Patrick Turbiville, Lcsw

About me

If you're curious...  :)

Hi!  I’m Patrick Turbiville.  I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Texas.  But I like to think there is more to me than that.  So, for the curious, here is my story:

A lifelong Texan, I was born in 1981 in Irving, just west of Dallas.  At the age of four, the family moved down to College Station, where I attended South Knoll Elementary, Oakwood Middle School, and A&M Consolidated High School.

Patrick & Emmett
(I'm on the right.)

In high school, I was mostly concerned with writing music with my band, Poly-Ester (which played mostly original grunge tunes and Pixies covers), and putting on rock shows at local eateries and parks.  In those days, I spent any money I had on equipment to record albums for my band and others, sometimes for free and sometimes in exchange for food, video games, or even real money.  I graduated high school a year early (after attending kindergarten twice, so it was a wash) and spent the next year delivering pizza and taking random classes at Blinn College.  But something was changing.  Ol’ Col' Sta' was feeling smaller and smaller.  I grew increasingly restless in my hometown, noticing a weird siren song drifting through the air. It was Austin, TX calling my name.

Having big dreams of becoming a mid-grade rock-star and/or recording studio owner, Austin Community College’s Commercial Music Management program (now called the Music Business, Performance, and Technology program) provided a convenient justification to ditch College Station for Austin in 2000.  I came to refer to the 78705 ZIP code as my “home in the universe” (though the universe and cost-of-living in central Austin had other plans–more on that later).

After obtaining an associate’s degree from ACC, I did what every Austin transplant is required to do by law (look it up!) and built and operated an unprofitable recording studio called TheBrainMachine (now Hen House Recording) for four years.  Also required by law, I co-founded a mostly instrumental, super-noisy rock band called SteerS, which played regularly in rock clubs around the 6th Street and Red River districts.

Things were going sort of well when… yada yada yada… I decided to take a break from the music world to focus on my mental health.  With nothing better to do and without much to lose, I figured getting a degree in psychology could give me some insight into my own mental health struggles, with the potential side benefit of an eventual career.  So, in 2007, I returned to the land of my birth (or close to it) to attend the University of North Texas in Denton.

I took classes part time and worked a few different jobs over the years: I provided care and enrichment in a home for adults with developmental disorders at Innovative Outcomes; I did the same for youngsters in the Extended School Day program at Alice Moore Alexander Elementary; and I was both a preschool teacher and administrative assistant at a non-profit preschool, Denton City County Day School.  
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Though I would miss working with all the wonderful kiddos and their families, in 2011, I kicked things into high gear to finish school.  For over two years, I took on a more-than-full-time course load, earning a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Minor in Counseling in 2013.  In that time, my passion for the art and science of psychotherapy grew.  As I learned more about myself, relationships, the human mind, and the world we live in, I came to appreciate the innumerable ways in which one person can help another by listening to their stories, journeying with them through the muck of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and discovering new abilities and perspectives for navigating an often harsh and unwieldy existence.  

At first, I thought learning about psychology and counseling was just a good enough thing to do, for the time being, since the rock star thing didn't work out.  Sometime in 2012, I became certain that helping people through psychotherapy was my calling.  In researching graduate programs that would enable me to become a psychotherapist, I discovered that the field of clinical social work added a lens of social justice to the work of psychotherapy.  I couldn't believe I didn't know this was a thing.  This was totally my jam!  I was sold immediately.

I submitted a few applications and, in February 2013, received an acceptance letter from the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.  I was excited because the UT School of Social Work is a top program in the nation.  I was excited because studying clinical social work would not only enable me to become a psychotherapist, but would educate me about becoming a better advocate for social justice in an unfair world.  I was utterly thrilled to return to my “home in the universe.”  I confirmed my enrollment at UT posthaste.

At the beginning of my graduate career, I spent a school year counseling children at Maplewood Elementary School through an Austin Independent School District program funded by CapCityKids.  This felt like a natural extension of my previous work with children, but this time, I felt empowered to make a difference in ways I couldn’t before.  Though it was a challenging year, the folks at Maplewood, AISD, and CapCityKids gave me the freedom to work in ways that capitalized on my strengths and the support to achieve more than I ever imagined I could.  Working with the kids and families of Maplewood bestowed to me a clearer understanding of the positive effect I could have in the world.  Of course, working with these resilient and roundly impressive kids strengthened my passion for therapy, but I was ready move into the realm of adulthood.

