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Welcome

ICW is a place dedicated to providing quality mental health counseling and wellness services to teens, adults, individuals, couples, and families.

If you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or want to improve your mental well-being or that of a loved one, seeking help from a licensed expert can aid in achieving your goals. ICW provides specialized and professional counseling services to Texans and the Greater Austin area. In-person, virtual, and telehealth options are available to suit your specific needs. You can schedule an appointment or a free consultation by calling, emailing, or booking online.

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"Your mental health is a priority. Embrace self-care, seek support, and remember that healing takes time.”

Alexandra Elle

TREATMENTS

Therapy approaches are tailored to the unique needs of individuals, couples, and families, with a variety of treatment options available to best serve all clients.

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Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can manifest in various ways and may occur individually or together. Typical symptoms may include feeling sad, irritable, frustrated, overwhelmed, unmotivated, burned out, worried, and panicked. Symptoms may also include isolating oneself, procrastinating,  over- or under-sleeping, over- or under-eating, excessively using electronics, and substance abuse. There are several treatment options for depression and anxiety, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mood management techniques, integrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based, and strength-based approaches. This therapy aims to help you understand the root causes of your symptoms, develop effective coping techniques, and create a plan to manage them effectively in the future.

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Anger and Stress Management

Persistent feelings of stress, distress, and anger can lead to irritability and impulsive behavior, which can result in unwanted consequences. These emotions can manifest in physical symptoms such as chest tightness, uneasiness in the stomach, tension, difficulty concentrating, rapid heartbeat, and headaches. The unwanted consequences may include feelings of guilt, chronic discomfort, resentment towards others or situations, and inward or outward aggression. Therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, stress and mood-management therapy, psychoeducation, acceptance and commitment therapy, integrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based, and strength-based approaches. These forms of therapy work to help you control your responses to stress and anger, identify and understand your triggers, and improve your ability to stay calm and in control.

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Mental Health

Conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, Thinking Disorders, and other Mood Disorders can have a significant impact on all aspects of one's health, well-being, and functioning. Therapy modalities that can be used to address these conditions include cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, mood management techniques, symptom management, integrative therapy, mindfulness-based, strength-based, and trauma-focused approaches. In some cases, medication management conducted by a psychiatrist may be recommended in addition to therapy. These evidence-based techniques act to reduce and manage symptoms, improve daily functioning, and decrease the time spent dealing with a symptom. 

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Relationship Counseling

Maintaining a healthy relationship requires effort, as unresolved issues and problems can escalate and lead to conflicts. Some signs of relationship issues include difficulty compromising, arguing without resolving issues, intimacy problems, increasing resentment, breakdowns in trust, boundaries being violated, repeated instances of blaming, criticizing, disrespectful, and manipulative comments, and controlling behaviors. Relationship counseling employs various approaches, such as emotionally-focused therapy, marital/family therapy, behavioral couples therapy, communication analysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and attachment-based therapies to address these issues. The objectives of counseling may include addressing and discussing relationship issues, increasing understanding of each other, communicating more effectively, resolving conflicts, and determining the future of the relationship.

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Family Counseling

Family problems can have a significant impact on each member and addressing them requires a collective effort to support and resolve the underlying issues. Common issues that can arise in families include conflicts between members, difficulties between parents and children, issues between siblings, communication problems, differences in lifestyle, culture, and religion, as well as emotional or physical violence. Several treatment approaches can be utilized, including family systems therapy, strategic family therapy, structural family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, communication therapy, transgenerational therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and genograms. Some goals of family therapy are to improve communication, strengthen support for each member, and improve the functioning and emotional health of the family as a whole. 

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Teen Counseling

Adolescents and teenagers can face various concerns and experience a wide range of challenges in personal, social, and academic development. These concerns and issues may include problems at school, difficulty sleeping, changes in eating habits, extreme worry and anxiety, persistent sadness, withdrawal from interests and social activities, hyperactive behavior, difficulties focusing and concentrating, irritability or unreasonableness, defiance, oppositional behavior, aggression, lack of energy, fatigue, poor hygiene, and substance use. Various therapy approaches used include interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, solution-focused brief therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, family systems, humanistic, integrative, attachment-based, strength-based, and mindfulness-based counseling. Examples of primary goals are to help teens understand and manage their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms and self-care practices, improve habits and independence skills, and address root causes of emotions and stress, including past traumas. 

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INCLUSIVE AND EMPOWERING

Creating a secure and supportive atmosphere is essential for effective counseling. ICW strives to provide a welcoming environment for clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and relationship styles. Here, everyone is valued and encouraged to freely and authentically express themselves. 

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