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For over 15 years, Pat Sumption has helped countless individuals overcome anxiety and depression, reconnect with their children and parents, or find passion in their lives again. Her master’s degree in clinical social work, combined with her experience working with adolescents and adults in clinical and school settings provides the perfect combination of training and experience to help her clients deal with the most challenging issues in their lives. In addition, she is the proud parent of a young man with special needs and is passionate about working with parents and families of special needs children.
Pat is currently engaged in post masters training to become a psychoanalyst. This will help to enhance the deep and lasting work that she believes in. Pat’s compassionate and caring approach to therapy truly helps her clients heal their hearts.
I’d like to congratulate you on taking the first step toward finding some peace and comfort in your life. Whether you already know the tremendous benefits that therapy has to offer, or this is your time, finding a therapist that you truly feel connected to is a very important part of the process.
I consider therapy to be a very important partnership. As my client, you’ll need to trust me and feel comfortable exploring your deepest, sometimes darkest feelings during our sessions. In return, as your therapist, I’ll provide you with the experience and expertise to help you identify the root causes to those feelings so that together we can help you overcome them.
Speaking of roots, I like to compare therapy to the removing of a tree from the ground. If left completely unattended, a tree can grow too large and unmanageable to be dealt with. If simply trimmed, the tree will continue to grow back to the same size it was before. If cut at the base, yes you’ll remove most of the tree, but you’ll also be left with an unsightly stump. While it’s unlikely to grow back to its original size, it’s never truly gone either. The only way to properly remove a tree is to do the hard work. Dig deep, find the roots and permanently remove them from the ground. This happens to also be my approach to therapy.
By now you already know “how” you’re feeling, but are unlikely to know “why” you’re feeling the way you do. My job is to help you do the hard work. Working together, we’ll dig deep, find the root cause of your feelings, and permanently remove them from your life so they no longer exist.
If this will be your first time meeting with a therapist, I want to assure you that it’s OK if you’re a little uncomfortable, or don’t quite know what to expect. Please give me a call for a free 15-minute consultation and I’ll walk you through what to expect during your first meeting.
The demands we place on ourselves as adults can be overwhelming. We try to be perfect spouses, amazing parents and hardworking employees each and every day. We fill our days with so many activities that it’s rare for us to get any meaningful rest and relaxation. It’s no surprise then, that many of us are suffering from chronic stress, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD or eating disorders and don’t even know it. We’re too busy to even realize how serious our issues and illnesses have become.
Well, it’s time to talk about it. Meeting with a professional therapist means you get personalized, direct attention to work on the issues in your life that are keeping you from living it to the fullest.
It's possible to feel better, and Pat can help. Using a combination of long-standing, proven methods, Pat will take a journey with you to uncover the true origin of the issues you're having in your life, help you face them head-on, and allow you to uproot them for good. It’s amazing how good you’ll feel once you’re able to change your negative though and behavior patterns and refocus that same energy toward the most important people and activities in your life.
If you think being an adult is difficult, be thankful you don’t have to be teenager again in these social media driven times. As societal pressures build, so do the issues that come along with them. Adolescents are working developmentally to find their identities, and this process needs to be fostered and guided by adults who are sometimes not the parents of the child.
The multitude of benefits that therapy offers teenagers is overwhelming, improving familial relationships and personal self-esteem.
Throughout the years, Pat has worked with hundreds of teenagers, so she’s able to quickly build the rapport required to give them a safe place to explore their feelings, anxieties and worries.
Finally, as your child progresses, Pat will integrate time to work with the parents directly as well. This will provide you with the tools need to help bridge the ever-expanding gap between parent and child.
Calling Pat means you can help your teenager start feeling better today.
As the parent of a child with special needs, Pat is particularly interested in supporting this under-served population. From first diagnosis, to launching your child into adulthood, having an exceptional child brings with it unique challenges. Unfortunately, it can also bring feelings of loneliness, grief, guilt and fear for the parents. All of these feels, however, can be dealt with by working with Pat.
Why is it important?
Overcoming these feelings is critical for both parent and child. When the parents feel better, the child gets more of the attention, love and support they need to further enhance the special life they’ve been given.
If you have a child with special needs and are feeling overwhelmed, come meet with Pat. She knows firsthand the emotions that you’re struggling with and can help you overcome them.
Pat is available to speak to various groups of parents who have children with special needs. As the mother of a son with Autism, she feels compelled to share her story, while also taking the time to listen to the stories of others.
Pat will share how feelings of grief, fear and sadness are perfectly normal, how they overwhelmed her and her family for many years, and what strategies parents can use to help control and overcome them.
In lieu of direct compensation, Pat would prefer that all available speaking fees (if any exist) be donated to the nonPariel Institute's "Austin Expansion Fund" to help bring this amazing program to Austin.