Learn more about our highly skilled and friendly counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in South Austin, TX.
Andrew Brandt, LPC
Andrew Brandt is an empathetic and warm Licensed Professional Counselor. He earned a Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. He has been a licensed clinician in the state of Texas since 2016. Andrew has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents of all ages as well as adults. He is also experienced in working with families and couples. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coupled with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques in order to help clients understand and work through a wide range of issues. He has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Andrew is passionate about helping people to understand that mental illness does not mean that an individual is “broken” and that with hard work they can live a happier, more fulfilled life. He places immense value in the power of the individual and strives to help clients to recognize their strength and value. Andrew’s personal passions include exercise, spending time outdoors and cheering on his favorite sports teams – the Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, and the Green Bay Packers.
Andrew's Areas of Specialty:
- Mood Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Crisis Management
- Relationships, couples and family issues
Jennifer Fuller, LPC
Jennifer Fuller works with adults that are experiencing symptoms caused by anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma and grief. My therapeutic approach is person-centered and solution-focused, based on cognitive techniques and each client’s individual needs.
She believes that we all have the capacity to live happier and healthier lives, but because of past trauma or current circumstances, we lose sight of our own strengths and uniqueness. Exploring how a person’s thoughts or beliefs impact their feelings and behaviors is a critical aspect of making changes. In many cases, uncomfortable feelings and maladaptive behaviors are a result of negative beliefs, and reframing those negative beliefs, whether they are newly formed or decades old, is a skill that can be learned and applied to any aspect of your life.
Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor as a second career and believes her life experiences as a wife, mother and professional have been immeasurable in helping her to understand and fully appreciate life’s stressors. Ms. Fuller obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University and a master’s degree in psychology from Capella University. In addition to private practice, she has worked in residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities, grief support, and intensive inpatient and outpatient therapy settings.
- Adults only
- Grief and Loss
- Life transitions
- Substance abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
Dr. Mandy Barrett, LPC, RPT
Dr. Mandy Barrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. In working with clients, she takes an approach that builds on the notion that, given the right conditions, all people are capable of being loving, creative, and knowledgeable. She provides non-judgmental services and believes in the importance of meeting a client where they are and in turn tailoring her work as a therapist to fit the unique needs of her clients. Dr. Barrett works from a holistic model that focuses on the clients’ overall personal growth and wellness, not just the identified problem. She is passionate about play therapy and helping parents/caregivers strengthen their relationships with children through the use of Positive Discipline Parent Coaching.
In addition to working with children and families, Dr. Barrett also works with adolescents, young adults, and adults. She most frequently applies Person-Centered, Synergetic, Adlerian and Cognitive Behavioral theories to her work with clients to facilitate self-understanding and change.
During her time as a counselor, Dr. Barrett has gained experience providing clinical services to individuals, couples, parents, children, and groups. Her experience comes from working in a community agency, college counseling centers, inpatient and private practice settings. She has helped clients with a variety of issues including, attention deficit and hyperactive behaviors, anger, anxiety, behavior difficulties, divorce, grief/bereavement, parenting concerns, and social issues. She also worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Holy Cross where she taught undergraduate psychology courses and graduate courses in play therapy.
Dr. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Doctoral degree in Counseling from The University of Holy Cross. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
Mandy’s Clinical Expertise
- Child Therapy/Play Therapy (ages 2-10)
- Adjustment Issues (divorce, death, moving, and siblings)
- Parent-Child Relationship Building/Filial Therapy
- Parent Education and Coaching
- Behavioral Issues
- Social skills development
Gina Carlino, LPC
Gina Carlino is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works with clients who need support while they or their family member has either a dual diagnosis, or is struggling with an addiction such as drug or alcohol abuse. She is passionate about working with families and helping to rebuild trust in relationships. Gina has specialized training in working with couples to enhance their communications.
Gina is a graduate of the Texas State University Counseling Education program. Her work with clients spans a variety of issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, and family/relationship issues. She has a special affinity for working with the elderly and their end-of-life issues. If your loved one has Alzheimer's and you need support, then contact Gina Carlino for a consultation.
