My experience working in the criminal justice field for 20 years plus has given me some perspective and insight into organizational relationships, alcohol and drug abuse and hierarchy of power.
Interacting and communicating with people from various backgrounds and socioeconomic status taught me how to assess a situation to become a better listener and helper.
While working, I embarked on the opportunity to become a mentor to adolescent students in the Austin Independent School District for four years. I volunteered with Austin Partners in Education and The Seedling Foundation. This was important to me not only as a member of the community but as a parent. I quickly found out it was just as important to the kids and their parents for me to be there.
My previous therapy experiences have been providing mental health services to the community at Capital Area Counseling and facilitating groups at Sage Recovery and Wellness Center.
Your Therapy Experience
Clients usually are nervous, afraid or hesitant to begin therapy or have a first session. The unknown and the uncertainty can be daunting. There is this looming question of who is this person that I will reveal myself to? The first session is your story and why you are seeking change. The first 5 – 7 minutes, we will go over your information, notice of privacy practices, confidentiality, scheduling, length of sessions, fees, risks of counseling and the therapeutic relationship. We then move into your story and your idea of what you would like to see happen. If we are a good fit, we will work collaboratively into the next sessions.
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One achieves mental health to the extent that
one becomes aware of one's interpersonal relationships.
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Vicki R. Padilla, LPC Intern
Supervised by JIll Praisner, MA, LPC S
Austin Counseling Center
1000 Westbank Drive Ste 6-250
Austin, Texas 78746