To schedule your first session with us, just fill out the contact form below or email us at email@example.com. You can also text or call our confidential office line at 512-469-0535. You may fill out our client paperwork and bring it with you to your first appointment (or we will have a shortened version ready for you in our waiting room). Our office will help place you with the best therapist for you that matches your needs, goals, and scheduling convenience. Our therapists may have different fees, schedules, and practice areas, so read their bios or see our fee schedule below to know more, or our office will help you with that over the phone. When you email or call us, please let us know your name, number, who referred you or how you found us, and if you have a preference of which therapist you would like to see. We look forward to supporting you in your growth journey. Talk soon!
Austin Professional Counseling, PLLC
4407 Bee Caves Rd, Ste 422
Austin, TX 78746
Office: 512.469.0535 Fax: 512-387-3515
Why hire one of us? Here at Austin Professional Counseling we bring the cutting edge of relationship and psychological science to the services we provide. You can rest easy knowing you’re in the best of hands. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, dating, or spiritual/existential questions, we specialize in all of the above and can help you get back on track!
We believe in bringing depth and authenticity into our relationship with you. We don’t B.S. you. We put you and your life goals first and help you to reach them, including looping in other specialized professionals if needed. We are warm, friendly, kind, and take a positive strengths-based approach to life’s problems. Even in relationship work, where it is common for partners to criticize and judge one another, we challenge you to think and work like a team, identifying common goals and then practicing relationship skills to achieve those goals.
You can read about our therapists and their approaches by reading their bio pages listed under ‘About Us’ in the menu above. If you have a preference for certain practitioners, you can let us know when you reach out to schedule your first appt. Fees are listed below. See you soon!
Standard length sessions are $150. Extended sessions are $180. Couples therapy is generally $180 as it most often uses extended sessions. We have a few clinicians who charge a little less, and we have a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin where you can see a Doctoral candidate that has experience for between $50-$75 a session.
Groups are $50/week with some variation depending on the group.
John Howard and Dr. Tracy Carver have special pricing.
Group therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself, practice authenticity, and deepen your connecting and relationship skills with others.
If you are currently in crisis or if your situation is an emergency, please call 911 or the Austin Integral Care Crisis Hotline at 512-472-HELP (4357). The hotline is staffed by licensed counselors 24/7. Callers receive “immediate assessments, crisis intervention services if needed and referral to additional community resources. If the caller is in imminent danger, a staff member will contact 911.”
It is important to know that our practice is focused on long-term support of life goals and is not set up to respond to any immediate crisis or immediate need for appointments. Sessions are often booked weeks or more in advance and it may not be possible for us to see you outside of those scheduled sessions. Therefore if you are an existing or prospective client and in crisis or in any type of emergency, please call 911 or the mental health hotline mentioned above.If you are a client of John’s, his Associate therapists typically have availability to see you on short notice should you need such support.
What is the value of extended sessions for couples? Whether you are a new or existing couple client, you are welcome to schedule yourselves for 45 min appt. times. Many couples, however, benefit from meeting for an extended period of time, either at the beginning of therapy, or if your sessions are spaced four or more weeks apart. Research has found that couples often benefit from longer session times due to the complexity of relationship issues, the fact that there are more people in the room to understand and listen to, and the need to navigate differing personalities and learning styles. There is a greater amount of information for all participants to gather and process relative to individual counseling. The extra time may allow the counselor to assess more deeply in areas that relate to neuroscience and automatic reactions and patterns, and to structure exercises in session that support the learning of new habits and skills. While not all therapists offer extended sessions for couples, therapists that specialize in relationship work often offer them for couples that have the time and are interested. 90 min couples appointments can be beneficial, but certainly are not required, and sometimes our schedules won’t cooperate with setting them up. 45 min sessions are still effective and may be the right choice depending on my schedule and your needs as clients.
Payment Terms: Payment is due at the time of each session. While we have an office manager in charge of scheduling and billing, you may pay your therapist directly at the time of your visit by placing a card on file or by paying with check or cash. We accept all major credit cards. Most of our clients choose to place a credit card on file for convenience. Our office will charge your card after your appointment using professional billing software that safeguards your personal and financial information. If your card expires at some point during treatment or ceases to work for any reason, our office staff will be in touch to renew your card information. If you plan to submit any invoices to your insurance carrier for out-of-network coverage, if you plan to deduct your therapy expenses, or if you just want emailed receipts to help you record and track therapy expenses, we prefer that you give us prior notice at the start of counseling so that the office staff is aware and can produce the necessary paperwork on time. Keep in mind that any filing for insurance reimbursement requires an official mental health diagnosis and such information has been known to be accessible to third parties under certain conditions, meaning that the insurance record of treatment may not be as private as our own records of our work together. Individuals who work in cash-heavy industries or who want maximum privacy concerning their therapy sessions can pay in cash at the time of the appointment.