Courage Counseling, Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC

Psychotherapy in South Austin. Specialties include treatment for Trichotillomania (Hair Pullilng), Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation), and PTSD (Trauma and Developmental trauma).

If you are looking for a patient, trauma-sensitive counselor in Austin to help with stress, trichotillomania, skin picking, anxiety, or trauma, then you have come to the right place. My goal is to help adults break free from the devastating effects of trauma and body focused repetitive behaviors to lead happier and more fulfilling lives through compassionate and effective treatment.

Operating as usual

11/27/2021

Why you can't be trauma informed without a positive neurodiversity framework...

Reason #2: Much of our trauma happened because of our neuro-differences.

There's of course the sensory trauma, the overwhelm of being in a world that is too loud and bright and smelly since birth, but that's not what I want to focus on today.

I want to focus on the interpersonal trauma that happened because of our differences, or more accurately, because of people's reactions to our differences.

There is a common feedback loop here that professionals and those seeking to heal need to know about.

Our natural differences make us targets for abuse in a culture that does not tolerate any deviation from a standard norm.

The rejection, punishment, isolation, and abuse we experienced does not exist independently of our neurological differences.

In many cases, traumatic events followed our authentic expression of neurodivergent emotion or behaviors.

So we learned to suppress ourselves and hide behind a mask. For our protection. Because the world wasn't safe for our True Self.

We also blamed ourselves, because we didn't understand that it was the people around us who had a problem. They couldn't accept our differences.

This feedback loop leaves layers of trauma energy in the body.

If we don't identify neurodivergence first before attempting to integrate the layers of trauma that stacked on top, then understanding what happened to us can feel impossible.

We may need to know why we were bullied in order to unravel the somatic memory of grade school trauma.

We need to know that our innate differences were never the problem if we are to understand the gaslighting effect of being forced to act neurotypical.

We need to understand our neurological identity so that we can name the frequent micro-aggression that make us doubt ourselves and feel unsafe in social situations.

For many of us, knowing that we process input differently from others is the missing piece of the puzzle.

We are different, so our trauma is different.

This is one reason we need a neurodiversity lens in trauma work.

🌠 If you'd like to chat with me about trauma or neurodivergence, you can schedule here: https://calendly.com/traumageek/learn-with-trauma-geek?month=2020-08

Timeline Photos 11/17/2021

So much this.

11/11/2021

Baby steps. ❤️

Source: https://twitter.com/OliveFSmith/status/1453681956059746304

Timeline Photos 10/06/2021

It's BFRB week. Love you as you are. That's not the same as giving up.

09/05/2021

Take care of yourself.

(via Respectful Mom )

Timeline Photos 09/05/2021

Timeline Photos

08/29/2021

Comparisons are rarely helpful for accurate when comparing humans.

Amanda Burkhart telling it like it is
(https://twitter.com/amandalburkhart)

08/25/2021
Timeline Photos 08/23/2021

Timeline Photos

Eye contact isn’t necessary for hearing. Fidgety doesn’t mean inattentive.

08/22/2021
08/16/2021

💚💚💚 #mentalhealthmatters

08/16/2021

It's the "Good Vibes Only" for me...

🎨 @eriicalewiis

ADHD, Women, and the Danger of Emotional Withdrawal 05/04/2021

ADHD, Women, and the Danger of Emotional Withdrawal

Another often missed sign and reason to support neurodivergent women. "Oh by they are doing fine in school." There is so much more to it.

https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-emotional-withdrawal-rejection-sensitivity-women/

ADHD, Women, and the Danger of Emotional Withdrawal ADHD and emotional withdrawal — pulling away from friends, strangers, and loved ones alike — often go hand-in-hand. Withdrawal is a coping mechanism many women with ADHD learn from a lifetime of rejection, disappointment, and bullying. Breaking this unhealthy habit is not easy — but your relat...

The Gaslighter’s Dictionary: 15 Common Phrases - The Good Men Project 03/02/2021

The Gaslighter’s Dictionary: 15 Common Phrases - The Good Men Project

https://goodmenproject.com/sex-relationships/the-gaslighters-dictionary-15-common-phrases

The Gaslighter’s Dictionary: 15 Common Phrases - The Good Men Project And what they truly mean.

01/31/2021

🍃 here’s to the people who’s trauma did not give them thick skin.

🌀 the ones who became more sensitive and insecure, who cry more easily, who get overwhelmed at small things.

🔥 i’m so tired of the narrative that trauma makes you tough and untouchable.

🔮 we’re survivors, not superheroes.

[tweet from @/radiantbutch]

01/07/2021

YES!

12/24/2020

Spectrumy

12/23/2020

David G. McAfee

❤️ you all. Have a great day.

#mentalhealth #depressionhelp #anxiety #suicideprevention #mentalillness

12/19/2020

Vital reminder

12/13/2020

#therapyhumor gifts that really help during the holidays 😂

addconsults.com 12/10/2020

Terry vs Martha Stewart: ADHD Holiday Throw down – ADD Consults

Stress, Anxiety, ADD, or just maxed out and over it. Keep It Simple. Be Kind to You. Remember the purpose of the task isn't perfection or excess.
https://addconsults.com/terry-vs-martha-stewart-adhd-holiday-throw-down/

addconsults.com VS The Beatles sang “Here Comes the Sun” but everyone else is saying, Here Come the Holidays! Women with ADHD are about to get punched in the stomach, what with all the preparations that are involved this time of year- gift shopping, cooking (and prerequisite cleaning, de-cluttering), entertaini...

