Hi , there!
I'm Avanti and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Texas. I have experience working at a residential treatment center for eating disorders and a college setting, so cue the heart of this practice!
I’m passionate about working with young adults who struggle with life transitions, navigating cultural expectations, relationships, work/life stress, depression, anxiety, body image concerns, disordered eating, and/or eating disorders. It’s always such an honor to get to hear someone’s story and for someone to feel safe enough to share their inner world with me. It’s something that I never take for granted and am so grateful to my clients who have let me be a part of their journey.
In my free time, you’ll probably find me at a dog park with my husband and pup, picking my next travel destination, exploring the Houston food scene, or catching up on my favorite TV shows!
Avanti Bande, LPC, CEDS
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be.
When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying,
'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.'
I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
― Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being
In counseling, I aim to cultivate a space that is non-judgmental so my clients feel safe sharing their inner worlds with me. My approach to treatment is client-centered, individualized, and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy principles. Basically, I meet you where you’re at and we work to add tools to your toolbox. But the heart of our work together is the therapeutic relationship, which fosters personal and interpersonal growth. So how does that work? We are often explicitly or implicitly evaluated by people in our lives and society, which affects the way we view ourselves. When we incorporate these “conditions of worth” into our perception of ourselves, it can lead to inauthenticity and low self-esteem. Life becomes more about pleasing others or being the person that you think you need to be in order to be accepted or loved. Then, imagine working with a therapist who is empathetic, genuine, and unconditionally accepts you, regardless of what you share or who you are. I strongly believe that by experiencing a non-judgmental relationship, in an environment where there are no expectations of who you’re supposed to be, you will feel encouraged to just be you and believe that you are enough. That’s where the growth happens and that's how we flourish.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make an appointment or request a free phone/telehealth consultation?
You can schedule an appointment at https://flourishcandw.clientsecure.me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I pay for my sessions?
I am a private pay, out-of-network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance. However, I encourage you to check your out-of-network benefits because you may be able to be reimbursed for services. Upon request, I will provide you with a Superbill monthly to submit to your insurance. I cannot guarantee reimbursement from your insurance. Please note that full payment is due on the date of service.
What if I can’t make it to my appointment? I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are unable to attend a session, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance. If you do not cancel and/or do not show up for your session, you will still be charged the full session fee.
Can I do sessions in-person? At this time, I am only offering virtual sessions through a secure telehealth platform. Due to licensing requirements, I can only see individuals who are located in Texas.
Make an Appointment
Request a free 15 minute Phone/Video Consultation! Feel ready to jump right in? You can also request an Initial Appointment and we can get started!
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