Stephen J. Terrell, MS, LPC, SEP
                    Psychotherapy, Intensives, Consultation, & Training
                            Austin Attachment and Counseling Center

Specializing In The Treatment of Developmental Trauma, Trauma, Attachment, & Adoption 

I am a single parent living in the Austin area with my two sons who both happen to be adopted. I have advanced training and specialize in Early Developmental Trauma and Attachment Resistance but none of my training has proved as valuable to me in treating children as my experiences parenting my two sons. After adopting my first son, I realized that my education didn't provide all the answers I needed to understand what my son was going through. I began researching Reactive Attachment Disorder more indepth to gain more knowledge. Beyond specialized training I was looking for a doctoral program that would meet my needs as a single parent. I realized that going away to classes several times a week was not an option with my son's special needs. A good friend who was a principal for AISD encouraged me to check out the distant learning program at California Coast University. The Doctorate of Psychology program met mine and my son's needs and allowed me to gain a more advanced education. I completed my Doctorate at California Coast University. This program is accredited by the State of California. I practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor based on my masters from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and all insurance inquires and billing will also be determined on my Masters.

I am a recognized leader in the field of Early Developmental Trauma and have provided training for such recognized associations as University of Texas-Austin, The Central Texas Counsel of Adoptable Children, Lutheran Social Services of the South, The International Conference for Adoption Knowledge, and The International Play Therapy Conference.  I work with both professionals and parents in understanding trauma and recognizing ways of working with traumatized children. I am the founder of Austin Attachment and Counseling Center in Austin,Texas.  I am currently teaching developmental trauma to therapist throughout the United States and Canada.

My practice focuses on Developmental Trauma.  Most of my clients are adopted either through domestic or foreign adoption agencies.  I work directly with the individual and as necessary, provide support and treatment for the entire family. I work with families at all stages of the adoption process from pre-adopt counseling for parents to children and families after the adoption is finalized. I have advanced training in Developmental Trauma and Attachment and have completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Theraplay, Somatic Experiencing (SE),Advanced training in SE Touch Training for Therapist, Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and many other realms of treatment.

The modalities used in Psychotherapy:

* Somatic Experiencing  * Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

* Play Therapy  *  Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapist  * Theraplay

*  Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)  *  Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

*  Sand Tray  *  Art Therapy  *  Relationship Therapy  *  Attachment Theory  

*  Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy  *Cognitive Behavioral  *  Rogers Theory

*  Reality Therapy  * Hynotherapy 

Some of the issues treated:

       Trauma, Abuse and                              Abandonment Issues
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Medical Trauma
  • Grief and Depression
  • Physical Aggression/Anger Management
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • School Problems
  • Anxiety/Phobias/Panic Attacks
  • Social Skills
  • Bed-wetting/Enuresis/Encopresis
  • Brain Injury
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Consultation with Parents
  • Parent/Child Bonding
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Transition Preparation
  • Sibling conflict Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Family and Peer Relationship Problems
  • Communication Problems/Assertiveness Training
  • Parental Divorce/Separation
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Foster and Adopted Children
  • Pre-Adoption Counseling
  • Adoption Disruption Counseling
  • Stress Management
  • Group Counseling
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleep Problems
  • Developmental Delays
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Attachment Disruptions
  • Post Institutionalized Adoptions
  • Individual and Couple Counseling

    The information presented in this site is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace or supplant a professional assessment by a competent, trained, and knowledgeable medical, psychological, mental health, or child development professional.  It is merely intended to provide general information regarding trauma, adoption, attachment, bonding, and related issues. If assessment, treatment, advice, or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.  Only a person with extensive knowledge, experience, and training in the assessment and treatment of treatment attachment disorders should diagnose or treat the conditions described on these pages.
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