Thriveworks is proud to offer six locations in Austin, Texas

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North Austin | Southwest Austin | West Lake Hills | Pflugerville | Bastrop | Cedar Park

North Austin

7701 N. Lamar Blvd.
Suite 206
Austin, TX 78752


Brigitte Tyree

Brigitte Tyree, RN, BSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP

Brigitte has been a nurse since 1998. She returned to school recently and completed her Psychiatric Mental Health training at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2017. Her prior clinical experiences include psychiatric-mental health, medical-surgical, telemetry, and mother-baby.

Brigitte will prescribe psychiatric medications by following research-based protocols that are proven to help clients. She will meet with you until you are stable on your meds, whether that is weekly, monthly, or quarterly for best outcomes. Her intake sessions are about an hour and follow up sessions are a half-hour. Brigitte will spend more time with you than other medical professionals to assure she is getting a complete understanding of your history, current medications and future goals.

Here are some of Brigitte’s passions: Working with drug or alcohol clients that have a dual diagnosis with mental illness. She does see trauma and PTSD clients as well as foster care clients and teens suffering with depression. Brigitte will also treat these type of clients: Bipolar disorder with and without mania, major depressive disorder with or without psychotic features, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder (depressive/manic), anxiety disorders, disruptive mood disorder, and autism. If you have one of these diagnosed disorders, or others, please call me for medication support now.

Brigitte’s Specialties:

  • Individuals Ages 12-50
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorders
  • Autism
  • Disruptive Mood disorder
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Foster children
  • ADD/ADHD

Kelly Pedersen, LPC-S

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.

Kelly's Specialties:

  • 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

Rebecca Canter, LPC, LCDC

Looking for an experienced clinician that can work through addictions, autism, or other developmental issues? Rebecca Canter has earned both Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor licenses. Her focus is with children, teens, couples and family dealing with a multitude of issues. Some examples are: young adults newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), special needs, learning disabilities, and parents needing positive discipline parent training. Additionally, she works with clients battling anxiety, depression and bipolar diagnoses.

Rebecca graduated from St. Edward's University with a Master's in Counseling, (dual concentration in License Professional Counselor and License Marital and Family Therapist). She has a Bachelor's of Science is in Elementary Education with a concentration in Disability Studies. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience working with ASD clients and their family members.

Rebecca works with clients as young as age 4 years old. She has evening and weekend hours available to accommodate your schedule.If you feel that your family is in crisis, she can help you navigate your situation to help you find real solutions.

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Aspergers
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Family Therapy
  • Transition
  • Trauma

Adam Paine, LCSW

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adam helps clients develop pro-active coping skills to gain mastery over intense emotions and behaviors. Adam has a special interest in working with male clients who are looking for a healthy and balanced path to communicate and thrive amongst the abundance of conflicting ideologies regarding contemporary masculinity. Adam is passionate about physical fitness and meditation and incorporates these elements into a holistic approach to improve overall well-being.

Adam began his career in Michigan and received his Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Adam then continued his career in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a community based therapist and completed extensive training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy with BRIEF London.

In additional to Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Adam uses a strengths-based perspective and incorporates elements of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy into his practice.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Men’s’ Issues
  • Families
  • Anger Management
  • Assertive Communication

Corinne Arlès, LPC

Corinne Arlès is Licensed Professional Counselor and trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist. Corinne provides children, families and adults with a unique approach to solving problems and reframing their lives. Through a balance of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy, Corinne creates an environment that leads the client to new understanding of oneself and ultimately healing. Corinne works with children through play therapy, sand tray and other creative modalities and provides supportive, family work through parent psycho-educational training. Many adults have found creative approaches to counseling a deeper way to reframe their lives and access growth.

Corinne is an experienced clinician, having worked with countless children and families in a variety of settings (schools, non-profits, clinics) in New York, Boston, and Paris, France. Corinne is a French-American and fluent French speaker. Her unique training allows her to guide clients in their preferred methods of expression to obtain new areas of healing often not accessible through verbal communication. She believes in the power of the creative arts and counseling to facilitate communication, personal growth and healing.

Areas of specialty:

  • Children
  • Families
  • Women
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Modification
  • Grief
  • Phobias
  • Divorce/Blended Family Issues
  • Anger Management

***Available for online or video counseling.


Janet “Kaye” Love, LPC

Janet "Kaye" Love, LPC is focused to help you alleviate distress by developing ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that increase your experience of well-being. She focuses on potential solutions instead of problems, which helps you move towards your goals. Kaye will help you understand the dynamics of your situation, and discover how your thoughts and beliefs affect your emotions and behaviors. You will learn to observe your thoughts, revise limiting conditioning, develop new ways of thinking that evoke more positive emotions, and become more able to resolve issues independently. Her approach blends Solution Focused, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Psycho-educational, and Mindfulness-based techniques.

Kaye is experienced in working with youth, parents, and families as well as individual adults. She provides play therapy for children ages six to ten. Kaye has over eight years of experience working with individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder, in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation. Additionally, Kaye is a Distance Credentialed Counselor who provides services through online video conferencing to Texas residents who desire to receive services in the comfort of their own home.

Clinical expertise:

  • Family conflict
  • Academic stress
  • Work stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • And more, too.

Kaye's formal education includes a Master of Social Work and an MBA from UT-Arlington. She is also a Texas board certified Educator, (Early Childhood-Grade12 Special Education, plus a EC-Grade 4 Generalist) as well as a Board Certified Coach and a Licensed Master Social Worker.

