About Me

Hello and welcome to BetterHelp! Navigating life’s many challenges in an increasingly chaotic world can feel overwhelming, scary, and even numbing; in beginning the process of reaching out for help, you have taken an important step in a journey of self-empowerment and personal wellness. Congratulations!

My name is Kyle Austin (pronouns = he/him/his) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have worked for 10 years providing mental health and substance abuse counseling in the behavioral healthcare field, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, community, wilderness/experiential, and school-based settings. My work has included seeing individuals, families, and couples of all ages. I am a passionate advocate for social equity, justice, and accessibility to services for all, and while I work with people of all walks and persuasions, I specialize in therapy with members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges, and those dealing with trauma, depression, and anxiety. Please note that, at this time, I am only able to accept those living in Virginia as clients.

My approach to therapy is warm, collaborative, trauma-informed, and person-centered. This means that my primary goal is to work with you to identify the ways in which past experiences and/or present circumstances are keeping you from moving forward at the pace that you want for your personal wellness journey. I work from a holistic framework, allowing us to examine and increase satisfaction across all areas of a person’s life.

While my theoretical focus is primarily in the realm of cognitive behavioral therapy, I also integrate dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, narrative, and interpersonal therapeutic approaches in order to tailor my approach to one that fits your situation and needs. Our working relationship is critical to your success, and while using the evidence-based approaches above is important, my number one concern will be aligning my work with you in a way that feels respectful, accessible, and ultimately, helpful.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I look forward to the privilege of joining, supporting, and empowering you on this journey. Let’s get started!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coaching , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Avoidant Personality , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0701009599 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Nov 21, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 1 month on issues concerning family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work with Kyle. He helped me navigate through a challenging part of my life where I really had no idea what to do.
Kyle is compassionate, knowledgeable, and good at what he does.
Thanks to his expert guidance, I learned new tools and came away with a new perspective and the confidence to handle the challenges I had been facing. Couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!

Written by T.H. on Nov 19, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

Kyle is literally an angel. He’s very kind and I can tell he really listens to me during our sessions and sends very kind check in messages through the week.

Written by M.A. on Nov 05, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd

Kyle has been great. I only had him for a month of counseling But his advice has helped me so far

Written by K.R. on Sep 22, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Kyle is an excellent counselor. Well informed, easy to identify with, and not especially pushy with talking about anything I don’t want to talk about but does maintain the arousal threshold necessary for change. Highly recommend.

Written by L.E. on Sep 11, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Kyle has been the best support in my life in a long time. He creates a safe environment and is very good at what he does. I’ve tried other types of therapy but this is completely different. After every session I’m left with a sense of normalcy, a positive outlook on things, and hope. I’m so glad that I decided to try to get help one more time.

Written by D.A. on Sep 04, 2020 after counseling with Kyle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Kyle is an awesome counselor. He is very laid back and approachable but professional and insightful at the same time. He listens well, does not make me feel guilty or "bad" about the way I am feeling or what I am saying, but rather helps me move forward and offers practical suggestions for me to use in my everyday life. I've never had a therapist or counselor that I've felt was actually helping me move forward until finding Kyle!