couples therapy 

Most couples seek out therapy once they have tried other options and things still aren't flowing well. I believe therapy is helpful at any stage of a relationship: whether it's preventative in nature, pre-marital, an aid in communication and bonding, or once a dilemma has arisen.


I use an Attachment Theory approach when working with couples, which roots in early childhood attachment and experiences from one's family of origin. This theory stems from Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). I help each member of the couple to identify unmet needs and work to communicate those needs to their partner. Patterns develop over time within relationships, and sometimes those patterns need to be broken if they aren't serving either party. We work together to re-choreograph the dance the couple has gotten so accustomed to that isn't currently working.  

I also work with couples where one or both partners are Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). This combination requires careful adjustments to relationship dynamics to ensure both members of the couple are accommodated and feel understood. Read more about my take on the Highly Sensitive Person.

I welcome couples of all gender identities, sexualities, and formations. Everyone is welcome.

Austin Counseling Center

1000 Westbank Drive Ste 6-250

Austin, Texas 78746


Phone: 512-364-0167

Shira Klazmer, LPC Associate

Texas License #83430

Supervised by Jill Praisner, LPC-S

Texas License #66202

Jill Praisner, LPC-S can be reached via email at

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Austin Counseling Center

1000 Westbank Drive, Suite 6-250

Austin, Texas 78746

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