Compassionate, goal-oriented, evidence-based treatment

Anxiety motivates us to prepare for important events and protects us when we are in harm’s way. However, anxiety becomes problematic when it is out of proportion to the situation in a way that interferes with daily activities. Affecting approximately one in eight children and one in six adults, anxiety disorders are the most frequently occurring behavioral health disorders.

Everyone feels anxious in certain situations. If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, we may be able to help.

Though anxiety disorders are among the most treatable behavioral health disorders, only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment. We specialize in treating anxiety and related disorders using evidence based treatment approaches that are supported by research.

Clinical Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder), Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors
  • Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder

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Group Therapy

  • Child Social Skills Group
  • Our groups teach critical social behaviors such as conversation skills, establishing friendships, good sportsmanship, how to handle disagreements, reputation repair and healthy interpersonal boundaries.
  • Adolescent Social Anxiety Group
  • The goals of our social anxiety group include reducing social anxiety, improving interpersonal skills, increasing confidence, developing assertiveness skills, and expanding the range of social activities that group members find enjoyable.

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Our Team

  • Misti Nicholson, PsyD
  • Dr. Nicholson founded Austin Anxiety and Behavioral Health Services in 2012. Dr. Nicholson is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Austin and Round Rock, Texas. She offers evidence-based psychological treatment for anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders.

Jill Bellinger, PhD

Learn more about our anxiety specialists.