Areas of Specialty:
- Grief and Loss
- Aging and end-of-life issues
- Alzheimers support
- Bipolar Disorder
- Pain Management
- Relationship, couple and family issues
- Drug and alcohol abuse
Charmaine Kerr Mattocks, LCSW
Charmaine V. Kerr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of Western Michigan University. She has lived all over and is also state licensed for Social Work in Georgia. Her passion is working with children, teens, couples and families to help them to become healthy families and display healthy relationships. She was formerly a Military Life Counselor so she understands the impact of deployment and reintegration on the active duty or veteran soldier and their families. Charmaine believes that her clients are the experts in their lives and that she is here to therapeutically guide them with proven tactics and tools so that her clients achieve the outcomes they desire.
- Child and Adolescent Counseling
- Veteran/Military Issues
- Women's Issues
- Cultural and Ethnic Issues
- LGBTQIA concerns
- Marital Counseling
- Anger Management
- Relationship and Couple's Counseling
Kelly Pedersen, LPC-S
8Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a transformative shift in your life? Acknowledging that our personal history often obscures rather than informs who we are, Kelly specializes in redefining perception: assisting individuals with trauma recovery & couples with intimacy-rebuilding with insight and useful techniques for bypassing roadblocks. She helps people hone their anger management skills and address the flip side of the coin: initiating the healing process after someone has endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as a technique to treat PTSD, and she assesses trauma through the dual lenses of spirituality and culture. She also uses CBT and DBT in her therapeutic processes.
"Stuck" situations require creative solutions! Solving a problem in isolation isn't easy, which is why collaboration with an experienced counselor can prove invaluable. The details of each person’s thinking may be varied and unique in every case, but Kelly believes that what is really important is the sense of being enough…sufficient…responsible…capable as yourself…on top of the situation. When the work goes well (which certainly is the intention) the outcome will be the same: an increase in the sense of one’s own ability to manage life, and a feeling of growth and empowerment.
Kelly has a clear approach to counseling with people and it relates to what she sees as the ideal outcome of such work. The highest goal, the gold standard of good counseling, is an increase in client morale, a significant growth of feeling competent and confident to work with the feelings and situations that brought you to counseling in the first place. A good counseling relationship has worked when one hears, “You know, I think I can handle this now. I feel a lot better and think I know what to work on and what to do.”
As a counselor, Kelly strives to encourage a therapeutic connection that serves as a "secure base", enabling you to challenge your misconceptions about yourself and refocus on your strengths. She believes that accessing new experiences in the context a therapeutic relationship can help us rewire our brains-and our lives.
Kelly an LPC-Supervisor, graduated from The University of Texas -San Antonio with a M.A. in Counseling in 2004. Kelly is a member of American Mensa and founder of the South Austin Pickleball League. In her spare time, she enjoys taking cold water swims at Barton Springs and Deep Eddy.
- Couples Therapy
- Relationship Counseling/Partner Issues
- Managing Life Transitions
- College Transitions
- LGBTQ Coming Out to Parents and Family Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Geriatric Issues
- Christian Counseling
- Religious and Spiritual Counseling
- Client- Ages 14 and above
Melinda Dixon, LMFT
I am a special type of marriage and family therapist who loves working with your littlest one! My work experience includes providing individual therapy to children in a school setting, conducting family therapy sessions and developing individualized treatment plans for the client’s needs. I can help you develop a positive relationship with the school/staff/teachers who impact your child and their ability to successfully learn in a classroom setting. I provide counseling tailored to the unique pressures and stresses of being a foster and/or adoptive parent and can provide family, child and parent emotional support during this transition.
My goal is to help your family work in a more harmonious way. I do enjoy helping children and families struggling with a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges. Some examples of these difficulties are: trouble at school, anxiety, grief, abuse, stress, oppositional behaviors, sibling conflict, attachment disorders, trauma related issues, ADD/ADHD and divorce. My therapeutic style is warm and accepting.
If you are seeking a supportive and nurturing therapist who has experience with very young children, then call me. Or if you are a parent needing guidance in establishing rules and structure in the home, I believe I can truly help you. Parent training and parent coaching for parents of infants and toddlers are also offered. I have session availabilities in the early evenings.
- Children and teens, ages 3-18 years old
- Parent Coaching/Training for parents of toddlers
- Anger management and problem solving skills solutions
- Family Therapy for all ages
- Work with foster and adoptive parents
- Work with children who have been removed from their home of origin
- Conduct strengths based assessment of families to identify needs of child
- Attachment-based family therapy
- Mothers with postpartum depression
- Pregnant moms with or without prenatal issues