby or not, to buy a new home, or even to end a relationship. Having a place to process your thoughts and feelings about these things can help you prevent undue stress.

Individual Counseling: What to expect

  • I interpret all LPC Board laws and Ethical Codes to provide the maximum safety of your private information.
  • Honesty without judgment. You are coming in for insight and answers, and while my goal is to help you find your own way, I will certainly provide you with honest feedback in a tone that is not judgmental or condescending.
  • Professionalism balanced with a casual, approachable style.
  • Referrals. Should you need a referral for any reason, I am always happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Once you get started

After you email me or call (512) 771-7621, I will get in touch to help you schedule your initial session, and answer any questions you may have.

In your initial session, we will review your reasons for seeking help, your goals, and in some cases complete an assessment tool that will help us to plan your therapy or counseling experience.

Individual Counseling FAQ's

What if I want to bring my spouse or partner?

As a Gottman Method couples counselor, I can do both individual and couples counseling with a couple. Some therapists prefer to only do one or the other (individual or couples counseling), and this is fine. It is simply a matter of training and preference. I do not require couples to see me as an individual therapist though.

Can I have more than one counselor at a time?

Because there are different ways to approach a variety of life issues it’s usually a good idea to stick with one counselor so things don’t get confusing, but there are times when concurrent therapy can be helpful. In that case, both counselors will usually want to check in with each other to coordinate your care.

Does getting counseling or therapy mean I’m mentally ill?

Not at all! Most people that seek counseling and therapy don’t have any mental health issues at all. They are simply looking for support and guidance with challenging situations. Even when there is a diagnosable depression or anxiety etc., those are usually very manageable with counseling and lifestyle changes. Please be aware that I do not provide diagnostic evaluations, so assigning labels is not something you’ll need to be concerned with.