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Even though I am experienced in a variety of issues, my specialty area in counseling is Anxiety Management. In this world we live in, there are many causes of our anxiety but no matter what your particular stresses, the process of getting better is the same.
My approach engages mind, body and spirit as tools to reduce anxiety and learn to live a peaceful life. I believe my clients find me to be open, accepting, informative and fun. I love the new emphasis on positive psychology, which not only assesses what is wrong, but also what is right in a person's life. Together, my clients and I identify their strengths and learn to use them towards growth and healing.
My focus areas are happiness coaching, plus professional anxiety and depression counseling.
Coaching vs. Counseling: What's the Difference?
Basically, the difference is one of severity. Coaching is for people who are functioning at an "OK" level, but they want to improve or enhance some area of their life. Examples may include work satisfaction, relationship improvement, defining life/career goals, or finding more happiness in their lives. Coaching issues are not diagnosable mental disorders and coaching services would not be reimbursable by health insurance.
Counseling, or psychotherapy, is usually sought by people who are not functioning at an "OK" level. They are under considerable distress and may be referred by a physician or other healthcare provider. Examples may include clinical depression, panic attacks, extreme anxiety or acute grief. Counseling issues are diagnosable mental disorders and are usually reimbursable by health insurance.
I am a provider for the following insurance panels: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna. My private pay fee is $125 per 50 minute session.
But we can only get to know each other so much online. Ready to talk? I'm ready to listen. Give me a call today. There's never a charge to explore if this is the right answer.
Want to hear what I had to say during my recent radio interview? Listen below.
I saw Sally after I first moved to Austin from out of state. She helped me transition from my "old" to my "new" life, as well as work through some recurring relationship issues I have. I can't say enough positive things about Sally--she had good insights and solid advice to offer, and after a while, I didn't feel I needed to come any more. (Now I've moved yet again, and I wish I could see Sally in my new state!) Seeing her each week was like having a chat with a good friend, who would listen to my problems and not judge. As an aside, Sally was always on time, responsive to emails, and her office was a clean, comforting space to hang out in. I can't think of anything that would have made my experience seeing her better--she's that good.Lisa B.
I started working with Sally approximately a year and a half ago for stress and anxiety issues. I have worked with a wide variety of counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists and Sally is far and away the best I have encountered. Scheduling an initial appointment with a mental health professional can be a very scary thing, but Sally took the fear and hassle right out of the process. The first time I called I spoke directly with her rather than a receptionist so that when I had my first appointment (within a week of calling!) she knew my concerns and I didn't have to do the initial explanation/introduction a second time. In our time working together Sally has been supportive, encouraging, and completely respectful. She knows when to push and when to back away. She seems to intuitively understand the specific type of support and counseling I need, even if that changes on a daily basis. In addition to her obvious skills as a counselor, Sally is a genuinely kind and giving human being who obviously cares about her clients outside of the time spent together in her office. I would highly recommend Sally to anyone who needs support through a difficult time, or simply someone to talk to and self-reflect with.Melissa C.
Meeting with Sally was as comfortable as talking with a friend. Her impartial insights and feedback were so very helpful and went a long way to lending new perspective to my life. She is a kind counselor, very knowledgeable, and even made therapy fun. Recommend!S. K.
Sally counseled me for a short period during a difficult time in my life. She was immensely helpful and, to my surprise, we were able to resolve my issue completely. I had been to previous therapists and this experience was much, much better. I recommend Sally's services to others on a regular basis now. She is amazing!Elizabeth B.
Sally was outstanding in helping me through a rough patch with anxiety, and again with some minor things later. She was never judgmental, always a great listener, and her advice and guidance played no small part in me finding my new "normal". Highly recommended!Walter C.