Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. There are so many out there. How do you know which therapist can help you with your unique and individual set of struggles and strengths?
I understand feeling alone
For most of my life, I have felt like I just didn’t fit in. I was a shy, quiet, skinny kid who came into the world with a good deal of quiet reserve. When I was in elementary school, I realized that my family didn’t look like my friends' families. I was raised by a single mother in the early 70’s. At that time, there were few kids in my school who did not live with both parents. I had friends, did well in school, and generally looked like everything was OK, but on the inside I felt tremendous anxiety.
Therapy changed my life for the better and ignited in me the desire help others live better lives.
I understand Anxiety
The feeling got worse when I was in college. In my early 20’s, I became ill and the doctors couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong with me. At a time when my peers were pushing boundaries and having fun, I was dealing with doctors and mounting fears about my future. Eventually, I had surgery and am healthy today. But this experience compounded the feeling that I was different and raised my anxiety to a whole new level.
In some ways I still feel like I don’t really fit in. But with the help of a couple of caring and supportive therapists, I don’t care nearly as much. (I would like to say that I don’t care at all but that would be a lie. I care–but not nearly as much as I did.) My therapists accepted me, helped me discover my strengths, and taught me ways to reduce my anxiety.
Now I feel privileged to help others accept and love themselves just as they are.
Some Random Facts About Me
- My name is Robbie. My real name is Roberta but my parents felt like that name was too big for a small baby so they called me Robbie and it stuck.
- I was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Yes, the same town made famous by the song, "Okie from Muskogee" by the late Merle Haggard.
- I love to travel–love it. It gets me out of my head and forces me to focus on getting my basic needs met: Where are we going to sleep? What are we going to eat? What kind of adventure can we find? Throw in some history, and I'm in heaven.
- We have two Shih-Tzus–Willie and Tovah. They look like Ewoks. I have to admit, sometimes I can't resist dressing them up.
The Important But Boring Stuff
I graduated with honors from St. Edward's University with a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2014. I also have a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Women's Studies.
I love learning and am continually studying, reading, and exploring new ideas and ways of healing.
I am licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern. This means that I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling.
I am working toward accruing 3,000 hours of supervised work under the supervision of Candyce-Ossefort-Russell. You can contact Candyce at 512-789-6244 or 2124 Bluebonnet Lane, Austin, TX 78704.
I would love to talk with you further about beginning our work together. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation so we can determine if we are a good fit. Please call me at 512-270-0474.