Lisa Taylor-Austin, NCC, LPC, LMHC, CFMHE, CFBA

Counseling In Milford, CT/Florida,Maine & New York

Counseling Bio

Lisa Taylor-AustinLisa Taylor-Austin, NCC, LPC, LMHC, CFMHE, CFBA provides counseling in our Milford, CT office and via telehealth. She is the owner of the practice and also treats teens and adults. Clients describe Lisa Taylor-Austin as approachable, caring and friendly. As result, patients return as partners with her in their counseling journey.

Often, Lisa helps people suffering from anxiety and depression, as well as, other diagnoses and symptoms. Thus, she helps clients look at their situations with hope. Additionally, she counsels many with relationship and school/work issues, and as a result, patients have a safe space to process their feelings. Prior to private practice, Lisa worked in public and private schools and colleges. Due to this, she often sees teachers and other educational staff because she understands the type of stress the profession can bring. With experience as a 504 Plan coordinator for many years, Lisa can help with accommodation suggestions for school and work. Having vast experience in urban and suburban settings, she has a rich history counseling culturally diverse populations. Often, Lisa counsels people of African-American, Asian, Latin backgrounds and the LGBTQ community.

Counseling Focus

You will find Lisa uses several counseling approaches. First, she teaches and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT helps patients learn to think of their situation and worry in ways they can control. Second, mindfulness and guided meditation is often taught to patients to help calm anxiety. In addition, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy helps patients help themselves. Also, Reality Therapy helps patients understand they have choices in their lives. Finally, Solution Focused Brief Therapy quickly addresses issues to help resolve them. As a result, you can feel better and move forward with your life. Lisa is an active professional counselor who is engaged in the sessions with you. She will provide suggestions and guide you to solutions, rather than, be a passive counselor.

Credentials

Of importance, Ms. Taylor-Austin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut. Additionally, in New York state she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Out-of-State Telehealth Provider in Florida and a Clinical Professional Counselor in Maine.  Also, she is a board certified National Certified Counselor. She is the only nationally Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator in Connecticut. Most noteworthy, Lisa is also a board Certified Forensic Behavioral Analyst. She earned a Master of Science in Counseling from the State University of New York at Brockport. Also, she has a Bachelor of Science in Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities. In addition, she minored in African-American Studies and Health.  Previously, Lisa was an instructor at Yale University and the University of Southern California.

Lisa Taylor-Austin has been a professional counselor since 1988.  In 1997 she began work as a forensic expert witness, which she continues today. She knows the important role that understanding mental health issues has in courts of law. Especially relevant, Lisa had the honor of being trained by Dr. Gregory M. Vecchi, retired Chief of the Behavioral Sciences Unit. You may know this from television,  as the BSU of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, better known as the FBI. She has been trained in areas of psychopathology, crisis intervention and active shooters. You will find her published in the Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology and Social Issues Firsthand: Gangs.

Of Interest

Ms. Taylor-Austin is a professional member of the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Forensic Social Sciences Association in San Francisco, California. Also, Lisa is an Associate Member of the Florida Gang Investigator’s Association. Of interest, she presented testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly supporting House Bill 6226. This is a cross reporting bill involving child abuse and animal abuse. She also testified on House Bill 6311. This is bill that prohibits dog breed discrimination in Connecticut.

In conclusion, you will find Lisa Taylor-Austin to be a thorough professional. She will maintain good communication with you throughout your professional working relationship. The highest ethical standards set forth by the American Counseling Association are maintained.

Insurance and Availability

By Appointment Only: Day and Evening appointments, usually, Tuesday through Friday.
Patients Treated: Individual Counseling for Teens & Adults. Therefore, Lisa sees people ages twelve and older.

Finally, Lisa works in-network with the following insurance companies in Connecticut. If you live in Florida or New York you will have to call your insurance to see if we are in your plan. If not we are happy to give you a superbill to help get your reimbursed. We can help you with this process:

  • ACI Speciality Benefits
  • Aetna
  • Aetna EAP
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Connecticare
  • Cigna
  • Empire
  • ESI EAP
  • Excellus
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Husky or Medicaid
  • Magellan
  • Meritian
  • Magellan EAP
  • Military OneSource
  • New Directions
  • The Lexington Group EAP
  • Optum Behavioral Health – If you look on the insurance website, please use “Lisa Taylor Austin” without a hyphen.
  • Optum EAP
  • Oscar
  • Oxford
  • United Health Care
  • PHCS – sorry we are not approved for Westchester County plans
  • UMR
  • Value Options
  • Yale Health

We are not providers for Medicare. You would need to opt out of using your insurance, in writing, and pay out of pocket for sessions.

Providing counseling to people of all backgrounds. Most of all, care goes into our clients. Finally, call us to find out how we can help you (203) 522-6164.

 

         

   

Above all, The Taylor-Austin Group, LLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.