Our Counselors – Georgetown, TX


Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson, PsyD, LP

Amanda Johnson has been a practicing psychologist since 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. As part of her doctorate work, she earned specialty minors in assessment and forensic psychology. She has served as the Director of the Texas Psychological Association’s Division of Forensic Practice. She has worked in various settings, including the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Colorado Assessment and Treatment Center, Regis University, and Catholic Charities.

Amanda’s approach to therapy is based on several therapeutic models, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral, and Relational. She uses a collaborative, goal-directed approach, meaning that you will work with her together to identify your specific treatment goals and regularly evaluate how well therapy is helping you to reach those goals. An individualized plan is developed based on your unique needs; there are no “cookie cutter” approaches.

Amanda provides individual therapy in the following specialty areas:

  • Military, veterans, and families
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation Training

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Jo Vendl

Jo Vendl, PsyD, LP

Jo Vendl has been a practicing psychologist since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M and her master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. While pursuing her master’s degree, she specialized in International Disaster Psychology, where she worked with victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, and refugees. She worked with children in foster and adoption services in Sarajevo and Bosnia. While working for her doctorate, she specialized in child and family therapy with particular interest in treating children and adults with trauma, abuse and neglect histories.

Jo’s practice focuses on client-centered treatment with a relational and interpersonal approach. She works to understand the client’s unique identity, values, and perspectives as they apply to their individual and family based struggles. In her work with children and families, she facilitates growth, communication, and understanding of each individual within the family system. For children struggling with behavioral problems, she provides a more behaviorally based intervention that supports parents and children in learning how to replace unwanted behaviors. With adult clients, she specializes in providing a cognitive and interpersonal approach that focuses on exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that cause conflict and distress in their lives. For clients who have experienced a traumatic event, abuse, neglect, and/or disaster, war, terrorism, she provides trauma focused cognitive behavioral
therapy, narrative therapy, and recovery focused trauma treatment for all ages.

Jo Vendl provides individual therapy for adults, children and adolescents. Her specialties include:

  • Psychological testing
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Aspergers

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Melissa Gould

Melissa Gould, LCSW-S

Melissa Gould is a native Texan and retired from the United States’ Air Force (USAF) in December 2015. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with a BS degree in Advertising; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 with an MA in Religious Education; and The University of Texas at Arlington in 1991 with an MS in Social Work. Before being commissioned into the USAF in 1995, she was a medical and psychiatric social worker in the Boston area from 1991-1995. In the Air Force, she served for twenty years at five stateside and two overseas assignments as well as two deployments to Afghanistan (2006) and Iraq (2007). Melissa received specialized training for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive-Processing Therapies) while stationed at Langley AFB, VA. She currently provides tele-therapy to missionaries in foreign countries who have experienced trauma and/or adjustment difficulties in the field.

Melissa’s approach to therapy is starting with a thorough assessment of the client or couple followed by a client-centered and developed treatment plan. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapies to help her patients meet their treatment goals.

Melissa works with adult individuals, couples, and families. Among her areas of expertise are:

  • Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adjustment to illness, empty nest, retirement, separation and divorce
  • Mood Disorders (i.e. depression and anxiety)
  • Substance Abuse

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Stephanie Vidrine

Stephanie Vidrine, PhD

Dr. Vidrine is a post-doctoral fellow with more than 12 years of experience as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She obtained her master’s/specialist’s degree in School Psychology from Texas State University in 2002 and worked on behalf of children with disabilities in central Texas public schools until 2013. Recently graduating with her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, she returned to central Texas to complete an APA-accredited, clinical health psychology internship with Baylor Scott & White in Temple, Texas focusing on children and adolescents. Stephanie specializes in providing in-depth evaluation, consultation, and therapy tailored to the needs of those she serves. With her expertise in school-related matters, she is an excellent resource for parents, professionals, and school district personnel as well. Her extensive clinical experience with autism and developmental disorders, ADHD, depression and anxiety disorders, OCD, reading and learning disabilities, problem behavior, and neuropsychological assessment gives her special insight to provide the most effective, individualized recommendations and treatment.

Dr. Vidrine has worked with families from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds including military (active-duty and veteran), Spanish-speaking, and bilingual with diverse strengths and needs. For those coping with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, migraine, or pediatric pain), she can partner with families and physicians to develop wrap-around care and management plans. Dr. Vidrine uses a biopsychosocial framework for developing assessment and treatment designs—this means she considers medical or genetic factors; psychological, cognitive, and emotional functioning; and educational/family systems and how these affect each individual. She is looking forward to serving parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults in Georgetown and the surrounding areas.

Stephanie provides both therapy and psychological testing and assessment for children, adolescents and adults.

