Hi! I’m Patrick Turbiville. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Austin, TX. But I like to think there is more to me than that. So, for the curious, here is my story:
I was born in 1981 in Irving, Texas, just east of Dallas. At the age of four, my parents moved the family down to College Station, Texas, where I Patrick & Emmett(I'm on the right.)attended South Knoll Elementary, Oakwood Middle School, and A&M Consolidated High School. In high school, I was mostly concerned with writing music with my rock band and putting on shows at various local eateries and parks. I graduated high school a year early and spent the year I gained delivering pizza and taking random classes at Blinn College. In those days, I spent any money I had on recording equipment, using it to make records for my band and others, sometimes for free and sometimes in exchange for food, video games, or even real money. But something was changing: good ol’ Col Sta started to feel smaller and smaller. As I grew more and more restless in what had become my hometown, I began to notice something weird in the air. It was Austin, TX calling my name.
Having big dreams about being 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 wonderful justification for leaving College Station and settling down in Austin in 2000. I’ve since come to refer to the 78705 ZIP code as my “home in the universe” (though the universe and rental rates in Central Austin aren’t cooperating very well these days).
After obtaining an associate’s degree from ACC, I did what every Austin transplant is required to do by law (look it up!) and operated an unprofitable recording studio called TheBrainMachine 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 (like Beerland and Emo’s) around 6th Street and Red River.
Things were going somewhat well when….yada yada yada….I decided to take a break from the music world to focus on my own mental health. This break culminated in taking my first steps toward entering the mental health field in 2007, as I packed up and returned to the land of my birth (or close to it) to pursue a psychology degree from the University of North Texas in Denton.
I took classes part time and worked a few different jobs: 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 Lee Elementary; and I was both a preschool teacher and administrative assistant at a non-profit preschool called Denton City County Day School. Though I would miss working with all of the wonderful kiddos and their families, in 2011, I decided to kick things into high gear to finish school: for the next two years, I took on a more-than-full-time course load at UNT, earning a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Minor in Counseling in 2013.
During that time, my passion for the art 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 perspectives for viewing an often harsh and unwieldy existence. At first, I thought learning about psychology and counseling was probably just a good thing to do. Sometime in 2012, I became certain that helping people through psychotherapy was my calling. So, I started submitting applications to graduate programs for both social work and counseling.
In February 2013, I 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 excited because I had been called back to my “home in the universe.” I confirmed my enrollment at UT immediately.
At the beginning of my graduate career, I spent one 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 substantial personal and professional growth. Working with the kids and families of Maplewood gave me the opportunity to more fully experience the positive effect I could have on people and communities. Of course, this work strengthened my passion for therapy, as well as working with kids, 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 also experienced an environment of great challenge, freedom, and support. And, again, I found myself growing in ways I didn’t even realize I could grow. I was able to realize my passion for group therapy by co-facilitating two personal exploration (interpersonal process) groups, a grief and loss support group, and a group for students working to moderate their substance use. I helped students coping with the often challenging transition into adulthood, with the exceptional demands of UT’s academic programs, and with the crises that sometimes arise along the way. At CMHC, I was part of a cohort of seven other interns who quickly became (and still are) 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 know 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 that was somehow lost.
Upon receiving my Master of Science in Social Work degree, I sought employment at an agency 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.
In January 2019, for the first time in nearly 13 years, I went into business for myself, this time as an independently practicing psychotherapist (with a super-comfy group therapy room of my very own). :)
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. I am not certain what the future brings, but I look forward to the knowledge, wisdom, insight, connection, growth, and sheer experience that all of life’s great wonders and challenges have to offer. Mostly, I look forward to helping others find a similar passion for what is and what can be.
- Patrick Turbiville is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, husband, and father of the preciously quirky Chihuahua, Dobie (R.I.P: Emmett & Hercules). In his spare time, he enjoys books (mostly stuff that makes him feel cultured or like a big ol’ smartypants), music (all kinds), TV and movies (mostly comedy, sci-fi/fantasy, and political or crime dramas), wasting time with his smartphone, and exploring Austin’s innumerable eateries.