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None of us at Therapy Austin blog for a living, but every once in a while we like to compose an offering that serves to inform, uplift, remind or resource you. Enjoy!

January is Mental Health Awareness Month!
As we step into the new year, it’s essential to recognize the importance of mental health and well-being. January is not only a time for setting intentions and fresh starts but also an opportune moment to raise awareness about mental health. At Therapy Austin, we believe that fostering a supportive environment for mental health is crucial, and January serves as a perfect platform to initiate conversations, break stigmas, and encourage self-care practices. Why January? January can be a diff...
Celebrating Neurodiversity & Understanding ADHD
At Therapy Austin, we celebrate neurodiversity, including the individuals worldwide who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Our commitment is to provide education, support, and therapeutic guidance for those living with ADHD and for the community at large.  Despite its prevalence, ADHD remains misunderstood by many. Like many in this field, we choose to see it as merely one of many brain types. Here at Therapy Austin, we prefer a non-pathologizing and strengths-based approach to neurodivergence. What...
Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence: A Guide to Support and Safety
Domestic violence (DV), often referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV), is a grave and pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals, transcending age, gender, socioeconomic status, and culture. Understanding its signs and knowing how to respond can make a world of difference to someone trapped in a harmful situation. In this post, we at Therapy Austin aim to provide insights and resources for recognizing and assisting those impacted by domestic violence. Spotting the Signs of Domes...
More to Diversity than Meets the Eye
April is #DiversityAwarenessMonth, but more than awareness, we believe it’s important to talk about true diversity, which offers support, equity, and if necessary, repair. Just bringing in folks from different backgrounds, and doing nothing else to change the systems that created homogeneity in the first place, is at best, cosmetic, and at worst, harmful.
Whether You're a Royal or a Regular Jo/Joe
During #WomensHistoryMonth, it feels important to talk about a woman who has been in the news prominently over the last week. Meghan Markle has spoken publicly about her need for support, and her suicidality. No matter who you are, these are deeply personal and difficult issues to navigate. We hope that hearing Meghan speak about her troubles encourages other folks to share their struggles and to seek help.
Our Promise to Our Community
As the pain and rage from centuries of racist-driven violence gushes out of every corner of our county, our hearts are breaking. It’s not enough to say “We stand with you,” to our counselors and clients who suffer aggression and oppression stemming from racist minds, privileged bias, and structural discrimination. We want to be real.  We want to be open.  We want to create safety for our counselors and provide that to our clients.  We want to facilitate change and healing.  We want to look at ou...
Ted-Ed Mental Health Awareness Video Playlist
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! TED-Ed offers videos on all sorts of scientific ideas, including some engaging and enlightening ones on mental health, which are helpfully cataloged into a mental health awareness playlist. Check out this brief video that explains how some traumas lead to the ongoing physical and emotional symptoms that we call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you’re into psychoed, you might end up deep diving into the rest of them! At Therapy Austin we like collecti...
"...But, Have You Considered Therapy?"
Today’s resource comes from our own Melanie Dyer. She hosts a podcast in which she interviews people and mental health professionals about their experiences in therapy, or their experience as a therapist. It’s called …But, Have You Considered Therapy? Mel shared, “The entire point of the podcast is to make going to therapy less scary by normalizing it, talking about it, and helping people learn about different kinds of therapy and resources, etc. The episodes are typically only...
Changed for Good
Dear Clients, Don’t worry, neither of us is the good witch or wicked witch. We contain both sides–just like Glinda and Elphaba. I know, I know, I know. Just the title of this post sounds a little too mushy to keep reading. But this is the FEELINGS business, people! And so I’d like to discuss one of the feelings that comes up often in the therapist-client relationship – L.O.V.E. One of the best pieces of advice I received in grad school came from Professor Allyson Jervey, LCSW, who sa...
On Fighting Sensitive Stigmas
When I was in grad school, we had to attend 10 therapy sessions of our own, because the best way to learn is to experience it for yourself. I remember very adamantly telling my counselor that I was in therapy because it was required for school, not because “anything is wrong.” And, because she was a great counselor, she gently called me out. “It seems like it’s important to you that I know nothing is wrong with you.” “Uh, well, yeah. I’m fine, I’m just here because school said I had to be.” “Do ...
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