Testing areas:

  • Autism and related disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior problems/disorders
  • Bilingualism
  • Dyslexia/Reading disability
  • Executive function
  • Emotional/mood disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Neuropsychology

Therapy specialties:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Depression
  • Educational consultation
  • Mindfulness
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (exposure and ritual prevention)
  • Parenting/Parent training
  • Separation anxiety

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Teresa Adcock

Teresa Adcock, LCSW-S

Theresa Adcock has been a practicing therapist since 2006. Teresa grew up in a military family at many duty stations around the world. She earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Working with infants, children, and adolescents were of particular interest to me.

She practiced at CAPES (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Evaluation Services at Fort Hood), Scott and White Hospital, Dialysis Clinics, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Her approach to therapy draws from the solution focused, cognitive behavioral, rational emotive as well as mindfulness models. Her approach is eclectic and dependent on the individual needs of the client. She has a large medical background which allows her to help you determine if any of your mental health symptoms might be medically related.

Teresa works with children and adolescents 3 and up and their families, individual adults and couples. Her specialty areas include:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-polar

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Angela Ziskis

Dr. Angela Ziskis, LP

Dr. Angela Ziskis is Licensed Psychologist. She has lived in the Austin area since 2012 and is a native Houstonian. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Northwestern University and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University.

Dr. Ziskis enjoys working with adults and adolescents and has clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. Her approach to therapy is person-centered, that is creating an open and honest environment to get to know you, your strengths, and your struggles. Together, she will create a treatment plan with you that will enable you to use your strengths to achieve your life goals. Dr. Ziskis is trained to provide evidence-based treatments, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She often uses components of a variety of therapies to best suit your needs.

Specialities:

  • Adolescents (Age 13+)
  • Adults
  • Anxiety to include Social Anxiety and OCD
  • Mood- Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders such as Borderline
  • DBT
  • Grief and loss
  • PTSD
  • Substance abuse and relapse prevention

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Linda Mikesic, LCSW/LCDC

Linda is licensed in clinical social work and as a chemical dependency counselor. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master's in Social Work from the Texas State University. Linda has treated hundreds of clients and their families for the past 18 years who have struggled with both addiction and mental health issues.   Linda believes in treating the entire family system when possible. She also believes that it is important to get to the core issues that are often underlying the addiction. Linda finds exploration of family of origin roles and rules helpful in relation to behaviors in the present. Becoming aware of survival mechanisms can help clients understand how they learned to survive by self-medicating with substances or other compulsive behaviors without attaching shame. In her work with clients she emphasizes staying safe in the present by learning diverse positive coping strategies to help manage triggers and stress. Linda has experience working in individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Her clinical experience includes working in residential settings, outpatient settings, as well as adolescent group homes.

Linda specializes in the following domains:

  • Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Co-dependency
  • Crisis and Trauma (PTSD)
  • DBT
  • EMDR
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Couples Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety and Depression

 

Linda utilizes diverse approaches to meet the client where they are and individualizes treatment to promote success and positive change for all clients served.

Articles by Linda:
Why is asking for help so hard?

An interview with Linda:

How do I know if I have a substance use disorder or a process addiction?

In general, if you are having problems in any major life area (i.e. family or legal problems) that correlates with the compulsive behavior, you may be developing an addiction. The development of an addiction may be occurring when the change of behaviors such as drinking, sex, codependency, workaholism, eating, drug abuse, gambling, gaming, internet use or chatting become obligatory and you find that you are spending more and more time in that behavior. It is repeating the same behaviors over and over that do not work and expecting different results.

What is recovery?

Recovery involves acceptance of the situation followed by change and transformation. Recovery is highly personal and what works for one individual may be different than what works for the next person.

What should I treat first, my addiction or my depression?

It is important to treat both the addiction and the mental health together.

Why is it sometimes important to go to the past in therapy? I thought I was supposed to stay in the present?

When past events impact your present world, such as having low self -esteem or you are self-medicating with substances or other destructive behaviors to avoid emotional pain, it can be helpful to work through these issues to become more present and less defined by your past.

What can I do to help my loved one who is struggling from an addiction?

It will be vital to learn the difference between healthy support and toxic enabling. Being consistent with one’s boundaries, allowing natural consequences to occur, and getting your own support is essential to the change process.

What is codependency?

Anything that takes you away from your own feelings is codependency. The focus is on the other person rather than on yourself. You become obsessed on what the other person is doing or not doing. Your needs rarely get identified or met.

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Thriveworks Counseling
4749 Williams Dr #301
Georgetown, TX 78633

Tel : (512) 400-4069

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM
Sat-Sun: 8AM-5PM

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