Felicia De La Garza Mercer, Ph.D., PLLC
Felicia De La Garza Mercer, Ph.D., PLLC
8500 N. Mopac Expy, Ste 804, Austin, TX 78759; (512) 856-5211
 
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Your 20s and 30s are an important time of self-determination.  If you're feeling stuck or lost, I can help you develop the tools and insights you need to enjoy this time of your life.

Services & Specialties

With over ten years of experience providing individual and couples counseling, I specialize in helping young professionals and grad students with academic and workplace adjustment, anxiety, burnout and stress management, multicultural stressors, and relationship and sexual issues.  With couples, I have expertise in helping partners improve communication and conflict skills and manage sexual concerns. 

Using an culturally-responsive and sex-positive framework, I integrate evidence-based treatments and tailor them to address your specific needs and personality.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and relational/interpersonal interventions are the primary approaches I use in individual and sex therapy.  These approaches allow me to quickly help you pinpoint stumbling blocks and create healthier thoughts and behaviors that stick.

With couples, I have extensive training in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy , The Gottman Method (Level 2 therapist) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), all empirically supported treatments.

Specialties: Individual Concerns

Academic and workplace adjustment

Anxiety (fear, panic, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, social anxiety, test anxiety, worry)

Attention, learning & organization

Body image 

Depression, mood instability & sadness

Multicultural, identity and & social justice concerns

Perfectionism

Relationships & interpersonal issues (assertiveness, dating, family of origin concerns, intimate relationships, setting boundaries, shyness)

Sexuality (enhancing sexual intimacy & communication, low desire, orgasm difficulty, sexual pain in women)

Stress management, burn-out, work-life balance

Specialties: Couples/Partners Concerns

Communication skills

De-escalating conflict

Enhancing emotional intimacy

Intercultural challenges

Sexual Issues: desire discrepancies, improving sexual communication & connection

Transition to parenthood 

Specialties: Populations

Couples 

I am experienced working with both cross-sex/straight & LGBTQQ couples.  I have a sex-positive approach and am poly and kink aware.

Professionals in health service, start-ups and tech

Students

        Undergraduate, graduate & professional

        First-generation, international and undocumented students

Traditionally marginalized and underrepresented communities

Biracial/multiethnic

Individuals with disabilities (ADHD, learning, chronic illness)

Latina/o/x

LGBTQQ and gender non-conforming identities

Racial/ethnic minorities

Fees

Currently I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Lyra Health.  I would also be an out-of-network provider for other PPO plans.  If I do not accept your insurance I can provide you with a monthly invoice for counseling sessions, which you can submit for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company. I recommend contacting your insurance company regarding your out-of-network benefits prior to your first session with me, and I can provide you with a step-by-step form to facilitate this process.

I reserve several sliding scale spots for clients with limited financial means.  Please contact me for more information.

I accept cash, checks and credit card, including Health Saving Account (HSA) cards.  Payment is expected at the time of our session.

If you need to cancel a session, please inform me as early as possible. If you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours before your scheduled session, you will be required to submit full payment.

For other professional services that exceed 15 minutes outside of our sessions, you will be billed on a prorated basis.  Examples include telephone conversations, email conversations, extensive coordination of care, and report writing. 

Individual Rate:

50-55-minutes: $155

Couples Rates:

50-55-minutes: $185

About

I'm a psychologist, but I’m also a mom, a nerd, a multiethnic woman and a feminist.  When I’m not juggling life/work/parenting, you can usually find me with my nose in a book, searching for thrift store treasures, or out running or hiking in nature.  I’m a native Austinite returning home after eighteen years away and so I also love re-exploring my hometown.

In those eighteen years I received my B.A. from Brown University, my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, and finished my pre-and post-doctoral training at UC Berkeley.  I then worked for seven years as a staff psychologist at UC Berkeley and UCSF, helping college and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures.  I’ve also taught graduate courses in counseling and psychology.  What that means for you is that I have super rigorous training as a therapist, researcher and instructor.  I know a lot about the issues students and young professionals are facing in this world.  And I am passionate about using my knowledge and training to help young adults improve their lives and reach their goals.

When you work with me, I aim to create a warm, non-judgmental and empowering space where you can feel safe to explore and challenge yourself.  I want to understand your concerns, values, identities and collaborate with you towards progress and meaningful change.  My style is friendly and supportive, but simultaneously active, interactive and kindly direct (and embedded within my own personality and sense of humor).  I don’t just sit silently and nod my head—I offer my own thoughts, perspectives and ideas on what might help you.

As a bicultural psychologist, I also believe it’s important to look at how multicultural, contextual and social justice issues are connected to what’s going on for you.  I value working with folks from diverse cultural backgrounds and believe that therapy is most successful when we can harness your individual and cultural strengths.

 

Experience

 

Education 

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
 

B.A. Psychology
Brown University
 

 

Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (Texas), #37711
  • Health Service Provider in Psychology, #53450
  • Licensed Psychologist (California--currently inactive), #24544
 
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My Office

Get directions

8500 N Mopac Expy

Suite 804

Austin, TX 78759

Phone: 512-856-5211

Fax: 512-367-5721

 
 

Contact Me

I look forward to hearing from you!

If you are interested in working together or want to learn more about my services, you can call me at 512-856-5211 or send me a message online.  I offer a free 15-minute initial phone consultation.

You may also email me at felicia@feliciadmercerphd.com. Please be aware that email is not a confidential means of communication.

I respond to messages typically within 24-48 business hours.

 

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Colleague Testimonials

I am grateful to have worked with Dr. De La Garza Mercer as a colleague for several years. She is a highly-skilled, compassionate and thoughtful psychologist. She artfully blends her knowledge of evidence-based treatments with a heart-felt connection with her clients. She honors her clients’ intersecting identities and strives to understand deeply each of her client’s unique worldview. I would whole-heartedly refer my own family, friends and clients to Dr. De La Garza Mercer.
— Lindsey Brooks, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist at UCSF Student Health & Counseling Services
There are people you are simply meant to meet - someone who joins you along the way of your life’s journey and enriches it. I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Dr. De La Garza Mercer for nearly a decade and I believe this to be true of the time I’ve come to know her. I have been consistently surprised by how she balances a nurturing, compassionate energy with sound, grounded, evidence-based practice. She is someone I admire and trust wholeheartedly. And yes, she is someone I believe individuals can trust implicitly with the care, healing and enrichment in your life’s journey, as well.
— Justin Gibson, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist at the University of San Diego
I have worked with Felicia for a number of years as a clinical colleague and supervisor at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.  She is one of the most skilled psychotherapists I have had the pleasure of working with. She has a special combination of deep and up-to-date knowledge that she integrates into a skillful clinical approach.  I  especially appreciated her expertise in working with multicultural, gender and sexual identity issues. I have learned much from her!
— Jeffrey P. Prince, Ph.D., Executive Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, UC Berkeley