Learn more about our highly skilled and friendly counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in South Austin, TX.
Abe Clabby, LPC
** Abe is available for online sessions
Abe Clabby is a warm and compassionate Licensed Professional Counselor. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA for a Master's in Counseling from St. Edward's University, where he spent an extra semester on their Marriage and Family Therapy courses. Abe spent the last six years at the Love Is Respect hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where he has seen the best and the worst that family and relationships have to offer. In postgraduate training like the Gottman Method, he found what some couples do that makes them thrive. They're things that help with a partner, but they also help with our parents, our jobs, and our friends.
Abe works with a lot of good-hearted people. They're compassionate and want to do good in the world and to help people they love. Caring people can be taken for granted, taken advantage of, and even hurt and used. They can be left feeling empty, unfulfilled, and unloved. But with the right mindset, boundaries, and self-care, they can be respected, appreciated, and live a life that they're proud of. Abe helps people care for others and in turn, care for themselves. With therapy, people can troubleshoot their troubles in jobs and relationships. We all have more options than we realize.
Abe uses Motivational Interviewing in a Client-Centered way, empowering people to change the Narrative and find an Existential purpose for what they do and using the tools of CBT to get around the obstacles where people feel stuck. Special new client rates of $110 intake and $100 follow up
- Ages 13 +
- Healthy Boundaries
- Making and Improving Friendships
- Couples Therapy (new relationships welcome)
- Recovery from Abuse & Trauma
- Seeking Purpose
Cathy Morey, LPC, RPT
** Cathy is available for online sessions
Cathy is a Licensed Professional Therapist and Registered Play Therapist.
Cathy has 30 years of experience in the mental health field, working with children, teens, and adults all over the world. She has been involved with grassroot start ups of 4 businesses, managed her own private practice, been the Clinical Director of 4 facilities and most recently, the Executive Director of a facility involved with survivors of sex trafficking. Growing up in Latin America, Cathy is fluent in Spanish, holds several Master's degrees, and is licensed in two states. She has expertise in EMDR, TF-CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, TBRI, and other modalities for survivors of violent crimes. She is also Gottman trained to work with couples and relationship issues.
Cathy is passionate about working with survivors of all ages (4-100) involved in natural disasters, violent crimes, such as sex and human trafficking, Military PTSD, and other PTSD or traumas.
- Ages 4-100
- Trauma survivors
- Crisis Intervention
- Violent crime recovery (PTSD, sex trafficking, violent crime, refugees, etc.)
- Couples and relationship issues
- Relationship recovery (marriage,family issues, Staff/business conflict resolution)
- Spanish fluency
Andrew Brandt, LPC
** Andrew is available for online sessions
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 is available for online sessions
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
Charmaine Mattocks, LCSW
** Charmaine is available for online sessions
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
Erin Schovanec, LPC
** Erin is available for online sessions
Erin Schovanec is an expressive and creative Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and Master of Arts degree in Dance / Movement Therapy, Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.
Erin has been a licensed clinician in New Mexico since 2006 and recently relocated to Texas in 2019. Erin’s clinical experience has ranged in various treatment settings including outpatient therapy, Treatment Foster Care, and residential treatment. She has served children, adolescents and adults experiencing symptoms related to attachment, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Her clinical approach is solution focused, person-centered, with the utilization of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral techniques. In addition, as a movement therapist, Erin’s therapeutic approach stems from a mind-body perspective, in that there is an inner relationship between the physical body, our thoughts and emotions. In order to heal, one has to “move through” challenging barriers with open awareness and self compassion to develop a deeper understanding of one’s self. This healing process contributes to more meaningful relationships and greater connection to self and others.
Erin’s personal hobbies include dancing, teaching group exercise and running.
- Ages 3+
- Children and Adolescent Counseling
- Mood Disorders
- Life transitions
- Substance abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
Melinda Dixon, LMFT
** Melinda is available for online sessions
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
Kimberly Dillon, LPC
** Kimber is available for online sessions
Kimber Dillon is a native Texan who graduated with her Masters of Counseling from Sam Houston State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20+ years of clinical experience. She specializes in Trauma Therapy for all ages, including the utilization of EMDR.
She has a speciality for working with young clients through trauma or other life events. She works with all ages for disaster victims or crime victims. Kimber is experienced in Play Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Counseling, and Person-Centered Therapy. Kimber believes in providing a safe place for everyone, including the GLBTQ community, and guiding people to become their own ultimate safe place.
- Ages 3+
- Couples and Families
- PTSD and other Trauma
- Sexual abuse
- Childhood trauma
- GLBTQ and allies
- Workplace Issues
- Marital discord/separation/divorce
- Play therapy
- EMDR Certified level 2
- Stress Management
- Anxiety/Depression/Bipolar Disorder
- Polyamorous/Kink Friendly
- 1st Responders/Military/Veterans
- Substance Abuse
Kelly Pedersen, LPC-S
** Kelly is available for online sessions
Ready 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
Gina Carlino, LPC
** Gina is available for online sessions
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