Personal Growth Sessions

with Robert McGarey, M.A.

The Process

Personal Growth Sessions give you a chance to explore issues that are important to you, guided by well-placed questions from an active, caring listener. Using techniques like role playing, dreamwork, focusing and guided imagery, we work together to help you become clear about what you really want and develop a plan for how to get there.

The goal of Personal Growth Sessions is not to treat dysfunction or illness, but rather to promote your emotional and psychological health; develop effective communication skills; and create a lifestyle that reinforces self-exploration and personal growth. Personal Growth Sessions help you strengthen skills you already possess and develop new ones, so that you can take charge of your life and feel better about yourself. Whether your main concern is your career, relationships, personal growth or spiritual growth, Personal Growth Sessions help you take the steps that are necessary to start truly enjoying your life.
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What Colleagues & Clients Say

"When Shawn and I first came to see Bob, we were ready to break up. Most of our time we spent arguing, and our mutual trust for each other had almost evaporated. We met with him individually to work through our own personal issues that made us blow things out of proportion, and we also met as a couple to learn and practice new and more effective ways to talk and listen to each other. We've learned how to trust each other again, and now when we argue -- which is maybe once every week or two, instead of daily -- we are usually able to resolve the issue instead of going around in circles."
Jennifer Roth
Customer Service Representative

"Thanks so much for your guidance over the last few months -- you have been welcome shelter in the storm for me, and your words have been invaluable."
Anne Woods
Multimedia Artist

"Bob McGarey has had a long-standing commitment to the personal growth of the members of this community. Coming from a tradition of holistic healing, he furthers the principles of spiritual and personal development through ongoing events in his Human Potential Center. The center is a welcoming space for everyone seeking a personal growth experience and a community of friends engaged in similar pursuits."
Maria Grace, Ph.D.

"Through Bob's support, attention & guidance, my true self is emerging. I'm learning to create the life that fully suits me!"
Robyn Cloughley
Nonprofit Organization Manager


When relationships are working well, they help renew our courage and enthusiasm for living fully each day; when they aren't, they can destroy our self-esteem, shatter our self-confidence and restrict our movement and growth.

Personal Growth Sessions can help difficult relationships begin to really work, and good relationships become thoroughly joyful and exciting. Whether you choose to work individually on your issues about your relationship, or to work as a couple on learning and practicing effective communication, you'll find the necessary tools and insights for building genuine intimacy and ensuring that both you and your partner get more of what you want and need.
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You don't have to settle for just "earning a living"; you deserve a job where you're excited to wake up on Monday mornings! In Personal Growth Sessions, we work together to help you identify what you love to do and then find (or create!) your perfect job -- a job that utilizes your knowledge, skills and interests, and gives you the chance to make a positive difference in the world.
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Personal and Spiritual Growth

People grow in unique and individual ways, so we work together to find the approaches, techniques and paths that are right for you. Whether you need to work through patterns of behavior you learned from your family, increase your self-esteem, change the way you react to others, or make better choices for your life, you can learn to become more assertive, more empowered, more loving toward yourself, and more connected with others in wise and healthy ways.

In addition to this kind of personal growth work, my extensive background in transpersonal psychology can help guide your spiritual growth in areas like meditation, spiritual growth techniques, spiritual paths and your quest for meaning and purpose in life.
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Fees and Insurance

The normal fee for Personal Growth Sessions at The Human Potential Center is $120 for a full 60-minute hour (not a 45- or 50-minute hour like some counselors offer), regardless of whether the client is an individual, a couple, or a larger group such as a family. A free thirty-minute initial consultation is available to help you determine whether Personal Growth Sessions would be right for you.

For those who live outside Austin and cannot come to the Center for a session, telephone sessions are available and are surprisingly effective. The fee for telephone sessions is the same as for a regular session. In addition, Bob sometimes travels to other cities to present workshops and may be available for in-person sessions during those times. To cover the additional costs related to travel and renting office space, the fee for out-of-town sessions is $150 for a full 60-minute hour.

If you believe that Personal Growth Sessions could help you but the price is out of reach for you right now, we have some alternative financial arrangements available. Call us for more information at (512) 441-8988.

Insurance companies traditionally pay for services that treat specific illnesses rather than those that promote health. Since Personal Growth Sessions focus on promoting health, they are not covered by most insurance policies.
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Background and Training

Robert McGarey, M.A., has more than twenty years of experience in guiding Personal Growth Sessions and presenting workshops for personal and professional development. He has been a featured speaker at numerous local and national conferences. He has extensive experience and training in a variety of psychological techniques that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. He also specializes in leading productive meetings in emotionally-charged business settings.

Both of Bob's parents are holistic M.D.'s, and have been pioneers in the field for almost forty years. They have authored dozens of books and articles on holistic medicine, and are nationally and internationally in demand as speakers on the subject. Growing up in this atmosphere, he developed a deep appreciation for the importance of nurturing the whole person -- mind, body and spirit.

Bob received an accredited Master of Arts degree in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology from Johnston College in 1978. In 1986 he founded The Human Potential Center (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization), and has served as its Director since that time.
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Personal Growth Sessions are normally scheduled on weekday afternoons, though some evening or weekend appointments may also be available. To schedule a session, call (512) 441-8988 or email
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Other Services

Personal Growth Sessions are just one of our wellness-oriented services. The Human Potential Center provides a variety of services for people who want to tap the creativity, love and playfulness of the human spirit.

We offer lectures and workshops on various personal-growth topics, Massage for Wellness, 20 to 30 personal-growth activities a month, and a chance to build a sense of connection and community with other like-minded people who are committed to self-exploration and personal growth. For more information or a current newsletter, contact:

The Human Potential Center
2007 Bert Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-8988
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