Brian Trager, Psy.D.
Brian Trager, Psy.D.
Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.
Your stories, your struggles, and your needs take center stage when we’re together. I see it as my role to listen, understand, and meet you wherever you are. Therapy looks totally different from one person to the next. Therefore, the approach I take is flexible – catered specifically to help you achieve your goals.
I truly believe you are the expert on your own life. This means you have the answers you have been searching for within yourself. As your therapist, I believe it is my job to help you find those answers and reach your goals. I strive to do this by creating a safe atmosphere based on respect, kindness, compassion, and a sense of fun. My therapeutic approach integrates emotion-focused, interpersonal, and dynamic perspectives. This means that I view the therapeutic relationship as central to change. Together, we’ll slow down to look at, understand, and accept thoughts and emotions with which you may be struggling. We’ll also examine patterns keeping you stuck and explore new ways of being with both yourself and others.
I have a strong interest in concerns related to racial, sexual, and gender identities. I am personally and professionally dedicated to social justice and strive to provide culturally competent counseling to my clients. I also am interested in attachment and relationship concerns, men and masculinity, trauma, and difficulty accessing emotional experiences.
LGBTQIA Issues, Gender, and Sexuality
As a gay man, I have a vested interest in serving the community to which I belong. I am passionate about creating a safe environment for clients who may be questioning their sexual or gender identity. I also enjoy supporting clients who may feel comfortable with their gender or sexual identity but have other concerns that they would like to address with an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist. I have experience working with concerns such as the coming out process, HIV, substance use, addiction, family trauma, relationship concerns, transitioning, gender and sexual fluidity, and non-exclusive relationships. Although my identity as a gay man helps me understand and connect deeply with my LGBTQIA clients, difference is inherent to two people sitting down together, no matter how similar. I am constantly learning from my clients and strive to approach our relationship with humility, respect, and a sense of curiosity.
Young Adults / Identity Development
Young adulthood is often a time of exploration, identity development, and transition. Although this can be exciting, it can also be scary trying to figure out who you are or where you fit in this world. After working in collegiate mental health for several years, I have come to appreciate helping clients navigate through this phase of life and developing one’s identity. Whether that identity is connected to one’s ethnicity or race, sexual orientation, gender, relationship status, religion or spirituality, or overall stage of life, I feel privileged to help wherever you are in your process.
Before arriving in Austin, Texas, I spent time exploring, living, and learning in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Iowa. I completed my bachelor’s in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I have experience in individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach. I completed my APA Internship at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Center.
When I am not at work, I enjoy rock climbing, biking, hiking, running, swimming, playing sports, or just about anything outdoors. I love listening to a variety of music, attending concerts, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. I also attempt to interact with as many dogs as I possibly can on a daily basis. One day I will have one, two, or three of my own. Until then, I will continue to ask friends and strangers to pet and play with their dogs.