Justin Gardner LPC-S

Transformative Journeys: Growing Up, Waking Up, and Walking Your Unique Path


I obtained my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology in 1999 from John F. Kennedy University's Graduate School for Holistic Studies. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Texas, license # 63455.


Although originally raised in a conservative, evangelical version of Christianity, I've studied, participated and trained in a variety of spiritual, meditation and embodiment practices since a series of spiritual openings I experienced in 1992 including: Vipassana meditation, Centering Prayer, Kundalini Yoga, Circling, Ecstatic Dance, Tantra and Non Dual philosophies, Shamanism, Wicca and Earth Centered Spirituality, Taoism, and Plant Spirit Medicine. 


Although I currently focus on working with adults only, the clients I've worked with have ranged in age from 4 to the late 70's, come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and belief systems, and their presenting concerns have included:

personal and spiritual growth

community and organizational leadership

grief and trauma

psychedelic integration

life purpose, path, career

major life transitions

relational conflicts

depression and anxiety

consensual non-monogamy


couples communication

chronic and terminal illness

care giving concerns


LGBTQ concerns

Prior to spending the last nearly 8 years in full time private practice, I worked for over 10 years in a variety of settings while building my practice including: The University of Texas at Austin's Counseling and Mental Health Center; Resources for Living / Aetna Employee Assistance Program; The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas; a holistic community based counseling center in Oakland, a program combining school and residences for "severely emotionally disturbed" children and adolescents in the East Bay of California and a crisis shelter for tweens and an independent living program for adolescent women in Prince George's county Maryland. 

Fees and Payment


My regular fee is $300.00 per 55-minute session. Longer sessions may be available for an additional charge. 

I also offer a sliding scale for those clients paying out of pocket for whom my regular fee represents a financial hardship. It is rare that I have slots available below $150 and those few are reserved for exceptional circumstances.   

Clients who are able to pay my full fee or closer to it, support me in being able to offer services to others at a reduced rate. If you feel called to work with me in particular, and are unable to afford my full fee, please feel free to start a conversation about what you are seeking, why you feel I might be a fit for assisting in your process, what your circumstances and budget and desired frequency of contact are at the current time. 


I provide invoices, payment requests, and receipts through an online payments system. Payments are due at the time of service or prior to the session unless we've made other arrangements in writing.


Currently I am only accepting new private pay clients into my limited openings for Transformational Coaching services. Coaching services are not covered by insurance.

For Psychotherapy clients:

Although I am listed as "In-Network" with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and EPO (i.e. non-HMO) plans, I am no longer accepting new BCBS clients who wish to use their insurance, as I prepare to transition out of participation as an In-Network provider within the next few months. 

If you would like to seek reimbursement through Out-of-Network benefits with an insurance plan not mentioned above, I can provide you with an appropriately coded invoice that you can submit to your insurance.

Please check with your insurance plan if you need an explanation of your current benefits (such as co-pay or co-insurance rates, deductibles, benefits, Out of Network benefits, number of sessions allowed) as plan benefits vary widely within a given insurance company's offerings.

Justin Gardner, MA, LPC-S | [email protected] | 3625 Mancha‚Äčca Rd #202, Rivertree Therapy Austin , TX , 78704 USA | Phone 5127369166