JOSEPH PORTER, LMFT, LPC, NCC

“At times, we must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

About Me

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I always consider myself honored and privileged when clients not only share their stories with me but when they place their trust in our relationship. I strive to serve as an empathetic listener to understand the motivations, aspirations, joys and worries that people experience. Once forged, I believe that the therapeutic relationship can offer considerable healing and advancement of self-awareness. In the face-paced world we live in, it is rare that we have an opportunity to quiet ourselves, listen, and allow our true, authentic selves to have a voice. I attend to clients’ symptoms through tender care, patience and persistence.

I am prepared to work with clients to address and explore: boundary formation and maintenance, relationship negotiation, anxiety, depression, intimacy issues both with self and others including communication skills, loss and grief related concerns including complicated bereavement and mourning, other life transitions, self-esteem, loneliness and isolation, spirituality, work-related challenges including career transitions and development.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in customer service-related industries for twenty years in corporate operations and logistical management. In addition to my studies in Professional Counseling, I hold degrees in history, anthropology and mythological studies. I believe my work and educational experience serve to enhance and broaden my appreciation for the complexity of the human experience while strengthening my ability to practice the counseling profession in the most ethical and effective manner possible.

If you would like to speak with me on the phone about your needs and the possibility of us working together, please call 512/201-4501, ext. 134, and I will return your call within 24 hours.  You may also contact me by completing the form on our Get Started page.

Contact

Call Joseph at 512/201-4501, ext. 134

Locations

Main, Annex

Services

INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES

In couples counseling, I establish an environment where couples will join with each other to construct a safe, more relaxed space where each partner can feel heard, understood, and validated. I enter the couple’s world and focus on developing a richer, fuller picture of their experience. I help couples learn new and more productive ways of expressing personal needs, desires, concerns and differences of opinion so that they may become more united. I work to partner with a couple to explore moments of conflict, and actively supports the couple in turning towards each other to address and resolve issues rather than retreating to defensive positions and familiar patterns of coping. Through this process, couples overcome isolation and move to connectedness while remaining emotionally engaged. I have completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and incorporate this in my work. I also utilize Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.