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Counseling Services

Walk and Talk Therapy

Passionate about the benefits of outdoor counseling,whether it be walking, canoeing, or SUPing, I believe that in such an environment of growth, openness, and exploration clients can discover key insights into shaping the life they desire. I have the professional and life skills to help you work toward your goals.

DBT Skills Training Groups

Group sessions provide an environment for clients to learn and refine skills for daily coping. They are designed to supplement individual therapy. DBT Skills groups are based upon Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.’s Psychosocial Training for individuals with behavioral, emotional and cognitive instability. The groups will consist of 6-8 people working together to explore 4 skills modules over a 9-12 month period.

EMDR Therapy

"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR Therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress." (from EMDR International,

Joel Wyrtzen, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor


I live in Austin, TX with my family and seek to achieve the same life balance that I will support you in pursuing. I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas since 2006. I entered the counseling field as a lay minister in 1999. I completed my undergraduate studies in Greek/Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 and completed a Masters Degree in Counseling from Texas State University in 2006.


I have been working in private practice for over 10 years as well as being employed in a variety of professional settings in my field, including inpatient psychiatric care at a private hospital, intensive outpatient group therapy, and career counseling at a university and workforce center. We will combine my diverse knowledge and skill set and your goals into crafting your treatment plan to ensure that you receive the best therapeutic practices for your situation.

Intensively Trained DBT Therapist

through Behavioral Tech

I am trained to practice as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist through Behavioral Tech as well as being part of a DBT Consult Team. I offer weekly DBT Group sessions for adults as well as providing individual DBT.

Certified EMDR Therapist

through EMDR International Association

I am a certified EMDR Therapist and utilize (EMDR Therapy) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy as an effective treatment of trauma.

Online Therapy

If you are interested in connecting on-line due to transportation issues or not being in the Austin area you can click on the link below. Currently I am unable to accept insurance for this service, but you can check with your insurance to see if tele-health services are covered service with your plan.

New On-Line DBT Skills Groups.

Services are currently only provided for residents of Texas.

3906 N. Lamar Blvd. #204CC

Austin, TX 78756

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