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Gail Goodman, MEd, LPC

Gail Goodman, MEd, LPC

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My philosophy of psychotherapy and my work as a career counselor is based on a positive strengths-oriented approach. I have been in practice since 1995 and..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Gail Goodman, MEd, LPC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10399

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Katrina Taylor, LMFT-Associate

Katrina Taylor, LMFT-Associate

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Are you searching for a trusted therapist to help you through life's struggles? I know it can be a difficult and time-consuming process to find someone you..." read more

Austin, TX 78746

Katrina Taylor, LMFT-Associate Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24702

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Brittany Jones, MA, LPC

Brittany Jones, MA, LPC

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens

"I specialize in counseling children and teens, and I work with empathy and compassion to support kids and families through life's difficulties. With over 8..." read more

Austin, TX 78735

Brittany Jones, MA, LPC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 25062

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Kate Harrington, MA, LMFT

Kate Harrington, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Do you long for meaning in your life? Wonder if life has meaning at all? Do you see yourself on a spiritual journey? Are you struggling with an importan..." read more

Austin, TX 78759

Austin, TX 78746

Kate Harrington, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01605

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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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Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Coaching, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"My goal is to help you live a richer and more satisfying life and help you grow into the person you want to become. Perhaps you know exactly what's not wor..." read more

Austin, TX 78759

Wayne Baker Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12553

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Justin Gardner, MA, LPC-S

Justin Gardner, MA, LPC-S

Verified Credentials

Counseling Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"At it's core, my approach to therapy is about developing greater awareness and compassion of one's self and one's relations, and learning skills for embody..." read more

Austin, TX 78751

Austin, TX 78704

Justin Gardner, MA, LPC-S Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19895

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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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Susanne Slay-Westbrook LPC-S, LMFT-S

Susanne Slay-Westbrook LPC-S, LMFT-S

Verified Credentials

Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Other

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

"Over the last 30 years of practicing psychotherapy, I have developed an approach called Respect-Focused Therapy,(Copyright 2010) which simply means what it..." read more

Austin, TX 78723

Susanne Slay-Westbrook LPC-S, LMFT-S Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09760

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Patricia Florence, LCSW

Patricia Florence, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, 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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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