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Strengthening the individual, to strengthen the family, to strengthen society

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Permission to Exhale, PLLC is a secular counseling service owned and operated by Austin Holifield MMFT, LMFTA. Austin is a trained EMDR trauma therapist who uses a combination of EMDR, CBT, and Narrative Therapy to help clients grow into the best version of themselves. No matter who you are, where you've been, or what you believe, Permission to Exhale could be exactly what you're looking for.

Common Practices and Specialization:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Burnout

  • Trauma, PTSD

  • Men, Men's Issues

  • Existential

  • Anger/Emotional Regulation

  • Divorce and Separation

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"We're all just walking each other home."

-Ram Dass


Feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions or concerns. If I don't pick up straightaway, leave a voicemail and I'll get in touch you as soon as I can.


Here we will work together to accurately identify the sources of pain, suffering, and dysfunction that are holding you back. We will collaboratively establish a strategic and evidence-based plan of action. We will measure our progress so that you don't waste time and resources on therapy that isn't working. Then, once we have reached our goals, we will reflect on the process and changes you've achieved, and decide whether or not there is more to be done.


Whatever the dynamics of your relationship are, PTE is a safe and effective place to explore, repair, and improve it. In these sessions, we will treat the relationship itself as the client, rather than one partner or the other. We will work together as a team to make lasting changes so that your relationship begins to spiral upwards toward health rather than sickness.


This is a common and effective option for couples who are new to therapy. We often need an individual space to explore and improve ourselves, in order to bring the best version of ourself to the relationship. Here, we will switch between individual and relational sessions to ensure that individual and relational growth coincide and mutually benefit each other.


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