Welcome! I'm Christy a therapist in private practice in Austin, TX. I founded my practice, Veritas Well-Being in July 2017. I see clients on an individual basis in my office in North Austin. I also work with the Williamson County Veterans Court as a treatment provider and consultant. Additionally, I provides psychoeducation about treatment options to participants in the Wounded Warrior Project Odyssey Program through her partnership with Centerstone Military Services (CMS). I also partners with CMS to provide individual therapy to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families through Wounded Warrior Project.
I've worked in program development and implementation, but have mostly focused on individual and group therapy work since I started working as a substance abuse counselor in 2010. I've worked with probation departments, incarcerated populations, and specialty courts. My practice philosophy can be summed up as helping her clients get comfortable with being uncomfortable. To that end I practices from mindfulness and behavioral perspectives. I'm in the process of becoming certified in EMDR, and also utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My areas of interest include the intersectionality of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma, Criminal Justice Involvement, and Veterans Issues because having a niche is overrated! As if that wasn't enough, I'm also a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Prior to becoming a counselor I spent 6 years in the United States Navy. I served as a nuclear qualified Machinist Mate on board The U.S.S Theodore Roosevelt. I'm known for my relaxed style and my ability to help people find the words to communicate their experiences. I'm a firm believer that there is immeasurable utility in the correct dose of sarcasm and irreverence. You can find out more about me and my practice by reading the FAQ below.
Who the heck are you?
My name is Christy Aletky. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher.
Do you see private clients?
I do see adult private clients for individual therapy in my office in Austin, TX. Areas that may be covered include recovering from trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, combat stress reaction, life transitions, and coping with anxiety and depression. I also specialize in clients who are involved in the Criminal Justice System. I utilize many different types of interventions, with a focus on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
How do you know anything about substance use disorders and Mental Illness?
Well, let's see here. I grew up in a family where substance use disorders are pretty pervasive. Then I joined the Navy when I was 18 where substance use disorders are pretty pervasive. Then I got my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em) and began working as a substance abuse counselor in the criminal justice system. I went back to school at UT to get my Master of Science in Clinical Social Work. After grad school I continued to work with Substance Use Disorders in various criminal justice settings. I also work with clients in an office setting who have no history of criminal justice involvement.
Why should I talk to a therapist?
Your're struggling in areas of your life that feel important to you. A loved one has insisted you get help. Maybe they're concerned about your drug or alcohol use, or other behaviors you're using to cope. If you're being really honest, maybe you're concerned too. Relationships that matter to you are suffering. Past trauma seems to be affecting your life in ways that piss you off and make you feel out of control. Could be from childhood. Could be from the military. It could be from your job. It could be from sexual assault as an adult. The world can be a pretty traumatic place--it could be from a lot of things.
Clients who have worked with me in the past state that they are better able to understand and give voice to what they are experiencing. This ability leads to improved relationships, and a better outlook on the world and life in general. Additionally, symptoms of trauma are reduced, as well as cravings for addictive substances. They report coping in more healthy ways, and becoming clearer regarding their values and how to live a values-driven life.
Basically, if you're hurting, and you can't seem to feel better, maybe I can help. I offer 15 minute phone consultations to see if I'm the right fit for you. Drop me a line and let's schedule some time to talk.
What's the point of this website?
This website promotes well-being in all of its forms. Mental, physical, spiritual, and social. I always want to promote thinking critically about well-being, and what best promotes health and happiness in a given human being. I hope this website can be a resource for mental health professionals as well as people in general who are interested in increasing their well-being.
Are you available to speak to my group?
Heck yes I am. My practice areas include Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Understanding the Criminal Justice System, Trauma, and Veterans Issues.
Is this just your opinions or do you do research and stuff?
Both. I try to make sure I differentiate between the two.
How do I get in touch with you?
Drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you.
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