Brian Trager, Psy.D.
Supervised by 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.
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 from 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.