During my final year at UT, I worked for two semesters as a therapist at UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center.  At CMHC, I experienced yet another environment of great challenge, freedom, and support.  And, again, I found myself growing in ways I couldn't have foreseen.  I realized my passion for group therapy by co-facilitating two general psychotherapy groups, a grief & loss support group, and a group for students working to moderate substance use.  I helped students coping with the often challenging transition away from home, with the exceptional demands of UT’s academic programs, and with the crises that invariably arise along the way to adulthood.  At CMHC, I was part of a cohort of seven other interns who quickly became trusted colleagues and friends.  I was also supported by a wide variety of supervisors, mentors, collaborators, co-workers, colleagues, and teachers who offered untold amounts of invaluable wisdom that I will draw on for decades to come.

Having been exposed to a variety of experiences and perspectives on what it is that social workers actually do, I felt more certain than ever that my rightful place was sitting in a room across from a person, helping them to learn about themselves and their relationships, to feel confident and empowered, to feel grounded in the universe, and to reclaim a sense of well-being and safety that was somehow lost.  Upon receiving my Master of Science in Social Work degree in 2016, I sought employment at a group psychotherapy practice that would encourage me to focus on human connection in my work while embracing my own unique strengths and perspectives on the art of helping others.  Joining Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates allowed me to do just that.  There, I rebuilt my confidence to run a business, launched a therapy group of my very own, and developed specialities in helping other helpers and healing traumas that occur in the family-of-origin.

In 2017, with Becca Sagall, LMT, I cofounded a relationship-focused networking group for Austin-based wellness entrepreneurs, which enriched my knowledge of both evidence-based and spiritual healing practices (though they aren't always mutually exclusive), allowing me to better serve clients with diverse worldviews.  Over the next few years, I facilitated well over 100 weekly networking meetings, where folks would share expertise, develop friendships, and discover new ways to serve their clients.  (If you want recommendations for massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga therapy, eastern/herbal medicine, somatic experiencing, physical therapy, substance use intervention, Ayurveda, or Feldenkrais Method in Austin, I've got you covered.)

From August 2016 through December 2018, I put my nose to the grindstone, gathering the 3000 supervised hours required to become an independently practicing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  In January 2019, for the first time in nearly 13 years, I went into business for myself, working alongside the seasoned professionals of the Spicewood Psychotherapy Group.  I put together the group room of my dreams, started some new therapy groups, continued to educate myself through local conferences of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, and generally reveled in the glory of face-to-face human interaction until... well, you know what happened.

In March 2020, COVID-19 was spreading rapidly across the world.  I abruptly shifted all of my work to telehealth, for what we all knew would be a brief hiccup of a disruption to business as usual.  I passed the time for about 10 months by enrolling in Ample & Rooted's Online Eating Disorder Training Program, which equipped me with the basic tools to help clients abolish shame related to eating and body image, develop trust in bodily intuition about movement and food, and resist the the diet-industrial complex with gusto.  I was also watching Netflix like a full-time job.

Fast-forward to August 2021, fully vaccinated and having made all of the necessary plans and preparations to safely return my groups to my super-cozy group room, the Delta Variant showed up and peed in the pool.  My 3-year lease was coming to an end, and I'd spent less than half of that time working in my office.  On top of that, taking its cues from Coronavirus, the booming Austin housing market derailed my long-held plans to purchase a home in 2021.  What was there to do but pull up stakes and move the wagon-train down to the land where my father was born (and where houses were half-price), San Antonio?

Having made the momentous decision to give up my office, I was free to service all of Texas (and beyond, in some cases).  I launched a new website in January 2022 and doubled my group offerings from three to six.  Then, I started rewriting this "About Me" page, and I'm almost finished.

Many people helped me along the way, but most of all, I am indebted to clients who have shared their lives with me, took the risk to be vulnerable, and showed me not only the value of human connection, but the value I have to offer the world.  Thank you.  Who knows what's next?  The sky is the limit.  Anything is possible.  We have nothing to fear but fear itself.  The world is our oyster?  Regardless, there's some quality therapizing to do, and if you're reading this, I'm excited about the possibility of being on that journey with you.  I look forward to the knowledge, wisdom, insight, connection, growth, fun, and sheer experience that life’s great wonders and challenges have to offer.  Mostly, I look forward to sharing these experiences with others, and seeing what we can make out of them, especially if it's something we hadn't imagined before.

- Patrick Turbiville is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, husband, and father of two preciously quirky Chihuahuas, Dobie & Penny (R.I.P: Emmett & Hercules).  In his spare time, he enjoys watching Shows & Movies, playing games on his phone, doing projects around the house, playing music, eating all the yummy food, and sleep... glorious sleep.

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