***Available for online or video counseling.


Michelle Heward, LCSW

Michelle Heward, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a special interest working with the rewarding client base of current and former military members. She has worked within the military culture at the TXANG at Camp Mabry, where she helped soldiers experiencing adjustment reactions, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Michelle believes in early intervention on trauma based stress; and helping individuals identify triggers and coping strategies for physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of military related trauma.

Michelle enjoys working with College and University students who have issues related to life transitions from home to college/university, which may include depression and anxiety symptoms, while balancing the pressures of school and extracurricular activities.

As a graduate from the University of Houston with a Master’s degree in Social Work, Michelle’s clinical approach is from a client’s strengths perspective. Her focus is within a holistic method of care, which can include talk therapy, medication discussions, creative outlets such as music, writing, and art as therapy; exercise, yoga, and self-care techniques. Michelle believes her clients are the “expert” on their life, but they may need some professional guidance to successfully navigate through it.

Michelle has a clear understanding of the medical model and working within the healthcare environment, as her practice includes working with children, teens, and adults in an outpatient medical clinic setting. Michelle is accepting new clients ages 10 and older.

Michelle’s Area of Specialties:

  • Active Duty or Retired Military members and their families
  • Post-deployment family and service member integration
  • College age young adults
  • Adolescents
  • Couples counseling
  • Life stressors and adjustments
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Issues related to work-life balance for working moms and stay-at-home moms
  • Women with health related issues
  • Postpartum depression
  • Conversational Spanish speaking

Kristin  Frederiksen

Kristin J. Frederiksen, LCSW

Kris Fredericksen is licensed clinical social worker and native Texan. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M in psychology and her Masters of Science of Social Work at The University of Texas in Austin. She has extensive experience teaching parents effective discipline methods that builds and repairs relationships with their children. She is sensitive to sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, religious or spiritual affiliation, and has specialized training supporting the LGBTQ, transgendered and gender variant communities. She partners with clients to find viable solutions within their existing framework, skills and abilities to improve their mental and emotional states and life circumstances.

Kris treats symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, ADHD, mood and affect disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, self-harm, family dysfunction, relationship issues, domestic violence, and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. She uses a variety of techniques such as art therapy, games, role-play, music, projects, toys as well as spontaneous ideas brought in by clients and/or brainstormed in session.

Kris works with children (ages 5 to 17) and families, adults to age 65, and couples. She has been successful at building a trusting rapport and working relationship with most clients including teenagers who are skeptical of therapists and therapy.

Bring yourself as you are, for an assessment intent on addressing the issues most important to you. Kris will walk beside you through your struggles and challenges until you are ready to walk individually knowing you are capable and valuable.

Kris’ specialties:

  • Children ages 5 to 17, adults, couples and families
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Anxiety/depression/mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Family dysfunction/relationship issues

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
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Relationship, couple and family issues
  • Dual-diagnosis
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

Selena Tyler

Selena Tyler, LPC

Needing a new way to alleviate distress and emotional discomfort? Selena Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor who can teach new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that can increase overall health and well-being. She has a keen ability to assist those struggling from addictions, plus their family members who are impacted by those same addictions. Selena works with couples on a variety of issues, and is Gottman Level I and II trained for couples work.

Selena focuses on identifying values and learning ways to develop a value-driven life. She can help guide you during difficult situations and to learn new ways of having a different relationship with troublesome situations. Selena does offer mindfulness based skills so you can observe your thoughts and emotions in a more positive light.

Selena is a graduate of St. Edwards University with a Masters in Counseling. Her practice includes working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Couples or Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Therapy
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce/blended family issues

Deborah H. Roberson, M.A., NCC, LPC

Debbie Roberson‘s specialty is working with individuals who want to set and achieve their goals in their personal and professional lives. As a former Texas A&M University Career Center director and director of career services at Virginia College at Austin, she has extensive experience working with individuals beginning their careers and with career changers at mid-life looking for a more fulfilling career.

She is a career-changer herself, coming into the field of counseling after 13 years in the pharmaceutical sales industry, so she personally experienced many of the same concerns as her clients.

Debbie provides career counseling and life coaching for:

  • Resolving personal issues that impact work life
  • Developing self-management skills
  • Developing interpersonal skills
  • Certified controlled separation coach
  • Overcoming barriers that are obstacles to personal goal achievement
  • Provides assessments and results for career indecision
  • Women undergoing separation and divorce who need to get back into the world of work
  • High school juniors and seniors with college major and college selection decisions

9701 Brodie Ln., #205

Austin, TX 78748


Keeley Crowfoot

Dr. Keeley Crowfoot, PhD

Dr. Keeley Crowfoot, originally from Colorado, obtained her doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles.
Throughout her training, Dr. Crowfoot worked in a variety of settings around Los Angeles including Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach in the Minorities Overcoming Risk program, community mental health including Western Youth Services and The Gary Center. After moving to Austin, Dr. Crowfoot has worked in adolescent correctional programs including Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center and Travis County Juvenile Probation as well as in community mental health at InMindOut Emotional Wellness Center and most recently at Austin State Hospital in their forensic program.

Dr. Crowfoot has training and experience working with a range of mental health concerns including trauma, mood disorders, adolescent adjustment, conduct disorder, substance abuse, and family dynamics.

In her spare time, Dr. Crowfoot loves to enjoy the outdoors with her two dogs or spend time at the yoga studio either taking or teaching a class!


Melissa Siebert

Dr. Melissa Siebert, Psy.D

Dr. Melissa Siebert is a provisionally licensed psychologist under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Levy. She was educated at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, receiving a doctorate in clinical forensic psychology. Dr. Siebert completed an APPIC approved internship at Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center where she worked with correctional staff, probation officers, parents, teachers, and administration to provide quality treatment to the juveniles placed at the facility. Her clinical interests include trauma, offending behaviors, mood disorders, personality disorders, relationship issues, and phase of life transitions. Although Dr. Siebert does have specialized training in forensic psychology, she also enjoys working with adolescents and adults with a range of problems from all walks of life.


