You finally made the decision to get help. Now, how do you choose a good therapist and find one that you like? Don't worry. Read on to learn more about me and know if you are a good fit even before you call.
Some things to know about me...
Let me introduce myself. I am therapist in Austin, Texas who loves to work with hard working, high passion people who feel like something is holding them back--maybe something from their past. I help you to improve relationships, quality of life, and really embrace your life to the fullest.
I believe therapy should actually help you feel better. So, I bring you tools to help you have the life you want. You also need to feel comfortable with me to progress. The "fit" is important. So, here are some things about me to help you decide.
Traci W. Pirri, LCSW
Who I am as a person
Family is important in my life. My house is full, loud & always on the go. I have a wonderful New York-Italian husband and two adopted kiddos. Balancing family with a private practice is a dance. So, I am as committed to mindfulness, intention, and mood management for myself as I am for you.
Also, I am a bit of a nerd and love learning. I refuel in nature, doing yoga, and spending time with my family. At times, I have been accused of being overly earnest and eternally hopeful. These qualities motivate my approach to therapy and coaching.
How I work
When you are ready to reach out, you can schedule a 15-minute free consultation call or skip straight to scheduling an appointment. For reference, my office hours are Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:00-2pm CST.
15-Minute Free Phone Consultation
In that first contact, we'll touch base about what you want from therapy, answer questions about cost, scheduling, etc..., and make sure it feels like a good fit. You can schedule at that time or think about it until you are ready then use the link for my schedule to set up a 75 minute intake appointment. Once you are scheduled, I'll send you an email with a link to my online client portal. Here, you will enter your information, sign consents, and enter credit/debit/HSA card information. You will then receive a text reminder of your appointment 2 days prior.
At the first appointment, you'll walk into the waiting room. If my office door (to the right) is open, come on back! If it's closed, just take a seat in the waiting room, and I'll be right with you.
Once we get started, you'll have a chance to ask any questions you might have and we'll talk more specifically about your treatment goals. I'll ask lots of nosy questions--but no worries! If you aren't ready to talk about something, just let me know. It's my job to ask--yours to decide what and how much to discuss. By the end of this session, the goal is for you to have a clear sense whether or not you are in the right place and, if so, for us to have a clear plan for therapy.
After that, things will progress based on what goes well and what does not. We need to find what grounds you. I am here to help. My clients learn stress management and how to actually feel their feelings without being flooded or getting stuck. As you connect more fully with yourself, you will naturally be better equipped to connect more fully with others. In my office, we focus on what works. As we learn about more you, we will switch things up, if needed.
Also, I focus on treatment options proven by research to work. Some of these include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, as well as Motivational Interviewing and supportive counseling techniques. I teach you the skills to heal and overcome the scars of the past. In a word, I am committed to your growth, as well as my own.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Austin, Texas. Licensed in both Texas and North Carolina, I provide both in-person and distance counseling. I also coach people dealing with adoption in how to embrace a more open, connected adoption experience.
A native Texan, I moved to Raleigh, NC after college and spent 18 years in North Carolina. There, I started out in child welfare. I worked with families struggling with mental health and sexual abuse problems. After a few years, I knew I wanted to help people change more directly. So, I began providing therapy for both sexual abuse victims and adolescent offenders. I also worked in the community with in-home therapy. Much of these cases focused on children in foster care and pre-adoptive placements.
I opened my private practice in 2006 in Raleigh, NC before moving back to Austin in 2015. In addition to individual therapy, I supervise new therapists and provide workshops/trainings both locally and nationally.
I completed graduate school in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) and North Carolina Agriculture and Technology State University (NC A&T). There, I received a joint Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree and was awarded membership into the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. My undergraduate work was completed at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. There, I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997 with a double major in Psychology and English.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), currently working towards certification
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for social workers
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association member
- Treasurer for Adoption Knowledge Affiliates (AKA) www.adoptionknowledge.org
- Certified Professional Life Coach (Life Coach Institute of Orange County, approved training institute of the International Coach Federation)
- 2008 Who's Who recognition
Meet in-person at my convenient North Austin--close to the Arboretum and easily accessible from downtown, uptown, or the burbs.
Of course, if getting into the office is difficult, don't forget to consider video counseling.
Are you ready to get started?
Schedule a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation