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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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Heather McPherson, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Heather McPherson, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Working with individuals and couples from the here and now perspective allows us to honor the past but not dwell on it; instead we find ways to move forwar..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Heather McPherson, M.A., LPC, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09704

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Cynthia Coffey, LPC Intern Supervised by David Miller, LPC-S

Cynthia Coffey, LPC Intern Supervised by David Miller, LPC-S

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My approach to helping consists of listening and actively engaging with clients. A major component of therapy is introducing information as well as listeni..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Cynthia Coffey, LPC Intern Supervised by David Miller, LPC-S Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 21210

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Jacqueline Noel, LPC

Jacqueline Noel, LPC

Verified Credentials

Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I believe that engaging in the process of psychotherapy with my clients is a great honor and bears much responsibility. I am committed to offering therape..." read more

Austin, TX 78752

Jacqueline Noel, LPC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14658

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Saro Helpinstill, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate

Saro Helpinstill, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Are you tired of doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results? Do you have negative beliefs about yourself that you can't seem to..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Saro Helpinstill, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13475

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Brenda J. Lightfoot, PhD, LPC-I, CRC, BCC

Brenda J. Lightfoot, PhD, LPC-I, CRC, BCC

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I aspire to provide a safe, supportive environment where clients can explore and learn new ideas, skills, and attitudes. I don't view clients as broken or ..." read more

Austin, TX 78731

Austin, TX 78752

Brenda J. Lightfoot, PhD, LPC-I, CRC, BCC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19393

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Janet Anderson, MA, LPC-S, NCC

Janet Anderson, MA, LPC-S, NCC

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I have a very relaxed approach to therapy and I recognize that before we can do any work my clients need to feel safe and know that they are not going to b..." read more

Cedar Park, TX 78613

Austin, TX 78704

Janet Anderson, MA, LPC-S, NCC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11304

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Mary Lynn Marinucci, LCSW

Mary Lynn Marinucci, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My goal is to create a safe, warm, supportive environment where we'll work together to address what is of concern to you. I believe that therapy provides t..." read more

Austin, TX 78702

Mary Lynn Marinucci, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20164

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Jennifer Bilbrey, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate Supervised by Kat Elrod, MS, LPC-S

Jennifer Bilbrey, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate Supervised by Kat Elrod, MS, LPC-S

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"If you're suffering from low self-esteem, I may be able to help. Low self-esteem can leave us feeling unworthy, unhappy, and generally not good enough. Thi..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Jennifer Bilbrey, LPC-Intern, LMFT-Associate Supervised by Kat Elrod, MS, LPC-S Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18516

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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