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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Statistics obtained from the SAMHSA website through reports from the NSDUH indicate that marijuana use by teenagers in Austin, Michigan, is on the overall rise and has reached its highest rate in the past decade. The NSDUH generates estimates on several measures of substance abuse for several age groups. In its 2005-2006 surveys for drug problems Austin, Michigan, it has ranked the city above the national rates for illicit drug use and pain relievers, especially in case of marijuana across all age groups. The state has also been ranked above the national levels for alcohol and binge alcohol use in all the age groups studied. According to the N-SSATS and Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) survey, 7% of the drug admissions Austin were below the age of 18.

When you or your loved ones are dealing with a drug problems Austin or an alcohol problem, it is very common to find that you are often in denial due to your fears. By means of our directory of listed services of rehab centers in Austin, we offer the person all options so that he does not have to tackle the problem of addiction by himself. Your body may go through several cravings and withdrawal symptoms and you need the help of professional rehab centers. If sobriety is what you desire most, come take help from our listing of services near you in Austin, Michigan.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN AUSTIN HAVE TO SAY
Alexxe DeMarco
Alexxe DeMarco
Austin, TX 78756

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer services for Individuals, Couples and Families. My practice includes, but is not limited to, Emotional and Satisfaction Assessments and Exploration, Abuse, Anxiety, Communication Skills, Depression,  Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, Premarital and “I just don’t feel right” i.e. I don’t know HOW I feel.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

The modalities I choose depend on the client and the context of their issues. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral) and Existential cover a range of life deficiencies (anxiety, sadness, anger…) and dissatisfaction. Some people are looking to improve the good life they already have or want more from life and can benefit from Solution Focused therapy. It is designed to be short and direct focusing on what client wants to achieve through counseling/therapy and can be used with future issues. Through a series of questions and conversations, answers and ideas come to light. Some mental health issues respond better to one form of therapeutic intervention than another, so each theory can be very helpful for specific ailments.

When should one seek treatment?

I strongly believe that anyone can benefit from visiting a mental health professional. Therapists attend therapy/counseling regularly to reduce the stress associated with our work and personal lives. Whenever a person is feeling sad or not (their) normal, it can be helpful to seek out assistance. Significant life changes can cause spiritual, emotional and financial upheaval. One should seek help if any of the following become substances of abuse: food, drugs, alcohol, sex, gaming, porn etc. Counseling can be helpful if one begins to shy away from or finds no satisfaction in participating in their usual activities or spending time with friends. Professional help should be sought for any trauma, grief or loss that causes significant changes in emotions, behaviors or habits for any significant period of time. Change in life situations such as moving to a new city, new school or new job sometimes cause additional stress to an already chaotic and stressful daily schedule. Sudden changes are especially difficult, because the body and mind must process new information all at once, which can completely overwhelm a person’s way of life. Therapists are a good resource for offering objective viewpoints for ones thoughts or to discuss common life issues for which support is necessary for a smoother transition. My motto, “You don’t have to be ill to get wellness.”

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I believe mental wellness (or lack thereof) is directly related to abuse of any kind. Those with substance issues are almost always at odds with what they feel and what they think and the way they live. Loss is a tremendous stress on the human spirit and needs to be sorted out gently to circumvent behaviors such as substance abuse and withdrawing from friends. Moving into a new life stage is often confusing and scary (e.g. retirement). It helps to talk it out and explore what’s behind the feelings, reservations or questions that one may have. When a person can’t get back on their feet after a loss or other traumatic issues, counseling can be a tremendous relief. Every bit of humanness and mental health has value. No issues should remain unresolved for long periods as anxiety, declining mental competency, confusion or depression can result.

Alexxe DeMarco is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Alexxe’s services, please call (512) 619-4475.

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Alexxe DeMarco
4720 Bee Caves Road 203
Austin, TX 78756
Amanda Dishner
Amanda Dishner
Austin, TX 78731

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual, couples, and family sessions to clients of all ages and needs. I specialize in working with families who have members with a significant mental health diagnosis, such as autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I cater my treatment to each client's needs and use a wide variety of theories. Modalities I often pull from include Behavioral, Structural, Systemic, Feminist Theory, Client Centered, and Solution-Focused.

When should one seek treatment?

Therapy is a wonderful preventative measure and can be a benefit at any point in one's life. Additionally, when daily activities are negatively impacted by current conditions (whether it be stress, depression, drug use, etc.) professional support and help become necessities.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is a strong connection between mental health and substance abuse. Whenever we feel off balance and overwhelmed by responsibilities, thoughts, and feelings, substance use may start as a way to escape, relieve, or hide from those experiences. That temporary effect becomes addictive and leads to substance abuse, affecting all parts of our daily lives. It is easy to see how the two are connected. By focusing on both the mental health AND the substance abuse aspects, therapy can help release us from those addictions and help us strengthen healthy coping skills. In my practice, I hope to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment to build those skills and to find balance in all areas of one's life.

Amanda Dishner is a Marriage & Family Therapist at Castell Therapy in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Amanda’s services, please call (512) 298-2174.

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Amanda Dishner
3724 Jefferson Street, Suite 221
Austin, TX 78731
Barbara Fountain
Barbara Fountain
Austin, TX 78750

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide individual and family counseling services that include: counseling to children and adolescents ages 6-81, adults ages 19-62, pre-marital counseling, marital counseling, grief/loss counseling, anger management, Christian counseling, relationship counseling, and behavior management for children.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Primarily in my practice I utilize CBT as well as Brief Solution Focused therapies

When should one seek treatment?

This is an excellent question! I believe mental health services should be viewed the same as physical health. With that being said we have a physical every year we should also have an emotional check-in with a counselor. Most definitely if we find ourselves overly stressed, depressed, isolating from friends and things we enjoy, after a grief/loss; difficult decisions that we lose sleep over; when we find ourselves overwhelmed; or relational problems. If your emotions are troubled, seek help.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental Health and Substance Use/Abuse go together like the chicken and the egg. We are constantly searching for which came first; did the individual become overwhelmed with emotional issues to the point they began self medicating or were they using substances that triggered a dormant mental disorder. In other words they are Co-Occurring or they can occur at the same time and they should be treated at the same time. The problem comes when we make the decision to treat one at a time which is not as successful.

I provide counseling when appropriate for both. For individuals needing intensive outpatient or inpatient service I provide referrals.

