About Me:

From a young age, I've felt very much in tune with the emotions and needs of others. I was introduced to the field of mental health in my early 20s after seeking out my first therapist during a time of crisis. Therapy changed my life, and I began to research the different ways understanding the importance of the human mind and the human desire for connection could continue to help me grow. This quickly developed into a desire to learn more.

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I have worked with a variety of clients with various presenting goals. I’ve worked with clients coming in to explore the meaning of life as well as clients mandated to therapy for committing illegal crimes. I have seen individuals, couples and families argue, fight, yell, scream, and cry. I have heard scary thoughts, elaborate fantasies, innate fears, and simple cravings. I have watched clients have "ah-ha!" moments, catch themselves in old patterns, learn to overcome obstacles, use coping skills properly, navigate difficult relationships, make life-altering decisions, fall in and out of love, and have break-throughs with loved ones. I feel genuinely honored that I get to share these personal, vulnerable and real moments with each and every client. 

As human beings, we are meant to connect, to share, to be real with one another, and to get through obstacles together. We are never truly alone, even when it may feel we are. The therapeutic space provides a beautiful exchange for exploring these desires for connection, building resiliency, learning new tools, and writing new narratives. I'd love for the opportunity to introduce you to therapy if this is your first time, join you in a new therapeutic journey if you are returning to therapy, and walk beside you regardless.

How I Work:

I work with clients ages 12+ in individual, family duos or couple dynamics. I tend to attract Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) as clients. Those who have experienced high sensitivity throughout their lives may be very sensitive to textures, smells, lighting, noise, and emotions. This may have caused irritability, anxiety, overwhelm or a strong desire for isolation. HSPs often become people-pleasers as well, struggle with setting boundaries, and may have been called “shy” or “too sensitive” or “different” throughout their lives. It’s important to know that being a HSP is not a diagnostic disorder, but a personality trait. It is a trait that can be viewed as a gift when one learns how to accommodate one’s needs.

 

I also work with those who have experienced trauma in their past and are ready to work through it using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness, and somatic experiencing. EMDR is also helpful for anxiety and phobias.

 

I pull from a variety of therapeutic approaches, and often utilize therapeutic foundations from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) based on Attachment Theory, parts work from IFS (Internal Family Systems), existentialism, somatic experience, mindfulness, and more. This means I help clients focus on the emotions and feelings behind their struggles, which are often hidden deeper within, and may stem from early childhood experiences. Locating these true emotions, and asking ourselves where they stem from, often provide us with the answers we need. 

 

I utilize humor and creative expression in counseling to help ease and unpack the mind. Humor and laughter are a necessary part of the healing process. I don't believe there is a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to therapy. For that reason, I like to explore options with each client and adjust as needed. I can lead the sessions and challenge you, or I can be more of a listening ear and sounding board. We will discuss what works best for you. 

 

This is your personal journey, and I look forward to supporting you in navigating every twist and turn.

Specialties:

  • Trauma work

  • EMDR

  • Highly Sensitive People and/or Empaths

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment wounds

  • Teen Girls

  • Parent & Adult Child or Adult Sibling Dynamics

  • People Pleasers

  • Navigating dating, relationships, and healing from heartbreak

  • Developing coping skills and managing anxiety 

  • Seeking sense of purpose or meaning in life

  • Working on self-awareness, confidence building and emotional intelligence

  • Navigating Life Transitions

  • Jewish Culture

 Education:

  • The University of Kansas - Dual B.A. in Journalism: Strategic Communication & English: Creative Writing

  • Texas State University - M.A. in Professional Counseling

Austin Counseling Center

1000 Westbank Drive Ste 6-250

Austin, Texas 78746

Email: shira@shiraklazmer.com

Phone: 512-364-0167

Shira Klazmer, LPC Intern

Texas License #83430

Supervised by Jill Praisner, LPC-S

Texas License #66202

© 2020 Shira Klazmer. 

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