Hello, my name is Austa Murray and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience bringing knowledge from working directly with teens and parents in various settings. In my work with adolescents and their parents, I have worked to improve relationships, communication, resilience and coping. My work has included individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy specifically with teens. My intention is to move at a pace comfortable to you, your teen and to build a connection, so that you can both receive the support you're seeking. I have worked with a diverse group of clients who've faced a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, school and behavioral difficulties, difficulties with friends, and parenting issues. I have advanced training in working through an attachment and trauma based lens, as well as developmental expertise.
My style is compassionate, non-judgmental, educational and insight based. I see my role as providing you with my experience and knowledge in a supportive manner to help you navigate the challenges that led you to seek support. This often involves addressing your presenting concerns with a combination of understanding, listening, skill development, and psychological concepts based on establishing insight. My approach is strengths-based, trauma and developmentally informed, combining cognitive behavioral and solution-focused styles. For teens who are struggling, and the parents who are trying to support them, a focus of our work together would be on establishing the ability to better identify and appropriately communicate feelings. Together, we will create a plan to meet your needs. I look forward to working with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hoarding , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Trichotillomania , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #149010100 (Expires: 2021-11-01)
Austa has been phenomenal. When I started teen counseling, I was a nervous wreck regarding counseling. It was something I had never done before. Now, I actually look forward to talks with Austa. Austa really makes you feel seen and heard. She checks on my partner and I regularly throughout the week and makes us both feel validated and supported. She has gone above and beyond to help us scheduled appointments around our schedules, as well. My partner and I went from living together to doing temporary long distance, and she has made the transition easier. Our relationship has become much healthier due to Austa and her strategies, and our communication has never been better.
I’ve been working with Austa for just a short time now, but it feels like forever. I love her input and reassurance. I’m so glad I joined teen counseling and even more glad I have the pleasure to work with someone like Austa.
Very attentive and understanding. She always makes time and considers all sides when resolving issues.
She is supportive and provides different ways to look at things.
She is a wonderful listener. She offers many ways to help and move forward. She is knowledgeable and kind. She helps you feel more understood and less alone.
Austa is excellent at listening to both sides and helping build understanding. She identifies miscommunications and provides suggestions on how to communicate more effectively. She reaches out often to check in on us between sessions and makes time for us. She is very understanding and I really enjoy working with her.
The thing that strikes me about Austa Murray is her empathy and understanding. This is my first time doing something like this, so I expected something where I was being analyzed for lies and omissions, for anxieties and defense mechanisms. I was expecting to have my judgement of past events questioned, something I admittedly am frequently guilty of doing to myself. And while Austa asks questions and tries to find new ways of looking at things, I never feel like an ant under a microscope. Instead, I feel like she is in the trenches right beside me, when bombs from my past are exploding overhead. And through it all, she is making gentle suggestions that are legitimately helpful. I cannot recommend Austa enough.
In the short time that I’ve worked with Austa, she has helped me a lot. She is a great listener and responds well to my comments and thoughts. She helps me to reflect my emotions and feelings and supports me all along the way.