Barbara Fountain is a Counselor at Lifeline Family Enrichment in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Barbara’s services, please call (512) 779-3539.

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Barbara Fountain
13706 Research Blvd. Suite 211D
Austin, TX 78750
Charlotte Howard of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy
Charlotte Howard of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy
Austin, TX 78703

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

We offer individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Our specialty is relationships--relationship patterns, dynamics, history and how that shapes who you are and how you feel about your life. Your relationship experiences are behind most symptom patterns, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, etc.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

We use an integrated approach, utilizing many modalities and depending on the presenting concerns. We draw on both traditional and cutting edge techniques.

When should one seek treatment?

The earlier one seeks help the easier to turn around a harmful pattern causing life dissatisfaction. Wherever you are in realizing there is a problem, though, is a good time to reach out for support in making the transformation you want. We also see many people who just want to grow personally and deepen their joy and sense of meaning.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse is often a symptom of deeper pain or lack of coping skills. Our approach is to support you in healing the underlying issues and help you develop the ability to self-soothe and be at peace without substances.   

Charlotte Howard is a Licensed Psychologist & Certified Group Psychotherapist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Charlotte or Deep Eddy Psychotherapy, please call (512) 469-6008.

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Charlotte Howard of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy
508 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, TX 78703
Dawn Ginestra
Dawn Ginestra
Austin, TX

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor treating adolescents, young adults, and their families who struggle with dual diagnosis issues.  I offer individual and family therapy in my practice focusing on drug/alcohol addiction as well as process addictions such as food, sex, shopping and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use a variety of treatment modalities within my practice so as to customize therapy for each patient but I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy pulling from motivational interviewing, gestalt and interpersonal when necessary.

When should one seek treatment?

This is really dependent upon the patient and what is going on in their life however the key point I believe that is most important for therapy to be effective is for the patient to enter into treatment when they are ready and motivated to address the issues they are struggling with.  Being pushed or forced into treatment typically backfires for patients and can even lead to resentments and future hesitation to enter into therapy when needed.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse disorders go hand in hand as substance use is typically a negative coping skill that patients reach for to self medicate under diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues.  Treating patients with dual diagnosis issues is about treating the person not the disorder and working together as patient and therapist to identify the underlying issues that prompt the person to use substances so as to work towards a future of health and recovery.

Dawn Ginestra is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information, please call (512) 745-4306.

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Dawn Ginestra

Austin, TX
Dr. Christina Spragg
Dr. Christina Spragg
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual, couples' and group therapy to adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience working with individual clients to address:

  • anxiety

  • body image concerns / eating difficulties

  • depression

  • low motivation / productivity

  • phobias

  • relationship difficulties

  • traumatic experiences

  • transition difficulties

  • concerns about aging / health

  • clarifying one's values in life

  • career indecision

  • feeling stuck / stagnant / purposeless

  • difficulty communicating one's needs

  • sleep difficulties / insomnia

  • grief / loss

  • postpartum adjustment

  • chronic pain

In couples' therapy I work with clients who are seeking assistance with:

  • communicating with each other (both expressing needs and being able to listen effectively)

  • sharing vulnerable feelings with each other

  • learning how to connect (emotionally, sexually, as companions, etc.)

  • dealing with transitions (parenthood, empty nest, new job)

  • learning to provide support to a partner who is struggling

  • facing a partner's illness together

  • sexual difficulties

  • facing unexpected difficulties (infidelity, infertility, loss, etc.)

  • premarital counseling

  • choosing to end a relationship

I also lead various groups including interpersonal process groups, mindfulness meditation groups, and yoga for stress reduction groups. Please visit my website www.drspragg.net to learn more.  

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I utilize an integrative treatment approach which means that each client participates in a thorough intake evaluation and together, we create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. I incorporate aspects of mindfulness-based, existential, interpersonal, and gestalt therapies into my work.

When should one seek treatment?

At various times in life, we all find ourselves encountering difficulty. Sometimes we are unsure how to move forward and it is during these times that working with a Psychologist can be helpful. Counseling can help us gain powerful insight into our difficulties and craft new strategies for interacting with life so that we can discover meaning and fulfillment. I firmly believe that if a client is ready to embrace the work of therapy and feels safe within the therapeutic relationship, therapy can be life changing! The work done in therapy extends out into all areas of one's life and therefore, there is often unexpected and beautiful growth in more areas than the client was initially seeking assistance.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I believe that we are each doing the best we can, with what we know. Sometimes stressors creep into our lives and build up and before we know it we have started to rely on coping mechanisms that are doing harm to ourselves and those around us. When people know how to manage their lives in meaningful and fulfilling ways, they do not tend to seek ways of avoiding life (such as through the use of numbing substances or over-indulgences). I work with clients to help them learn how to experience all facets of their life with less suffering and less avoidance. I have witnessed clients begin to see the beauty in their struggles and find strength in themselves where they once saw weakness. While I do not treat clients whose primary concern is addiction, and who would be best served by a specialize treatment center,  I do work with many clients who turn to substances in order to cope with stressors.

Dr. Christina Spragg is a Psychologist at Inner Wisdom Psychological Services in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Dr. Spragg’s services, please call (512) 843-1237.

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Dr. Christina Spragg
3355 Bee Caves Road, Suite 510
Austin, TX 78746
Dr. Deborah Stote of Evidence-Based Therapy in Austin
Dr. Deborah Stote of Evidence-Based Therapy in Austin
Austin, TX 78759

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Evidence-Based Therapy Austin is a clinical psychology practice that specializes in treatment for substance dependence, anxiety disorders, depression, and issues related to chronic stress.  We also specialize in dual-diagnosis and behavioral support when an individual is participating in medication management with a psychiatrist.  Finally, we offer a professionals program for stress reduction that includes alternative medicine modalities and life coaching.  Beginning in Fall of 2014, we will be offering assessment and treatment for individuals with addictive and compulsive sexual behaviors by a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

We use an interdisciplinary approach to clinical practice that relies on research studies from the science of psychology.  This means that information derived from systematically collected data (either from experimentation or observation) is integrated into each client's individualized treatment.   The goal is to provide the most effective, safe, and economical treatment available for behavioral disorders.  Treatment modalities in our practice include  motivational interviewing, 12-Step facilitation, long-term relapse prevention and recovery support,  cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and attachment-based couples therapy for individuals in recovery from addiction.  Overall, we believe that a balanced lifestyle promotes mental health.  Proper nutrition, exercise, optimal sleep habits, intellectual flow, spirituality, satisfying occupation, and an active social life all contribute to how we ultimately experience our environment.  To promote balance, clients are encouraged to continually take an inventory of their activities in all these areas while they are undergoing psychotherapy.