12/06/2020

Embrace the fidget. Stand up to ignorance.

Eye contact isn’t necessary for hearing. Fidgety doesn’t mean inattentive.

12/06/2020

Spectrumy

12/05/2020

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11/25/2020

Just a friendly reminder when sitting with the idea of (or maybe literally with) family this week.

11/25/2020

Courage Counseling, Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC

I hope this helps someone with a BFRB better advocate for them self with friends and family his holiday. I hope this helps family better understand and respect their person with BFRBs.

https://courage-counseling.com/bfrbs-not-ocd-not-self-harm-how-and-why/

courage-counseling.com 11/25/2020

BFRBs: Not OCD, Not Self Harm. How and Why. - Courage Counseling, PLLC

https://courage-counseling.com/bfrbs-not-ocd-not-self-harm-how-and-why/

courage-counseling.com Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, often shortened within this community as BFRBs are frequently misunderstood by well meaning others in attempt to link BFRBs with something they are already familiar. I do appreciate and welcome the efforts of someone new to … BFRBs: Not OCD, Not Self Harm. How an...

11/03/2020

I've been safety planning with my clients for a week. Please be kind to yourself and others.

By https://www.instagram.com/katieabey/

additudemag.com 10/22/2020

Somatic Therapy: Understanding the ADHD Brain, Body & Trauma

It's amazing the various benefits of somatic therapy such as SE.
https://www.additudemag.com/somatic-therapy-adhd/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=treatment_october_2020&utm_content=102220&goal=0_d9446392d6-3f44e7fee7-297860713

additudemag.com ADHD brains may not linger on unpleasant issues, leaving somatic discomforts unaddressed. Somatic therapy for adults with ADHD begins with learning to be mindful of bodily sensations, which can eventually help reduce the intensity of high emotional arousal.

additudemag.com 10/14/2020

Why Every One of Us Needs a Voting Plan

The logistics involved on top of the overwhelm of information overload and anxiety of exposure may fee like to much. But there is a way through. Vote!

https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-voting-plan/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=adult_october_2020&utm_content=101320&goal=0_d9446392d6-2633cecf70-297010261

additudemag.com Well-meaning friends and colleagues tell us voting is “easy.” For them, perhaps it is. For us, lots of executive dysfunctions stand between us and a completed ballot. Thankfully, none of these challenges is big or daunting enough to keep us from the polls. Here’s a plan for getting it done by ...

courage-counseling.com 10/08/2020

Webinar for Perinatal Professionals: Supporting New Moms with BFRBs - Courage Counseling, PLLC

How to Help New Moms with Hair Pulling & Skin Picking #BFRBWeek
http://ow.ly/FM4K50BMqJz

courage-counseling.com I am excited to end this BFRB Week with speaking for the Post Partum Health Alliance! Webinar will be live and recorded for future purchase as a benefit for this local non profit. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/body-focused-repetitive-behaviors-in-new-motherhood-tickets-112901497418  

courage-counseling.com 10/08/2020

Do's & Don'ts for Significant Others of people Trichotillomania or Skin Picking

How can you Help your Partner with Trich or Skin Picking #bfrbweek @tlcbfrb
https://courage-counseling.com/15-dos-donts-significant-others-people-struggle-skin-picking-trichotillomania/

courage-counseling.com 15 Do's and Don'ts for to guide significant others of of people with skin picking disorder or trichotillomania. By Priscilla Elliott, Austin, TX Counseling

courage-counseling.com 10/08/2020

Free Log to track Skin Picking, Trichotillomania, and BFRBs

Free Customizable Log to track Picking and Pulling and Learn your Triggers, Accountability for Using tools TLC Foundation for BFRBs
#BFRBWeek
http://ow.ly/gow850BMqvT

courage-counseling.com Here is a log that I created in to track your own picking & pulling. Tracking can be a part of treatment of Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder, BFRBs.

courage-counseling.com 10/07/2020

What is Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy for Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors? - Courage Counseling, PLLC

What is ComB treatment for Trichotillomania & Excoriation? #BFRBWeek @tlcbfrb
http://ow.ly/Xujh50BMqpL

courage-counseling.com I get these questions a lot: What is Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy (ComB)? What is is for? Does it work? It says its for Trichotillomania, so why use it for skin picking, chewing, and other body focused repetitive behaviors? Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy, or … What is Comprehensive Behaviora...

courage-counseling.com 10/07/2020

Think Outside of the Fidget Box - Courage Counseling, PLLC

Think Outside of the Fidget Box: Many more Tools can help Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder #BFRBweek TLC Foundation for BFRBs

http://ow.ly/honI50BM8ne

courage-counseling.com When trying to get control of skin picking disorder (Excoriation disorder), hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), and other body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), there tends to be a lot of discussion about fidgets. But are they the cure? Do they help? … Think Outside of the Fidget Box Rea...

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If you are looking for a counselor in Austin to help with stress, trichotillomania, skin picking, anxiety, or trauma, who is patient, trauma-sensitive, then you have come to the right place. My goal is to help adults break free from the devastating effects of trauma and body focused repetitive behaviors to lead happier and more fulfilling lives through compassionate and effective treatment.

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Austin, TX
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