H​​ART COUNSELING SERVICES, PLLC

THERAPY SERVICES

Individual Therapy

Adults
counseling
Seeking out therapy is a sign of strength, signifying a knowing that ​you are not satisfied with how things are going in your life.  You recognize feeling blocked or trapped in some way, and know that you are not experiencing life in a way you would prefer.  It's easy to get stuck in our own heads or stuck in familiar patterns of living.  It's also easy to try to make some unwanted or uncomfortable internal experience "go away."  Having the perspective of a trained, neutral and objective listener, who can help you see new perspectives, or make connections that were previously unknown, is a powerful and helpful tool.  Being in an environment where you listen and learn from your internal experience, you discover you didn't need to push it away or bury it.  You learn instead that you have the strength you need to not only make it through the discomfort, but to grow in unexpected and helpful ways

Nichole and Jennifer enjoy working with adult individuals who are ready to explore or engage in the benefits therapy has to offer.

Imago Relationship Therapy

couple therapy
lesbian couple counseling
gay couple therapy
couple counseling
If you are navigating a difficult time in your relationship, or simply seeking to have a more intentional way of connecting and communicating in your relationship, I would like to help.  Working within an Imago framework provides you with ​​practical and helpful communication tools that help deepen and strengthen your relationship.  Imago also helps couple's understand, at a deeper level, what is contributing to ongoing issues or struggles that tend to show up in the relationship.  Having a deeper understanding, along with helpful and safe ways to communicate about this deeper understanding, often leads to issues feeling less personal.  When the issues feel less personal, it's easier to access care and compassion for one another.  

All Orientations Welcome.

Click here to learn more about Imago Relationship Theory.
Groups
How do I know if an interpersonal process group may be helpful for me?​

If you…
  • Find that you have patterns in relationships that are not satisfying (relationships with friends, dating/marriage, work/career, family members) 
  • See that you’ve had good intentions to make changes personally or relationally, and instead find that you somehow end up feeling stuck in familiar patterns
  • Want to understand yourself and/or your relationships more fully
  • Want to have more satisfying relationships
  • Feel unsure of yourself a lot
  • Want to feel more confidence in how you interact with the world around you
  • Want to feel more engaged in life
  • See the benefit in processing struggles within a confidential group where everyone is there with similar intentions, namely to learn and grow personally and relationally
  • Find that you avoid certain aspects of relationships such as speaking up for yourself, setting boundaries, or engaging in healthy conflict, and you want to improve in those areas
  • Find it appealing to think of being yourself or becoming more fully yourself and being accepted and valued in doing so
  • Believe you could find joy in interacting with an authentic group of individuals who are willing to support, connect with, and challenge you in helpful and healthy ways
…then an interpersonal process group is worth exploring and learning more about.
group therapy
Why consider an interpersonal process group?

A key element of group therapy that is different from individual therapy is that interpersonal struggles are more likely to be “lived out” in the group setting.  It is a group of people interacting with one another in real ways, talking about concerns, fears, struggles, challenges, and triumphs.  People are thus affected by one another in the here and now, and they have the opportunity to process those experiences in a safe, contained, and confidential way in the group.  Life experiences are no longer simply “talked about,” they are actually lived out in real time.  Because multiple perspectives are built into the fabric of the group, rich learning opportunities present themselves.  Process groups are a powerful tool for personal and relational growth and change.  Individuals generally experience group as supportive, helpful, challenging, energizing, and, most of all, meaningful.
sex positive therapy
sex positive therapy

Sex
Positive
​Therapy

sex positive therapy
Sex-Positivity is a framework designed to help you explore all concerns around sexuality. The spectrum can range from topics on sexual and gender identity, to ways to heal or enhance your understanding about sex in relation to yourself or in the context of a relationship. The purpose is to provide  a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Sex, and all things connected, is a natural and healthy part of who you are, and it's important that you understand yourself within a holistic framework that works best for you. 
Spiritual Seekers, Wounded, and Questioners
Are you a person who has questions of a spiritual nature?  Perhaps you've been ​​​​deeply wounded by a person or experience connected with faith or spirituality in your past?  Maybe you are wondering if a spiritual path or approach is (still) for you?  If you want ​a safe place to explore these questions, or work on healing from these experiences, we would love to work with you.  We enjoy working with people of all faith traditions, or no faith tradition or affiliation.  

If you're interested in knowing how to bring sprituality or faith back into your life, or how it can become a part of your life in such a way that helps you live a life of meaning, purpose, and congruence - a life in which you feel increasingly connected with yourself, the world around you, and God, or a higher power as you understand it, we want to help.  We are very open and interested in meeting people where they are.  We welcome exploring hard issues, issues with no easy answers, and believe that it's healthy to be in touch with and comfortable with our full range of questions, feelings, and our overall vast array of human experiences.  Being human is messy at times, and all the messiness, questions, or simply trying to figure it out, is welcome here.
spiritual counseling

Rock Balancing

Nichole is excited to offer individual sessions, time-limited (6-week) rock balancing groups, and workshops throughout the year!  If you're new to rock balancing, it is a practice that offers many benefits.  For example, people often notice opportunites for learning about patience, letting go, living in the moment, and dealing with life challenges...to name just a few.  Balancing also tends to have a grounding effect that spills out into daily living.  Additionally, completing a balance, even a small one, often sparks joy and feelings of accomplishment and contentment, and who can't use an extra bit of these feelings in his or her day!  If any of these benefits spark your interest, or if you are interested in learning more about the individual or group sessions, give Nichole a call!  The groups are intentionally kept small, and each group will combine elements of balancing, reflection, and small group processing.  

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I am interested in finding out more about the rock balancing.
Co-Parenting
co-parenting counseling

Co-Parenting Therapy

Adjusting to parenting together after separation/divorce is challenging.  Sometimes, despite efforts "not to go there," conflict increases.  Co-parenting therapy is directive and focused.  You will work to develop a business-like partnership to parenting together from separate households; you will not go back to rehash issues from the past.  We will keep the focus on parenting effectively together now, and on learning new communication strategies that help reduce tension.  When you do these things, you are both less stressed, and you increase your effectiveness as co-parents.  Not only do each of you benefit from being less stressed, your child also will adjust much better to the separation/divorce when there is less conflict between you as parents.  
parenting for divorced parents
parenting after divorce

Parent Facilitation
Parent Coordination

New Ways for Families

New Ways for Families is a relatively new program in central Texas.  The program was developed by Bill Eddy (based in California).  His belief that there is a "new way" for high conflict families to work through divorce led him to develop this very structured, skills-based approach.  In working through the New Ways program, both parents learn skills of flexible thinking, managing emotions, and moderating behavior, and then each parent teaches these skills to the children.  The New Ways for Families program can be court-ordered, or parents can mutually agree to work through the program without a court order.  

Click here to learn more about New Ways for Families.
Parenting Facilitators (PF) and Parenting Coordinators (PC) are appointed by the court, and they function from the belief that a vast majority of parents ultimately wish to act in the best interest of their children.  Sometimes, especially in the process of a divorce, the best ways to jointly support the children can become cloudy or lost in the midst of heightened conflict. PF/PCs work to point the focus of each parent away from the conflict between themselves, and toward working for mutually satisfying solutions that are in the best interests of the child(ren). 
Contact Nichole
...if you have questions about therapy or would like to set up an appointment.
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