When should one seek treatment?

With respect to substance abuse, the obvious signs that treatment is urgently needed include chronic absenteeism from work or school, illegal activities to obtain substances, arrests for possession, public intoxication or driving under the influence, blackouts, overdose, or hospitalizations.  However, prior to issues of this severity, people typically begin to experience negativity in their lives when substance use is becoming problematic.  For instance, their overall health and productivity decline, their relationships with family and friends become strained, and they experience remorse or guilt over their substance use.  In addition, individuals with a substance abuse problem may begin to feel excess irritability, anxiety, depression, cognitive dysfunction, or their stress response becomes abnormally intense.  Our advice is to seek counseling if these symptoms are apparent. Getting help is particularly important if the individual feels they have lost control over their substance use.  This means they can no longer predict how much of the substance they will consume once they initiate use, and can no longer predict what their behavior will be like when they are under the influence.   For anxiety disorders, depression, and chronic stress, when an individual decides that their emotional life is interfering with their ability to function normally, it is wise to seek advice from a counselor who can then assist with diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance dependence frequently co-occurs with mood or anxiety disorders.  This is the main reason our practice focuses on these specific issues.  As mentioned above, we specialize in dual-diagnosis and behavioral support when an individual is participating in medication management with a psychiatrist.  This means that in addition to 12-Step facilitation and recovery support, we also carefully monitor symptoms of anxiety, depression, or chronic stress, provide cognitive behavioral therapy as an adjunct to prescribed medications, and coordinate treatment with the client and their psychiatrist.

Dr. Deborah Stote is a Psychologist at Evidence-Based Therapy Austin in Texas. For more information regarding Dr. Stote’s services, please call (512) 467-4697.

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Dr. Deborah Stote of Evidence-Based Therapy in Austin
4807 Spicewood Springs Rd, Building 2, Suite 103
Austin, TX 78759
Dr. Hillary Cauthen of the Psychology Center in Austin
Dr. Hillary Cauthen of the Psychology Center in Austin
Austin, TX 78759

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide Individual, Group/Team sessions, Psycho-education/Topic Workshops, Psychological Testing, and Family services in clinical and sport psychology for children, adolescents, and adults.

Sport Psychology services specialize in Life Skill Development, Performance Enhancement, and Team Building.

Clinical services assist with the following: Behavior Management, Anger Management/Prevention, ADHD Assessment/Treatment, Anxiety, Depression, Coping with Adjustment/Transitions, Treatment of Trauma, Grief and Loss, Dual Diagnosis, Substance Abuse/Addiction, and Family Conflict/Parenting.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Eclectic

  • Existential

  • Family Systems

  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)

  • Play Therapy

  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation

  • Trauma-Focused CBT

When should one seek treatment?

Life is a journey, and sometimes we find our-self lost and seeking help in finding the right path to take. I believe therapy is a way to find guidance in your journey and I enjoy being a part of one's process. My goal is to understand your experience and provide evidence based treatment to assist you in personal growth and empowerment. I focus on your needs and believe in the importance of enhancing your support system, as we can all use someone by our side rather than taking the road alone. It is important to seek treatment for yourself when you are ready to make a commitment to yourself and/or your family. Treatment can be a difficult process and induce fear. It is important to know that you are not alone in this process.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I believe that mental health and substance use are a reciprocal relationship. Those that suffer from substance use are often seeking a coping technique to assist with emotional disturbances. Substance may mask the symptoms but as a result will create more significant symptoms that are often more difficult to cope with. Decreasing the substance use and learning healthy coping skills will assist with decreasing maladaptive behaviors and provide emotional growth.

If one is suffering from substance use I will assist in providing appropriate treatment to assist with decreasing the substance use prior to working with an individual for mental health services. If one is recovering from substance use I provide individual and family services.

Dr. Hillary Cauthen is a Pre-Licensed Professional at the Psychology Center of Austin in Texas. For more information regarding Hillary or the Psychology Center of Austin, please call (512) 270-3898.

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Dr. Hillary Cauthen of the Psychology Center in Austin
13740 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759
Dr. Mike Brooks of the ApaCenter
Dr. Mike Brooks of the ApaCenter
Austin, TX 78749

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

The ApaCenter is a group of licensed psychologists and other practitioners who provide psychological and neuropsychological assessments, therapy, consultation, and behavior coaching.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

The practitioners at the ApaCenter use a variety of therapy modalities. Philosophically, we are client-centered and use a feedback informed treatment (FIT) approach in our work with clients. The specific therapy models that we use include mindfulness-based practices, cognitive behavior therapy, solution-oriented therapy, reality therapy, interpersonal therapy, and positive psychology principles.

When should one seek treatment?

We all share the goals in life to be happy and/or to reduce our level of suffering. A person should seek psychological treatment when his or her sense of well-being is chronically low or the person is in a crisis. Just as chronic or severe physical pain can be a signal that we should go seek treatment by a medical doctor, chronic/severe emotional pain, or even just a low level of life satisfaction, can be a signal that one should seek professional help to overcome such challenges.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

People often use drugs and/or alcohol as a means to cope with emotional struggles. In a sense, drugs and alcohol can provide a short-term relief from psychological and emotional problems. However, when use becomes chronic and habitual, the use of drugs and alcohol will ultimately make one's life worse, not better. Thus, the person experiences greater problems in relationships, at work or school, physical health, sleep, and so on that lead to greater emotional pain. Thus the cycle continues and grows worse over time.

At the ApaCenter, our practitioners help clients find more adaptive ways to cope with both practical and emotional struggles to achieve greater fulfillment in life. In a sense, we try to help our clients build the "infrastructure" for happiness and well-being. When one is achieving satisfaction and joy in life and able to cope adaptively with natural suffering that occurs in life, then the allure of using drugs and alcohol can be significantly marginalized or eliminated.

Dr. Mike Brooks is a Psychologist at the ApaCenter (Austin Psychology & Assessment Center) in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Dr. Brooks or the ApaCenter, please call (512) 891-1500. Check out the ApaCenter's second office as well at 5000 Bee Caves Road, Suite 104 in Austin, Texas 78746.

