Patty Olwell Psychotherapist

Patty Olwell Psychotherapist


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Your "retired" friend, Cathy
hello from Austin Texas
I have recently survived some fatal attacks(my daughter as well) by a person diagnosed with depression, post partum and severe, split personality disorder and severe anxieties. It has been nearly five months now, and the person in question seems to be regressing back even with medication and doctors care. Does anyone ever get a handle on mental issues or is it always going to be a high risk for loved ones? Doc, any insight?

Psychotherapy focused on depression, anxiety, current and past trauma, loss and grief, relationship conflict, couples communication and improving intimacy.

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How to Let Your Mind Wander 08/27/2021

How to Let Your Mind Wander

Learning to let your mind wander can improve mood and creativity®i_id=17645825&segment_id=67347&te=1&user_id=9fc2721b36bd5fe8b13e1070e1cac209

How to Let Your Mind Wander Research suggests that people with freely moving thoughts are happier. Easy, repetitive activities like walking can help get you in the right mindset.

How the way you move can change the way you think and feel 05/20/2021

How the way you move can change the way you think and feel

More evidence that movement can have significant impact on mental and physical health

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Don’t Take Your Head Out of the Clouds! 04/12/2021

Don’t Take Your Head Out of the Clouds!

Use your imagination to improve mood, reduce anxiety and more

Don’t Take Your Head Out of the Clouds! Far from a waste of time, daydreaming might be one of the best things you can do with your free time.

A Neuroscientist Explains How to Quiet Your Mind and Find Some Peace 03/16/2021

A Neuroscientist Explains How to Quiet Your Mind and Find Some Peace

Helpful advice on silencing the negative chatter in your head.

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Jamie Lee Curtis talks addiction recovery: 'Struggle is part of the human existence' 03/16/2021

Jamie Lee Curtis talks addiction recovery: 'Struggle is part of the human existence'

Great testament to what change can look like.

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How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains 03/05/2021

How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains

New research that exercise enhances memory and cognition in older adults®i_id=17645825&segment_id=52814&te=1&user_id=9fc2721b36bd5fe8b13e1070e1cac209

How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.

Patty Olwell Psychotherapist updated their address. 12/20/2020

Patty Olwell Psychotherapist updated their address.

Patty Olwell Psychotherapist updated their address.

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism 11/03/2020

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism

Important advice for Allies.

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism A few small actions can go a long way.

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down 11/03/2020

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down

Great tips on surviving election day and the pandemic

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"You Will Be Found" Virtual Choir | DEAR EVAN HANSEN

At a time when we are so isolated, this virtual choir is such a gift. Enjoy!

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Opinion | How to Make Your Marriage Gayer

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3 Hours of Exercise a Week May Lower Your Depression Risk

Exercise valuable even when there is a genetic propensity to depression. Walking, jogging, yoga or any type of exercise may help to ward off depression, even in those with a genetic susceptibility. 08/22/2019

Exercise May Boost Mood for Women With Depression. Having a Coach May Help.

Research suggests that exercise reduces depression in women. But exercising with a coach has an even greater positive impact. How the “runner’s high” might be used as a tool to treat depression. 08/08/2019

How to Give Your Therapist Feedback

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How Microexpressions Can Make Moods Contagious

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Neuroscience shows that 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they sit quietly and do nothing for 15 minutes a day

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Exercise is the new primary prescription for those with mental health problems - Neuroscience News

Positive research on the impact of exercise on mental health Adding exercise as a treatment for patients in psychiatric care facilities has positive benefits and is proving to be more effective than medications or psychotherapy alone. Exercise helps reduce mental health disorder symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger and psychomotor agitation. Researcher...


60+ and Thriving
An ongoing therapy group for adults 60 and over

This group will explore issues specific to those over 60. Including: retirement, loneliness, relationships, aging and defining your purpose.

Every Tuesday 1:00PM to 2:20PM
2306 Lake Austin Boulevard

Call for more info 512-296-9039 04/01/2019

Why Schools Should Be Organized To Prioritize Relationships

We heal and thrive in Relationship. These schools understand that. Research shows that when teachers forge strong relationships with students they learn better. 04/01/2019

Pursue Your Partner at Every Stage of Marriage

Attention to your relationship is the best indicator to how successful it will be. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how long you’ve been married. It always feels good to have your partner pursue you. 01/04/2019

To Raise Resilient Kids, Be a Resilient Parent

Great parenting advice Parents who don’t fear emotions like anger have a greater capacity to absorb challenging interactions with their children, experts say. 01/04/2019

The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter

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Spanking Is Ineffective and Harmful to Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

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Overcoming the Angry Mom Inside | South Austin Moms

Jeanette Hargreaves coaches moms to learn not to yell at their kids. She is a great resource. Overcoming the Angry Mom Inside Jeanette Hargreaves describes overcoming her anger like breaking out of a prison she didn’t know she was in. Through various sources of help and incredible perseverance, she found joy and confidence in her parenting and freedom from nights of lying awake with guilt,... 10/25/2018

Even a 10-Minute Walk May Be Good for the Brain

More research that shows how vital exercise is to cognitive function including how we recruit multiple parts of our brain to solve a cognitive task. Ten minutes of mild exercise can immediately alter how certain parts of the brain communicate and coordinate with one another and improve memory function. 09/02/2018

How a positive mind really can create a healthier body

Interesting research about how our expectations can impact outcomes in everything from fitness to length of life. A positive mindset isn't just mental – it can trigger physical changes making you fitter, slimmer, more energetic and less stressed. It will even help you live longer 09/02/2018

How To Get Kids To Do Chores: Does The Maya Method Work?

How Mayan mothers techniques teach kids to enjoy household chore 08/22/2018

The Ambivalent Marriage Takes a Toll on Health

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Relationship Problems? Try Getting More Sleep

Importance of adequate sleep for your relationship. When couples are tired their conflicts are more negative and destructive. Additionally, their health is impacted more by conflict if they are not well rested. So make sleep a priority. Sleep problems not only create relationship problems, they can also make fighting with your partner particularly toxic to your health.


A reminder to be present: What We Need Is Here
The words of two poets remind us we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life. 05/17/2018

Relationship Expert Esther Perel on How Couples Make It Work Long-Term

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The Future Of Love (Esther Perel, author) | DLD New York 18

Esther on modern relationships and how to navigate them in a healthy and successful manner 05/15/2018

Reframing ‘Mommy Brain’

Inspiring article about the false narrative around mommy brain. Many new mothers experience ‘mommy brain’ as a deficiency, but it may help strengthen the communication between a mother and her infant. 05/01/2018

'Failing Patients': Baltimore Video Highlights Crisis Of Emergency Psychiatric Care

We need to provide better mental health care. There is a crisis and emergency rooms and jails aren't how we should provide care. A viral video is drawing attention to a problem in hospital emergency rooms across the country. More and more patients with urgent psychiatric conditions aren't receiving the care they need.

Psychotherapy Office

Providing individual, couples and group therapy in central Austin. My office is located in a lovely renovated old home on Lake Austin Boulevard, next to Magnolia Cafe. Parking available in front of our building and in the lot behind the building. Call for more info or to set up appointment. 512-296-9039



Austin, TX

General information

Individual and couples sessions are $180. Sliding scale available. Group sessions $60

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