Many people discover that participating in therapy offers numerous benefits. You may find that it provides the potential for far-reaching self-improvement and gives you the tools you need to avoid future triggers and overcome challenges you may face. In our work together, I can provide support, problem-solving skills, and improvement in coping strategies for a variety of problems and concerns, such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, life transitions, stress, and grief, just to name a few. In therapy, I can also assist you with managing personal growth and the difficutlies of daily life. By providing a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, and pointing you in the direction of a solution, you have the opportunity to make powerful and lasting life changes.
What are some specific benefits of therapy?
The benefits of therapy have been demonstrated in numerous studies. The benefits you obtain depend on how you approach and utilize the therapeutic process. Putting into practice what you learn in therapy sessions plays an important role in gaining the most from your experience. Some specific benefits of therapy include:
· Learning and using new skills for coping with stress
· Gaining a fuller understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
· Increasing your ability to engage in effective self-care
· Developing relational skills to improve your relationships with others in the workplace, at home, and in your friendships and romantic relationships
· Managing your feelings of anger, depression, anxiety, and other emotions that may be impairing your life and relationships
· Changing beahviors that are harmful to you or others while learning healthier behaviors
· Improving self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awarenss
· Finding resulotion to the issues that have led you to seek therapy
How do I know if I need therapy?
Life has a tendency to throw a lot of curve balls at us. While there may be many times when you have successfully nagivated your way through past difficulties, you may need extra support when dealing with some current stressors. If you find yourself feeling stuck and unable to effectively manage your job or schooling, friendships, romantic relationships, or other obstacles, you are probably in need of some support and guidance.
If you are ready to make positive changes in your life and are open to new perspectives, then you are ready for therapy. Therapy is a good fit for those who have enough self-awareness to realize when they need a helping hand. Taking responsibility is accepting where you are at in life. Seeking therapy is something to be admired.
How can I prepare for therapy?
As you mentally and emotionally prepare for therapy, it may be helpful to ask yourself some of the following questions:
· "How would I like to be different by the end of therapy?"
· "Specifically, what changes would I like to make at work, at school, at home, in my relationships with family, friends, and peers?"
· "What symptoms have been causing me distress? And which ones would I like to decrease or eliminate?"
· "What other areas in my life may need improvement?"
o "Decreasing bad habits?"
o "Learning more effective interpersonal skills?"
o "Improving emotional or behavioral management skills?"
o "Developing healthier self-care skills?"
What is therapy like?
The experience of therapy is different for each individual. Each person seeking therapy has unique goals and issues they want to overcome. In general, though, you can expect to talk about current events in life, current relationship patterns, and your personal and family history. In therapy with me, you will also have the opportunity to track your progress and monitor the strides you are making.
Typically, you and I will meet once per week for 50 minutes; we will decide together how many sessions you will need, which often lies somewhere between 10-20 sessions. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. Remember, the time, energy, effort, and financial resources you put into therapy is an investment in your well-being and your future.
What do I do between sessions?
Your active participation is very important in the therapeutic process. You will find that the benefits of therapy dramatically increase when you actively participate, not only in session but also between sessions. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to teach you how to apply what you learn with me in session to your daily life outside of the therapy room. Therefore, beyond the work we will do together in sessions, I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress.
Mental Health Resources
Crisis Hotlines and Chat:
Whether you are in a crisis, or looking to help a friend or family member, there are numerous organizations to help you deal with your immediate concerns. Most of these hotlines are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about a particular problem & helping you find an intervention for your immediate concern. Please see the list below to find immediate assistance.
Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics: (800) 344-2666
Alcohol and Drug Helpline: (800) 821-4357
Child Help USA National Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 422-4453
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
National Youth Crisis Hotline: (800) 442-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
Teen Help Adolescent Resources: (800) 840-5704
Abuse Victim Hotline: (866) 662-4535
Need immediate assistance online? Try one of these free crisis chat services:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Resources in Austin, TX:
There are many mental health services in the Austin area that serve a wide variety of mental health needs. Please see the list below for some of the common organizations.
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Oaks Hospital
Mental Health America of Texas
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Austin Lakes Hospital
Capital Area Mental Health Center
Cenpatico Behavioral Health Premieant
Enducare MH Services
Paladin (partial hospitalization clinic)
Summit Mental Health Clinic
WNC (family mental health)
Holland Miller, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, provides individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults in Austin, TX. Specializing in the treatment of depression, chronic low mood, and chronic stress, she incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) to enhance positive mood, healthy functioning, and overall well-being.
Dr. Miller is particularly passionate about working with adolescent girls and adult women who want to boost their mood and energy, improve their self-esteem and relationships with others, better cope with stress while reducing anxiety and tension, and develop healthy lifestyle habits for lasting wellness.
When she is not in the office, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two mischievous goldendoodles. She can be found discovering the latest Austin adventure, reading and researching, exploring the outdoors on hiking and camping trips, and trying out new recipes.
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