To schedule a session with John, Leah or Peter, just fill out the contact form below and we will respond shortly. You may also call us on the number below. Please let us know your name, number, who referred you or how you found us, and which therapist you would like to see. You may read more about John, Leah and Peter’s practices below. Thank you and talk soon!
Austin Professional Counseling, PLLC
508 Deep Eddy Ave
Austin, TX 78703
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.
Read about the differences between John, Peter and Leah’s practices below to determine the best therapist for you, then let us know via phone or the contact form to schedule your first appt. See you soon!
John’s Practice Description
John specializes in in-depth couples therapy as well as in dating, group therapy, depression, anxiety and spiritual issues. John brings the leading edge of couples therapy to Austin, TX, having studied for 6 years with Dr. Stan Tatkin of UCLA, widely considered one of the world’s top couples therapists and who is helping update the various couples therapy models with new, neuroscience understandings. John was 1 of 12 couples therapists in the world invited to join the core faculty of the PACT Institute, a leading institute to teach new science concepts and approaches to couples therapists worldwide. He speaks at national psychotherapy conferences and helps to train therapists on a variety of subjects internationally. John has clients in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas and consults for individuals and couples in New York and Los Angeles. His available hours are limited to weekdays, 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. See below for John’s fee schedule.
Peter’s Practice Description
Peter specializes in mindfulness, helping you develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself, and helping you overcome trauma to thrive at life. He is certified in EMDR trauma resolution therapy, and also helps couples get back on track. He offers individual, couples and group counseling. If you’re wanting to get more in touch with your real self and connect better in your relationships with others, Peter is a great fit. He also work with singles navigating the dating scene and men who are learning how to be masculine in a healthy way. Peter is known for his warm, deep and caring presence and a holistic approach the whole person: mind, body, heart, nutrition and wellness. Peter is a graduate of St. Edward’s University and holds a Masters in Counseling. He also holds a certificate in the psychology of eating and is a sponsored triathlete. In addition to many years of personal wellness and coaching experience, Peter has engaged in advanced psychotherapy trainings such as Somatic Experiencing, PACT, Minding the Heart with Dr. Tori Olds and couples therapy with John Howard. Peter’s schedule is 4-8pm, Mon-Fri with other select daytime hours available. His fee is $125/45min and $150/hr.
Leah’s Practice Description
Leah has a deep, warm, caring and attuned stance as a therapist. She is highly trained in facilitating emotional process and deep personal growth. She practices out of our beautiful and peaceful 2nd location just off Bee Caves Rd. at 500 Grace Ln in Westlake (78746). If you’re looking for a healing, holding environment in which to gather yourself and grow, working with Leah at our newest location is an ideal fit. Leah works with adults seeking hope, a sense of order, and a stronger sense of self. She has a compassionate presence and brings love to her work with clients. She helps her clients alleviate anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, stress, social anxiety, and having unsatisfying relationships. She also has a keen interest to work with new mothers adjusting to motherhood and finding the right balance of self-care and parenting. She offers individual, couples and group psychotherapy and loves working with couples to deepen connection. Her groups focus on building relationship and communication skills that deepen your emotional intelligence, empathy, authenticity, and transparency. Leah’s schedule is 10-2pm, Mon-Thurs with a few other select weekday hours available. Her fee is $125/45min and $150/hr.
— PETER and LEAH’s FEE SCHEDULE —
Individuals and Couples:
$125 for 45 minute sessions
$150 for one hr. sessions
$175 for 90 minute sessions
Group: $45 per week (90 minute sessions)
— JOHN’S FEE SCHEDULE —
$400 for 90 minute sessions
$300 for one hr. sessions (most common)
$250 for 45 minute sessions*
*45 min sessions are most appropriate for couples in the maintenance phase of therapy. It is recommended that appointments in the initial phases of therapy be either 60 or 90 minutes in order to have enough time to both assess and work on any problem areas.
$225 for 45 minute sessions (most common)
$250 for 1 hr.
Group: $50 per week (90 minute sessions)
Group therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself, practice authenticity, and deepen your connecting and relationship skills with others.
John generally works with couples and individuals that are seeking a regular weekly or every-other-week appointment on his schedule as he likes to know his clients well and follow the effect of the therapy work as closely as possible. While it is more difficult to obtain a spot on his schedule for a one-time, occasional, or monthly appointment, call us and let us know what you need and we will do our best to accommodate you. John occasionally has cancellations or other exceptions to his regular schedule where he might be able to fit in the occasional appointment.
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.