Victoria Elizarde Therapy Austin

Victoria "Tori" Elizarde, LCSW-S

she/her/hers

Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed

“To practice courage, compassion, and connection is to look at life and the people around us, and say, “I’m all in.” Brené Brown

Welcome!

The very idea of therapy can feel overwhelming, intimidating, and even confusing—where do you begin? Maybe you’re considering therapy because of a significant life event or you’ve found yourself feeling overwhelmed and stuck in patterns that just don’t seem to be working anymore. Whether this is your first time considering therapy, you’ve had previous experience in therapy, or therapy is something you’ve been putting off for awhile, I’m glad that you stopped by today.

Starting therapy is a lot like starting any new journey—we can expect there will be bumps along the way but you don’t have to walk this path alone. As your therapist, I can guide you, point you in the direction of your goals, help you navigate unexpected twists and turns, fill your pack with tools and strategies to face challenges as they arise, and provide support and encouragement. Growth can be uncomfortable and challenging. I want you to know that you are not alone in this. In our work together, I will help you identify and utilize your strengths to build resilience, improve your ability to cope with stress, and engage more positively in your life. I want to take those steps with you and celebrate each milestone as you take steps in your journey toward wellness.

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Because your personal experiences are unique to you, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I will incorporate a variety of therapeutic principles and evidenced-based techniques to meet your specific needs. Together we can explore what works best for you and talk about how you can use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness strategies on your therapeutic journey. While my approach is eclectic, my priorities and goals as a therapist will remain consistent. My goal is to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for us to explore your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. My priority is our therapeutic relationship and like any relationship, it is important that you feel heard, valued, and safe.

I received my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Texas State University—San Marcos. I have extensive experience working with clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, anxiety, depression, and suicidality in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. I am passionate about providing a place to heal, build skills, and empower you to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Outside of therapy, I enjoy spending down time with my wife and daughters. I love adventuring around Austin, trying new recipes, reading, and watching television—especially shows that make me laugh out loud.

If you are interested in working with me, please give me a call at 512/201-4501, ext. 241, or complete an online request form.

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More about Tori

Area of Expertise

Anxiety, Stress, Low Mood, and Depression

Self-Compassion, Resiliency, and Personal Growth

Authentic, Relational, and Accepting

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

Offsite

Works With

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

Techniques & Experience

Focused on practicing skills
Anxiety alleviation experience
Familiar with substance abuse
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Mindfulness modalities
Trauma-focused
Gottman Method
EMDR
Practices from an anti-racist lens
IFS (Parts work)
HAES/Intuitive eating

Qualities

Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Focused on practicing skills
Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Experienced in raising children
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Familiar with substance abuse
CBT oriented
DBT friendly
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Mindfulness modalities
Spiritually sensitive
Decades of life experience
Warm & caring
Enjoys working with young adults
Trauma focused
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
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Additional Info

Contact Tori

512-201-4501 ext 241