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Dr. Mike Brooks of the ApaCenter
6012 W. William Cannon Dr, Suite B-103
Austin, TX 78749
Eric Denner
Eric Denner
Austin, TX 78751

What types of services do you offer?

Individual, couples, family counseling for adults and adolescents.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness, stress-reduction

When should one seek treatment?

When they want to make changes in their lives to become happier, more fulfilled, productive, and healthy. When they have problems that are beyond the scope of themselves or their support system to resolve.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

My unique background of personal growth and professional development encompassing areas of addiction and other family issues.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The two areas coincide, correlate, and overlap. The majority of people suffering from addiction have co-occurring mental health problems, and many people with mental health issues use alcohol and/or drugs as a means of “self-medication.” Both illnesses must be treated concurrently, as healing cannot occur for one without healing the other. The combination of individual and/or family therapy in conjunction with self-help groups as appropriate has consistently shown the best outcomes. This is what I recommend and provide.

Eric is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a private practice in Austin, Texas. For more information on his services, please contact him at (512) 323-5623.

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Eric Denner
610 E. 46th St.
Austin, TX 78751
Erika Gonzalez-Lima
Erika Gonzalez-Lima
Austin, TX 78730

What types of services do you offer?

I provide professional counseling services for school-age children, adolescents, and adults. I also prepare psychosocial assessments and give presentations on various topics.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I see individuals for various problems, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. I also provide help in issues related to parenting, academics, career, and relationship. My goal is to help individuals seek solutions to life's challenges while gaining self-confidence and improving interpersonal skills. I believe that the relationships we establish with ourselves, with our loved ones, and with people in general greatly influence our well-being.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use a cognitive behavioral approach within a warm, supportive environment. I make sure that my clients feel safe, listened to, and understood. Through the therapeutic process, my clients feel empowered to improve their relationships at home, at work, and wherever they may be. I facilitate rational thinking, the emergence of positive feelings, and the practice of healthy behaviors.

When should someone seek treatment?

Sometimes we feel exhausted and unable to find solutions to our problems, and in the meantime, they get bigger. Counseling can help but seeking the right counselor can be a scary task! I make these initial steps as easy as possible, so that we can focus of finding solutions to what is really important to him/her and what to do about it.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Addiction is common in people with mental health problems. But although substance abuse and mental health disorders are closely linked, one does not directly cause the other. Alcohol or drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, alcohol and substance abuse cause side effects and also interact with medications -- such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills, and mood stabilizers -- making them less effective. 

  • Alcohol and substance abuse can sharply increase symptoms of mental illness and/ or trigger new symptoms. Alcohol and drug abuse can worsen the very symptoms they were initially able to numb or relieve.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse can increase underlying risk factors for mental disorders. If someone is at risk of suffering a mental disorder, drug or alcohol abuse may push him/her over the edge.

Erika is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice, Counseling and Behavioral Health, in Austin, Texas. For more information on her services, please contact her at (512) 686-0780. 

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Erika Gonzalez-Lima
5739 Merrywing Circle
Austin, TX 78730
Ileana Hinojosa
Austin, TX 78723

What types of services do you offer?

Counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I also see children age 11 and up.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

PTSD/trauma, issues of acculturation and assimilation for individuals from other cultures, parenting, conflict resolution, life changes.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Collaborative Language Systems

When should one seek treatment?

When they are in need of support to be able to process changes, to determine what is healthy, to manage conflict and to increase their own capacity to establish and maintain healthy boundaries.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Someone should choose to come to my practice if they are looking for someone who is engaged and mindful of their clients’ individual needs.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

People often turn to substances to help them manage their trauma or avoid feelings. Therapy supports learning to sit in our discomfort and process our issues and pain in a healthy and productive way.

Ileana is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Austin, Texas. For more information on her practice, please contact her at (512) 939-6363. 

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Ileana Hinojosa
6448 Highway 290 East, Suite B-111
Austin, TX 78723
Jeffrey Davis
Jeffrey Davis
Austin, TX 78704

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I help individual and couples struggling with addiction to drugs/alcohol find their way through recovery.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I truly believe that recovery from drugs/alcohol addiction is an inside-out job. Recovery must start from within the individual in order for true change to come about. I am very client centered and focus on the client, I meet with them at what ever place they are in their addiction and work with them towards their personal goals in recovery.

When should one seek treatment?

Ideally an individual should seek treatment once they realize that they have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or drugs before it creates sometime overwhelming and catastrophic problems.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is a close correlation between mental health issues and substance abuse. Many times individuals are unknowingly attempting to self-medicate because of mental health issues. Other times an individual's history of addiction can manifest as mental health issues. I work closely with other mental health providers, i.e. Psychotherapist and make referrals as needed.

Jeffrey Davis is a Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Jeffrey’s services, please call (512) 850-7736.

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Jeffrey Davis
3625 Manchaca Rd Suite 202
Austin, TX 78704
Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
Austin, TX 78757

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a counselor that can help you envision the life you truly desire and built it step by step, making a strong foundation and hopeful future.

I work as both a psychotherapist who focuses on helping you with the stubborn beliefs and behaviors that have kept you stuck and and as a strategist/consultant/coach to implement the life you want.

I offer couples, co-ed groups and individual counseling. I specialize in career and small business coaching, dating coaching and interview and resume preparation. I'm also developing webinar and seminar series entitled love/sex/trust looking at creating fulfilling love relationships. This series is particularly good for those who have had challenging past romantic relationships and/or trust issues they are wanting support to overcome.

I work with issues around performance anxiety. Either over functioning people who cope with life by doing more but feel anxious or under functioning people who are gifted but under perform due to fears about success. Also work with chronic medical issues and relationships, grief and loss, divorce and dating, among others.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Eclectic. Incorporate research related to interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamic psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive behavioral, as well as mind-body research on themes related to love, anxiety, depression and negative habits. 

When should one seek treatment?

When there is even a momentary glimpse of hope and/or when someone is tired of their typical habits and coping mechanisms. Often we want to change but seek the comfort in the known. A person needs to be ready to confront both their immature self that holds on to old habits of thoughts and feelings and to their adult self who is ready to grow up, break free and live from a place of self respect!

