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Heather Davies, LCSW

Heather Davies, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"It can be difficult to find your center or ground when you feel overwhelmed and alone in your experience. Some of the highly intuitive people I work with w..." read more

Austin, TX 78752

Heather Davies, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00679

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Frank Cohn

Frank Cohn

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"We are a community of 20+ therapists. One of the most difficult things to do when you're suffering is trying to find the right person to help. We've made..." read more

Austin, TX 78723

Frank Cohn Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13318

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Nanci Boice, M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT

Nanci Boice, M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Everyone has a story. We often fail to see potential strengths in our stories and we overlook our own inner gifts and talents that could assist us in over..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Nanci Boice, M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10400

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Dena Roberts, M.Ed.

Dena Roberts, M.Ed.

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I have a strong comittment to bring compassion, curiousity and my True Self into my work. First, I help you get some relief from the initial concern. Next,..." read more

Austin, TX 78703

Dena Roberts, M.Ed. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00396

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Margaret Peery MA, LMFT, LPC

Margaret Peery MA, LMFT, LPC

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"My position as a therapist is to listen and provide tools for people who come to therapy because they are hoping for direction with issues that cause them ..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Margaret Peery MA, LMFT, LPC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16540

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Vanessa F. Gallagher, MAHS, LPC-S

Vanessa F. Gallagher, MAHS, LPC-S

Verified Credentials

Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"For me, joining with someone on their personal journey is one of the greatest honors I've ever been privileged to experience. Most people seek out a ther..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Vanessa F. Gallagher, MAHS, LPC-S Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13584

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Patricia Florence, LCSW

Patricia Florence, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I look at our lives as affected by our genes, our families, our communities, and the larger world. How we interact with those circles and with ourselves af..." read more

Austin, TX 78705

Patricia Florence, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01300

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Christine Winston, LCSW

Christine Winston, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults

"So often, we have a longing for change in our lives, but we're just not sure where to start. Psychotherapy can serve as a tool to help unravel and change f..." read more

Austin, TX 78704

Christine Winston, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00162

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Uva Most, LCSW

Uva Most, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Would you like to feel more balanced, present and joyous in life? Human beings are born with the innate wisdom to achieve harmony and joy in life. When t..." read more

Austin, TX 78702

Uva Most, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 06996

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Jill Z. Brenner, LCSW

Jill Z. Brenner, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My therapeutic approach is eclectic, allowing me to draw on a variety of modalities to help guide my counseling. Because individuals are unique, the type o..." read more

Austin, TX 78759

Jill Z. Brenner, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05742

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Austin, Texas, situated in Travis County, is home to over 840,0001 residents and several major corporations. Google, Texas Instruments, Whole Foods, Apple, 3M, and eBay have chosen Austin for their regional or home office locations. With a thriving business architecture, the city is able to sustain entertainment and academic excellence while providing ample services for its many residents.

 

Mental Health Statistics
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20% of adults living in Travis County reported some form of mental health issue between 2008 and 2010. The county also saw a 33% rise in psychiatric inpatient care in those years. The Mental Health Task Force and (MHTF) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reported that in 2010, 92% of individuals readmitted to a hospital more than four times in a one month period had substance use issues and 100% had some classification of mood disorder. The Austin Independent School District Student Substance Use and Safety Survey showed that 16% of all teenage students had poor or very poor coping skills to deal with negative or stressful emotions2.

 

Behavioral Health Initiative Makes an Impact in Austin
Austin delivers services to its residents through the Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD), and they aim to protect the mental and physical health of all citizens through collaborative efforts that include volunteers, staff members, medical professionals, social service providers, private organizations, community outreach efforts, and residents. Some of the goals Austin is focused on achieving include making city facilities smoke free, reaching at least 95% of all individuals with HIV/AIDS to provide them with care, obtaining housing for at least 75% of those in need, and seeing an improvement in mentoring and positive peer modeling in at least 75% of all Austin adolescents3.

 

As part of Travis County’s HHSD, residents of Austin benefit from the many services provided on county and city levels. Services to veterans are a high priority as the region is home to approximately 50,000 veterans, and suicide rates among these individuals are increasing. The HHSD offers targeted programs to help veterans cope with mental health issues.

 

Other services offered through the HHSD include the Children’s Outpatient Mental Health & Evaluation Services program that provides diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and support to children and families in need. The Austin Child Guidance Center acts as a safe place for families and children to receive care regardless of their ability to pay, and in 2012, over 4,700 children received counseling services there.

 

Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC) oversees all of the programs offered to residents. These include Early Childhood Intervention, Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders Programs, The Inn (a residential program that treats those with short-term, psychiatric crises), Mobile Crisis Outreach, Developmental Disabilities Services, Emergency Psychiatric Services, and many others. Each of these departments is focused on addressing the specific issues related to their target client bases, and together, they work to improve the well-being of all citizens. Overall, more than 14,400 Austin residents used these outlets to receive mental health and social services in 20124.

 

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2013). State & County QuickFacts. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4805000.html

2 Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service. (2013). Behavioral Health, 2012 Community Impact Report, 12 -17. Retrieved from http://www.co.travis.tx.us/health_human_services/research_planning/publications/cir/cir_2012/Behavioral_Health.pdf

3 The City of Austin. (2013). Performance Measures, Health and Human services. Retrieved from http://www.austintexas.gov/budget/eperf/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.departmentGoals&DEPT_CD=HHS

4 Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service. (2013). Behavioral health, 2012 community impact report, 20-31. Retrieved from http://www.co.travis.tx.us/health_human_services/research_planning/publications/cir/cir_2012/Behavioral_Health.pdf