Scott Pasnik, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hi, I'm Scott Pasnik.
Just a little bit about me -- I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and made my way to Texas about 5 years ago. I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in 2012. Shortly after, I attended Roosevelt University and earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology Counseling Practice (2015).
I care about people and use both talk therapy and tools to help enlighten your path forward. I primarily offer counseling to adults working through the things of life - anxiety, depression, substance misuse, relationships issues and more. I believe healing starts with building a trusting relationship and creating a space to process and learn. I do have a love for humor, so we may share a laugh or two along the way.
Areas of expertise:
Coping/ Emotional Dysregulation
In my therapeutic approach, I mainly draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which I value for its broad flexibility and commitment to scientific rigor. Additionally I incorporate exposure therapy in working with trauma, as well as solution focused strategies. However, ACT remains the bedrock of my therapeutic stance.
ACT offers clients an alternative to experiential avoidance through a variety of therapeutic interventions. In general, clients come to therapy with an agenda of emotional control. They want to get rid of their depression, anxiety, urges to drink, traumatic memories, low self-esteem, fear of rejection, anger, grief and so on. In ACT, we don't try to reduce, change, avoid, suppress or control these private experiences. Instead, you learn to reduce the impact and influence of unwanted thoughts and feelings through the effective use of mindfulness. You can learn to stop fighting with your private experiences—to open up to them, make room for them, and allow them to come and go without a struggle. The time, energy, and money previously wasted on trying to control how you feel can be invested in taking effective action (guided by your values) to change your life for the better.
Clients typically take an active approach to learning skills to more effectively deal with barriers to living meaningful lives. We define values, clarify goals, and identify a path forward lit by what's important to you. I understand your time is important. You’re choosing to spend a portion of time each week on psychotherapy instead of spending time with friends or loved ones or doing something you enjoy. For these reasons, I strive to make each session feel useful and worthwhile by collaboratively developing a unique structure and tailoring each session to fit with your goals for therapy. Together we invest in YOU!
I look forward to meeting you.....