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse both helps a person cope with challenges involving their mental health and it provides the fuel to keep challenges from being resolved. I work with people to help them understand their subconscious beliefs about their self, their life, their abilities and their fears. We look at the beliefs that are likely to sabotage progress and try to restructure those. We determine what "bullshit" the mind is coming up with and where it might have come from. Also. we concentrate on forming new behavioral habits that reinforce the preferred beliefs that work together to restore a person's integrity and competence in their self. We also buckle in and put in the diligence, nurturing and time to allow all of the new personality features to gain a foothold and solidify.

Jennifer Jones, Psychotherapy & Training, is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Jennifer’s services, please call (512) 818-9404.

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Jennifer Jones
5902 Laird Drive
Austin, TX 78757
Jennifer Wilhelm
Jennifer Wilhelm
Austin, TX 78756

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with individuals, couples and groups.  Folks that come to see me range in age from 6-106.  I have skills training groups in dialectical behavior therapy, which help offer skills to navigate intense emotions.  Individuals that come to see me maybe struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, intense emotions, suicidal thoughts and life transitions.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Although I am an intensively trained dialectical behavior therapist, I see people as unique individuals.  I have an eclectic approach, pulling from person centered, psychodynamic theories to name just a few.

When should one seek treatment?

Whether it's a life transition or problematic way of being that isn't serving you anymore, therapy can help.  We all possess the capacity to cultivate more effective and joyful ways of being.  In a non judgmental atmosphere, I work with clients looking at how the past informs the present, what skills you already possess and what patterns and behaviors are no longer serving you.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I think there is a strong tie between mental health and substance abuse.  Mental health issues can leave us more vulnerable to substance abuse and vice versa.  I provide a safe place to explore how either of these issues are getting in the way of living a more authentic life.

Jennifer Wilhelm is a Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Jennifer’s services, please call (646) 705-3106.

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Jennifer Wilhelm
3906 North Lamar Blvd, Suite 205
Austin, TX 78756
Kathryn Leach
Kathryn Leach
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with individuals and couples on issues surrounding divorce, co-parenting, and second marriages.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use an integrative approach with my clients, drawing from imago therapy, Gottman therapy, cbt, act, non-violent communication, and emotionally-focused therapy.

When should one seek treatment?

Therapy is always more effective when used before the point of crisis. When the client is in crisis, it's hard to more than containment. I know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I tell people to ask for help sooner rather than later.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I see a strong link between the two. Drugs and alcohol often serve as really unhealthy coping skills. While I don't treat addiction specifically, I do help people find the root of their addiction, and new healthy coping skills.

Kathryn Leach is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Kathryn’s services, please call (512) 430-1822.

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Kathryn Leach
2499 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. Suite B-201
Austin, TX 78746
Kathryn Martin, BFA, MA, LMFT
Kathryn Martin, BFA, MA, LMFT
Austin, TX 78701

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual and family therapy in office and online settings. Specifically, I work with obsessive and compulsive tendencies including addiction to food or body image, substances, and addiction to people (often referred to as codependence and/or "Love Addiction").  I also work directly with relational issues. I help couples or individuals when the partner or family member is not present.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Incorporating Systems Family Therapy perspectives, I look at behavioral patterns between people, as well as how thoughts and feelings contribute to a person's behavior, and how well that is working for them. Specifically, I draw from the theories of Murray Bowen, Pia Mellody, and Melody Beattie.

When should one seek treatment?

As with any problem, the sooner it is recognized and help is sought, the more quickly improvements can be made. With regards to relationships, it is rare that clients come to me as soon as they knew they needed help- so much could have gone better if they'd come in sooner!  

It is SO empowering for the loved ones of substance abusers to begin therapy for themselves and to begin to learn how much they DO have control over. So often, the focus on the substance abuser has been so strong, the people who care about that person have neglected themselves.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

In the treatment centers where I've worked in Southern California and Central Texas, I've seen seen 1000's of variations of chemical dependence. The fact is, no one suffers from addiction to a mind-altering substance because their mind is healthy.  

With that said, mental diagnoses can not be made while a person is intoxicated, so full detox is required prior to establishment of mental status.

Following a full detox and then more intense recovery services, either residential or intensive outpatient, it is crucial for people in recovery to continue with meetings, therapy, spiritual growth, physical exercise, proper nutrition, and daily focus on continued health and growth.

Throughout this process, and even before an addicted individual seeks treatment, if he or she does at all, I am a resource to the family and friends of the substance abuser. I support partners, parents, children and friends of those who abuse alcohol, drugs, food, or behaviors in finding sanity and safety, wherever in the process the loved one is, if they are at all.

Kathryn Martin is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Kathryn’s services, please call (512) 814-6580.

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Kathryn Martin, BFA, MA, LMFT
805 W. 10th St. Suite 302
Austin, TX 78701
Lauren McIlwain
Lauren McIlwain
Austin, TX 78756

What types of services do you offer?

I offer short and long-term therapy for adults and adolescents.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, coping, body issues

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

ACT, existential, psychodynamic

When should one seek treatment?

A person should seek therapy anytime there is a curiosity and/or need.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

There is a strong possibility that I will be a good fit. I am confident in my skills and my approach as a therapist and know that this work is my calling. I am also secure enough to talk openly with clients about whether my approach suits them and, if not, I will work with them to explore other possibilities. There are many therapists in Austin and my #1 priority is to help you find the right person for your process.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is tremendous amount of co-morbidity between mental illness and substance abuse. Subsequently, it is imperative that clinicians are knowledgeable about issues involved with treating clients with substance abuse issues. Most, if not all, individuals are touched by drug and/or alcohol abuse in some way in their lifetimes. My therapeutic approach operates to holistically treat the person and start with what he/she perceives is the greatest issue. In therapy, that could look like a direct focus on substance abuse, issues that have resulted from the abuse, or the emotional complexity that exists under the behavior.

Lauren holds a Licensed Master Social Worker degree and is an associate at Gianna Viola's psychotherapy practice in Austin, Texas. For more information on her services, please contact her at (512) 537-9661. 

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Lauren McIlwain
4412 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
Leila McKay
Leila McKay
Austin, TX 78759

What types of services do you offer?

EMDR and mindfulness psychotherapy

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, stress.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

EMDR, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, body-mind integration

When should one seek treatment?

