PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOTHERAPY
In contrast to the traditional, paternalistic model of psychiatry, person-centered care is a collaborative process that integrates scientific evidence with a person's unique values, beliefs, and preferences. It is a holistic approach that views the whole person as the focus of care, rather than a set of symptoms.
Our team is committed to providing inclusive, identity-affirming care through an anti-oppression lens. We acknowledge the negative impact of ableism, white supremacy/racism, climate change, sexism, capitalism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-fat bias have on the health of the individual and our community.
We are passionate about building resilience against these forces in order to build momentum for systemic change, rather than pathologizing the compounding effects of these stresses on the individual level. We welcome individuals who have had negative, traumatic, or invalidating experiences with psychiatrists and other health care providers, and strive to create a safer place within our admittedly broken system.
The clients we work with seek out help for many reasons, including:
academic, career, or artistic challenges
anxiety and panic
body image concerns, binge eating, and yo-yo dieting
chronic conditions like migraines, IBS, and endometriosis
depression and mood swings
feelings of being "stuck," "lost," or "not good enough"
grief, loss and trauma
infertility and IVF-related stress
life transitions, identity exploration, and personal growth
obsessive thought patterns and compulsive behaviors
over-achieving, perfectionistic, and people-pleasing tendencies
pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting challenges
relationship difficulties, break-ups, and boundary-setting work
stress, burnout, and overwhelm
You might not know exactly what kind of help you need, and that's okay. We treat people, not diagnoses, and take a collaborative, individualized approach to treatment planning that integrates evidence-based research with your unique history, context, and personal goals.
Research suggests that psychiatric medication, when it is used, is more effective when combined with psychotherapy. If you are already seeing a therapist, we are happy to coordinate with them to provide "split care." If you are not currently seeing a therapist, we can provide integrated treatment (psychotherapy with medication management from the same provider) or referrals, as appropriate. If you're looking to get off your psychiatric medication safely, we can help with that too.
KERRY E. MILLER, LCSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C
serving adults ages 18-64
Kerry Miller (she/her/hers) completed her undergraduate education at Brown University and earned two master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. As both a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, she is qualified to perform psychiatric assessments, practice psychotherapy, and prescribe psychiatric medications.
Kerry holds a PMH-C certification in perinatal mental health, and has completed advanced training in psychiatric issues relevant to the reproductive system, pregnancy and the postpartum period, including premenstrual disorders such as PMDD and infertility/assisted reproductive technology/IVF.
Kerry practices from a size-inclusive, Health at Every Size® (HAES®) approach. She is Ample + RootED® trained in the treatment of eating disorders, a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and an active member of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists.
Kerry takes a special interest in thoughtful deprescribing — helping individuals to safely discontinue medications they no longer need or wish to take, if needed using very slow or exponential/hyperbolic tapers. She has developed a specialty in working with individuals who identify as highly sensitive persons (HSPs), as well as those who are are fearful or ambivalent about starting psychotropic medications. She works with many individuals to discuss adjunctive or alternative evidence-based treatments to medication, including harm reduction-based approaches. At this time, she does not prescribe stimulants or treat ADHD.
CARLY MELANCON, APRN, PMHNP-BC
serving young people ages 3-30
Carly Melancon (she/her/hers) graduated with her Master's in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she founded the organization Nurses for Racial Justice.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, her career has focused on the treatment of children and adolescents through her work with the Austin-Travis County mental health authority, which prioritizes the care of historically marginalized and under-served populations. In this setting, she has developed expertise in providing trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming care for ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
She particular enjoys working with autistic youth, those with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities, young people in the juvenile justice system, and those experiencing their first manic or psychotic episodes.
Carly’s process includes a thorough evaluation to help you determine what types of treatment will best support your goals and whether medication is appropriate or not. She will synthesize the information you provide about yourself, your context, and your goals into information and resources that you can use or seek out to support your health.
As difficult as life can feel in this society at this time, she prioritizes staying connected to the awe that living on this Earth inspires. She considers herself your neighbor first and foremost and never as an expert in your experience or what is best for you.
Initial Psychiatric Evaluation (75-90 minutes): $360
Standard medication management follow-up visit (25 minutes): $180
Extended med management/therapy follow-up (45 minutes): $225
Group therapy session (80 minutes): $70
Business, clinical or medicolegal consultation: variable depending on length/scope of engagement; please inquire
Psychotherapy appointments are typically scheduled weekly or every other week. When starting or adjusting psychiatric medication, appointments are typically scheduled about three to four weeks apart. Over time, medication management appointments may be spaced out to every two to three months, as needed.
We are considered in-network with Aetna, Cigna, and some Lyra plans. For other insurance plans, we can provide a detailed "superbill" to submit for out-of-network reimbursement. We also accept FSA/HSA cards.
Note: Self-pay patients are entitled to receive a "good faith estimate" explaining how much their medical care will cost.
Our office is centrally located on Koenig Lane (2222), just off Burnet Road in Austin. Look for a blue house with a red door. Free parking and the entrance to the waiting area is around back. We also offer sessions via a secure telehealth platform to patients throughout Texas.
To request an appointment, complete the form below. You can expect a response within 2 business days.