Individual Counseling

Counseling offers a valuable opportunity to develop effective coping strategies and work towards goals. You're not alone and we're here to help you.


Access to individual counseling begins with an intake with the Brief Assessment and Referral Team.

When to Seek Counseling

  • You frequently feel unhappy or hopeless.
  • You experience excessive worry or constant restlessness.
  • Your ability to concentrate on schoolwork or other activities is compromised.
  • You have trouble sleeping or constantly feel fatigued.
  • There have been changes in your appetite or weight.
  • You've faced a significant loss, like a relationship breakup or the death of a parent.
  • Your use of substances has increased.
  • You feel overwhelmed by life's challenges.
  • You have thoughts about self-harm or harming others.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Counseling Experience

  • Define your goals and expectations for each session.
  • Actively participate in your counseling experience.
  • Be patient with yourself, as personal growth takes time.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions and seek clarification.
  • Follow your counselor's recommendations to apply what you learn in real life.

What Happens During Your Counseling Appointment

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If individual counseling at CMHC is recommended for you, your first appointment will be scheduled to match your availability. You may need to wait a bit longer if you have specific counselor preferences. During your initial appointment, you'll complete some paperwork, discuss your concerns, history, and goals, and review confidentiality and policies.

Subsequent sessions will last 45 minutes and occur weekly for a specified period. If you require more counseling than CMHC can provide, we'll help you find a counselor in the Austin community. Your counselor will work with you to set clear goals and guide your counseling experience based on your unique needs and objectives. Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with your counselor throughout your course of treatment.

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