My name is Esther Miller and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I grew up in Ohio in the country, where I rode horses, caught crawdads in the creek and even raised some orphaned raccoons. I attended Earlham college in Indiana, and after graduation decided to move someplace new and exciting with my soon to be husband. We heard how cool Austin was so we came here pretty much sight unseen with a couple of friends. We now have two almost grown sons, a dog and live in Northwest Austin. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a stay at home mom and loved watching my kids grow and develop into the wonderful young men they are today. I am passionate about all things creative, including cooking, painting, and learning new things, and I still love to be outside, whether gardening, hiking in Colorado or spending time working on my backyard pond.
My academic background is a combination of disciplines. With undergraduate degrees in biology and nutrition, an art minor, and master's degree in counseling, I provide an approach to therapy that is grounded in science, focused on brain neurochemistry, with an understanding of how people learn, and the benefits of praise and positive reinforcement. I use an eclectic approach and believe that a therapist must be creative and skillful in determining the right approach for each client. I also have the practical experience of raising two boys using attachment style parenting and navigating the many ups and downs of childhood, including school, friends, sports, and relationships.
NEW PARENT GROUP 2023!
For Parents with Kids who:
Have a Mental Illness
For Parents who:
Feel Alone and Exhausted
Need Support and Guidance
Need a Shame-Free Space to Talk
Details: Fridays 12:30 - 1:50 pm
Cost: $220/month pre-paid or $75 per meeting drop-in
Group will be virtual using Zoom
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me!
We love our kids! But they can also drive us crazy, scare us and cause us to lose sleep with worry. If your child has an added issue, such as being neurodivergent or having a mental illness, the problems and stresses can be compounded.
If you’re the parent of this type of kid you may feel very alone, and it may seem impossible to lean on friends or family. They most likely don’t understand what you’re going through, and they may offer advice that won’t work with your child.
I’ve been there myself and maybe you are also there right now. Full of anxiety, frustrated and heartbroken about something you hardly feel as if you can control. Not to mention the guilt: “did I do this, is this my fault”? Desperately needing support but not knowing where and how to find someone who understands.
If you are struggling with these issues then talking to others in similar situations can help.
I lead a group for parents that provides emotional support and advice given in a non-judgmental atmosphere. I am a therapist, but also a parent who has (and still is!) going through these same issues with my young-adult child. This group is safe and confidential and takes place in an environment where you can vent, commiserate, and share.