I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Texas. In addition to providing in-person psychotherapy for individuals and couples located in Austin, TX, I am licensed through PSYPACT to provide tele-therapy in Florida, Georgia, and 36 other states. Please consult the PSYPACT Map https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap to see if I can work via teletherapy in your state.
If you would like to inquire further or schedule a consultation, I look forward to hearing from you.
How I Work
My approach to therapy is integrative and focuses on the specific needs of each individual. In therapy, I seek to provide a warm and non-judgmental space for you to process your concerns. Whether your life feels overwhelming or underwhelming, I believe that the care, courage, and curiosity that you find in therapy can go a long way in helping you find new possibilities. Regardless of your past and present challenges, I work from the perspective that you have resilience and strengths we can tap into as we work together to explore new possibilities in your life and relationships.
I received a bachelors in psychology from Stanford University and my doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington, D.C. As a graduate student, I have completed training at Children's Hospital of Atlanta, where I provided neuropsychological testing services to children who suffer from medical disabilities. For the past four years, I have provided individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults in a college counseling center as well as in private practice settings.
My own experience as a former collegiate and professional athlete informs my work around performance. A major part of how we perform on the field, at work, or in the classroom revolves around how we are functioning emotionally and within our relationships. I have unique insights into how external factors influence athletic and professional performance.
I provide individual therapy for adults experiencing a range of symptoms. Some reasons that clients seek therapy with me include: anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationship patterns, grief, trauma-related symptoms, body image and self-esteem concerns, grief, navigating major life transitions, and physical symptoms related to emotional distress. I use a psychodynamic approach to therapy, which emphasizes the exploration of the roots of your current concerns. Sometimes, acknowledging and processing past experiences can be vital to breaking unhealthy patterns and allowing for lasting change.
Transitioning to college can be an exciting time. However, for some, learning to balance their new found independence with academics, new social connections, and extracurricular activities can be difficult. Psychological challenges can add an additional layer of stress throughout this transition process. Therapy can be helpful for college students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, specific learning difficulties, LGBTQ concerns, and general adjustment challenges.
I use a model of couple therapy called Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). This approach, developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin, incorporates attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation to help all types of couples, from the most challenging cases to those that need some small adjustments. PACT is based on the idea that our first relationships in life with our primary care givers affect our relationships with others throughout our lives. PACT therapists help couples better understand and regulate each other so that disagreements and problems can be managed more effectively.
Once I begin working with a couple, the relationship becomes my client. I do not see or communicate with individual members of the partnership without the other present, and sessions do not begin until both partners are present. Sessions typically last two hours.
I am a Level 2 trained PACT therapist. I also continue to receive training and consultation from a PACT certified clinician. Click here for more information about Dr. Tatkin and PACT.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept health insurance?I do not work directly with insurance companies, and I would be considered an out-of-network provider. This would mean that you would be responsible for paying me directly, and if you have any out-of-network benefits through your health insurance plan, I can provide you with billing statements that you can submit for reimbursement. See the FAQ section on how to determine whether you have out-of-network benefits for more information.
If I seek reimbursement from insurance for individual or couple therapy will I be given a diagnosis?Yes. In order for insurance providers to reimburse you for therapy, the services must be considered "medically necessary," which requires an official diagnosis. The diagnosis would be listed on your billing statements that you submit to insurance. For those individuals in government positions or jobs that require a security clearance, you will want to check with your employer to determine how this could impact you when deciding whether to pursue out-of-network reimbursement for therapy services.
Do you offer sliding scale services?I have a small number of sliding scale spots available for military veterans, students, and those who are unemployed and hoping to return to work in the next six months. Feel free to reach out to inquire about whether sliding scale spots are available.