Welcome to my private practice website.
Summer 2021 Update
I am gently reopening my office and will move forward into 2021 with a hybrid of telemental health (telephone and video based sessions) and office appointments with vaccinated patients. I was vaccinated in February 2021.
It has been a strange and challenging year for mental health due to the pandemic and its effects as well as living through the currents of social, cultural, economic and political issues and reckonings. I have seen an exacerbation of stress and stress-related suffering; food, alcohol and substance abuse; depression, anxiety, and trauma; as well as relationship strain issues. And now we are individually and collectively navigating our reemergence into the social and physical world, perhaps feeling feral, uncomfortable and awkward.
I found this On Being podcast helpful in giving a compassionate and scientific framework for considering the impact of this past year: Christine Runyan, “What’s Happening in Our Nervous Systems.”
The Basis: My preferred mode of communication for inquiries is email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I exclusively provide individual psychotherapy for adults and my fee is $150 for a 50-minute session. I am not on any insurance panels but I can provide a receipt for out-of-network provider reimbursement. I do maintain a portion of my practice for sliding scale rates. Service & Fees
Please note that my private practice is a small, one person, part-time operation, (Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays), and thus I do have periods when I am unable to accommodate new patients in my schedule.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Austin, Texas. I started my private practice in 2010. Previous to that I spent 8 years training and working at the Veterans Health Administration, and continue to work part-time for the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1990s, and returned to the city in 2004.
In the Spring of 2018 I moved my office from South Austin to East Downtown Austin. My office is located at 902 East 5th Street in the office community of 501 Studios.
My early career was shaped by clinical work that largely focused on veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), work that provided a depth of experience and perspective in understanding trauma and treating a broad spectrum of human suffering. Another, substantive influence on my work is mindfulness and mindful self-compassion. For me, mindfulness is rooted in a blend of ancient traditions and contemporary science that address some of the limitations and challenges of Western medicine and traditional mental health care.
In 2021 I began a collaboration with Roots Behavioral Health, where we developed an 8-week Practice of Mindfulness Group. The group meets on Thursdays 11:00a – 12:30p. For more information you are welcome to contact me or Roots Behavioral Health: 512-707-1629.
In my practice, I offer a private, personal, and professional space for men and women to address presenting concerns that might include:
Challenging Life Situations
Trauma and PTSD
Mood Disorders, including Depression, Melancholia, and Despair
Anxiety (in all its varied forms including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
Emotional Distress and Problems including Anger
Grief, Loss, and Mourning
Career and Work Related Concerns
Concerns and Challenges Related to Creative Work
Stress Management and Self-Care
Personal Growth and Development
Existential and Spirituality Concerns
Men’s Issues, Psychology of Men and Masculinity
My approach to psychotherapy is animated by a dynamic collage of perspectives including my clinical experience; the psychotherapy literature including psychoanalysis, mindfulness, behavioral and cognitive therapies, philosophy, social theory and gender studies; as well as drawing inspiration and influence from other disciplines and forms including the humanities, art, music, design, food, sports, and popular culture.
My style is more improvisational than structured, and in many ways follows the practice of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen’s work on generous listening and generous questions, a compassionate approach to psychotherapy that creates the conditions for being seen, heard, and recognized; for honesty, dignity, and discovery; and, for the unfolding of a unique relationship for doing the therapeutic work of understanding, self-acceptance, change, and healing, often working with painful, difficult, and self-destructive aspects of self and one’s suffering.
I provide short and long-term psychotherapy. Short-term work may be to provide psychoeducation, consultation, perspective, and/or time-limited work on a focused area of concern. More often, longer term, open-ended work is indicated to address pervasive personal struggles. It is important to note that the psychotherapeutic process can take time to develop and yield sustainable change.
Therapick Videos of me talking about my approach to psychotherapy
Food & Beverage Service Industry Consulting: In 2018, a confluence of interests, conditions, and connections led to becoming part of an organic and emergent conversation about mental health in the Austin Restaurant & Craft Brewery Industry. In 2020, I wrote a substantive piece about mental health in the restaurant industry, that is also about Anthony Bourdain, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and culinary justice. “Here Comes a Regular: A Psychologist’s Perspective on the Restaurant Industry in 2020."
Thank you for considering my private practice.