Ellen Fredericks

Ellen Fredericks, M.A., LPC

Ellen Fredericks is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual therapy to people with a range of concerns. She offers a fresh perspective and a safe space for inner exploration and growth to occur. Her presence is calm and nurturing, aiming to understand, validate, and promote self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Ellen recognizes the complexity of each problem and can help to make growth and healing a more comfortable process by being attentive to each person’s unique situation and needs. She uses a mindful, holistic approach, enhancing clients’ inner wisdom and personal needs with her extensive knowledge about mental health concerns and treatment approaches.

Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University. She has experience working with individuals in psychiatric crisis, those experiencing domestic violence, and people with substance use issues. She has provided individual and group therapy to people with a range of mental health concerns including mood regulation, anxiety, delusions and distortions of reality, and difficulty recovering from traumatic experiences.


Liz Levy

Liz Levy, PhD

Dr. Liz Levy is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in the Austin area for the past 14 years. She has provided outpatient and inpatient psychotherapy services to adults, couples and groups and is a contracted provider with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, offering psychological and developmental evaluations to a diverse population including clients from varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Columbia University, where Dr. Levy was also a researcher for a joint Columbia and Cornell Medical Center Consortium examining the relationship between stress and social support in women. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in counseling psychology, and has extensive training and interest in psychodynamic theory and technique. Dr. Levy believes that everyone can benefit from therapy to address the challenges that ebb and flow across our life span.

Dr. Levy’s Specialties:

  • Psychological testing
  • Mood disorders
  • Women’s issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting
  • Fertility and pregnancy loss
  • Chronic illness

Erin Scarth

Erin E. Scarth, PsyD, M.S.S.W

Dr. Erin E. Scarth is a trained clinical psychologist. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology. She earned her M.S.S.W. in Social Work from The University of Texas in 2002. In 2011, Dr. Scarth obtained her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Scarth has worked in various settings including foster care, nursing homes, private practice,
residential treatment facilities, community mental health centers, sexual trauma treatment centers, schools, partial hospitalization programs, emergency shelters, juvenile justice facilities, and colleges. Dr. Scarth has worked in a diverse array of clinical settings and with diverse client populations. Dr. Scarth is skilled at working with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Scarth also specializes in working with issues of:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Crisis and trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Children and families
  • Behavioral problems
  • Developmental and learning disabilities
  • Psychological assessment

 

Dr. Scarth utilizes cognitive behavioral therapies to tailor a clinical approach to the individual strengths of the client. Dr. Scarth believes that the client is the expert on their needs and personality and that treatment is only effective if the client and therapist work in partnership with one another to meet treatment goals.


Stacy LaPointe

Stacy LaPointe, M.A., LPC

Stacy LaPointe has been working as a psychotherapist since she earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in San Marcos. Stacy has experience with adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups working in a variety of settings including outpatient and in-home counseling.

Specializing in working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ and trauma, Stacy has extensive training and experience with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma focused CBT, family systems and relational cultural.

Her primary approach is relational/attachment, which involves the exploration of early relationship patterns and current relational functioning with an awareness of larger social and political influences.

Stacy is trained in Career Assessment Inventory and is also a certified mediator. Passionate about working alongside individuals to help them navigate areas in their lives where they are feeling stuck, Stacy feels privileged to be invited on an individual’s journey of self discovery and witness their empowerment and growth.


Gabriela T. Mora

Gabriela T. Mora, LPC

Gabriela T. Mora is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in social services for over 15 years. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults and families. She has worked with clients in various settings such as healthcare, education, criminal justice & early childhood programs. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin and completed her clinical internship with Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Family Violence Prevention Services.

She is compassionate and provides a safe, nurturing place where clients are comfortable and feel supported while on path to emotional and overall wellness. Gabriela utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and person centered theories. She uses play therapy, mindfulness and attachment theories to assist and support children & improve parent child relationships. Gabriela focuses on the therapeutic relationship to help clients work towards their goals and promote positive changes.

She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and affective disorders. Other areas of interest include ADHD, anxiety in children, relationship issues, domestic violence and abuse. She has experience working with diverse populations, multicultural issues and also provides services to Spanish speaking populations.


West Lake Hills

5524 Bee Caves Rd., Suite #K4
Austin, TX 78746


Gabriela Núñez

Gabriela Núñez, PsyD, LPC

Dr. Núñez is a bilingual/bicultural Spanish-speaking therapist committed to providing better mental health care for Latinx populations as well as diverse populations in ethnicity, sexual preference, ability, and socioeconomic status. In 2015, she graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Furthermore, she successfully completed her training in the APA accredited internship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and fellowship at the University of Texas/Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. Dr. Núñez is trained in evidence-based therapies to include: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She uses a time-limited and collaborative approach to therapy that is client-centered, strengths-based, and client-driven. Her specialties include:

  • Mood disorders such as Anxiety and Depression
  • Relationship and/or couple’s problems
  • Family conflict
  • Children’s misconduct and oppositional behavior
  • Adolescent misconduct or problems with sexuality, truancy, and other risky or deviant behavior
  • Trauma (divorce, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

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Susannah Kirksey

Susannah Kirksey, LPC

Susannah Kirksey is an EMDR-Trained Licensed Professional Counselor and Executive Coach with over 8 years professional counseling and over 20 years of coaching and personal psychoanalytic work.

