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686,000 people sought help with Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a increased happiness counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, ARIA | Covenant Management Systems, +34 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, +1 more

As I progress in my journey in life, I am determined to partner with people to transform their lives.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, Divorce / Breakup, ADHD, +4 more

I use a client-centered, strength-based approach and strive to create a therapeutic relationship where you are heard, respected, and encouraged.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, APEX Memorial Hermann, +31 more
Military / Veteran, Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +13 more

As a trauma-informed therapist, I understand that we are all unique in our own way.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, APEX Memorial Hermann, +37 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, ADHD, +4 more

I am dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming space where clients can freely express themselves without fear of criticism, knowing that I am here t... I am dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming space where clients can freely express themselves without fear of criticism, knowing that I am here to listen and support them unconditionally. Read more

Starting Increased happiness counseling

What is increased happiness counseling?

Increased happiness counseling from our Thriveworks therapists in Austin, TX guides clients in cultivating gratitude, resilience, and a deeper understanding of their own values and goals. The aim of increased happiness counseling is to empower individuals to lead happier and more fulfilling lives by promoting a greater sense of personal satisfaction and emotional equilibrium.

How does increased happiness counseling work?

Therapists who specialize in increased happiness counseling can utilize a diverse array of methods, such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies, mindfulness exercises, and the principles of positive psychology to assist you in nurturing qualities like gratitude, resilience, and a deeper comprehension of your values and aspirations. The primary objective of increased happiness counseling is to empower you to live a more joyful and satisfying life, fostering an enhanced sense of personal contentment and emotional balance.

Is increased happiness counseling conducted in person or online?

Increased happiness counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does increased happiness counseling last?

Some individuals may achieve their objectives to gain insights and strategies for enhancing their happiness in just a few sessions. In contrast, others may opt for an extended counseling journey to address deeper emotional concerns and establish lasting happiness and well-being. The frequency and duration of your sessions during counseling in Austin is typically determined through collaboration between the client and therapist.

Need more help deciding?

Most people know a few people who are truly happy individuals. If you think of people in your life right now who exude joy, what characterizes their lives? More likely than not, they have bad days, just like everyone else. And yet, their happiness is resilient. They may feel sad for a while, but they are never knocked down for long. Unexpected bad news, changed plans, or surprise frustrates may throw them for a loop, but before long, they have landed on their feet with a smile on their face. Pharrell Williams describes them in his song, “Happy.”

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don’t waste your time
Here’s why: Because I’m happy…

How do people capture such happiness? A simple Google search gives countless possibilities for how people might be happier: try these foods, sleep enough but not too much, have this many friends, and the list goes on and on and on. There is no question: people want more happiness in their lives, but is that possible? If it is, how?

Mental health professionals used to think that the happiness people felt was set at a fixed level. There may be times in their lives where they felt slightly happier or sadder, but inevitably, they returned to the same measure of happiness. However, new research shows that people have more control over their happiness than previously thought. Happiness can be cultivated and increased.

Many people are seeking out mental health counseling to increase their happiness. Professional therapists can help their clients separate emotional habits that increase happiness from the useless clickbait.

Negative Emotional Habits: Impeding Happiness

Often, external circumstances control how much happiness people feel. For example, do any of these circumstances sound familiar?

  • When your favorite TV series ended, it threw your week out of kilter.
  • You team won the championship. You have felt sky high all week.
  • A coworker’s random, rude comment sent you spinning and brooding for hours.
  • Your birthday is the best day of the year. The day after your birthday is the worst day of the year.

These scenarios and countless others all fit the equations: negative outcome=negative feelings. Positive outcome=positive feelings. Unfortunately, most people cannot control these outcomes that control their feelings.

Without a doubt, other people, life events, and difficult circumstances affect how people feel. However, they do not tell the whole story. There are more factors that affect happiness and that are within every person’s control.

Certain emotional habits may be inhibiting people’s joy. For many people, the first step toward a happier life is identifying the ways they are holding themselves back from happiness. Here are a few examples of ways people may be sabotaging their own happiness:

  • Entitlement: Often times, the more proactive people are, often the happier they feel. If people wait for happiness to come to them, they may be waiting for a long time.
  • Giving away Control: Everybody loves good news: promotions, vacations, long-lost friends are wonderful, but if they control people’s happiness, they have too much control. Instead, happy often find joy within themselves.
  • Blame: When people blame, they rarely have energy left to problem-solve. Unaddressed often problems suck the joy out of life and grow more troublesome with time.
  • Comparison: Finding happiness by comparing and contrasting to others often leads to resentment or superiority. Comparison is often a trap and hinders happiness.

Positive Emotional Habits: Increasing Happiness

In many ways, happiness is like a muscle. All muscles have a certain level of strength. With exercise and over time, any muscle can be strengthened. Similarly, certain emotional exercises may increase a person’s happiness. The key is knowing which produce long-term, sustainable happiness.

