Q: What type of clients does Embark Counseling, Austin work with?

A: I work with both individuals and couples for a variety of reasons.  Some clients come in dealing with anxiety or depression and are looking for relief in order to lead happier, more productive lives. Some are facing significant life decisions, like career changes or divorce, and are confused about which path to take.  Some want help creating a stronger relationship, or are seeking to heal a wound from an old relationship that continues to bring pain. And others cannot quite put their finger on it, but report a general unease or numbness and want to bring more joy, clarity or meaning to life. 

Q: Is therapy for me?

A: Therapy can be right for anybody for a number of different reasons. The purpose of therapy is to provide a safe, compassionate environment where people can explore what is going on in their lives and bring about change. Many of my clients are struggling with life transitions that challenge all of us: relocation, a career change, a shift in status or income, marriage, divorce, the loss of a loved one, or unwelcome conflict within their relationships. If you are struggling and need help getting through it, then therapy can work for you.

Q: What is your approach to individual or couples counseling?

A: Therapy is different for each person. An approach that works with one client may not resonate with another. Generally, the first few sessions focus on assessment and goal setting, and I tailor my approach after learning about each client. I am trained in EMDR and iRest, two evidence-based methods for working with trauma, as well as in Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

Ideally, therapy provides a creative space where people gain insight and learn new tools that facilitate growth. An essential ingredient is a non-judgmental environment. All of us have had challenges and struggle with parts of ourselves that we may not like or understand. Judgment does not belong in therapy and only hinders the process.

Q: How long will the therapy process take?

A: Unfortunately, this is a very difficult question to answer. The length of time spent in therapy depends on many things, including the person, or couple, and the reasons for coming to therapy.  During the process, however, I continuously check in with my clients to see whether they feel as though they are making progress toward their goals, and if not, what needs to change with respect to the work we are doing.

Q: Does Embark Counseling take insurance?

A: No, I do not take insurance directly. However, I am an out-of-network provider for all major insurance plans. This means that I collect payment in full at the time I provide services and provide you with paperwork that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement on your therapy sessions. Please check with your insurance company to review your out-of-network mental health benefits.

Q: Are you a licensed therapist in Austin, Texas?

A: Yes, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT-Associate) by the State of Texas.

Q: Does Embark Counseling offer therapy for individuals?

A: Yes, in fact the training that an LMFT-Associate receives is quite effective for working with individuals. Most of us have been shaped by our relationships, and training in the dynamics of relationships assists clients with sorting out how their families, romantic partnerships, friendships and other connections play a role in their lives.

Q: Where is the Embark Counseling office located?

A: My office is located in northwest Austin, Texas near the intersection of Mesa Drive and Spicewood Springs Road. The address is 4131 Spicewood Springs Road, Building N, Suite 11, Austin, TX 78759.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment? Can I schedule my appointment online?

A: For now, we are taking appointments over the phone. Please call 512-297-6672 for a scheduled therapy session.

Q: Does Embark Counseling have evening appointments?

A: Yes, I offer evening appointments to accommodate clients who cannot get away during the workday.


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