Charity Vizcaino-Strand Therapy Austin

Charity Vizcaino-Strand, LPC Associate


Supervised by Janise Pries, LPC-S

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“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl R. Rogers

Hi there!  In our fast-paced, busy world it can be difficult to find or make the time to take care of ourselves, and yet, here you are. Usually, people come to therapy in times of deep hurt and self-doubt. For others, therapy can be a place of exploration and learning more about who they are. Whatever circumstance is bringing you to us, congratulations on taking this step of healing and self-discovery. I’m so glad you are here. 

One of the biggest needs we have as humans is the need to be seen and heard, just as we are. I believe that the connection between client and therapist is a vital foundation for doing meaningful, inner work. While I will provide skills along the way, I will look to YOUR expertise about yourself and life, so that we can tailor therapy for you. You have agency in your life, and I want to empower you to make choices that help you live the life you deserve. I strive to create an authentic and warm environment for us to collaborate on your presenting concerns. In a safe connected space, you will be free to explore more of yourself and learn skills to add to the strengths you already possess. I wholeheartedly believe in your ability to blossom, even after it might have felt like life has knocked you off your feet. 

A little about me: 

I tend to work with individuals dealing with: Anxiety, body image concerns, life changes, perfectionism, history of sexual trauma, and depression. 

I fell in love with the field of psychology my first semester of community college after taking a Psychology 101 course. Immediately after that semester, I marched down the registrar’s office and declared that my major.  Ever since then, I have been on a journey to becoming the best therapist for you. I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from my hometown at the University of Texas at El Paso. Desiring to be a clinical counselor, I moved to San Diego and attended the University of San Diego where I received an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Although I am taking a break right now, I have been studying to get my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology for the past 3 years. Throughout these educational experiences, I have been privileged to work with clients in a variety of settings, from homeless veterans with substance addictions, psychiatric hospitals, community centers, and a university center. 

When I’m not in the therapist chair, I enjoy spending time with those whom I love: Mainly my husband, friends, and family. I’m an extroverted introvert (whatever that means??) so I love a good balance of social life and being a homebody.  Things that bring me joy are going for long walks, yoga, a good TV binge, organizing (I know, I know my friends think it’s strange too), and baking. 

It's my honor to be let into your life. Please feel free to reach out to me so we can see if I’m a good fit for your needs.

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More about Charity

Area of Expertise

Person-Centered, Warm, Authentic, Affirming 

Personal growth/exploration, boundary setting, feminist, strengths-based approach to healing from sexual and domestic abuse, mind/body education 

Inner Child work, self-compassion, values, mindfulness


Individual Counseling



Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Troubled Childhood
Relationship to Food/Body
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Domestic Violence
Death & Dying
Chronic Illness
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Career Transitions
Problems at Work
Problems at School
Low Self-Esteem
Substance Use
Problem Thoughts
Troublesome Behaviors
Caregiver Fatigue
Identity Development/Exploration
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Development Trauma
Imposter Syndrome

Techniques & Experience

Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Experienced in domestic violence
HAES/Intuitive eating
Mindfulness modalities
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Focused on practicing skills
Anxiety alleviation experience
CBT oriented
Career counseling
Familiar with substance abuse
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
DBT trained/informed


Warm & caring
Active sense of humor
Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Enjoys working with young adults
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Familiar with military culture
Decades of life experience
Anxiety alleviation experience
Spiritually sensitive
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
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Additional Info

Clinical Supervision

Janise Pries, LPC-S

Private Address


Contact Charity

512-201-4501 ext 316