Counseling Services

If you are trying to find your way into a better way of functioning and enjoying your life, I am a big fan of using your brain and eyeballs to get there as fast as possible. My research-driven counseling services are customized to your unique issues, based on my experience as a Neuro Optometrist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Building our relationship together is the most healing thing I offer!

Here are some visuals for you (pictures have captions attached) and a list of therapies that I also utilize to address stress, depression, trauma and relationship challenges.

 

  • Light Therapy: My personal favorite way to help your sleep, mood and self-esteem. Quick & effective results, in times of crisis or for long-standing thought patterns and overwhelming, stuck feelings.  Many clients reflect it feels like a full weekend of meditation and clarity wrapped into a 25, 45 or 90 minute session. These can be scheduled as solo sessions or in series of 5 or 10, for 5% and 10% discount respectively (contact Emily to book a series). Research here.
  • Visual Somatic Therapy (Brainspotting): New form of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) combining vision with perception since “where we look impacts how we feel”. Using your very own eyeballs, I help you find a spot in your vision that matches the issue that is bothering you, while you listen to bilateral (right/left alternating) music. It is a deeper (yet gentler) way of processing stress and trauma with less talking. If it’s hard to find words for your feelings, you will love this one. These sessions are 45 or 90 minutes in duration. Learn more: www.austinbrainspotting.com.
  •  Visual-Vestibular Therapy (Walk + Talk Counseling) : We use our eyes, brains and bodies to better process your challenges. Wear comfortable clothes and expect to get to the heart of your problems quickly and with greater clarity. These sessions are 45 or 90 minutes in duration.
  • Couples Counseling: I am a huge fan of the healing power of relationship, especially if you had a dysfunctional family growing up. The power of a couple and myself in a room creates healing in powerful ways because of my use of brain-based and effective interpersonal skills. Your best asset is your partner. I teach you how to be and be loved by your partner in healthy, fulfilling and fun ways. These sessions are 90 minutes in duration.

I personalize your treatment as we get to know each other, so do not worry which therapy to pick! I build relationships with my clients that help all their other relationships and sometimes we play with light, eyes and movement to get there.

Our 25 Minute Sessions are $85, 45 Minute Sessions are $130 and 90 Minute Sessions are $245, due at the beginning of session. There is an additional $45 travel charge for 45 or 90 minute Walk + Talk Counseling sessions around beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. You may book an initial session here.

I will send you paperwork before our first session so we can spend our time meeting & healing right away. Less than 24 hr cancellations/no-shows are charged the full session fee which allows me to help all my clients equally.

My treatments include unique, evidence-based and adapted clinical protocols that are effective and outcome driven, yet not categorizable in any one CPT code. Therefore, I do not accept insurance. Ultimately, I also do not diagnose or label you unnecessarily and your confidentiality is held to the highest standards since I am an out-of-network mental health care provider.

What I do for my clients who have insurance:

  • Automatic monthly emailed itemized receipts to streamline your out-of-network benefits (i.e. the insurance company pays YOU, not me!). You can receive up to 80% of your counseling investment back through this process.
  • Personalized list of in-network therapists I can refer you to after we complete your initial treatment for ongoing care, if you desire.
  • Flexible online scheduling around your financial budget and HSA (health select account) planning.
  • You may always ping me with any questions or concerns!

Kindly,

Emily Schottman, OD, MA Counseling, LPC