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I opened my Austin psychotherapy practice in 1997, specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, chronic pain, psychosomatic conditions and relationship problems. It was and is my intention to offer a relaxed, personalized practice–one that would favorably contrast with many of the managed-care dominated services in the Austin area, and I believe that goal has been successful.
Things changed dramatically in 2020 with the arrival of COVID. As did many others, I moved to a virtual model. It turned out that working virtually, started as an emergency response, works quite well. Given the successes in working online, in mid-2021 I decided to go forward using a virtual model and not return to an office-based practice. I know that the virtual model is not for everyone…
Let me offer some personal background. Before opening my private practice, I held clinical and management staff roles with Austin Regional Clinic-Mental Health Associates between 1984-1997.
I have been married for over 48 years, with two sons and two lovely grandchildren. My wife is a Regent Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. Families are very important to me, and helping clients relate to their families in a different way is often a part of the therapeutic work.
Spiritual practices are essential in life, and I feel very comfortable in exploring spiritual issues with clients in our therapeutic work together. After all, we are made up of many parts—physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual, not necessarily in order of importance. My personal faith background is in the Christian tradition, and I am active member of Abiding Love Lutheran Church in Austin. I consider myself interested in all faiths, however, and you will find in my practice a spirit of curiosity and respect for all spiritual traditions.
After receiving my Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 1975, I practiced in Columbus, Ohio at Southwest Community Mental Health Center. My wife and I moved to Austin in 1977, and from 1978-1984 I served as a clinical staff member at the Austin/Travis County MH-MR Center, now known as Integral Care.
I co-founded The Milton H. Erickson Institute of Central Texas in 1987 with friends and colleagues: Seyma Calihman, MSSW, Carol Kershaw, Ph.D. and Bill Wade, LPC. We later separated the Institute of Central Texas into two organizations: the Institutes of Austin and Houston. Both of these institutes continue to provide training for professionals in the use of Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy.
I am an Advisory Board Member of The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), served as a reviewer for the Ericksonian Monographs, and contributed to Tales of Enchantment by Stephen and Carol Lankton. I am author of a chapter in a volume edited by Mark Jensen, Ph.D. entitled, “Handbook of hypnosis techniques-Volume 1. I have been on the faculty of regional, national and international conferences for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis , the International Society of Hypnosis, the National Association of Social Workers, NASW Texas, the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
I entered into the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) in 1978. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I am a Diplomate of the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work (AHBCSW), an Approved Consultant of The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), and was approved as a Fellow of that organization in 2004. I served as President of ASCH from 2009-2010, and have also been involved in the leadership of the Central Texas Society of Clinical Hypnosis since the mid-1990s.
I have lectured on Family Therapy at the University of Texas School of Social Work at Austin, and served as a volunteer for Capital Area Mental Health Center, the Central Texas Chapter of the Red Cross. I have been an active member of the state and local units of the National Association of Social Workers/Texas, and served as Chair of that organization's Chapter Ethics Committee.
~ August 2, 2023 ~
George P. Glaser, LCSW
Virtual hypnotic psychotherapy practice from Austin, Texas 78748
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