Thriveworks is proud to offer six locations in Austin, Texas

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

 

North Austin

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


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

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.

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

Briana Liu, LPC

Briana Liu is a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with her masters degree in Counseling Education. She strives to create a safe place for each and every client to feel comfortable sharing their story, diving deeper, and feeling comfortable and motivated to try something new to increase well-being. Working from a relational, client centered approach, Bri believes in the importance of developing a strong, authentic therapeutic relationship. She tailors interventions to each individual to help them understand the relationship between their physical body, thoughts, actions, and feelings. Helping reframe supposed deficits to strengths, Bri helps individuals explore, discover, and utilize their own strengths and potentials to better navigate their world and relationships and articulate their needs.

With experience working in higher education, community based outpatient settings, and non-profit clinics, Bri has experience working with a variety of issues and diverse populations of all ages, including teens. As a therapist of color and daughter of immigrants herself, she is passionate about working with underrepresented, minority populations and welcomes individuals of all socioeconomic statuses, racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and gender identities.

Specialties include:

  • Clients ages 13+
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Interpersonal Relationships/Issues
  • Cultural/Ethnic concerns
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Polyamorous/kink friendly

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.

Charmaine's Specialties:

  • 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

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. Kaye also provides mental health 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, just ask!

***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

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.

Specialties:

  • 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

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

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

South Austin

10816 Crown Colony Dr. Suite 100
Austin, TX 78748


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:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting
  • Crisis Management
  • Trauma
  • Relationships, couples and family issues
Jennifer Fuller

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.

Jennifer’s specialties:

  • Adults only
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
Dr.Mandy Barrett

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
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • 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
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Relationship, couple and family issues
  • Dual-diagnosis
  • 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.

Charmaine's Specialties:

  • 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

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.

Specialties:

  • 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

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

West Lake Hills

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


Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood, LCSW, LCDC

Barb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She earned her Masters of Social Work from Texas State University in San Marcos.  She has also served in the Navy Reserves.  She uses a multi-modal approach to healing and she endorses a holistic path toward balance that includes meeting the client where they are with Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology.  She uses empathy to help people from diverse cultures work through life challenges with the goal of mind-body-spirit balance.

She works with individuals in all phases of addiction recovery, including dual diagnosis.  Her passion is helping individuals regain the confidence and trust that was lost due to a myriad of core issues that contribute to addiction.  She believes that addiction is a family system disease and she will help significant family members navigate and understand the nature of their loved one’s struggle.  Barb also works closely with the LGBTQ community, especially individuals and their partners struggling with gender identity challenges.  She also has extensive experience with grief and loss and difficult life transitions caused by cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.

Barb’s areas of expertise:

  • Adults ages 18+
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQ (gender identity and their partners, gay, and lesbian)
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Divorce
  • Couples therapy
  • Codependency
  • Self-esteem
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Aging and end-of-life issues
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s support
  • Geriatric issues
  • Life adjustments and transitions

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Shenira Becker

Shenira Becker, PsyD, LP

Dr. Shenira Becker is a Licensed Psychologist providing psychological testing services at our West Lake Hills and Georgetown offices. She obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department where she provided trauma-focused therapy and conducted forensic risk assessments for court-involved youth. Dr. Becker completed her post-doc hours at The Central Texas Veterans Healthcare Administration, where she was trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and specialized in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder due to Military Sexual Trauma.

Dr. Becker is experienced in conducting psychological assessments with a variety of populations including adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. For clients seeking psychological assessment, Dr. Becker can complete formal testing and comprehensive reports in the following areas:

  • ADHD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral problems
  • Intellectual functioning
  • Personality and emotional functioning
  • Fitness for Duty

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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 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

Click here to find out more about his work and research.

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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


Jenny Beauchamp, LCSW

Jenny Beauchamp is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at New York University. Jenny is warm, compassionate and non-judgmental. She is committed to developing safe and trusting relationships with her clients and working with them to achieve their self-identified goals. She uses a diversified approach specific to the needs of each client and is able to affect positive change and growth.

Jenny has worked with diverse populations throughout her career. She has provided extensive grief counseling and has worked with counseling clients through various medical issues. Jenny has particular experience around aging concerns, death and dying issues, plus grief and loss. She works with anxiety, depression and bi-polar clients. She has an affinity for teens with gender identity and LGBTQ related concerns. Jenny also has experience with adoption home studies and the anxiety and concerns surrounding adoptive families.

