Psychotherapy and Counseling
Dr. Baum offers counseling/psychotherapy services for adult individuals as well as couples.
For couple counseling, Dr. Baum uses evidence-based approaches to help couples understand and gain insights into the dynamics of their relationship(s). Couple counseling can help couples to find their initial spark again, can help to change the view of the relationship, improve communication styles, modify dysfunctional behaviors and patterns, and promote individual strengths. Couple counseling is NOT an indicator that there is something wrong – in many cases, it is recommended to keep the relationship healthy and to provide a forum to discuss issues with a “neutral” third person. If you and/or your partner are going to see a psychologist for the first time, it is very natural for you to feel anxious and worried about the process. Dr. Baum makes sure that you feel very welcome and is very transparent in his approach; feel free to ask any questions you have in mind about the therapy or assessment process!
For individual counseling and psychotherapy, it is important to note that Dr. Baum focuses primarily on anxiety disorders and phobias, ADHD/ADD, men’s issues, relationship and marital issues, and LGBTQIA issues (e.g., gender-affirming counseling). His goal is to help people live their most authentic life by providing acceptance and a compassionate understanding of each unique individual.
Dr. Mario Baum has studied in Vienna, Austria (the birth place of psychotherapy) and Nashville, Tennessee. He has extensive trainings in a wide range of modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness and stress management strategies; these approaches are active, problem-focused and addressing here-and-now issues. In his private practice, he focuses on a wide range of issues (ADHD/ADD, men’s issues, relationship and marital issues, trans-affirmative therapy, LGBTQIA issues, career and life choices, …). LGBT+ individuals and couples as well as poly-amorous relationships are welcome.
As a male psychologist, Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum is also familiar with the unique struggles and challenges that men face (such as male role identity and sexuality issues as well as work-life balance or midlife crisis problems).
Clients welcome Dr. Baum’s analytical approach; his major strength is to help you dissect a problem – and then help you to figure out how to solve it, step by step. He sees a major benefit of his work in supporting YOU to work toward goals, which can bring confidence, peace of mind and, ultimately, more meaning to your life.
Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum focuses on:
- Counseling and psychotherapy for adults (e.g., male identity, male sexuality issues, work-life balance, midlife crisis)
- Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
- Internet addiction, addiction to online games or online pornography
- Stress-management and work-life balance
- Social skills training
- Assessment and treatment for social anxiety or fears of public speaking
- Assessment and treatment for anxiety and mood disorders
- ADHD Coaching (for adults AND older adolescents)
- Performance anxiety in college, school or work
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) clients:
While an individual’s sexual identity may not be a source of distress, it sometimes is the stigma of living as a minority that can be a source of stress and anxiety. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum is an experienced therapist and familiar with these unique challenges. Thrive in Life Counseling and Therapy welcomes and provides services for individuals who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex and asexual. He welcomes individuals living alone or together with a partner or spouse (or two partner and spouses, “throuples”).