Susannah draws from integrative therapeutic modalities to treat a broad population, from individuals, couples, and children, to adolescents, families and seniors. She specializes in a proven clinical modality called EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing). EMDR is the most effective treatment for treating PTSD/Trauma and for improving cognitive performance.  EMDR uses the power of the brain to create lasting sustainable change. By eliminating life-long, self-defeating patterns and internal roadblocks that hold you back, EMDR can help you find freedom from suffering and transform your life.  Click here for more information about EMDR.

Susannah holds a Masters of Arts in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. She integrates cognitive, psychodynamic, mindfulness and somatic methods such as EMDR to ensure the most effective treatment options.

For Susannah, personal growth is a mystical journey of exploration and discovery that invites the possibility of living consciously, deeply alive and awake to the moments of your precious life. She will help guide you in the journey self-inquiry that will lead to creating something beautiful and extraordinary in your life in spite of--or perhaps especially-- amidst the greatest challenges. Susannah's personal passion is the holistic human being--mind, heart, body and soul. Her vision is to serve and help people find purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their lives.

Susannah specializes in the following domains:

  • EMDR
  • Crisis Intervention & Management
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Life Transitions
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Substance Abuse
  • Impulse Control and ADD
  • Internet & Gaming Addiction
  • Career Counseling
  • Death & Dying

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Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, MD

Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is professor of both Clinical Psychiatry and the Humanities in Medicine at Texas A&M and has published and co-published numerous books and papers in these fields. Dr Schwartz will be seeing adolescents, adults and couples at our office and through Telemedicine for psychotherapy as well as for medication management.

His specialties include:

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Couples and Marital Relationships
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Dementia
  • Deprescribing
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Hoarding
  • Impulse Control disorders
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Medication Management
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive (OCD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Problematic sexual behavior/porn
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Sleep issues
  • Substance Abuse

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Rachel Rochman

Rachel Rochman, LPC

Rachel Rochman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida. She works with individuals, couples, and adolescents.

Rachel has worked for many years with adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, opposition/defiance, and family issues. She places emphasis on incorporating the family into most adolescent therapies. The family will work on skill building in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, setting and following home expectations and responsibilities, among others.

Rachel also enjoys working with young adults in college or making challenging transitions in their lives, as well as with adults and couples in the areas of adjustment, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, and overall wellness.

Rachel uses a person-centered and solution-focused approach with her clients. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help narrow in on your strengths and motivations for change. She then incorporates your individual skills, interests, and preferences into the work you do together.

Rachel’s specialties include:

  • Couples & Family Counseling
  • Anger management
  • Adolescent misconduct
  • Adolescent problems with sexuality
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Abandonment
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Divorce / Life transitions
  • Physical/sexual/emotional abuse
  • Personal growth
  • Substance abuse

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Stephanie Arsenault

Stephanie Arsenault, LPC

Stephanie Arsenault has many years of experience working with children, teenagers and their families. She can help your family work through difficult life events such as divorce and issues of custody. She can help your child find relief from the depression and anxiety that makes them feel left out and feel “different.” She can help your family cope and manage the challenges of ADD/ADHD, ODD, autism, and attachment disorder. The link between neuroscience and behavioral disorders is of particular interest in her practice.

Stephanie coaches families to help them build the skills needed (and relied upon) when a child is in crisis. She believes the family is a system in which all members benefit when the experiences of both the child and the people who are important in their lives are understood.

With her help, families learn how to support and relate with each other in the best manner possible for the highest potential outcome.

Stephanie’s approach to therapy combines strength- and client-centered approaches. She utilizes play therapy with younger clients, which helps them to communicate even if they are unable to use words to explain their experiences. She applies frameworks such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and narrative therapy to help her clients set goals and work through the blockages that keep them from success.

Psychological testing is often beneficial to therapy outcome. Stephanie works closely together with Dr. Maria Pasqualetti, a licensed psychologist in our office, on the appropriate testing for your child.

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Stephanie is available for Online Counseling


Andrea Greebon, LPC, BCB

Andrea Greebon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board-Certified Biofeedback Therapist. She has 10 years of experience working with individual adults. She has a Masters of Science in Counseling from University of North Texas in Denton.

Andrea invites you to start seeing yourself in a new light. She believes you already have the answers you need within yourself, and she is honored by the opportunity to help you find those answers. She believes her job is to help you find your strength and resilience so you can become the person you want to be.

Andrea's specialties include:

  • Anxiety, Stress and Worry
  • Panic/Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Counseling
  • Workplace Issues
  • Parenting
  • Self-Care
  • Life Coaching

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Andrea is available for Online Counseling

Ask Andrea:

Why did I choose to specialize in biofeedback?

I chose to specialize in biofeedback because, in addition to enjoying the insight and healing that can come from traditional talk therapy, I like things that can be measured. Biofeedback provides concrete information to both therapist and client so we know what is working and what is not. I like that, and a lot of my clients appreciate that, too. Many people I work with cope with a variety of health concerns, and biofeedback can help people gain control over their physical symptoms. Biofeedback also can increase people’s awareness of the mind/body connection. I believe when this connection is strengthened, clients have more opportunity for change, growth, and healing. Biofeedback is non-invasive. And last, but certainly not least, clients can take what they learn in the therapy office and transfer that knowledge to everyday life, which can lead to restored balance and better health.

How would I describe my personal style?

I would describe my personal style as collaborative. I prefer to focus on what you want to accomplish through the therapy process -- not on my agenda or what I think you should do. (“Shoulds” are so dangerous.) I tend to think of myself as pretty laid-back and informal. That said, however, I also am always keeping the end goal in mind (e.g., why you came to therapy in the first place). I’m naturally curious about people and tend to view myself, at times, as more of a detective than anything else. I am patient. And last, but not least, I consider myself to have a pretty good sense of humor, and I like to bring that into my work when appropriate. Humor can illuminate ideas or beliefs people hold that are erroneous. More than that, however, is that laughter can be immensely therapeutic.

