Jim “Patrick” Harris, LPC Intern
Supervised by Bridget Speer, LPC-S
Well hello! My name is Patrick and I am here to help. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment to help you explore deeper, love harder, hurt less, or do whatever you, as the expert of you, decide is necessary to achieve your goals. The decision to enter counseling, or even entertain the idea enough to visit this website, is not easy. Counseling takes insight into one’s self to know help is needed, the bravery to fight the stigma, and the commitment to be an equal partner in your mental health. The effort is great, but the reward of progress is even greater; a reward I will proudly help you obtain.
I use a beautifully crafted blend of therapeutic humor, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and complete authenticity in every session. I balance these techniques to avoid stagnation, attacking eclectic problems with eclectic approaches. Since no two people or problems are alike, I avoid using any “one size fits all” techniques. Instead, I meet you where you are with the personalized tools necessary to help.
If we are a good fit, we will carve out time in our first few sessions for rapport building, a critical stage in the therapeutic relationship. Research shows that the best way to predict outcomes of therapy is to look at the therapeutic alliance, the relationship between counselor and client. For this reason, I emphasize ensuring we are a good fit and have comfortable knowledge of each other to foster the necessary safety and trust in every session. Building this solid foundation will create the opportunity for change and progress to take place.
In the spirit of this alliance, allow me to share a little bit about me and my background. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, originally from Third Ward. It was a rough part of town which brought the perils of racism and profiling to my attention, and the birthplace of my strong sense of justice. From there I moved to San Marcos, Texas where I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies. I returned to Houston in 2011 to work at the Harris County local mental health authority formerly known as MHMRA. I worked as a community based psychosocial rehab clinician with the adult behavioral health unit. In 2012 I moved to Austin and began working at the Travis County local mental health authority in a similar position. I later received my Master of Arts in Counseling from St Edwards University, my CTTS (certified tobacco treatment specialist license) from Rutgers University, and graduated from the laughing body workshop at Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams’ Gesundheit! Institute.
During my tenure in the mental health field I have worked community based mental health, in-patient crisis respite, and the local suicide hotline. Populations I have worked with include adult behavioral health, adolescent behavioral health, and developmentally delayed infants. These experiences and populations have helped me to be the clinician I am today and offered me the opportunity to see the importance of mental health throughout the lifespan.
In my personal life I am a musician, scuba diver, public speaker, educator, amateur boxer, red cross disaster response volunteer, and motorcycle enthusiast. I have an embarrassingly extensive knowledge of Batman, enjoy obscure pop culture references, and am currently working on a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with an emphasis in Integrated Mental Health from Saybrook University.
If you feel we would be a good fit and want to schedule an appointment, click here or call me directly at 512/201-4501, ext. 178. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story!