Category: Counseling Austin

Announcing New Therapy Group!

Group Therapy Room use for counseling groups in Austin Texas with Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC

I am starting a new therapy group in Austin, Texas that is just for people who struggle with picking, hair pulling, and chewing compulsions. So if you or someone you know struggles with trichotillomania, skin picking disorder, or another body

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Do I need more than Weekly Counseling?

Weekly counseling/psychotherapy tends to be the default frequency for sessions. There are studies that back this up as efficient and effective. It also allows for a consistent weekly rhythm for sessions. For various reasons, some clients may benefit from more

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The Brain on Hard Conversations

Here is an excellent video that explains how the brain and nervous system get involved, and in the way, during interpersonal situations. Our brain’s perception of our safety is not always logical and reasonable. Everyday situations can wake up the

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Shame

Shame is the most toxic aspect of BFRBs such as hair pulling and skin picking. Healing shame and becoming more resilient to shame may not be as visible as new hair growth or healed skin, but it is an essential

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Mindfulness for Children

Mindfulness skills have proven helpful for so many people. Mindfulness can become a life style instead of a coping skill, and the more it is practiced the more effective it is. Mindfulness can serve to make us more resilient to

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Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Without a neurobiology background, some counseling approaches may appear odd, silly, or “woo woo.” Below is a link to a video that explains some of the science behind what I do. I am also happy to educate my clients in session

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Do I have to go to therapy every week?

Research and experience suggest that usually weekly sessions are ideal for a client to meet their goals. Time and cost limitations can be relieved by stepping down to alternate weekly sessions. If motivated, journaling, reading, or homework may fill the gap between sessions

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What is Trauma?

When I talk about trauma in therapy, I am referring to how the nervous system responds as opposed to a specific event that occurred. Trauma impacts people when they perceive they or a loved one is in danger. Danger may

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“Will I get better?”

I frequently am asked by my clients, “Will I get better?” “Will I ever stop?” It is normal to feel helpless and hopeless, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope.  Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) has published several success stories.

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