My session fee is affordable ($78) and all inclusive during the year for paperwork. My fee is half of what others charge, and I keep the cost low so that most people have access to the help they need. Also, because each landlord has their own process, form, letter, and communication preference, I make a concerted effort to help make sure all steps are successful for your Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal. I am also easy to get a hold of personally here. I see individuals through my mental health counseling practice, Texas Strengths Based Counseling, where I work with people with different psychiatric disabilities, and I focus on assisting people accommodations for workplace FMLA, short-term disability, etc.
Miki Tesh, PhD, LCSW, LMHP
I received my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, where I also taught social work clinical practice and policy. I have been working with clients since 1995 and currently have a private practice in Austin, TX where I see ongoing clients via telehealth for depression, anxiety, trauma, disability, and other mental health and medical issues.
I have experience working with cognitive disabilities, end of life care, child and adult trauma, and have utilized CBT, Mindfulness approaches, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing , trauma informed counseling, and culturally sensitive approaches. I currently focus on clients with disabilities, who may have experienced trauma, and the clinical application of human-animal relationships. In 2015 I designed the Paws Up animal therapy program concept, piloted at Lifeworks in Austin, and implemented through the Workforce Division and Lifeworks clinical field program. I have taught many clinical practice courses, as well as other social work macro and policy courses at The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward's University in Austin, and Our Lady of the Lakes University, Social Work Program in San Antonio. I have also worked for Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) at Austin Pets Alive!, finding more compassionate social work options for people experiencing hardships that affect their ability to live with their beloved animal. For fun, I enjoy hiking with my dog daily, practicing mindful living, helping animal rescues, book clubs, and discussing indie art films with friends. * My clinical license to practice in TX (LCSW license # 53341) can be viewed as active at this Texas state link
You can verify me through: Texas Strengths Based Counseling Psychology Today Linkedin Austin Pets Alive! Volunteer University of Texas at Austin Award, syllabus, faculty Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
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