Kara Nassour, LPC
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
Reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things you do for yourself. You may wonder if your problems are “bad enough,” or whether you deserve support for them. It might be difficult to believe that life can get better. But just by considering therapy, you’ve already taken the first step. You have the insight to realize something isn’t working, and the courage to face it within yourself. Together, we can build on that insight and courage to create a better tomorrow.
I work with a wide range of issues, specializing in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and figuring out how to live by your values in everyday life. Many of my clients are LGBTQ+ people working out what love, relationships and identity mean to them. Others learn to balance care for themselves with caring for other people. You don’t have to deal with your problems alone. By working through them now, you can develop the skills and strength to deal with other issues you face throughout your life.
As we try new approaches to dealing with your concerns, I’ll check with you regularly about which strategies work for you and which ones don’t. Sometimes, you want practical actions you can take to move your life forward. Other times, you need to be heard, understood, and to know that you aren’t alone. Here, you can do both: we adapt the focus of a session to be more supportive or more action-focused depending on what you need in the moment. You might want concrete objectives to tackle each week, or you might want a flexible, open time to work through the biggest concerns on your mind. Every new technique is an experiment, and either it will help you (great!), or you will still learn something about what you need and how your brain works (also useful!). There are no failures, only discoveries.
I always end sessions on a positive note: a plan of action, experiences you look forward to, or things you feel grateful for or which give you hope. Growth doesn’t stop at the end of a session, and neither will you.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who graduated from Texas State University with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and have worked with young adults, older adults and adolescents at Out Youth, the Austin Center for Grief and Loss, Capital Area Counseling and now Therapy Austin. What I love most about this work is honoring your unique experiences and worldview, and discovering the strengths that have brought you this far on your journey. Together, we can build on those strengths and cultivate new ones.
Area of Expertise
Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression