Mary B. Mattis, LCSW, LCDC, Board-approved Supervisor

Mary B. Mattis, LCSW, LCDC, Board-approved Supervisor

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 53118
Secondary Credential: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - 12038
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 16153
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2312 Western Trails Blvd
Suite C 301
Austin, Texas 78745 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Individual Counseling:
1st session & assessment, 90 minutes, $128
On-going session, 60 minutes, $103

Couples/Relationship Counseling:
1st session & assessment, 110 minutes, $154.50
On-going session, 90 minutes, $128

Substance Abuse Assessment:
$300-$350, including documentation for courts or FAA

Assessment and documentation for HRT, surgery, name and gender marker change: Call to inquire.

Limited availability for sliding scale based on household income.
Call to inquire about fees for off-site services.

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Each of us has more choice in our life and its outcomes than we are consciously aware of on a day to day basis. Becoming acutely aware of the power of choice can be as daunting as it is enlightening. It is natural to struggle with some key decisions that are plot points on life's course - whether they be decisions made in the past or those yet to be made. None of us is immune to having made decisions by default, either by failing to recognize that we had the power to choose, or by failure to make a decision.

In order to get and keep life moving in the directions you want it to go, it is essential to recognize and take full advantage of the power of choice, while forgiving its limitations. For some, this may start with making peace with the decisions or indecision of the past. For others, it may involve letting go of the desire to control that which is beyond control. What are the limits of our control? Which decisions are ours to make and when do we have to find acceptance and move on? The distinction isnt often clear. It is easy to be misled, to feel there is no choice in a situation, especially one in which having the power of choice would imply that personal effort of change is called for. How much choice do we have when it comes to how we feel? what we believe? how we behave? There are no clear or simple answers.

You are the expert on your life, and only you can know the answers to these questions. I may serve as a consultant, an assistant, a coach or a mentor to help identify the choices that are yours to make and clarify the decision making process such that it is done in accordance with your true values. This clarification can help you become more grounded, giving you a basis to expand your roots. With firm knowledge of where you stand, you are better positioned to grow and branch out in the directions of your choosing. The process can be complex, especially during times of transition. Having help with the decision making and implementation process can make all the difference.

Email or Call Mary B. Mattis, LCSW, LCDC, Board-approved Supervisor at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16153

More Info About My Practice

SoCo Counseling does not contract directly with any insurance plans due to the restrictions insurance carriers impose on client care and confidentiality. We prefer to devote time and attention to serving client needs, rather than processing and filing insurance claims. Feel free to inquire if you would like to use your insurance plan for possible reimbursement for services of an "out of network" provider.

Standard fees for services:
Individual 1st session & assessment, 90 minutes, $128.75
Individual on-going session, 60 minutes, $103
Couples 1st session & assessment, 110 minutes, $154.50
Couples on-going session, 90 minutes, $128.75
Limited availability for sliding scale based on household income.
Call to inquire about fees for off-site services.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am particularly adept at helping people with mood disorders improve their coping skills and therefore improve their overall life circumstances."People with mood disorders"ť are those whose mood regulation and accompanying symptoms are severe enough to fit a diagnostic classification, primarily Depression, Anxiety, and/or Bipolar disorders.

Over the years, many clients have allowed me to learn alongside them about how their moods affect their lives. This vicarious experience has provided invaluable knowledge and allowed for continual improvement of my skills in helping clients gain greater control over their lives while living with a mood disorder. I have struggled with a mood disorder as well and am informed by my own experience in healing.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Many clients use psychotherapy throughout life to work through personal issues and to enhance the growth process. The therapy office offers a place where one can speak freely with someone who is experienced in dealing with personal matters and who takes a supportive and non-judgmental approach. The therapist will respond to your personal concerns with understanding and empathy.

By putting emotions into words and exploring personal values and motivations - the cause and effect of why you do what you do - you will develop insight to foster motivation and enhance courage. Offering validation, support, and perspective, your therapist will assist you in developing self-knowledge and acceptance, opening up new avenues for adaptation and change.

You are not alone in doing the work of therapy. A good therapist will ask the right questions at the right time to guide and direct discussion in a way that helps you gain greater knowledge and perspective. There is no valor in enduring the challenges of the human condition in silence or isolation.

While I do not prescribe medication, I understand it may have a useful role to play as an adjunct to psychotherapy, but it is not necessarily the first line of defense. Mental health can be enhanced through changes in thought patterns and adaptive relearning of habituated responses to certain situations. Lifestyle adaptations, like regulation of sleep, exercise, socialization, and dietary habits also have a profound effect on an individual's mood and energy levels. Medication of symptoms is useful in some circumstances, but medication alone is not the solution. Psychotherapy can help people gain lifelong wisdom in self-regulation and emotional well-being. This can not be accomplished with medication alone.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Whatever the issues, those who seek guidance in finding ways to cope with life circumstances show wisdom and strength of character. Human beings are social animals. We rely on human connections to allow us to thrive and grow. Those who refuse to seek assistance during difficult times may not be strong enough to admit that.

Many people seek therapy because they find themselves in the midst of a difficult life transition. Sometimes the transition was unexpected as the result of outside circumstances or the decisions of others (sudden change in employment, health status, or relationship). Even planned transitions can result in an unexpected or difficult emotional response (post-graduation stress, starting a new job or relationship, or geographic relocation). Some seek counseling to find assistance with making a necessary transition, like leaving behind an addiction or empowering one's self to choose healthier relationships.

The human experience offers few guarantees, yet one thing we can count on is change. Change is constant, and most people get through day to day change with relative ease. Big or sudden changes or life transitions can be challenging, and there is wisdom in seeking an ally in coping with challenge.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    HIGH-PROFILE CLIENTS: Special meeting arrangements can be made for those whose status in the community requires an extra level of discretion, those who are well known due to employment or other high-profile status (corporate executives, community leaders, artists/musicians, etc.).

    HEALTH AND HEALING PROFESSIONALS: professional counselors, social workers, traditional or alternative medical practitioners, etc.

    GLBTQ: people of any gender identity and/or sexual preference, including non-gender variant people.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Forgiveness
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Focusing
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Self Acceptance Training

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