Mirela Bitkowski, MA, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sarah Arnold, MA, LPC-S
I believe that each person is unique and has the resources within themselves to overcome obstacles and challenges in life. However, in challenging moments, it is more difficult to access those resources, which makes us feel stuck, hopeless, and in pain. As a therapist, my hope is to help you move toward a purposeful and fulfilling life as well as help you overcome difficult and challenging moments.
My areas of specialization include helping adults, couples, teens and families who are struggling with a variety of issues, assisting them as they develop healthy relationships and live life with vitality and authenticity. I incorporate different evidence-based therapeutic modalities in my work with my clients, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, the Gottman method of couples therapy, psychodynamic approach, strength-based methods, and person-centered approaches. I tailor treatment plans for each couple and individual client, integrating various methodologies as needed. I have also received training in EMDR, and use this thearpy with clients who are working through PTSD and trauma. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment where you can go deeper into your thoughts and feelings and explore barriers that interfere with your relational, emotional, and mental well-being.
As a therapist, it is such a privilege and an honor to get to know people and see them make positive changes in their life, improve their relationships and self-esteem, as well as become more confident and self-reliant. I care deeply about every couple, individual, and family coming in my office and I deeply value our therapeutic relationship.
After receiving a B.A. in Psychology, I completed my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at St. Edward's University. I have trained at Austin-area non-profits and organizations and work with couples, adults, adolescents, and families struggling with a wide range of issues. I'm an active member of the American Psychological Association and an engaged member of the psychotherapy community in Austin. My post-graduate professional development and education is a priority to me, and I continually attend conferences and additional training seminars to better help clients overcome challenges and difficulties.
Originally from Europe, I have always been drawn to the process of helping others through authentic conversation and connection. I became a therapist with the intention of offering those in need a safe space where they can be to be fully themselves and a chance to explore deeper into their inner world.
When I'm not working, I enjoy relaxing, traveling to different parts of the world, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.
Call me at 512-270-4883, ext. 103 for scheduling, or request an appointment with me by completing the form on the RCC Austin Scheduling page. I look forward to meeting you!