Best Practices in Mind




Best Practices in Mind




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 for someone who you can trust with your vulnerabilities. You may not know exactly 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


I've always wanted to be a therapist. As a child my friends tended to gravitate to me if they needed someone to talk to or help them get out of a pickle. After having a positive experience with a school counselor my future was solidified. 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, resiliency, and gratitude - first hand. I don’t have a job, I have a passion; and I am in awe of the bravery each person brings when they walk through my door.

I received my BA in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, my Masters from 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've 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 drive! 

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're as unique as your own fingerprint. Each one of us struggles with the burdens rooted in our past, present and future. When you come into our office, your sessions will be a collaboration - tailored to your specific needs and rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, or another therapeutic modality. Working together, we can discover where we're going—and the best way to get there.

Today, in order to work through anxiety, depression, addiction, and other problems. We have learned there are simple, effective approaches such as mindfulness meditation and self compassion that 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 what 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.


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 


“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

- unknown

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. The best thing about mediation? There is no wrong way to meditate. 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.  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, so does the population of 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.  We are here to support these professionals. 

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


  • 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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