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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!

What to Expect in Your First Therapy Session
Embarking on a journey towards mental well-being is a courageous step, and your first therapy session marks the beginning of this transformative process. At Therapy Austin, we understand that starting therapy can feel daunting, but we’re here to guide you through every step of the way. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through what to expect in your very first therapy session, so that you can feel empowered, and excited, to enter that therapy room! Building Rapport Your initial thera...
A Guide to Finding the Right Therapist for You
Embarking on the journey of therapy is a courageous step toward self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. Choosing the right therapist is a crucial aspect of this journey, as the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in the effectiveness of the process. In this blog post, we will explore the many things you might consider to help you find the perfect therapist for your unique needs! Define Your Goals: Begin by clarifying your reasons for seeking therapy. Whether it’s ma...
Interviewing Your Prospective Therapist: Questions to Ask and What to Look For
Finding a therapist can be likened to finding a life partner; you’re searching for a trusted confidante who understands you, supports you, and guides you on the journey of self-discovery and healing. It’s a personal process, and it can take time to find the right fit. One useful tool to help you along this path is to “interview” your prospective therapist. Here are some questions to consider and things to look for when choosing your therapist. Questions to Ask Your Prospe...
The Value of Local In-Person and Online Therapy over Nationwide Online Platforms
The Value of Local In-Person and Online Therapy over Nationwide Online Platforms In this age of digital connections, there’s an abundance of choices when it comes to mental health support. We have nationwide online platforms like Better Help at our fingertips, but opting for local in-person therapy, or a blend of local in-person and online therapy, will offer a more personalized, community-oriented solution. This article explores the unique advantages of these therapy options. Creating a S...
Self-Pay vs Insurance Pay: Navigating Your Therapy Options
Whether you are venturing into therapy for the first time or are a seasoned therapy-goer, understanding your payment options can feel confusing and overwhelming. Two common methods of payment for therapy are self-pay (out-of-pocket) and insurance pay. Both have their pros and cons, and your personal circumstances will largely determine which one is right for you. Insurance Pay: The Pros and Cons Using insurance to pay for therapy is common, and it offers numerous benefits. First and foremost, it...
Trans Wellness Local Resource Guide
The Trans Resource Guide for Austin and Central Texas was published by Transgender Wellness, a program of OutYouth, in October. We wanted to share it because it includes recommendations for mental health, medical, social and legal services from people in the trans community who have received these services and people who are knowledgeable about culturally-competent providers. Please use it and share it with others who might benefit from these recommendations! This Resource Rec was brought to yo...
Look for the Helpers
We know many of you have friends or family impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It can be frightening and overwhelming to see the news about the destruction happening across the Texas coast. In scary times like these, it can be helpful to do what Mr. Rogers suggested and look for the helpers. Wherever there are disasters, there are also good-hearted people who do their very best to provide aid. It can also be healing to become a helper, allowing us to shift from a helpless role to an active one. Here a...
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