Here at Austin Professional Counseling™, we offer leading-edge therapist training opportunities including Psychology postdoc placements and an advanced couples therapy study group. If you want to learn the very latest science-based approaches to individual therapy, couples therapy, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and more, and develop personally as well as professionally, our community of experienced therapists and training groups offers you that path. Read more on our postdoc clinical training program and advanced therapy training groups below.
Advanced Couples Therapy Training Group
John Howard, LPC, LMFT offers a popular and rigorous experiential training group in couples therapy that includes attachment-oriented therapy and the application of interpersonal neurobiology, based on his own experience and years of training with top theorists. John integrates PACT, Gottman Method therapy, EFT and more, including his own developing approach, Presence Therapy, which focuses on developing in-the-moment skills and helping partners harness the opportunity for personal and relational growth embedded in their relationship experience.
John was 1 of 12 couples therapists in the world chosen to form the founding faculty of the PACT Institute after 6 years of dedicated study with PACT Founder Dr. Stan Tatkin including serving as his first teaching assistant in the PACT trainings. John left the faculty to focus on his own relationship health education company, Ready Set Love®, which gives couples neuroscience-based exercises that develop their relationship muscles. John is also Certified Level II in Gottman Method couples therapy and has researched and written articles on Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). John presents at psychological conferences nationally, is a faculty presenter with Dr. Diane Poole-Heller’s Therapy Mastermind, and has led a relationship wellness program at Google, Inc. After 10 years of experience working with challenging and complex couples cases, John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to helping de-mystify advanced couples work and helping you become more confident working with couples.
This study group involves some didactic learning, case consultation, and experiential practice of methods. The practice is the key part that many other study groups do not offer. Because John’s approach to therapeutic change is primarily experiential, he believes that practicing methods is key to feeling confident in implementing new approaches and growing as a clinician. If you are a therapist or a graduate student in counseling and wish to specialize on couples therapy or simply learn new and advanced methods in the field, feel free to send us an email indicating your interest. The training covers modern couples therapy methods, interpersonal neurobiology, affective neuroscience, mindfulness, regulation theory, attachment theory, somatic strategies and experiential couples therapy.
Clinical Training for Postdocs and Psychologists
Postdoctoral Fellow Training Program
At Austin Professional Counseling™, you have the chance to join an award-winning team delivering the highest standard of psychotherapeutic care in a private practice setting. We specialize in CBT, couples therapy, the treatment of depression and anxiety, and issues related to identity, existential exploration and self-esteem. We employ the very latest approaches to mental health care including neuroscience-based methodologies, world-class couples therapy, an integration of regulation theory, attachment concepts, EMDR and newer approaches to trauma, with a combination of systemic, psychodynamic and solution-focused therapy. You become a part of a close-knit team of highly capable clinicians and have the opportunity to train in the very latest approaches to psychotherapeutic care.
We value engaging in our own personal and professional growth and develop warm, authentic relationships with our clients. We interface with psychiatrists as needed, providing evidence-based treatment that is medically and scientifically sound, yet also bring a biopsychosocial, systemic and integrative perspective to our work. We accept the applications of highly-skilled Licensed Psychologists and post-doctoral fellows throughout the year.
Ideal candidates should feel confident about their clinical skills and have a warm, empathic presence. Candidates should also be curious to learn new modalities and interested to grow personally and professionally. Clinicians are expected to work independently and maintain their caseloads with a high level of professionalism, responsibility and care. We are interested in candidates who are kind, smart, knowledgeable, hard-working, and want to be part of building one of the leading psychotherapy clinics in the Southwest.
Benefits of Working at Austin Professional Counseling™:
- Being part of a well-known clinical practice with a stellar reputation in Austin led by nationally-recognized therapist John Howard
- Helping to build a progressive clinic working to de-stigmatize mental health care, provide education in the community, and make mental health care marketing more engaging
- Individual and group training and supervision in a variety of modalities, including:
- Weekly training group focused on an integration of newer approaches to individual psychotherapy and emotion-focused work led by Dr. Tori Olds (CEUs offered)
- Bi-weekly advanced training group in couples therapy (if desired) (CEUs offered)
- Weekly 1-on-1 supervision with our Clinical Director, Dr. Tracy Carver
- All billing, insurance, and marketing handled by our experienced office administration team.
- Reliable stream of clients and intakes scheduled for you
- Flexible hours (postdoctoral fellow position may require some evening or weekend availability, however)
- Beautiful, furnished office spaces
- Professional photo and page on our website
- Ability to contribute to the community through our social media and blog
To read more about our Postdoctoral Training program, CLICK HERE
Study Group in Spirituality and Mindfulness
John Howard, a longtime non-denominational spiritual director, offers spirituality and mindfulness study groups. These groups have both professional clinicians and non-mental-health professionals as members. The groups are experiential and combine study of universal spiritual growth concepts with dedicated mindfulness and contemplative practice time. The groups are non-denominational–all beliefs and non-beliefs are welcome. John combines methodologies common to many of the world’s mystical traditions and ancient spiritual wisdom gleaned from various cultures with his own real-world experience studying and teaching spiritual growth for over 20 years.
John’s background as a spiritual director:
John had a spiritual awakening at the age of 18 that led him to dedicate his life to the exploration of our inner potential as human beings. After a year spent living alone and meditating, John hit the road, learning various traditions across the U.S., including learning Sanskrit from hippies in Woodstock to working with Mayan healers in Portland, OR. Much of this time was spent living in the woods and learning to live fully present in the moment. John then traveled to the high Andes of Peru and trained in traditional Inca spirituality with a renowned instructor. That was followed by a study of Aztec healing systems in the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, and time spent living and training with a Cheyenne medicine man in Wyoming. He also studied Hinduism, mystical Christianity, Sufism and Tibetan Buddhism.
John completed a three-year training program including a teacher training program in alternative healing modalities led by two medical doctors who were incorporating holistic medicine and Buddhist meditation in their clinical practices. John taught for the University of Spiritual Healing in California for several years and traveled the United States training acupuncturists, psychologists and nurses in holistic healing modalities. Before becoming a therapist, John had a well-known holistic healing practice with clients in every major U.S. city and Canada. John is credentialed at one of the highest levels in one of the world’s oldest mystical schools and was the youngest spiritual teacher in the U.S. to attain that rank when it was given. He appreciates the diversity of cultural perspectives and world traditions and focuses on common elements across traditions that lead to effective practice and personal growth.