Sharla Austin, LMFT Associate

 
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There could be a million reasons as to why you ended up here, trying to find out more about me and to see if I might be the right therapist for you. Whether you’re just beginning your search for a therapist or if it feels like mine is the millionth profile you’ve read, the bottom line is that you’re trying to determine who can help you and who you might eventually grow to trust enough to share some very vulnerable parts of your life with. Truth be told, it’s almost as nerve-wracking as a dating website or searching through tinder profiles.

Before you make a decision on whether you are going to swipe left or right, it might be helpful if I tell you a little bit about the types of clients I enjoy most and have the most success in helping.  Honestly, I want to work with clients who are ready to make a change in their lives and want to work hard to achieve their goals. Therapy can be a lot like working out with a personal trainer– I’m not going to make you do burpees or chin-ups, but I am going to push you beyond your comfort zone if it will help you live life well.

Couples therapy for every phase of life

Whether dating, engaged, or married- I have worked with couples in every phase of their relationship and I understand challenges that each season brings. I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families, including those living with chronic and terminal illnesses. I also enjoy working with people who are straight and LGBTQ+, and vary on the spectrum of religiosity and spirituality.

EFT for Couples

I have specialized training in a highly effective type of couple’s therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I love helping couples work through their “in” problems: infidelity, infertility, internet, in-laws, or in-love concerns.

In other words, I can help with dating, conflict resolution, communication, family dynamics, sexual relationships and the impact of digital technologies on you and your relationships. Whether I work with you alone, or with you and your partner, I believe that you’re the expert on your life, and I am the expert on people and relationships. Therapy is a collaborative effort, and I want to help you get to a place where you are thriving instead of just surviving.

Of special interest to me is also helping couples navigate life after they become parents. As a mother to littles myself, I’m incredibly aware of the beauty and challenges that parenthood places on intimate relationships.  As if adjusting to the monumental task of keeping another human being alive weren’t enough, there are also challenges to the parents’ physical health, psychological changes to adjust to, logistical challenges and a reordering of the couple’s social life.  Whew! No wonder so many couples find themselves in a confusing funk during what “should” be a magical time.

I believe that feeling respected and safe is key to making our therapeutic relationship successful. In me, you will find a calm and gentle presence, a listening ear, and someone who has a genuine interest in your life. 

I absolutely love being a therapist and I hope that you will consider giving me the honor of being yours! 

Sharla is supervised by Dr. Lawrence Porter, Ph.D., LMFT-S