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Best Practices in Mind


COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES SINCE 2005, ONE MOMENT AT A TIME.

 

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Best Practices in Mind


COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES SINCE 2005, ONE MOMENT AT A TIME.

 

 

You are in mind.

Welcome to Best Practices in Mind. You’ve summoned a lot of courage to be right where you are, in this very moment—reading this website, reaching out, and seeking someone who you can trust with your vulnerabilities. You may not know where to turn for help, or you may be familiar with psychotherapy and looking for a partner to help you write your next chapter. Whichever the case, you’ve just performed an act of bravery, and I’m glad you’re here.

 

Robin Shaw, phd

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I have always wanted to be a therapist. As a kid my friends tended to gravitate to me if they needed someone to talk to or help them get out of a pickle. I think the notion of being a therapist got locked in after having an experience with a school counselor at a time when I needed support. It was so healing to be able to talk to someone I could trust, without judgment and most of all, feel safe. That year I learned about compassion, human resiliency and gratitude, first hand. As I got older I wanted to give what I had received and so I found my path. I don’t have a job, I have a passion. and I am in awe of the bravery each person brings when they walk in my door.

I received my BA in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, my Masters at South Texas State University in San Marcos, and my PhD in Clinical Supervision at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. For the last 25 years I have had the good fortune of working in many different paradigms of mental health: inpatient/outpatient, public/private as both clinician and administrator. Since I started my career ongoing research has been the platform for new evidence based approaches to personal growth, symptom management and healing. A great time to take your resiliency out for a test ride. 

Dr. Robin Shaw's profile in Psychology Today

Located in Austin, Tx
1907 N Lamar Suite 354
(512) 289-4646


How we tick

My Philosophy:

You are as unique as your own fingerprint. Each one of us struggles with the burdens of the past, challenges of the present, and plans for the future. When you come to our offices, your sessions will be a collaboration, one that’s tailored to your specific needs and rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, or another therapeutic modality. Working together, we can discover where we are going—and the best way to get you there.

Today, there are simple, effective approaches to working with anxiety, depression, addiction, and other problems. Pioneers in mindfulness, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Brené Brown, and others have shown us that the quality of our lives and our resiliency depend on how we connect to ourselves. Our suffering comes from the maladaptive ways that we connect to others, along with a misperception that we are “not enough.”  

 We experience so many toxic emotions based on how we believe others think or feel about us. We put ourselves down, thinking that we are not good enough. We judge others, we seek validation, and we strive to show ourselves to the world as better than average (or worse: perfect). We also run around trying to anticipate and take care of everyone else’s needs, ignoring our own. This formula leaves no room for happiness and instead generates suffering.


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Finding Solutions


 “Self acceptance is my refusal to be in an ADVERSARIAL relationship with myself"

                       -Nathaniel Brand 

Finding Solutions


 “Self acceptance is my refusal to be in an ADVERSARIAL relationship with myself"

                       -Nathaniel Brand 


Suffering

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

- Buddha

After being liberated from a concentration camp, psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote about extensively about suffering. In Man’s Search for Meaning, he explored the idea that suffering was a part of life and we all experience it one way or another. He began to see that if we are mindful and aware of our suffering in any given moment, we can transcend it. Today, we’re beginning to see the wisdom in this idea. It’s much easier to work with our suffering when we are aware of it—and almost impossible to do anything about it when we are mindless.  


What is Mindfulness anyway?

“As you breathe in, cherish yourself, as you breathe out, cherish the world.”

-  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Mindfulness is a real-time tool that allows us to catch ourselves in any given moment when we are suffering. Many times, this suffering is driven by “monkey mind,” that sensation of our thoughts flickering between restlessness, confusion, job, sadness, and our daily to-do list. Sound familiar? It’s this monkey mind that’s at the root of human suffering. Whether we are in bed experiencing major depression or stressed out in traffic, we are suffering. However, when we recognize it, we can take the first step in empowering ourselves to do something about it.

Today, there’s a growing body of research that demonstrates meditation’s power to decrease the symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADD, and other conditions. Meditation provides an incredible array of benefits—from improved focus to lower blood pressure. Read a more extensive list here. The best thing about mediation? You can’t do it wrong. If you learn the basics and set aside a short amount of time each day, you’ll begin to see the possibilities that this simple technique offers.


 

Professional Leaders

Over the years I have worked with professional leaders who struggle with addiction, anxiety, burnout and depression etc. This is the group that can use the support that psychotherapy brings to the fore. The veil of being a leader overshadows the need of the vulnerable human being inside.  Working with peer assistance programs, professional recovery groups and at times family members to create a mindful refuge of recovery for these individuals. As the Austin population grows as does commerce and an increase in corporate leaders, business owners and licensed professionals. Career, family, and responsibility all lend themselves to a unique set of compromising issues for these men and women.  
 

“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection.”
Johann Hari


Offerings

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  • Mindfulness and self compassion for medical providers
  • Mindfulness and self compassion for attorneys and other professionals
  • Making a game plan
  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Teach self-regulation when monkey mind comes knocking
  • Promise honesty and authenticity (no BS here)
  • Hold the space for you
  • Help you stay anchored
  • Resources to augment therapy
  • Offer breathing and meditation techniques
  • Maintain the utmost respect for your confidentiality
  • I'll be your biggest advocate/cheerleader as you take your bravery to task

Begin the healing today

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