Katie Barksdale, LPC

Austin Therapist Offering Trauma Counseling and EMDR Therapy for Individual Adults and Couples

Hello and welcome to my site. I’m glad you’re here. I’m guessing you’re here because you’re hurting. Maybe it’s from a past abusive relationship either romantic or other. Perhaps you had a neglectful, dismissive, or intrusive parents. Maybe you’re here because of past sexual abuse. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself anxious, numb, or just plain overwhelmed by your feelings. Sometimes you find it hard to enjoy life, the past keeps coming up. You find yourself wishing you didn’t feel the things you do. You struggle to enjoy the moment because you’re constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Others have told you to just get over it, forgive, or some other version of move on. And perhaps you’re afraid that there’s something wrong with you because you can’t. Maybe you’re angry because if it were that simple you would have done it already. I’m here to tell you that there’s hope. Therapy can help with these issues and that you don’t have to do this alone.

Who I work with and how

I work with clients to help them feel safe and connected. I use a number of different techniques to help emotions feel less overwhelming and to treat the traumas of the past. I see couples and individual adults.

Sex Positive Trauma Therapist

I’m a sex-positive trauma therapist — a mouthful, I know. In short what that means is I help people overcome trauma so they can enjoy their life. In more specific terms this is what I mean:

Sex positivity simply means that sex is often a positive thing in many people’s lives. I work to give education, remove stigma and shame, and help people to experience sex joyfully. I have worked with a number of survivors of sexual assault, rape, and molestation over the years. I understand that for many survivors sex doesn’t feel good. For them I help process and move through the traumatic experiences so that sex can be enjoyable.

I define trauma as anything that made you feel overwhelmed and alone. That’s it. Most people experience some form of trauma in their life. With most forms of trauma, talking about it, feeling heard, and unpacking what happened is enough. Sometimes though, too much happened all at once and your nervous system held onto it. This wasn’t your fault. It was what needed to happen so that you could survive. For these instances I use a treatment called EMDR to help your nervous system move through what was simply too overwhelming in the moment. 

If you would like to set up a free twenty minute consultation, please email me at katie@relational-insight.com or check out my Contact page.

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