Caitlin DeWeese is an LPC-Associate in the state of Texas, supervised by Brittany Neece Whallen, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Online therapy is offered to anyone in the state of Texas and in-person therapy is held in Northwest Austin. License Number 86838
Why I’m A Good Fit for You
Looking for a therapist is not easy work! You made it here and I am so glad. I know you’re tired of being tired and you’re ready to start feeling better and feeling more in control of your life and your relationships. It feels impossible sometimes, but you already have the tools you need to start making changes- let me help!
Therapy with me is a little different. While I still do a lot of listening, many of my clients have shared that I’m a lot more active than their past therapists. I don’t give advice or tell you what to do- my goal is to guide you through decision-making in a way that feels controlled and connected with your values and who you are. I focus a lot on personal values and customized coping skills to help you manage your experiences. I am politically progressive and have been called “irreverent”- they’re not wrong. I want my authentic self to be a part of your experience in therapy.
What Therapy is Like With Me
Sitting in a session with me should feel hopeful and empowering- not intimidating or shameful. My clients feel a sense of ease when talking with me- I’m not the expert on your life and I don’t pretend to be. You will be challenged to find new perspectives, be asked to question your beliefs and values, and begin to really understand who you are. We will laugh, cry, and cuss- but we will be moving forward at whatever pace you’re ready to go, no rushing.
I believe that the systems around us are often responsible for our suffering- NOT the individual. Be ready for conversations about the systems you’ve grown up/ are currently living in. How has the world around you impacted how you feel about yourself? Can we learn to exist peacefully while the world goes to shit?
Why I’m a Therapist and How I Got Here
My own experience with therapy over the past 15 years has truly been life changing. I’ve learned so many skills, connected with so many different therapists, and completely re-developed my identity as I’ve worked to live in harmony with my own anxiety and panic. I want this same transformation for my clients- there is truly nothing more empowering than having the confidence to enact change in your life. My clients trust me to be gentle with their emotions and experiences while also pushing them to move forward- even if it’s just an inch at a time.
After working in the public school system for many years, I was ready to start deepening connections with others and heading to graduate school to be a therapist seemed like a great way to do that. I learned so much about myself and the world of counseling during my time at Texas State.
My Therapy Methods
Since starting my therapist journey in 2018, I’ve gathered skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), self-compassion, mindfulness, and somatic interventions. While I don’t practice exclusively from any of these methods, I incorporate whatever my clients need.
CBT– In short, CBT is an effort to change and improve flawed thinking patterns in order to improve behavioral and emotional responses. AKA, if you can change your thoughts, you can feel better!
ACT– This theory helps clients be open to experiencing tough emotions and be less judgmental about emotional experiences. It focuses a lot on acting in ways aligned with your values.
DBT– This theory is very skills-based and focuses on coping with big emotional reactions and using hands-on tools to help regulate the self.
Self-Compassion– Not just about being kind to yourself, but to radically shifting your mindset about being human and accepting mistakes. This framework helps fight against a negative inner-voice.
Mindfulness– Mindfulness and meditation have become more common place in recent years, but mindfulness is a lifelong practice of working to be physically present in the moment and being free of judgment about your feelings or experiences. Mindfulness is research-backed and helps with anxiety, depression, and even ADHD.
Somatic Interventions– Somatic therapy involves learning how to calm or discharge stress, tension and trauma. These techniques can include breathing exercises, dance, mindfulness and other body movement techniques. Somatic therapy techniques are body-focused to help us calm our nervous systems that have been overloaded by stress.