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Be the change you wish to see in the world
- Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
Sara Tracy
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In-person (North and South Locations), Telehealth

Adults

Offers in-person sessions on Tuesdays at South Location. Thursdays and Fridays at the North Location

Sara Tracy

Supervised by Virginia Cruz LCSW

Professional Profile

Sara is a current Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Northwestern University, set to graduate in August 2025, and she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Her philosophy is that counseling encourages mental health and overall wellness by using empathy, advocacy, and collaboration to empower client growth. Passionate about serving diverse populations in the Central Texas area, Sara is particularly interested in working with college students due to the unique challenges many experience despite their newfound sense of autonomy and freedom, which can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. With a focus on developmental, preventative, and wellness-oriented approaches, she strives to create a safe, inclusive space where clients can improve their mental health and well-being.


She has lived in the Central Texas area for 16 years now and considers Austin home. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and furbabies and being in nature. Sara is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness and reducing the stigma around seeking help.

Specialties

Anxiety
Depression
Life-Transitions
Perfectionism
Stress Management
Family Conflict
Self-Compassion

Insurance

Private Pay / Self Pay, Low Cost / Sliding Scale

Welcome

Welcome! Taking the courageous step toward therapy is an empowering decision, and I'm here to support you on this journey of self-discovery and growth. My goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and compassionate space where you can feel heard and understood. Together, we will explore your unique strengths and work through the challenges you face, whether it's managing anxiety, navigating life transitions, or cultivating self- compassion. I'm committed to providing personalized care that honors your individuality and empowers you to achieve your mental health and wellness goals. I'm here to answer any questions you may have about the therapeutic process, and I look forward to embarking on this journey of growth and healing with you.

How I Work

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of effective counseling. Our work together begins with getting to know you, understanding your unique experiences, and ensuring that you feel comfortable and supported. We will discuss your short-term and long-term goals for therapy, and if you're unsure of your goals, that's perfectly okay—we'll work together to clarify them as we move forward.

My approach is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and empowerment. I utilize a combination of developmental, preventative, and wellness-oriented techniques tailored to your unique needs. Drawing from various therapeutic modalities, including cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based strategies, I aim to provide personalized care that promotes mental health and overall well-being.

Throughout our sessions, I will help you build on your existing strengths, learn new coping skills, and gently challenge you when necessary to foster growth. As life evolves, our therapeutic focus may shift to address new challenges and opportunities for development. By creating a safe and inclusive space, my goal is to support you in navigating life's transitions, managing stress, and cultivating self-compassion.

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Therapist Spotlight

What made you decide to become a counselor?


My decision to become a counselor stems from my own journey of overcoming personal challenges and trauma. Experiencing the transformative power of therapy firsthand inspired me to support others in their healing journeys. I believe that everyone deserves a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts and feelings, and I am passionate about creating that environment for my clients.


If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?


I would teach the skill of self-compassion. Learning to be kind and understanding

towards ourselves, especially during difficult times, can transform our mental health and overall well-being. Self-compassion helps us develop a healthier relationship with

ourselves, reducing self-criticism and fostering a sense of inner peace and resilience.



Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?


Yes, I have been in counseling. Through my therapeutic experiences, I learned the

importance of vulnerability and self-awareness. Counseling helped me understand the value of setting boundaries and practicing self-care, which has been essential in my journey toward healing and resilience.


If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?


I would highly recommend "All About Love: New Visions" by Bell Hooks. This transformative book explores the complexities of love, addressing how we can cultivate genuine connections, heal from past hurts, and nurture healthier relationships with ourselves and others. Bell Hooks'; insights into love as a transformative force resonate deeply with the work I do in counseling, emphasizing the importance of compassion, vulnerability, and authentic connection. Whether you're navigating personal relationships, self-discovery, or healing, this book offers invaluable wisdom and guidance on the path toward greater emotional well-being.


Who is your ideal client?


My ideal client is someone who is open to self-exploration and committed to personal

growth. Whether they are navigating anxiety, life transitions, or seeking to improve their self-compassion, I value working with clients who are willing to engage in the

therapeutic process and take steps toward a healthier and more fulfilling life.


What inspires you to help others?


I am inspired by the resilience and strength of the human spirit. Witnessing my clients'; growth and transformation is incredibly rewarding, and it motivates me to continue supporting others in their journeys. I believe in the power of empathy and connection to create positive change, and I am passionate about being a part of that process.


How do you personally practice self-care?


I practice self-care by spending time in nature, connecting with loved ones, and

engaging in activities that bring me joy, such as writing and hiking. I also prioritize

mindfulness and meditation to stay grounded and present. Self-care is essential for

maintaining my well-being and effectively supporting my clients.


If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why? 


If I were hosting a dinner party, I would invite Brené Brown, Bell Hooks, and Maya

Angelou. Brené Brown's research on vulnerability and courage would spark deep, meaningful conversations about authenticity and resilience. Bell Hooks' insights into love and social justice would inspire discussions on cultivating compassionate relationships and promoting equity. Maya Angelou's poetic storytelling and profound wisdom would add a touch of grace and inspiration to the evening, reminding us of the power of perseverance and the beauty of the human spirit. With these three incredible women at the table, the dinner party would be filled with enlightening dialogue, shared wisdom, and a celebration of the strength and resilience that connects us all.


How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?


Mindfulness is a core aspect of my personal and professional life. It helps me stay

present, manage stress, and approach challenges with a balanced perspective. In my

sessions, I incorporate mindfulness techniques to help clients develop greater

awareness of their thoughts and emotions and to cultivate a sense of calm and clarity. These techniques can be especially helpful in managing anxiety, improving focus, and enhancing overall well-being.

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