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Lisa Hanusch PhD

Lisa Hanusch PhD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Thanks for visiting my website. I am interested in getting to know you and I would love for you to know a little bit about me. I spent the first 28 years of my life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Most of my family lives there still. The University of Tulsa (go Hurricanes!) is where I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1993. As part of my degree program, I completed a one year full-time clinical internship at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. As an intern, I completed rotations through Child, Adolescent, and Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Outpatient services, and Adult rehabilitation and Neuropsychological services. Immediately following the completion of my internship, I went to work for Terrell State Hospital as a staff psychologist on an Adult Inpatient Unit. After a year, I returned to work full time as a Staff Psychologist at Presbyterian Hospital in Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Services.

I later moved to Austin and decided to stay home full time with my young children. Throughout those years, I volunteered at church and in my children’s school. When my kids began to enter highschool, I returned to my profession.

My passion is to help people grow in their faith and to help them be the happiest and healthiest individuals they can be.  I love working with women and see women of all ages struggling with many varied issues.  I also work with couples.  Marriage and family are the bedrock of our society and the healthier we become as individuals, couples, and families, the healthier our society at large will be as a result. 

I have two offices – one in Austin and one in San Marcos. I have a young-adult son and daughter, a young-adult step-son and daughter-in-law, and a young-adult step-daughter.  My husband and I attend Austin Stone Church and coordinate Wild Week Summer Camps.

 

My Philosophy 

Although I personally operate from a Biblical worldview – I am very sensitive to and respectful of the worldviews held by my clients. My goal is always to treat people with dignity, warmth and acceptance. I desire to establish relationships that enable people to feel safe and comfortable tackling the issues for which they have come to see me. I believe that people can change when they are accepted and loved right where they are at.

I believe there is something inherent within every person that desires wholeness. I want to help people progress in that direction. I believe that people are not defined by their problems and that perceived failures have the potential to be great teachers and springboards to success and competency.

Much of life is about love – Receiving God’s love for us – and allowing that love to overflow to self and to others.  

 

Approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy

 

Specialties

Aging, Anger Management, Anxiety, Couples Counseling, Depression, Divorce, Elder Care,  Grief and Loss, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma, Women’s Issues, Christian Counseling