Our Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Services

Psychotherapy Driven Psychiatry in Austin, TX

At Pondworks we believe the best psychiatric treatment starts with providers who feel invested in caring for you! At Pondworks, we make a commitment not only to you but to support our provider team in the best practices of psychiatric care.

Whether this means looking for the best and latest treatments, evaluating and improving our quality of care, or supervising our providers, our mission is to deliver the highest standard of outpatient psychiatry care available to Austin TX and beyond.

Biopsychosocial – Balancing Psychotherapy and Pharmacology

Biopsychosocial care might be described as a stool with three legs. Our emotional health is a lot like this stool and all three legs need to be in balance. Biopsychosocial means integrating treatment of biology (medical), psychology, and social health. Psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) is the and pharmacotherapy (medication) are often used in to create this balance. At Pondworks our targets for emotional health focus on the balance of all three legs of the stool build. The result is a more resilient you!  

Austin Psychopharmacology (Medication) Services:

At Pondworks we offer two typical ways for you to engage in treatment. 

Austin Psychotherapy Services:

Pondworks offer both psychotherapy and medication management services. Your Pondworks provider can see you for both psychotherapy as well as medication management. You can also establish a psychotherapy care with an outside psychotherapist and see your Pondworks provider for medication management.

Learn more about our approach to psychotherapy.

Psychiatric Growth Targets For a Psychiatrist:

Learn more on our psychiatrist page.

Psychiatrists Diagnose and Focus on Mental Health Issues

At Pondworks we dedicate time in your initial visits to obtain a comprehensive medical and interpersonal history. The medical history focuses more on the symptoms creating pain or suffering. These lead us to potential diagnoses under the current framework of the DSM. We use this “working idea” of the problem to focus our treatments.

Primary DSM Diagnoses of Focus:  

Major Depression

Major depression is when you feel low, exhausted and have trouble functioning in your daily life. It is hard to feel much hope or good about yourself when an episode has you in its grip. Psychiatry can make a big difference in alleviating this blight and creating resilience for you in the future. 

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD)

Do you feel bad because your making so much effort to improve yourself, but it just doesn’t translate into grades or accomplishing task or goals? Or maybe you’re doing ok with these, but notice having to work twice as hard as your peers? You might have ADHD and benefit from treatment.


Psychiatrists often ask questions looking for something that looks like major depression but lasts a long long time. It is a simmering, chronic low mood for maybe for as long as you can remember. It hasn’t ever been so bad as to stop you from going to work, school or taking care of kids, but you know it’s there. Psychiatric treatment with medication and psychotherapy might make a big difference. 

Adjustment Disorders

Maybe you’ve been doing great,but a new situation like a promotion has happened in your life. Maybe something bad has happened like a trauma or loss in your life. You need help in holding the feelings of change and pushing through and adjusting to them. Psychotherapy driven psychiatry can help! 

Bi-Polar Type II

Did you know Bi-polar type II is the least reliable DSM diagnosis? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation with attention to other possible causes can help create a successful treatment plan.

Generalized Anxiety

Worry every day for most of the day? Does one worry just get replaced by another like you playing anxiety “whack-a-mole?” Psychiatry plans will include psychotherapy to gently expose and confront your worries combined with judicious medication lead to the most satisfying results to overcome anxiety.

Panic Disorder

Don’t forget Panic is a normal part of our human lives from time to time. Psychiatry doesn’t say this a diagnosis unless it hurts you in ways like avoiding your normal daily tasks. Avoidance is what makes this disorder have teeth. You need a gentle voice helping your to confront what are often normal feelings you don’t understand. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

When we are hurt or made to feel vulnerable in a way which we can’t feel, think or talk about it problems can develop. We may feel “keyed up”, can’t relax, rest or sleep. We might find things trigger physical and emotional reactions we can’t control. Psychiatric treatment can help, don’t wait.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Does your mind feel a bit like a bully. Unwanted thoughts or images intrude and and no matter what you try they just don’t stop coming. Do you have thoughts like if you don’t do things perfectly something bad will happen, or cleaning is so important you neglect healthy life commitments? These can be typical symptoms of OCD. Outpatient psychiatry using medication and talk therapy can help. 

Social Anxiety Treatment/Phobia

Socializing has many benefits. Some are related to practical things like networking and career advancement. Other benefits include the enjoyment of being involved in a shared event or the excitement of getting closer to another person. If social anxiety forces you to avoid being part of group relationships, you may want to consider seeing a psychiatrist. Psychiatry offers medication and talk therapy treatment to help. 

Personality Disorders

Step back and ask how many times some impasse or misread of others has led to relationships that just don’t seem stable. Do other people in your life feel dangerous or hard to understand. Personality disorders often show themselves in how stable our relationships are. Please be aware we all have personalities and the point where they become a problem is not easy to define. A caring thoughtful approach with psychotherapy driven psychiatry is important to form a meaningful treatment that leads to positive change for you.   

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Counseling and Therapy with Pondworks Psychiatry

Pondworks Psychiatry & Psychotherapy offers general outpatient mental health care for adults. We focus on issues associated with depression, anxiety, attention deficit (ADHD) and some personality disorders. Psychotherapy drives our psychiatric care and we often choose to provide both to our patients. We also partner with other psychotherapy (talk therapy or counseling) providers in a split treatment approach.