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Finding Meaning

For clients with existential concerns.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) in Austin, TX as well as a writer. I like to work with individuals who are committed to being true to themselves. This takes courage and risks disappointing others—but is important in terms of embracing one's sense of self. People-pleasing is a self-sabotaging, soul-killing behavior.

I am an Attachment-based therapist with a focus on meaning-of-life concerns.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in English

Master of Arts in Counseling

 

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Making the Bed

Most of us have a morning ritual that kicks off our day: drinking coffee or tea, eating breakfast, feeding the dog, reading or listening...

Rapprochement at BurgerFi

By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC-S We have a family tradition of gathering on Sundays at BurgerFi in South Austin. BurgerFi, a small and...

The Cosmos Barks

If one is stuck, and struggling with life, choosing a good therapist—one who’s a good fit and who, in the words of my old college English...

Rearranging My Face

Whenever I allow myself to conjure my mother, who died in Memphis on Christmas Day 2013, I think of Pond’s cold cream. I say “allow”...

Armadillo

Armadillo By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC-S I was already feeling fragile, having slept fitfully, rattled by disturbing dreams. Some part of me...

The Problem with Positive Psychology

Positive psychology has come to the fore in our culture, giving rise to certain positivity performance anxiety. We are under pressure...

Tap-Dancing to Work

A career should be a source of joy and empowerment. But too often, Sunday evening is cloaked in dread. Monday morning’s alarm hangs...

The Pets We Love—and Mourn

By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC It might sound silly to some that certain individuals would actually visit a therapist to help them process the...

What’s Your Story?

St. Edward’s University Graduation Speech 2013 Counseling Graduates What’s Your Story? Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC Ch. 1: Honoring Your Roots...

Readiness for Change

By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC Many clients come in for therapy expecting the counselor to “fix them.” Yet when the counselor explores the...

Congruence of Self

Congruence By Elizabeth O’Brien One of our main objectives as human beings is to reach a state of well-being—a state in which we are...

‘Tis the Season

The holidays are fraught with angst. Since late October, clients have been coming in with anxiety over upcoming family visits, tales of...

Separation of Self

Separation of Self By Elizabeth O’Brien, M.A., LPC Disconnected When human beings suffer trauma, large or small, they generally...

Social Reciprocity

Social Reciprocity By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC Do you ever go to a party or dinner and spend the entire evening putting out a lot of...

The Dissociative Culture

The Dissociative Culture By Elizabeth O’Brien, M.A., LPC Our culture has become a population of “dissociators.” For much, if not all of...

Procrastination Strategies

Cognitive: 1. First, explore your resistance to the task: what, exactly, are you dreading, and why? What makes it so hard to get started?...

Choosing the Path of Resilience

As a therapist, I am struck more and more intensely by the importance of personal responsibility. So many clients come in overwhelmed...

Happiness

Happiness means different things to different people: a positive outlook, security, faith in a higher power, good health, meaningful...

Mirroring

By Elizabeth O’Brien, M.A., LPC Mirroring is one of the most important concepts in psychology; it is a lynchpin of Attachment Theory....

Walkin’ the Dog

By Elizabeth O’Brien, M.A., LPC I waited 20 years to get a dog again. After growing up with dogs in my home town of Memphis, taking on...