Optimal timing for therapy is very individualized. When we are in pain and ready to do what it takes to make the necessary changes, our body/mind is telling us to go for it. This is worth listening to.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

If EMDR and/or mindfulness psychotherapy is right for them, I recommend an initial complementary consult to help determine if working with me will be a good fit.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

New research shows a high correlation between substance abuse and ACES (adverse childhood experiences). EMDR is an accelerated method of psychotherapy for working with these issues. EMDR can also help desensitize urge to use, and thus help avoid relapse. People experiencing PTSD, anxiety, ADD, etc. will often reach for substances to take their pain away. Addressing these issues directly is a better choice.

Leila is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Austin, Texas. For more information on her services, please contact her at (512) 906-9296. 

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Leila McKay
4131 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78759
Lisa McCafferty
Lisa McCafferty
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat the spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders, which are often an underlying cause of sex addiction. I provide individual counseling and long-term recovery coaching for persons whose sexual preoccupation and acting out have become unmanageable.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy.

When should one seek treatment?

When any situation has begun to predominate their thoughts, or when their actions begin to threaten their happiness, livelihood, safety, or important relationships.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Often people who are addicted to sexual thoughts or behaviors have an underlying mood or anxiety disorder that must be addressed in order for sex addiction treatment to be successful. Childhood sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse may also be a factor. I provide treatment for the whole person in order to bring about positive changes and help my clients overcome their own addictive compulsions.

Lisa McCafferty is a Counselor in Austin, Texas, specializing in sex addiction. For more information regarding Lisa’s services, please call (512) 346-3128.

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Lisa McCafferty
1008 Mopac Circle, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78746
Lonestar Psychological Services, PLLC
Lonestar Psychological Services, PLLC
Austin, TX 78752

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Lonestar Psychological Services, PLLC is a collaborative community of creative clinicians in Austin, Texas. We work with children, teens, adults, elders, couples and families on a variety of issues. In addition to providing an array of assessment services, we also provide individual, couples, and family therapy.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Trained in many different styles of therapy, Dr. Yuen emphasizes an integrationist and eclectic clinical approach in practice. He advocates that no one clinical approach can ever meet the specific needs of all people. In other words, there is no one “cookie cutter” approach that always works. Dr. Yuen also believes that each client brings unique insights and experiences to the table. Therefore, Dr. Richard Yuen is highly adept at tailoring a clinical approach to the personal strengths and specific needs of his clients. Dr. Yuen’s clinical expertise is in the innovative area of prevention psychology and positive competency development.

When should one seek treatment?

An individual should seek a proper evaluation first and foremost, when he or she feels they are experiencing challenges in their everyday life (e.g. family, work, relationships). A proper evaluation will assist the psychologist in developing the most tailored and efficient course of treatment for the client's unique needs.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The relationship between mental health and substance abuse may be highly complex and largely dependent on the client's unique history and life experiences. Therefore, an adequate understanding of a client's past experiences, his/her current life circumstances and his/her life goals would be essential to describing the relationship between mental health and substance abuse for that unique individual. Both evaluative and therapeutic services are available for someone suffering with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Lonestar Psychological Services, PLLC consists of a team of divers and accomplished clinicians and administrators in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Lonestar Psychological Services, please call (512) 206-0808.

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Lonestar Psychological Services, PLLC
1016 La Posada Drive, Suite 285
Austin, TX 78752
Lora Ferguson
Lora Ferguson
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer counseling and coaching for teens/tweens and their parents.  I work a lot with issues around technology, such as sexting, cyber-bullying, and misleading or sneaky online behavior.  I also work with adolescents and parents who struggle with communication and adjustment to the teen years.  Lastly, I see a lot of teens/tweens who feel sad, overwhelmed, stressed, and/or anxious.  

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am trained as a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.  Through this experiential, Adlerian-based model, parents and their kids are be provided with the tools and skills necessary to successfully create a home which enhances cooperation, collaboration, communication, a sense of connections, accountability and mutual respect.

When should one seek treatment?

I believe that most adolescents can benefit from time with a therapist who can offer them a safe and non-judgmental space to talk through challenges.  I encourage parents to offer them the opportunity to see a therapist when they see their adolescents show signs of being overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed.  For parents, I also believe working with a therapist before any major "crisis" arises is a good idea. Every child is different, and there is no handbook for parenting that teaches us everything.  As a parent myself, I am daily challenged with new behaviors and feelings from my kids, which of course bring up new behaviors and feelings in me.  Parenting is messy and we need to be encouraged and supported!

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

While substance abuse is not my "specialty," I certainly see it regularly in clients, both teens and parents.  Most of the time when I see adolescents who are experimenting with alcohol or drugs, I help them think through the risks and benefits.  If I have concerns about substance abuse, I assess for underlying mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia.  For those cases, I usually refer to a treatment center where more intensive services can be provided, while I stay on as a consulting therapist. When parents are struggling with substance abuse, I help their children feel supported and understood, while also connecting them with community support, such as Alateen.  

Lora Ferguson is a Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Lora’s services, please call (512) 694-9298.

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Lora Ferguson
3355 Bee Caves Road, Suite 510
Austin, TX 78746
Louis Laves-Webb
Louis Laves-Webb
Austin, TX 78701

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer Psychotherapy for Adults, Adolescents, and Couples. Additionally, I offer drug and alcohol assessments consisting of an hour long clinical interview, objective tests, and a detailed written report of my findings. I have a generalist Psychotherapy practice, including specializations in addictions, relationships, and depth-oriented counseling.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I Practice from an eclectic framework. I utilize many different modalities in my practice including: psychodynamic, relational, existential, CBT, reality therapy, logotherapy, gestalt, narrative, and solution-focused therapies.

When should one seek treatment?

Many individuals seek out therapy when they notice Maladaptive patterns that are recurring in their life, find themselves with a lack of effective coping strategies for a particular event or stressor, or they are in need of an objective listener, who doesn't judge and can assist them in finding their own answers and path.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse/dependence often has emotion-based challenges at their core. Through Psychotherapy, one has the opportunity to address deeper-seated emotional issues, end cycles of emotional neglect and avoidance, and learn new ways of coping with and addressing one's emotional lives in a more productive/more fulfilling way. In my assessment, the strengthening of one's emotional capacity is essential to any sustained progress in addressing substance abuse concerns.

Louis Laves-Webb is an Adult and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Louis’ services, please call (512) 914-6635.