A mental health professional can help people identify which emotional habits they need to practice in order to boost their happiness, but a few may include…

  • Practicing mindfulness – Paying attention to one’s own thoughts, feelings, and sensations, experiencing them without judgment is often a first step toward happiness.
  • Promoting thankfulness – Taking time to talk about or write down a few things that people are grateful for can go a long way toward focusing their minds on what is beautiful, good, and kind in this world.
  • Changing one’s mindset – Learning to reframe circumstances is an important life skill for cultivating happiness. There is opportunity in every circumstance if people are willing to see it.
  • Setting a goal – Establishing reasonable, achievable goals in their personal and professional life can keep people anticipating and excited about the future.

While much of life is outside of people’s control, there is also much within their control that affect their happiness. When people learn to draw happiness from sources they can control and from within themselves, life can be a rollercoaster, but their happiness level will remain relatively steady.

Counseling for Increasing Happiness at Thriveworks Austin

Becoming a happier person is possible, and many people choose to journey toward a more joyful life with the help of a mental health professional. If you are ready for a happier life, Thriveworks Austin is ready to support and guide you. Our counselors have appointments available for increasing happiness.

If you call our office to schedule an appointment today, you may be meeting with your counselor tomorrow. We offer evening and weekend appointments. We accept most forms of insurances, and many new clients meet with their therapist within 24 hours of their first call.

Your happiness if our priority too. Call Thriveworks Austin today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Austin therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Christus Health Plan Exchange

  • Christus Health Plan Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Austin
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

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Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

3.7 Thriveworks Austin reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
Read more Amazing!!! I am beyond happy with the services provided by Dr. Nunez. She has been so amazing with my children and I am beyond grateful for her and ThriveWorks. I’d recommend her to anyone. She is incredibly talented and listens without judgement. If I could I’d give her a zillion stars for having the most positive, profound impact on our lives!
West Lake Hills Sep 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
Read more I needed someone who was strong, kind, listened and was action oriented who had the experience to deal with the trauma I was struck with when I experienced severe loss of a loved one in 2016. Linda was and is present, intelligent, professional, human, warm and kind and at every session she has offered me practical solutions to face my life and my day to day activities. I highly recommend her. She Is so good it is very hard to get an appointment with her but if you can get one keep it. She is fabulous and will heal your spirit and soul in a safe and loving place. I love her strength more than anything and her optimism that anyone can get to a better place and not be stuck in pain and hopelessness. She is healing my heart and I feel like I have found a person who truly cares. This is a very good place.
West Lake Hills Sep 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
Read more I am gonna cry as I write this review... I have been working with Linda M. since I was married to my abusive ex husband and through my single time and my time meeting and marrying my current very wonderful husband. She has pushed me to be the very best person I can be and literally saved my life on several occasions. I'm moving to VA so I can't see Linda anymore and I'm telling you, this is my hardest goodbye. This woman is beyond amazing. She has forced me to take a good hard look at myself and work on everything: anxiety, borderline and PTSD to make me be a better person. You CANNOT go wrong with Linda. It's amazing how much one person and one session can change your life. I've tried therapy before, many times, with no luck until I got dragged to Thriveworks by someone close to me who wanted therapy to fix me! Well it didn't "fix me" it made me a totally new person. A happier, more confident person willing to take on the world. I even wanted Linda to come to my wedding, but knew she couldn't as she is very professional and this is against policy. But I would have had her there in a heart beat!
West Lake Hills Apr 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
Read more The office is quiet and peaceful. It is hard to beat an appointment within 24 hours and no waiting once you get there.
West Lake Hills Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com
☆☆☆☆
Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
Read more Sadly, I was in at vulnerable time and felt taken advantage of with Lisa. She was late for appointments and cut appointments short with no apology. I had been charged for full appointments. If the patient is late or misses, we are charged regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way with the therapists. I felt she was defended by Thriveworks for her actions. I can only hope that for the sake of the patients this will change.
West Lake Hills Jun 2015
Review left on Thriveworks.com
☆☆☆☆
My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
Read more My teenage daughter with diagnosed social anxiety and anxiety and depression was dropped because your counselor could not meet at times that worked for the patient. No other doctor was recommended. A nice note was written but now I’m empty handed with a serious situation. And you all dumped us.
West Lake Hills Apr 2015
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Austin is located in the same building as Detect Lab, Oakin Adams & Kilmer LLP, Actum Processing, MaQro Advisors, Cobalt Group Inc., Tribe Design Group, Virtus Financial Group, and Ecolab. Across the street is Hill Country Animal Hospital. We are near the intersection of Bee Cave Rd and St Stephens School Rd S, which has a Texaco nearby, as well as Rob Roy Chevron and Half Off Fireworks.

Phone number

(512) 601-5098

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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