HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED . . .

how much easier it is to look at someone else’s life, identify the roadblocks to their happiness, and come up with a whole list of possible solutions to their problems rather than taking a similar look at our own lives? Why is that? Whether it goes back to unresolved issues from childhood, cultural conditioning acquired along the way, troubled relationships, or negative beliefs about ourselves that block our own productive functioning, we all tend to have blind spots in our experience that make it hard to do the things we know we ought to do.

In my own life, whenever I’ve felt that doubt or confusion about how to move forward, I’ve gone to a professional to get help sorting things out. I have been a rebellious teenager, a young adult stuck in adolescence, a parent wondering how to best guide my kids, and a professional trying to utilize my full potential. These experiences have been challenging and often unpleasant, but they have always contained the seeds of new understanding and growth. I view my life as an ongoing journey, and there is nothing wrong with stopping to ask for directions along the way!

This is the role that I play for my clients. I have helped teenagers work through anger, depression and anxiety and find new motivation to make better decisions. I have helped parents learn to handle family situations that have felt out of control. I have helped young adults adjust to the increasing demands of independence. And I have helped people of all ages recover from trauma and loss to find joy in living again.

If you’re feeling stuck, scared, sad or confused, don’t feel like you have to plow through things on your own. There is help. There is hope. Call me today and let’s get started. (512) 626-3450

Testimonials

“JC Shakespeare has a gift of coming along side young people so that they can trust him.  After a few meetings they begin to express important issues that he can then begin to address.  Although he is process oriented you really feel like he truly cares for his clients and I believe, shares an honest empathy for and with them.  I feel like we will always be friends.”

- Father of a young adult son
- Father of a young adult son

“JC Shakespeare has helped me realize so much about myself. I had been feeling so lost and I was referred to him, and the time with him was great. I didn’t have to hide anything from him. He cares so much about his clients, and it shows through his effort.”

- Young woman heading for college
- Young woman heading for college

“If you are struggling to understand your teenager or young adult, I would recommend JC Shakespeare.  JC expresses genuine concern for his clients.  He does much more than just spend 50 minutes per week with your loved one.  He would call me to discuss certain issues and/or share ideas and offer advice without jeopardizing the client relationship. His concern for my son was real, his counseling was constructive, and the results were positive. My son is now working again, he is planning on taking college classes, and has put God first in his life!”

- Father of a young adult son
- Father of a young adult son

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