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Louis Laves-Webb
601 W 18th St
Austin, TX 78701
Mathis Kennington
Mathis Kennington
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual, couple, and family psychotherapy for anyone who feels like it is the right time to escape emotional turmoil, restore rusted and fractured relationships, and kick dusty old hangups.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work primarily with couples where one partner experiences alcohol or substance abuse or dependence. I also work with teenagers who use and abuse drugs and alcohol.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I spent a long time earning a doctorate that specialized in evidence-based treatment, which was only possible because I received a competitive scholarship from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. I received one of a kind training in substance abuse treatment and prevention, and so, outcomes are important to me. That being said, therapeutic change boils down to human connection, patience, compassion, and a tenacious belief that psychotherapy works when folks who seek treatment trust me and believe in themselves.

When should one seek treatment?

When it hurts. Plain and simple. You can never start too early, but you can certainly wait too long.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

My ideal client is someone who is ready to change, who has a positive outlook about therapy, and who is willing to accept my direction. You should come see me because I’m already thinking about what qualities you need to be successful before you ever pick up the phone. You are already on my mind.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

For a long time, folks suffering from substance abuse put up with scrutiny from a public that considered their struggles a matter of choice. Now we know better. We’ve stopped blaming and started helping. We understand that substance abuse and mental health concerns become entwined like the cords of a rope. My approach is to untangle the cords, patiently and compassionately.

Dr. Mathis Kennington is a family therapist associate at Austin Family Institute in Austin, Texas. For more information about his services, please visit http://www.mathiskennington.com/about.htm or call (512) 329-6611. 

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Mathis Kennington
4201 Bee Caves Road, Suite C213
Austin, TX 78746
Michael Mahan
Michael Mahan
Austin, TX 78723

What types of services do you offer?

I offer 1 to 1 private, confidential counseling and life coaching for substance abuse/chemical dependency.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat individuals and families of individuals who are abusing or addicted to any type of legal or illegal psychoactive chemicals.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My main two therapeutic modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Spiritual Guidance.

When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment when they come to the point that they are ready to make a change in their life for themselves and for no other reason.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I have extensive personal, familial, volunteer, educational, and professional experience with the treatment of substance abuse and chemical dependency. I personally have 22 years of recovery and have the added professional expertise to guide someone down the path of recovery.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental illness and substance abuse go hand in hand. A majority of people who have mental illness turn to self-medication and abuse drugs, while a majority of people who have no mental illness and start abusing drugs will eventually develop mental illness of some kind.

Michael is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor offering psychotherapy and life coaching in Austin, Texas. For more information on his services, please contact him at (512) 342-1718. 

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Michael Mahan
6633 E. Highway 290, Suite 212
Austin, TX 78723
Nicole Richardson
Nicole Richardson
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual, couples, family and group counseling.  I also offer therapeutic and supervised visitation and court services on a case by case basis and within the scope of my professional competencies.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Depending on the needs and goals of the client, I use empirically valid methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, Gottman techniques, EMDR, etc.  It is important to integrate different modalities in order to meet the unique needs of each client.  

When should one seek treatment?

Treatment should be sought when one's use has started to interfere with daily life and relationships.  When friends, family or co-workers are noticing that something is different or that there has been a shift in interest or engagement in things that used to be of high importance.  In times of transition or stress, it can be particularly important to be aware of coping mechanisms.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is often a close relationship to mental health and substance use.  It is not at all uncommon for people who are struggling to 'self medicate' with substances and often the substances exacerbate mental health symptoms.   

With both substance abuse and mental health issues it can be very difficult to ask for help.  For many, there is a sense that no one else could really understand what they are struggling with and help could seem pointless.  I can be very freeing to learn that you are not alone in your struggles and that there is help.  

Nicole Richardson is a Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Nicole’s services, please call (512) 698-9759.

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Nicole Richardson
1301 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Bldg C, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
Priscilla Elliott
Priscilla Elliott
Austin, TX 78704

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide psychotherapy/counseling services for a variety of issues. I am most experienced with issues related to trauma, self soothing, and body focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania and skin picking disorder. I have helped several with addiction as well.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I integrate several modalities based on the unique needs and strengths of each client. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, existential, interpersonal, and somatic experiencing. I am very collaborative with my clients and educational when clients seek more understanding.

When should one seek treatment?

This is a very personal decision based on readiness. Most come in for help once the barriers to changes are less than the risk of staying the same. Honestly, I see faster progress in meeting goals when clients seek treatment sooner rather than later. The longer we continue a pattern of behavior, thinking, or addiction, the more ingrained that pattern becomes in our nervous system.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are very tightly woven together. Each impacts the other, therefore I recommend treating both concurrently. Addiction is commonly used, intentionally or not, to self medicate a state of distress. So we explore what those stressors are and work on those directly: Is there an anxiety issue? Depression? Unresolved trauma? Grief? Relationship problems? Healthy coping skills and building resilience are crucial to mental health and long term sobriety, and can help replace the need to turn to the addiction. Of course there are also the neurobiological impacts of addiction that change the way the brain functions, which can create mental illness symptoms that may not have existed prior to the addiction. So what services do I offer for this? We do therapy weekly or biweekly working on both issues. I see each client as a whole person as they learn how to live successfully in a healthy way. Frequently, clients also benefit from engaging in other sober activities in addition to therapy, such as meditation, a detox program, or a 12 step group.

Priscilla Elliott is a Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Priscilla’s services, please call (512) 673-3987.

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Priscilla Elliott
3625 Manchaca Road, Suite 102
Austin, TX 78704
Rachel O'Mahoney
Rachel O'Mahoney
Austin, TX 78756

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

In my practice, RGO Counseling, I offer individual counseling for people struggling with a myriad of issues, but my specialties include substance abuse, co-dependency, and co-occurring disorders. The term “co-occurring disorders” refers to individuals who abuse substances and also have mental illness. Co-dependency occurs in relationships when one person cares for the other at the expense of their own self-care.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use a variety of modalities in therapy depending on the individual and presenting goals. My work is philosophically based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps people gain self-awareness, self-acceptance, and inner peace through techniques focused on learning about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can be achieved in many ways, including evidenced-based mindfulness activities.

When should one seek treatment?