What types of client do I love to work with and/or work well with me?

I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to understand themselves and who are willing to make changes in their lives if they think it is going to be helpful to them to do so. I enjoy clients who are curious. And I like working with clients who are willing to take responsibility for their “stuff,” whatever it may be -- people who are willing to work with reality rather than fight against it.

What inspires me?

I’m inspired by a lot of things. I’m often inspired by my clients. Many have been through incredibly difficult experiences, and yet they have survived and even thrived as adults. The courage and conviction of others inspire me to do what I can to make the world a better place, to make a dent in some small way in what, at times, can seem a very fearful and angry place. Acts of kindness move me and inspire me to spread kindness as much as I can. And music inspires me in that it reminds me that we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. And music often just makes me happy.

Why did I choose to work in this office?

I chose to work in this office because I wanted to be part of a team that was dedicated to helping people reach their goals. I wanted to work with people who are passionate about what they do for a living and people with a variety of experience and specialties so I could keep learning. I believe in being a lifelong learner and in having a “growth” mindset. And I wanted to work in an office where the management and staff are committed to doing what works. For example, if a policy does not work, change it!


Jennifer Heggem

Jennifer Heggem, MA, LPC

Jennifer Heggem is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family from Northwestern College, both located in St. Paul, MN. Her passion in life is to help individuals succeed and live the best lives possible.
Jennifer has spent several years working in organizations with individuals, couples, and families experiencing depression, anxiety, crisis situations, relational problems, life transitions, self-harm, substance abuse issues, and suicidal thoughts. Jennifer also previously worked as an educator for 10 years, working with children with behavioral issues, as well as learning disabilities, ranging from ages five to seventeen. Additionally, Jennifer has worked with several agencies counseling individuals who have experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

Jennifer is also a provider for the New Ways for Families program, which is a structured parenting skills method intended to reduce the impact of conflict on the children in potentially high-conflict divorce and separation cases. It can be used whenever a parent or the court believes one parent needs restricted parenting time (supervised, no contact, limited time), at the start of a case or any time a parent requests it, including after the divorce. Jennifer’s approach is oriented towards Cognitive-Behavioral, Attachment, Family Systems, Solution-Focused, and Intimacy/Relational theories.

Jennifer’s specialties:

  • Children ages 6-17, College-Aged Students, Adults, Couples and Families
  • Anxiety/Depression/Mood disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Dating/Couples/Family Relationship Issues
  • Divorce/New Ways for Families provider
  • Women’s Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions

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Pflugerville

2911 A W Grimes Blvd
Pflugerville, TX 78660


Nichdali “Grichell” Pelizzari, LMFT

Grichell Pelizzari is a licensed marriage and family therapist with specialized training and experience in trauma, child and adolescent counseling, and the needs of active and veteran families, children and the service member. She has certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Trauma Focused CBT.

As a therapist, Grichell believes that everyone has the power within themselves to grow and find solutions to problems in their lives. Using client centered, solution focused techniques she will assist you to better understand the emotions and behaviors affecting your current situation. Grichell, utilizes humor, art, play, mindfulness and many other holistic techniques to better serve your needs.

Grichell graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and completed her Bachelor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She is bilingual in Spanish and can provide online video Telehealth services.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Marital & Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Child and Teen Therapy
  • Mood Disorders- Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar
  • ADHD
  • Self-Harming
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Deployment & Re-integration
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Addictions

Barbara Corff, LP

Barbara Corff is a Licensed Psychologist and a Registered Art Therapist. She offers individual and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children. Dr.Corff specializes in working with children and adolescents facing challenging issues, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, divorce, anger, and school problems. She provides family therapy and parent training to improve children's compliance with responsibilities, family unity, and communication and co-parenting skills. Dr. Corff also has several years experience helping adults with life transitions, depression, anxiety, substance use problems, and maintaining healthy living goals.

Dr. Corff is also licensed to provide psychological and development assessments for children, teens and adults. She can provide the psychological assessments only, or include therapeutic treatment after the assessment. Dr. Corff obtained her PhD from Fielding Graduate University and has been in Austin for 14 years. She has the additional training as a Registered Art Therapist and uses art therapy as needed for her child and adult clients alike.

With Dr.Corff’s training in a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing, she can suggest strategies to manage feelings, challenge negative thoughts, and change unwanted behavior and habits. By using art in therapy, she can also offer an alternative method for self-expression and exploration.

Specialties:

  • Psychological Assessments
  • Child and Adolescent therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting skills training
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Co-parenting through divorce
  • Self-esteem issues

Cristy Pierce, PsyD, LP, BCBA

Dr. Cristy Pierce is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. She obtained her doctorate degree in health psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and completed the online behavior analysis program at the University of North Texas. Dr. Pierce provides a range of treatment services including psychological assessments, psychotherapy, and applied behavior analysis.

For clients seeking a full service psychological assessment report, Dr. Pierce can complete formal testing for many reasons including autism and ADHD evaluations, behavior problems, general personality and emotional functioning, cognitive and dementia evaluations, intellectual functioning, disability evaluations, neuropsychological screening, and others. When scheduling an assessment, please provide information regarding the purpose of the testing. Note that Thriveworks does not provide assessments for forensic/court-ordered assessments or child custody evaluations.

In addition to providing thorough assessments for clients of all ages, Dr. Pierce is also trained as a board certified behavior analyst. She can assist with changing challenging behaviors and frequently incorporates parent support in developing behavior management strategies for clients ages 3+. As a health psychologist, Dr. Pierce has a passion for working with young adults who are newly diagnosed with serious medical or mental illness. She also provides support to their families related to managing this disability. She can help them overcome the depression that frequently accompanies new diagnoses and help them to overcome these barriers so they can live the life they want to live.

