We know life can be difficult. We are here to help.
Our therapists can help with a wide range of symptoms and problems
Individual Therapy is a collaborative partnership between you and your therapist where you will explore what gives your life meaning and what seems to get in the way of living fully. Confronting these barriers both inside and outside the therapy office and developing new behaviors and responses to life's stressors leads to increased happiness, wellbeing, and courage to be the person you really want to be.
Therapy requires your active participation. From time to time, you and your therapist will evaluate your progress and goals. An important part of your therapy will be practicing new skills that you will learn in your sessions. Your therapist may assign “homework” like exercises, journaling, or reading to deepen your learning. You will probably have to work on relationships in your life and make long-term efforts to get the best results. These are important parts of making personal changes.
Some of the populations or issues addressed in Individual Counseling are:
Children and Teens
Grief and Loss
How do I know if I need therapy?
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as Depression or Anxiety Disorder by a physician or psychiatrist, therapy is almost always indicated. Research shows that therapy is more effective than medication alone, and it is often prescribed concurrently with medication. But you do not have to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from therapy.More and more people are benefiting from therapy for more common concerns like relationship problems, stress, life transitions, career dissatisfaction and the like.
These kinds of problems may be difficult to navigate on your own and having an unbiased, objective professional to help you through it can be of great benefit. Not only do you receive support and guidance through these hard times, but you grow as a person from learning new ways to cope with life stressors, how to respond and be in relationships of all kinds. The growth that comes from tackling a problem head on transfers to other areas of your life, making you stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to handle life's inevitable storms.
What can I expect?
You can expect your information to be kept strictly confidential. Your therapist is bound by legal and ethical guidelines to maintain high standards of confidentiality as required by HIPAA and Texas HB300 (which has even higher standards of privacy and security).
You will usually meet weekly with your therapist for 50 minutes. We recommend weekly sessions until you have reached a point where you are maintaining a stable and consistent pattern of behaviors that are in line with your treatment goals. At that point you and your therapist may decide to decrease the frequency of visits.
You can expect your therapist to treat you with compassion and professionalism. If he or she behaves unethically or in a manner you are uncomfortable with, you are encouraged to contact the clinical director Dr. Kristin Vaughn at any time at 512-578-8070. You may also make an official complaint to the Texas LPC Board at 800-942-5540.
After the first session it felt like the crowbar in my mind's gears had been pulled out and I could think again.
At the Austin Mindfulness Center, we know that you want to gain relief from your current pain so that you can be free to live your best life. It’s difficult to find peace, engage in satisfying relationships, and to pursue your dreams if you are caught up in depression, anxiety, or relationship conflict. The problem is that these conditions involve a cycle of thoughts, feelings and behavior that tend to become stronger over time without intervention. Combined with the stressors of your external environment, this can leave you feeling depleted and hopeless to change your situation.
Perhaps you’ve gotten to the place where you just aren’t sure how to move forward. When you are caught up in the problems and the stress of life, it is hard to see and understand just what is holding you back.
The good news is that there is relief and there is a path forward for you. We believe that the concepts and the skills related to Mindfulness are the key to both understanding why you are where you are and for learning to change the patterns that got you there. Our approach is not about a quick fix, it’s about learning some fundamental truths about human nature that lead to suffering, and to learn to apply those truths to your life to bring about change and freedom. Our mission is to equip you with the tools that it takes to go beyond this moment of suffering.
We are a team of therapists who have dedicated ourselves to mindfulness both in our own lives and in our work with clients. We have seen the research results that speak to the effectiveness of mindfulness, but more than that we have experienced its transformative power in our own lives. We want to share this with you.