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James  Baker Therapy Austin

James "Jim" Baker, LPC Associate

Supervised by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health: safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” Bessel A. van der Kolk

Connection – it’s the thing we all long for, yet for many of us, it’s also the very thing that we fear the most. It’s ironic that this most human of needs (we are highly social creatures) is also what brings most people to therapy – things getting in the way of connecting with others.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other, that connection with other humans (as well as animals and nature) isn’t a luxury. It’s essential to our mental and physical well-being.

Without the experience of feeling seen, heard, felt, and understood by others, we don’t function well, and our overall health suffers. We’re not meant to go through life alone.

Often, our struggles to authentically connect with family, friends, and partners comes from the quality of our earliest relationships – those with our primary caregivers during our infancy and childhood – and what we got or didn’t get from them.

Those early years when our brains and nervous systems are literally being built, and when we’re bonding (or not) with our caregivers, is a developmental human experience called attachment.

And that process provides the mold or template for all our future relationships – how we interact with others, understand ourselves, and make sense of the world. The quality of those relationships helps determine our attachment style, or pattern of relating with others, and the degree to which we feel safe and comfortable being close to people.

This is the work I like to do with clients: exploring, with curiosity and compassion, the way our brains and nervous systems brilliantly adapted to early childhood circumstances to survive the very best we could. And how these survival strategies that saved our lives then can get in the way of our feeling safe, seen, and connected now.

Therapy with a trusted counselor with whom you feel at ease and understood – that inner sense of knowing that someone really gets you – is a good guide to use when choosing to work with a therapist. Trust your intuition and how you feel when you’re with them.

The quality of your relationship with your therapist – called the therapeutic alliance – is also the most important factor in determining the outcome of therapy. It’s so personal, and what works for someone else isn’t necessarily what’s best for you.

I believe so strongly in the benefit of therapy because I’ve done a lot of work on myself with caring, skilled therapists over the years. It’s had a huge impact on my life, and when we’re working together, I hope you’ll be able to sense that I’ve been right where you are now – struggling with painful issues that feel insurmountable. I don’t know what it’s like to be you and to have lived your unique life, but I do understand what it’s like to be a client in therapy, looking for help and wanting to change.

I earned my master’s in counseling in 2020 from St. Edward’s University in Austin. I did my graduate internship at Capital Area Counseling (CAC), a local clinic that provides low-cost, accessible therapy to the community and serves as a training site for pre- and post-graduate therapists. My area of focus is attachment/developmental/relational trauma – forms of trauma that build up over time, starting in early childhood.

In my former career, I was a reporter, writer, and editor for several Midwestern newspapers and later at a major Washington, D.C., nonprofit. I love sitting and listening to people, hearing their stories, and building trust. Therapy with clients is just an extension of that, at a much deeper level.

When I’m not seeing clients, you’ll likely find me at home, streaming good TV shows and movies, eating bagels and drinking coffee, or taking long walks around South Austin and wanting to hug every dog.

I encourage you to reach out and contact me if you’d like to talk. I’m proud of you for making the decision to find a therapist – asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do.

If you’re interested in working together, I invite you to call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 158, or through our online request form.

More about Jim

Area of Expertise

Warmth, Curiosity, Humor

Empathy, Connection, Insight

Attachment, Developmental, and Relational Trauma

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

South Banister

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Trauma
Substance Abuse
Loneliness
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Struggles with Food/Eating
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Problem Thoughts
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Spirituality
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual expression
Questions about Gender
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Death & Dying
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Interrupted sleep/Insomnia
Career Transitions
Problems at Work
Problems at School

Techniques & Experience

Anxiety alleviation experience
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused
Familiar with substance abuse
Mindfulness modalities
Career counseling
Focused on practicing skills

Qualities

Warm & caring
Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Youthful
Active sense of humor
Decades of life experience
Anxiety alleviation experience
Enjoys treating young adults
LGBTQ friendly
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma focused
Spiritually sensitive
Professional experience other than counseling
Familiar with substance abuse
Mindfulness modalities
Enjoys working with older adults
Fatherly
Career counseling
Focused on practicing skills
Additional Info

Clinical Supervision

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S
300 Allen Street
Austin, TX 78702
512/554-8035

Contact Jim

512-201-4501 ext 158
Work with Jim

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    Austin, TX 78756
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    1213 W. Slaughter Lane, #130
    Austin, TX 78748
512-201-4501
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6am - 10pm
Saturday - Sunday
8am - 8pm

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