Patricia Dziuk, Ph.D.

Psychologist

2905 San Gabriel, Suite 215

Austin, Texas 78705


(512) 478-5900

I am a native Texan and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  In my twenties, I worked at the Texas Department of Health, eventually managing the Texas State New Born Screening Laboratory program.  At 38 years of age, I left Austin (with my husband, now of over 30 years) and pursued a Master in Public Health.  In Houston, I was the founding director of a agency that provided services to families with chronically-ill and disabled children.  I left that position to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Houston. I interned at the University of Houston Counseling Center. 


We returned to Austin in 1997, and I opened my office near the U.T. campus. While my broad professional background brings life experience beyond my degrees, my passion is psychology.  I believe it to be a powerful tool that changes lives.


My evidence-based approach to therapy makes use of the powerful evidence that early experience with caregivers determine life long patterns as well as the newer evidence of therapeutic interventions that can activate the clients self-healing mechanism.  Unresolved emotional difficulties predisposes us to chronic distress, inability to maintain satisfying relationships and/or careers, and even illness.  Science tells us that our brains and bodies contain information for resolving our pain and conflict.  My body-focused and experiential therapy aims to help clients solve their problems by tapping into their own “deeper knowing”.


My work with you will begin by my getting an idea of what’s going on today and what brings you to therapy.  Together, we will explore the specifics of your pain or conflict.  The details are important. During this initial session, we will explore what you hope to get from therapy and, specifically, what your goals are.


Our work together will proceed by clarifying the patterns around your current difficulties and defining the triggers that help set those patterns into motion.  Our past experiences do shape how we think, feel, react, interact, and behave today.  Through exploring and understanding your history, we will begin to unravel its impact on your present life.


At the end of the initial interview, once I have an idea of what is currently going on in your life and what you hope to get from therapy, I will give recommendations as to how to proceed.


INSURANCE

I accept BlueCross BlueShield.


Welcome to my website.  I am a psychologist with a private practice in central Austin.  I have over ten years experience treating depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and/or relationship difficulties in adolescents and adults.  I, also, provide therapy to cancer patients and their families.  I work with individuals, couples, and groups.