Elene Drakonakis Therapy Austin

Elene Drakonakis, LCSW-S

Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” Guy Gavriel Kay

Contemplating any change can be daunting, but here you are, reaching out, exploring. Change takes time, and seeing a therapist can be the first step along a new path. We can go at your pace, walking together on a path you determine. Whether you are looking at a life transition, grieving a loss, or dealing with a chronic illness, together we will begin the process of examining where you are, working together to shift to a place that brings you fulfillment and to help you reach your goals.

I work from a client-centered approach, understanding that we each come with our own strengths and challenges. I offer a collaborative and encouraging space utilizing techniques from a variety of theoretical frameworks including a narrative approach, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, grief and loss, substance abuse, chronic illness, hospice, and HIV/AIDS. I am experienced working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds and am an LGBTQ ally.

A little about me: I really encourage laughter with clients and in my own life journey. I share a house with 3 boys (one is middle-aged) and a very large fluffy dog. I have a wild garden full of local volunteer plants. I have a passion for all things creative and get way more excited about my kids’ science fair projects than they do.

I want to hear your story. If you are interested in working together, please reach out to me at 512/201-4501, ext. 212.

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More about Elene

Area of Expertise

Personal Growth and Life Transitions

Grief and Loss

CBT, Strengths-Based, Narrative Approach

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

Central Main
Central Annex
Highland
Offsite

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Trauma
Substance Use
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Problem Thoughts
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Parenting
Issues with Parents
Pregnancy/Postpartum
Communication Issues
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Career Transitions
Chronic Illness
Caregiver Fatigue
Death & Dying
Divorce
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Premarital Issues
Relationship to Food/Body

Techniques & Experience

Career counseling
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Familiar with substance abuse
CBT oriented
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Anxiety alleviation experience
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
Focused on practicing skills
Gottman Method

Qualities

Warm & caring
Career counseling
Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Active sense of humor
Decades of life experience
Experienced in raising children
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Familiar with substance abuse
CBT oriented
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Motherly
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Anxiety alleviation experience
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
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Additional Info

Contact Elene

512-201-4501 ext 212