Courage Counseling, Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC

Psychotherapy in South Austin. Specialties include treatment for Trichotillomania (Hair Pullilng), S

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.

06/16/2022

Where there is tenderness, let there be gentleness❤️‍🩹

06/03/2022
Dyslexia and FASD Edition: A story about brains and phones 03/27/2022

ADHD, sensory processing, and trichotillomania are also hardwired brain differences that fit this metaphor.

[Image 13 text: Learn about them, accept them and accept differences. Because they belong here, too.]
13/13

https://ko-fi.com/morethanoneneurotype

Photos from TLC Foundation for BFRBs's post 03/20/2022

Photos from TLC Foundation for BFRBs's post

03/08/2022

This is so important 💯 You deserve everything on this list!

🙏🏽 📝 🎨 🔁

02/08/2022

A self-compassion reminder for your day 🪴

“Self-compassion means being gentle, kind and understanding with yourself; accepting that you are not perfect; and understanding that there is potential for learning and growth in every mistake you make.” - Kristin Neff

Photos from Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.'s post 02/01/2022

Photos from Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.'s post

01/31/2022

How are you showing up for yourself this year? Are you remembering to give yourself the gift of taking care of you?

Love this from

This post is for the givers and doers.

May this year bring you the space to be and receive.

I know that for many, the end of year represents the time we come face to to face with our exhaustion.

We wonder how we got here.

Maybe it was another year of being in one-sided relationships with takers, energy vampires or narcissists. Maybe it was the intensity of parenthood or caregiving. Maybe it was being a support beam for someone who really need us. Maybe it was work. Maybe it was the countless hours we spent putting our energy into worries, anxieties, and fears...

Whatever it may be, please remember that you always have the option to return home to yourself. There is always someone waiting for you there who deserves all of the good stuff you give to others.

May the new year bring you back to yourself over and over again. May you find love in every homecoming.

I love you. ❤️

01/23/2022
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

💚💚💚

08/16/2021

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

🎨

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
12/23/2020

❤️ you all. Have a great day.

12/19/2020

Vital reminder

Timeline photos 12/13/2020

gifts that really help during the holidays 😂

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

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

Timeline photos 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
12/05/2020
11/25/2020

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

BFRBs: Not OCD, Not Self Harm. How and Why. - Courage Counseling, PLLC 11/25/2020

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

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.

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

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

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

Somatic Therapy: Understanding the ADHD Brain, Body & Trauma 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

Somatic Therapy: Understanding the ADHD Brain, Body & Trauma 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.

Why Every One of Us Needs a Voting Plan 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

Why Every One of Us Needs a Voting Plan 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 ...

Webinar for Perinatal Professionals: Supporting New Moms with BFRBs - Courage Counseling, PLLC 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
http://ow.ly/FM4K50BMqJz

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

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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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