Dr. Pierce works in both the Cedar Park and Pflugerville offices. Intakes, psychotherapy, and applied behavior analysis is offered at both locations. All testing is completed at the Cedar Park office.

Psychological assessments:

  • Autism evaluation
  • ADHD evaluation
  • Behavior problems
  • Personality and general emotional functioning
  • Intellectual functioning
  • Disability evaluations
  • Neuropsychological screening

Psychotherapy for ages 13+ for the following conditions:

  • Adjustment to illness or disability
  • Stress related conditions
  • Behavior management using applied behavior analysis
  • Individuals with cognitive impairments (intellectual disability, brain injury, dementia)

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. Dr. Ziskis is accepting new clients for telehealth (Video-conference) sessions only at this time.

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

Tom Alexander, PhD, LPC

Tom Alexander is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He works with individuals and couples who are struggling with the difficulties that life brings their way: depression, anxiety, addiction, and the social and relational issues which emerge from these struggles. He is an EMDR trained clinician and is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Tom has an affinity for working with men in recovery from addiction. He has several years of experience providing addiction treatment and and has earned a Ph.D. in Addiction Psychology.

Tom is a graduate of Arkansas State University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program. His work has spanned a wide array of clientele, including those with bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. If you or your loved one are seeking support in moving toward a better quality of life, please contact Tom for a consultation.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression
  • PTSD (EMDR Clinician)
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Men’s issues in mental health
  • Anger and Depression
  • Overcoming mental health stigma
  • Addiction
  • Men’s issues in recovery from addiction
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Finding purpose and meaning
  • Overcoming past trauma that contributes to addiction
  • Co-occurring Disorders

Veronica Casey

Veronica Casey, MA, LPC, NCC

Veronica believes choosing counseling is a big step towards discovery of yourself and identyfing life goals. She strives to help individuals who are confronted with difficult life transitions and create a supportive therapeutic space for clients to engage in healing and personal growth. Veronica is particularly passionate about helping clients to decrease and manage anxiety and supporting parents and their children in building positive bonds. She also has experience working in the public school setting and child protective services that includes family services and adoptions. She will listen and understand how to best support clients' individual needs. Veronica Casey graduated with a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and a Bachelor's Degree from University of Texas at Austin in Communication. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and member of National Board for Certified Counselors since 2014. She welcomes clients of all backgrounds, gender, and sexual orientations. She provides individual, group and family counseling to adults and adolescents. She also provides play therapy to children.

Veronica's Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Parenting
  • Adoptions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Improving Self-esteem

Selena Tyler

Selena Tyler, LPC

Needing a new way to alleviate distress and emotional discomfort? Selena Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor who can teach new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that can increase overall health and well-being. She has a keen ability to assist those struggling from addictions, plus their family members who are impacted by those same addictions. Selena works with couples on a variety of issues, and is Gottman Level I and II trained for couples work.

Selena focuses on identifying values and learning ways to develop a value-driven life. She can help guide you during difficult situations and to learn new ways of having a different relationship with troublesome situations. Selena does offer mindfulness based skills so you can observe your thoughts and emotions in a more positive light.

Selena is a graduate of St. Edwards University with a Masters in Counseling. Her practice includes working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

Areas of specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Couples or Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Therapy
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce/blended family issues

Bastrop

1106 College Street, Unit E
Bastrop, TX 78602


Brigitte Tyree

Brigitte Tyree, RN, BSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP

Brigitte has been a nurse since 1998. She returned to school recently and completed her Psychiatric Mental Health training at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2017. Her prior clinical experiences include psychiatric-mental health, medical-surgical, telemetry, and mother-baby.

Brigitte will prescribe psychiatric medications by following research-based protocols that are proven to help clients. She will meet with you until you are stable on your meds, whether that is weekly, monthly, or quarterly for best outcomes. Her intake sessions are about an hour and follow up sessions are a half-hour. Brigitte will spend more time with you than other medical professionals to assure she is getting a complete understanding of your history, current medications and future goals.

Here are some of Brigitte’s passions: Working with drug or alcohol clients that have a dual diagnosis with mental illness. She does see trauma and PTSD clients as well as foster care clients and teens suffering with depression. Brigitte will also treat these type of clients: Bipolar disorder with and without mania, major depressive disorder with or without psychotic features, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder (depressive/manic), anxiety disorders, disruptive mood disorder, and autism. If you have one of these diagnosed disorders, or others, please call me for medication support now.

Brigitte’s Specialties:

  • Individuals Ages 12-50
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorders
  • Autism
  • Disruptive Mood disorder
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Foster children
  • ADD/ADHD

Kelly Pedersen, LPC-S

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.

Kelly's Specialties:

  • 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

Susan Farris, LCSW

Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a part of the Bastrop community for over 20 years. Susan is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Social Work. She is a very compassionate therapist with the gift and ability to connect very quickly to clients so that they can begin the changes they desire to reach their immediate goals. Some of her skills include working with sexual abuse survivors who are now in a caring relationship and navigating some of those difficulties that arise from past traumas. She is curious about power imbalances and control and how to repair that in a relationship. Susan works with same-sex couples, too.

Susan enjoys seeing clients who are teens age 15-19. She also likes to work around divorce issues for couples and families. Susan has empathy and works with grief and loss, focusing on finding the hidden strengths that a person has acquired and focusing on positivity and growth.

Some of her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Strengths Focused, Solution Focused and Positivity Psychology.

