Stephen Pieringer received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Arts in Counseling from the Seminary of the Southwest.
His approach to counseling emphasizes collaboration, empathic listening, and an integrative view of clients and life circumstances. He draws primarily from the Adlerian and Humanistic schools of psychology, appreciating the complex interplay between an individual’s genetics and experience in an atmosphere of support and acceptance.
He utilizes evidence-based interventions and incorporates elements from a broad range of therapeutic modalities, including Solutions-Focused, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Existential, Narrative, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
He has worked with clients spanning demographics coping with depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, grief, trauma, life transitions, relationship difficulties, chronic pain/illness, behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities at New Life Institute, the Austin Child Guidance Center, and the Austin State Supported Living Center.
In addition to providing short- and long-term ongoing psychotherapy services, he has worked in walk-in counseling, a single-session approach to therapy, for over five years at East Austin Walk-in Counseling and the Austin Child Guidance Center. He has done so under the mentorship of Dr. Arnie Slive, one of the pioneers of the model and co-author of the books on the subject, When One Hour is All You Have and Single-Session Therapy by Walk-In or Appointment.
If you are feeling discouraged, stuck, alone, frustrated, confused, hurt, or overwhelmed, Stephen is here to speak with you in hopes that, through exploration and recognition of your unique strengths, together you can work past the obstacles holding you back.