Dr. Mike Brooks Ph.D, Austin Psychologist
Hello! I’m Dr. Mike Brooks, and I am a Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (ApaCenter). Sometimes life can be a struggle and, if you are experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, or you just want to achieve greater levels of happiness and life satisfaction, I’m here to help. I work with teens, young adults, and adults. I also provide parent consultation. I have particular expertise in positive psychology, the needs of children and teens, finding greater meaning and purpose in life, and living a balanced life with technology. Along with my colleague, Dr. Jon Lasser, I have written a book that will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018, Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World. I have a website, Tech Happy Life, that is dedicated to helping us find greater balance in our tech world.
Life is a difficult and confusing journey for all of us at times. Occasionally we get “stuck” along the way. My approach to counseling works best if you feel this way and are ready for change. Through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution-oriented, and reality-based techniques, I can help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals if you are experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, ADD/ADHD, and relationship difficulties. Instead of focusing only on your problems, I believe that tapping into your inherent strengths and resources is a key to discovering solutions to your struggles.
Research on therapeutic outcomes clearly shows that forming a strong working alliance is essential to the effectiveness of therapy. Without this relationship, techniques and models are useless. My specialty is forming an effective therapeutic relationship so that, together, we discover unique possibilities for positive change tailored to your individual needs.
If you are an adult or adolescent looking for a psychologist in Austin, consider taking a few moments to browse the Therapy and Blog sections of my website. These sections describe my general philosophy, the approaches that I use, and a little bit about me so that you can get to know me better. If what I have to offer sounds like a good fit for you, this greatly increases the likelihood that you will find the therapy services beneficial.
In addition to therapy practice, I am the Director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (or ApaCenter – www.ApaCenter.com). The ApaCenter is comprised of psychologists with different but overlapping areas of expertise who conduct assessments to help you capitalize on your strengths, work through your challenges, and reach your goals. We work with individuals ranging in age from young children through adults.
Some of our areas of specialization at the ApaCenter include:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD)
- Asperger’s Disorder and high functioning autism
- Learning disabilities
- Psychological/emotional functioning (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder)
- Substance abuse/dependency
- Gifted and talented (GT testing)
If you are searching for a psychologist in or around Austin, Texas, who can conduct an assessment to meet specific needs such as diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and eligibility for special education or 504 services, please browse the ApaCenter website to see whether what we offer can meet your needs.
Please feel free to contact my office at (512) 891-1500 if you have additional questions or you would like to set up an initial therapy appointment.