People seek treatment at various stages in their lives and for many different reasons. One guideline to follow is that if you are thinking you need treatment, you do! Another way to decide to seek professional help is to ask: “Is this (lifestyle, relationship, job, drug, etc.) still working for me and helping me get the most out of my life?” If you find yourself feeling that something is missing for you, or things just aren’t going the way you want them to, or you are in turmoil, it is likely time to talk to someone.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is a strong connection between people who abuse substances and people who have mental health struggles. Many people also wonder if they are self-medicating their mental illness with substances or if their use of substances has caused mental health instability. The reality is that it could be either or both of those causes. For some, mental illness came first and using drugs or drinking alcohol was an early coping skill. For others, years of heavy drinking or drug use has caused a change in brain chemistry which causes symptoms of mental illness.

In either case, treatment typically begins with an assessment of your needs, individual counseling, group counseling, and sometimes referrals to other treatment providers, such as a psychiatrist. Sometimes substance abusers benefit the most from medical detoxification and/or residential treatment before individual talk therapy can be effective. Many people entering recovery, both from mental illness and substance abuse, benefit from community support groups in conjunction with individual counseling. There are various ways treatment can look, and I work with you and your family to find the best fit for you and your life. With sobriety and treatment, recovery can start to heal the body, mind and spirit.

Rachel O’Mahoney is a Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Rachel’s services, please call (512) 964-6209.

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Rachel O'Mahoney
2211 Hancock Dr, Suite B
Austin, TX 78756
Sarah Arnold
Sarah Arnold
Austin, TX 78746

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

 
I offer individual and family counseling. I specialize in adolescent therapy and parent coaching. My goal is to help teens who are facing challenges such as depression, self-harm, eating disorders, adjustment issues and communication problems. At the same time, I believe that the family can play a large role in helping the healing process. I work with parents to help them understand how to best help their child through their challenges and help to bridge the communication gap that is so often found in parent/teen relationships.
 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

 
I use a variety of techniques in therapy because I believe that every person is unique. I tailor therapy to each individual person in order for them to have the best possible outcomes. My approach includes theories such as Family Systems Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal and Relational, Nutritional, and Psycho-Educational.
 

When should one seek treatment?

 
Beginning treatment can be a scary and overwhelming process. I believe that everyone can benefit from counseling, because everyone has challenges. It is important to find someone with whom you feel you can connect well with and share openly with. It is never to late to seek help, but the earlier you reach out to someone, the more support you will have along the way.
 

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

 
Many people reach out to substance use as a way to cope with their mental health struggles. Others develop mental health problems because of their substance abuse. It can be difficult at times to determine what the foundational issue is, but I work with clients to help them find positive ways to cope with their addiction and find clarity in their mental health. I also work with the families of those suffering with addiction, because I understand that they need a strong support as well.
 
Sarah Arnold is a Counselor in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Sarah’s services, please call (512) 693-9539.
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Sarah Arnold
3355 Bee Caves Rd, Suite 601
Austin, TX 78746
Tori Olds
Tori Olds
Austin, TX 78703

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual and couples therapy. My practice also offers many excellent groups, including a number for young adults. 
 

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Dan Siegel (developer of the field of interpersonal neurobiology) notes that every mental disorder can be characterized by either too much rigidity or too much chaos (or both). Rigidity may manifest as depression, shut-down, strong defenses, or lack of access to one's emotions or vitality, while chaos can manifest as hyper-emotionality, dysregulation, rage, etc. These are problematic in different ways, and both signify an underlying lack of integration between parts of the brain. Therapy can foster integration between different areas of the brain so they can work together--for instance so we can think straight while having emotions at the same time. I therefore recommend therapy for anyone who struggles to find enough emotional stability (ie has too much chaos) or who struggles to find enough vitality (ie has too much rigidity). 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

My work is emotion-focused, experiential, and somatic. I draw primarily on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. These are some of the approaches that have emerged from the new field of interpersonal neurobiology which uses cutting edge brain science in understanding human relationships and health. I recommend my clients read Siegel's book Mindsight, because understanding how our childhood relationships wired our brains can be so helpful in decreasing shame and increasing empowerment. 

When should one seek treatment?

     I am a believer that anyone can benefit from therapy. In deciding whether to try counseling, an important question would be: "how would I describe my relationship to myself?" Therapy is about forging a relationship with one's self that is characterized by respect, attentiveness, and care. Without this type of positive relationship to one's self, it is difficult to move through negative states in a grounded, present manner. Mindfulness is a key component in developing this relationship, and is the most powerful tool that I know of in addressing the rigidity and/or chaos mentioned above.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Deep Eddy Psychotherapy would be a particular fit for someone interested in developing a healthier relationship with themselves and others and learning to better regulate their emotions (ie have access to their emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them). We attract individuals interested in using mindfulness and self-compassion to foster integration in their neurology so that the world (outside and inner) can feel like a safe place. 

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

When someone lacks integration (as described above), their brain states can become polarized and leave them with either too much chaos or rigidity. Either state might pull one towards drugs as a form of self-medication. Our practice does not specialize in addiction, and often I suggest clients struggling with addiction also see an addiction specialist to help them manage this symptom while we work to deal with the underlying brain states that cause them suffering--often related to large or small traumas.
 
Tori is a Licensed Psychologist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas. For more information on her services, please visit their website at www.deepeddypsychotherapy.com.or contact her at (512) 461-4828.
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What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

We offer group and individual counseling as well as couples counseling. We work with a broad range of issues (anger management, anxiety, etc.) and we take each case on a case by case basis to ensure rightness of fit for counselor and client. We do not specialize in substance abuse counseling but view these issues on a continuum with all other issues that are tricky to manage.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Our practice incorporates a humanistic approach to helping people improve their lives. We discuss goals and targets but we also get to know the person as a whole and work with them to be more mindful of stressors, triggers, and ways to ground themselves. Relapses happen. Our goal is to work with people to help them make those periods between relapse longer and longer by adding insight, coping mechanisms, and safety nets.

When should one seek treatment?

Everyone has a different spot for this. Most often someone has to hit a "bottom." To me, this is a point that they understand it is intolerable to be this way any longer. Sometimes it has to be bad enough to want something to be different. My hope is that people can seek help before it gets to this point.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

These issues tend to be strongly tied together. Very often people self medicate to try and help cope with the issues befuddling them. It can be a number of things and it is important to carefully rule out medical and other environmental factors. We partner with doctors and psychiatrists to quickly get our clients in for services so they can rapidly get better. We view medication as being a piece that is sometimes part of the puzzle but that is up to each individual.

William Schroeder is a Counselor and Clinical Director at Just Mind in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding William’s services, please call (512) 843-7665 or check out JustMind.org.

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