Helps With:

  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Bisexual
  • Gay

Janet “Kaye” Love, LPC

Janet "Kaye" Love, LPC is focused to help you alleviate distress by developing ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that increase your experience of well-being. She focuses on potential solutions instead of problems, which helps you move towards your goals. Kaye will help you understand the dynamics of your situation, and discover how your thoughts and beliefs affect your emotions and behaviors. You will learn to observe your thoughts, revise limiting conditioning, develop new ways of thinking that evoke more positive emotions, and become more able to resolve issues independently. Her approach blends Solution Focused, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Psycho-educational, and Mindfulness-based techniques.

Kaye is experienced in working with youth, parents, and families as well as individual adults. She provides play therapy for children ages six to ten. Kaye has over eight years of experience working with individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder, in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation. Additionally, Kaye is a Distance Credentialed Counselor who provides services through online video conferencing to Texas residents who desire to receive services in the comfort of their own home.

Clinical expertise:

  • Family conflict
  • Academic stress
  • Work stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • And more, too.

Kaye's formal education includes a Master of Social Work and an MBA from UT-Arlington. She is also a Texas board certified Educator, (Early Childhood-Grade12 Special Education, plus a EC-Grade 4 Generalist) as well as a Board Certified Coach and a Licensed Master Social Worker.

***Available for online or video counseling.


Kristin  Frederiksen

Kristin J. Frederiksen, LCSW

Kris Fredericksen is licensed clinical social worker and native Texan. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M in psychology and her Masters of Science of Social Work at The University of Texas in Austin. She has extensive experience teaching parents effective discipline methods that builds and repairs relationships with their children. She is sensitive to sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, religious or spiritual affiliation, and has specialized training supporting the LGBTQ, transgendered and gender variant communities. She partners with clients to find viable solutions within their existing framework, skills and abilities to improve their mental and emotional states and life circumstances.

Kris treats symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, ADHD, mood and affect disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, self-harm, family dysfunction, relationship issues, domestic violence, and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. She uses a variety of techniques such as art therapy, games, role-play, music, projects, toys as well as spontaneous ideas brought in by clients and/or brainstormed in session.

Kris works with children (ages 5 to 17) and families, adults to age 65, and couples. She has been successful at building a trusting rapport and working relationship with most clients including teenagers who are skeptical of therapists and therapy.

Bring yourself as you are, for an assessment intent on addressing the issues most important to you. Kris will walk beside you through your struggles and challenges until you are ready to walk individually knowing you are capable and valuable.

Kris’ specialties:

  • Children ages 5 to 17, adults, couples and families
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Anxiety/depression/mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Family dysfunction/relationship issues

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
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Relationship, couple and family issues
  • Dual-diagnosis
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

Cedar Park

345 Cypress Creek Road, Suite 102
Cedar Park , TX 78613


AnnMarie Staats

AnnMarie Staats, PMHNP

AnnMarie Staats is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a post-Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. AnnMarie has experience treating adults and adolescents 11 years and older with an array of mental health issues.

She has an extensive nursing background in the areas of critical care, emergency nursing and public health. She has worked as a clinical nursing instructor at the University of Texas at Austin for the past 5 years and as a nursing educator since 2006. Her nursing practice encompasses work with patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting as well those experiencing psychiatric crisis. Her clinical training includes work with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, ptsd, eating and addiction disorders. She has a special interest in addiction disorders related to food and in veterans’ mental health.

She believes patients are doing the best that they can to maintain optimal mental health. She uses targeted psychopharmaceuticals to enhance the mental health of her patients in combination with various psychotherapies and mental health technology to achieve this goal. She believes that it is the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner to partner with her patients to create a plan that they can buy into because they have input in that plan. She believes that education plays a tremendous role in achieving and maintaining mental health.

AnnMarie’s Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Veteran’s Mental Health
  • Clients ages 11 + older

Barbara Corff, LP

Barbara Corff is a Licensed Psychologist and a Registered Art Therapist. She offers individual and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children. Dr.Corff specializes in working with children and adolescents facing challenging issues, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, divorce, anger, and school problems. She provides family therapy and parent training to improve children's compliance with responsibilities, family unity, and communication and co-parenting skills. Dr. Corff also has several years experience helping adults with life transitions, depression, anxiety, substance use problems, and maintaining healthy living goals.

Dr. Corff is also licensed to provide psychological and development assessments for children, teens and adults. She can provide the psychological assessments only, or include therapeutic treatment after the assessment. Dr. Corff obtained her PhD from Fielding Graduate University and has been in Austin for 14 years. She has the additional training as a Registered Art Therapist and uses art therapy as needed for her child and adult clients alike.

With Dr.Corff’s training in a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing, she can suggest strategies to manage feelings, challenge negative thoughts, and change unwanted behavior and habits. By using art in therapy, she can also offer an alternative method for self-expression and exploration.

Specialties:

  • Psychological Assessments
  • Child and Adolescent therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting skills training
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Co-parenting through divorce
  • Self-esteem issues

Cristy Pierce, PsyD, LP, BCBA

Dr. Cristy Pierce is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. She obtained her doctorate degree in health psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and completed the online behavior analysis program at the University of North Texas. Dr. Pierce provides a range of treatment services including psychological assessments, psychotherapy, and applied behavior analysis.

For clients seeking a full service psychological assessment report, Dr. Pierce can complete formal testing for many reasons including autism and ADHD evaluations, behavior problems, general personality and emotional functioning, cognitive and dementia evaluations, intellectual functioning, disability evaluations, neuropsychological screening, and others. When scheduling an assessment, please provide information regarding the purpose of the testing. Note that Thriveworks does not provide assessments for forensic/court-ordered assessments or child custody evaluations.

