August 30, 2018

Whitney M. Wheeler, Ph. D.

am a post-doctoral fellow with an expertise in anxiety-based disorders. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and my MS, EdS, and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. I specialize in assessing and treating (a) the full range of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, panic disorder; (b) co-occurring mood disorders (such as depression); and (c) trauma. I use a holistic, collaborative, and interpersonal approach to therapy with adults, adolescents, and children.

My Treatment Philosophy

My role is to help you observe, understand, and appreciate your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to understand who you are and where you are going. I seek to help individuals learn to end the struggle with their anxiety-related discomfort and take charge by engaging in actions that move towards a value-driven life. I aim to provide culturally mindful, affirming care that emphasizes safety, is strengths-based, and allows space for creativity. I utilize highly effective evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. If you are looking for extra support or looking to move in a new direction, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Contact and Fees

Please contact me at whitney@anxietyaustin.com, at 512-879-1839 Ext. 1, or via our contact page if you would like to discuss working together. My standard fee is $160 per session. The fee for an initial evaluation is $180. I do not accept insurance; however, I maintain a number of slots at a lower fee for individuals facing financial hardship.

Currently accepting new patients: Yes

Pronouns: she/her(s)
Selected publications by Dr. Wheeler (under the name Dr. Whitney Black):

Parnell, K., Scheel, M., Kletnz Davis, C., & Black, W. W. (2018). An investigation of couples’ help-seeking: A multiple case study. Contemporary Family Therapy, 40, 110-117. doi:10.1007/s10591-017-9427-9

Riggle, E. D., Rostosky, S. S., Black, W. W., & Rosenkrantz, D. E. (2017). Outness, concealment, and authenticity: Associations with LGB individuals’ psychological distress and well-being. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(1), 54-62. doi:10.1037/sgd0000202

Rosenkrantz, D. E., Black, W. W., Abreu, R. L., Aleshire, M. E., and Fallin-Bennett, K. L. (2017). Rural LGBT health disparities: A meta-narrative review. Stigma and Health, 2(3), 229-243. doi:10.1037/sah0000055

Abreu, R. L., Black, W. W., Mosley, D. V., & Fedewa, A. L. (2016). LGBTQ youth bullying experiences in schools: The role of school counselors within a system of oppression. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 3-4, 325-342. doi:10.1080/15401383.2016.1214092

Fedewa, A. L., Black, W. W., & Ahn, S. (2015). Children and adolescents with same-gender parents: A meta-analytic approach in assessing outcomes. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11(1), 1-34. doi:10.1080/1550428X.2013.869486

Rostosky, S. S., Black, W. W., Riggle, E. D. B., & Rosenkrantz, D. (2015). The positive aspects of being a heterosexual ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(4), 331-338. doi:10.1037/ort0000056

Riggle, E. D., Gonzalez, K. A., Rostosky, S. S., & Black, W. W. (2014). Cultivating positive LGBTQA identities: An intervention study with college students. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 8(3), 264-281. doi:10.1080/15538605.2014.933468

Black, W. W., Fedewa, A. L., & Gonzalez, K. A. (2012). Effects of “Safe School” programs and policies on the social climate for sexual-minority youth: A review of the literature, Journal of LGBT Youth, 9(4), 321-339. doi:10.1080/19361653.2012.714343

For more information, read Dr. Wheeler’s CV