There are many reasons why we seek out therapy. In every person’s lifespan there are significant challenges, sometimes from outside ourselves, sometimes from within. Focused on our difficulties we often lose touch with what's most important, and life can take on an empty feeling. In these times it is natural to have a sense of urgency for change. If you are considering therapy it is likely you have been trying to manage this all on your own for some time. I may not know what you have been through, but I know pain and suffering all too well, and I also know that urgent call for change. Therapy can help; let me tell you more about my approach.
You can count on my undivided attention. I understand that above all else you need to feel heard right now. A core piece of my approach is being as present as possible, and gently helping you to do the same. I will provide guidance in helping you develop mindfulness skills as a key strategy in therapy. Mindfulness is a process of bringing awareness to the present moment with curiosity, openness, and letting go of judgement. Mindfulness can be incredibly helpful to address experiences like anxiety or depression, but it can also be essential in moving towards living our best lives. It is in the present moment that both the pain and your freedom to move forward can be found.
In therapy you can expect that we will make strides to identify what isn't working in your life, what contributes to the problem, and how to pivot in an effective way. Part of this process will involve clarifying what you care about most; these are your values, and this will give our work direction. Another part of this process will involve looking at problems from a perspective that factors in how, as humans, we are all in the same boat when it comes to suffering.
I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT (pronounced like the word “act”). ACT is a mindfulness therapy which is based on research in understanding how language functions in our moment-to-moment lives. I like to think of ACT as Eastern wisdom meets Western science, and together it forms something stronger than its original parts alone. If you have ever had the experience of feeling more and more distress the more you thought about a problem, then you have firsthand experience with how language and thoughts can be problematic. In sessions together I will help you acquire tools to better navigate this issue and move towards a healthy and fulfilled life. So there will be some structuring in the overall journey of therapy, however no two people will have the same experience or path. This is an individualized process based on you and your needs, and guided by your values.
If you would like to get started please reach out; every moment is an opportunity to commit to moving forward.
Micah is a native of the Texas Hill Country and has lived in Austin the past 10+ years. He has two big dogs, enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and reading. Micah has practiced counseling in the university setting, mental health clinics, and the non-profit sector.
$100 per 50-minute session
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
Areas of Specialization:
Grief & Loss
Teens 15 and up