- Are you searching for hope?
- Are you struggling in a relationship?
- Are you stuck in depression or anxiety?
- Are you adjusting to being a new parent?
- Do you wonder what happened to your passion for life? For your spouse?
It takes courage to reach out for help. Whether you are struggling with or searching for something, I am here to help you. It is my belief that there is HOPE for YOU, no matter the situation, experience, or struggle.
What are the potential benefits of therapy for YOU? Finding peace and hope, improving and deepening relationships, discovering satisfaction, improving communication, discovering inner-happiness, and learning new tools for problem solving and communicating, are just a few of the possible benefits to YOU.
Together we can work to gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationships. We can build on your strengths so you can learn to apply them toward healing, growth, and change.
No matter what you are struggling with (shame, guilt, grief, anger, sadness, frustrations, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias, relationships, communication), my office is a safe, confidential place to be honest.
It is likely that you and I will work well together if you are motivated to learn about yourself and discover new behaviors and new thought patterns. It is important to remember that change is a journey, not a destination.
I work with individuals and couples who struggle with:
depression (including postpartum depression),
the ability to have meaningful relationships,
parenting and co-parenting issues,
trust issues, and
people searching for happiness and feelings of contentment in their lives
A significant portion of my practice is dedicated to couples and to mothers of newborns/infants.
I am a certified educator in the Gottman Institute's Bringing Baby Home Program.
This is a researched-based approach to preparing couples for the arrival of a baby and/or helping couples adjust after the baby arrives. I believe one of the greatest gifts parents can give a child is the gift of a healthy marriage.
My approach to counseling is eclectic. I combine several theories together, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Solution Focused Therapy.
It is my opinion that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to therapy. In addition, my approach is one that is active, not a "smile and nod" therapist. I may "assign" homework, give clients ideas of new things to try, or recommend certain things to think about or work on between sessions.
It is my goal to provide a safe, supportive, hope-filled environment for every client. Therapy should offer you a process that includes personal growth, increased happiness, and a better ability to enjoy and experience life and relationships.
My path to counseling is rather unconventional. I graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance and then from the University of Houston with a Master in Hospitality Management. After working in the finance and hotel industries, I transitioned into the world of motherhood. This introduction into motherhood really rocked my world! It was both amazing and challenging, for me personally, and for my marriage. There were new issues and new struggles that I could not have anticipated. Everyone and every book gave advice about being a new mom, but no one and nothing prepared me for the changes this new title had for me in my marriage. It was, primarily, the experiences of being a wife and a mother that led me to make a major career change later in life. Hindsight also has highlighted that this path has been my "calling" all along. For as long as I can remember, I have found joy in helping people on a personal level. I am now doing what I am passionate about and what I love.
Sliding fee scale is available.
Kelley Hawkins ReachesAustin TX