In addition to providing thorough assessments for clients of all ages, Dr. Pierce is also trained as a board certified behavior analyst. She can assist with changing challenging behaviors and frequently incorporates parent support in developing behavior management strategies for clients ages 3+. As a health psychologist, Dr. Pierce has a passion for working with young adults who are newly diagnosed with serious medical or mental illness. She also provides support to their families related to managing this disability. She can help them overcome the depression that frequently accompanies new diagnoses and help them to overcome these barriers so they can live the life they want to live.

Dr. Pierce works in both the Cedar Park and Pflugerville offices. Intakes, psychotherapy, and applied behavior analysis is offered at both locations. All testing is completed at the Cedar Park office.

Psychological assessments:

  • Autism evaluation
  • ADHD evaluation
  • Behavior problems
  • Personality and general emotional functioning
  • Intellectual functioning
  • Disability evaluations
  • Neuropsychological screening

Psychotherapy for ages 13+ for the following conditions:

  • Adjustment to illness or disability
  • Stress related conditions
  • Behavior management using applied behavior analysis
  • Individuals with cognitive impairments (intellectual disability, brain injury, dementia)

Susan Wills, LPC

Shy or have social anxiety? Susan Wills has overcome this and can help you, too. Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with clients who are seeking: Increased Self-Confidence, Integrity, Wealth, Friends, Satisfying relationships, A family, and A job you love that fills your life with meaning. Her pursuit of a meaningful life is never ending and she has attended more workshops, trainings, counseling groups, and coaching than we can list here. If you are looking for new information, new tools to cope, and a new way to achieve the happiness you want and deserve in life, let's start working together!

Some of Susan's professional training experience and specializations include: Addiction Recovery, Confidence building and self-esteem, Creating a mentally healthy home (including dealing with toxic relatives), Marriage counseling and relationship repair. Managing chronic pain, Healing your past, and Taking yourself from failure to success.

Susan works with families and children ages 5 and above, so she can work through any type of parenting and family issues, couples and relationship issues and more. Susan has immediate openings and looks forward to meeting you soon!

Susan's Specialties:

  • Improving Self-confidence and Self-esteem
  • Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety
  • Improving Relationships
  • Finding the job that gives your life meaning
  • Addiction, Recovery and Healthy Living
  • Creating a mentally healthy home
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Managing Chronic Pain
  • Ages 5+

Ann K. White, LPC

Ann K. White is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual therapy to people with a range of concerns from substance use to bipolar disorder. She offers a person-centered approach in a safe environment to explore, express, and motivate an individual toward personal growth and understanding. She uses a collaborative approach to therapy that is client-driven, and strength-based recognizing each person is unique and requires different methods to find change in their current life status.

Ann has a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. She has worked in a variety of settings in Florida and Texas including residential treatment centers for substance use, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders. She has a knowledge base of 12 step programs as well as alternatives. She has provided psycho-education, individual and group therapy. Ann utilizes evidence-based therapies to include: Motivation Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Ann’s Specialties:

  • Chemical Dependence
  • Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health concerns plus drug or alcohol addictions)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar/Schizophrenia
  • Relationship Issues
  • Communication and Boundary Issues
  • Clients Age 18 and over

Rhonda Griffin, LPC

Rhonda Griffin, LPC has been a licensed professional mental health counselor for 23 years. She has a master's in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She has taught counseling and supervised intern graduate students. Rhonda engages easily with compassion and a warm sense of humor. A harmonious blend of west coast perspective with Texan common sense. She brings practical skills and knowledge to her clients for problem solving using various modalities. A Systemic Family practitioner, she also uses Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectic Behavioral, Jungian, and Emotion Focused Therapy. As a systems therapist, she investigates the family, social and cultural history of clients to understand the challenges they are facing. Awareness of these perspectives and influences of old coping patterns gives individuals the opportunity to develop new interpersonal skills, self awareness, self-acceptance and strengthened relationships.

The Gottman Institute located in Seattle was also influential in developing Rhonda's interest in working with couples. She finds couples counseling is especially rewarding and enjoys facilitating the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners. She is uniquely able to hold the two perspectives of each member while cultivating communication skills and re-connection.

Adult Children of Narcissists is a growing area of specialty that Rhonda is particularly skilled as a family systemic therapist. This work is especially helpful for clients that have suffered from narcissistic parenting behaviors that perpetuate detrimental patterns in their own adult relationships.

Areas of specialty include:

  • Couples Counseling
  • Borderline and Narcissistic Family Systems
  • Mood Disorders – Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety
  • Addiction – Alcohol, Substance, Sexual, Gambling
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Lifespan Integration
  • Modality
  • Dying and Bereavement
  • Life Transitions
  • Multicultural Counseling – LGBTQ, Earth Based Spiritual Practices, Polyamory
  • Support for Artists – Creative and Performing Artists

Rhonda is also an accomplished vocalist and performer who participated in several bands while in the Seattle area and plans to pursue her musical interests in Austin.



Austin Locations

Thriveworks Counseling
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8700 Manchaca Rd., #701
Austin, TX 78748
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9701 Brodie Ln., #205
Austin, TX 78748
512-649-2266

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5524 Bee Caves Rd., Suite #K4
Austin, TX 78746
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7701 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 206
Austin, TX 78752
512-649-2270

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Thriveworks Counseling
2911 South AW Grimes Blvd, Suite 330
Pflugerville, TX 78660
(512) 955-3074

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Thriveworks Counseling
1106 College Street, Unit E
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 521-3243

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Thriveworks Counseling
345 Cypress Creek Road, Suite 102
Cedar Park , TX 78613
(512) 842-5168

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