Jenny's Specialities:

  • Ages 14+ older
  • Couples, individuals or families
  • Family Systems
  • Crisis Management
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • LGBTQIA ally
  • Polyamorous and kink friendly
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Chronic pain
  • Difficulties with conception and postpartum issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce/blended family issues

Annette Kauffroth, LCSW

Annette Kauffroth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who enjoys creating a safe place for clients to navigate and explore life’s challenges. She feels she can help her clients develop helpful strategies through mindfulness, exploring core beliefs, reframing challenges, and honoring values.  Annette truly enjoys helping people discover and align their lives with their authentic selves. Annette also is passionate about working with couples to improve communication and develop emotional intimacy and healing. Additionally, she has a gift for working with teenage boys on a multitude of issues.

Annette graduated from UT School of Social Work and has experience in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health working with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. Annette began her professional life as an engineer and switched careers to follow her passion of working with people. Her areas of specialty include:

  • Adolescent counseling
  • Aging and end-of-life issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Blended family issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Transition
  • Work life balance
  • Women's issues

Alison Riley, LCSW-Supervisor

Alison Riley is a graduate of the Social Work school at the University of Texas in Austin and a Licensed Clinical Social Work- Supervisor. Looking for a therapist who is recovery-focused and trauma sensitive? She helps clients gain a better understanding about themselves, their challenges and the options available to them. Alison believes in a holistic approach to wellness so she will draw on a multitude of theories and trainings to increase feelings of wellness and health for her clients. Some of Alison's passions include working with foster children and their families. As a foster parent herself, plus work experience inside the CPS, DFPS and foster/adopt process, she can assist with management of problematic behaviors in youth. Alison is knowledgeable about navigating the court system, guardianship issues and central Texas mental health resources for clients. She enjoys teaching parenting skills to all clients in order to help their child succeed.

Alison believes that loving relationships and healthy sexuality does not have to be limited to a specific type of relationship. She is an ally for those who are having difficulty with sexual orientation, gender identification or relationship type. She is kink aware and educated about polyamory and other types of alternative relationships. Additionally, Alison enjoys working with women who have difficulties with conception and other birthing issues.

Previously, Alison worked for a local pain clinic and can help clients manage chronic pain through mindfulness skills training. Her other experience have been helping clients with trauma, such as a natural disaster, or other situations that create traumatic memories for a client.

Alison's Specialties:

  • Clients ages 8 and older
  • Family Systems
  • Crisis Management
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Recovery-oriented
  • LGBTQIA ally
  • Polyamorous and kink friendly
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Chronic pain
  • Foster and adoption
  • Guardianship issues
  • Substance abuse/dependence issues
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Parenting training
  • Difficulties with conception and postpartum issues

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

Briana Liu, LPC

Briana Liu is a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with her masters degree in Counseling Education. She strives to create a safe place for each and every client to feel comfortable sharing their story, diving deeper, and feeling comfortable and motivated to try something new to increase well-being. Working from a relational, client centered approach, Bri believes in the importance of developing a strong, authentic therapeutic relationship. She tailors interventions to each individual to help them understand the relationship between their physical body, thoughts, actions, and feelings. Helping reframe supposed deficits to strengths, Bri helps individuals explore, discover, and utilize their own strengths and potentials to better navigate their world and relationships and articulate their needs.

With experience working in higher education, community based outpatient settings, and non-profit clinics, Bri has experience working with a variety of issues and diverse populations of all ages, including teens. As a therapist of color and daughter of immigrants herself, she is passionate about working with underrepresented, minority populations and welcomes individuals of all socioeconomic statuses, racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and gender identities.

Specialties include:

  • Clients ages 13+
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Interpersonal Relationships/Issues
  • Cultural/Ethnic concerns
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Polyamorous/kink friendly
Angela Ziskis

Dr. Angela Ziskis, LP

Not accepting any new clients at this time.

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

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

Specialities:

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

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


Kristine Roberts, LCSW

Kris Roberts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kris is a graduate of Aurora University in Illinois. She has an ability to connect quickly with clients and is gifted at being able to look at client needs from a variety of perspectives. Kris has specialized training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, chronic pain management and working with the military community. Her work with clients spans a variety of issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, grief and loss, sexual abuse and family/relationship issues.

Kris works with children (ages 12 to 18), young adults, families, adults, 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.

Areas of Specialty:

Grief and Loss
Anxiety
Depression
Pain Management
Relationship, couple and family issues
Women’s Issues
Divorce
Managing Life Transitions

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

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
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

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

Cedar Park

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


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

Marisa Ybarra, LPC

Marisa Ybarra is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a masters in Counseling from the University of Texas A&M Central Texas. Marisa has worked for many years with adolescents and children who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, opposition/defiance, and family issues. She works with families on skill building in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, setting and following home expectations and responsibilities, among others.

Marisa’s approach to therapy combines person-centered and solution-focused approaches. She utilizes play therapy with younger clients and applies frameworks such as cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and narrative therapy to help her clients set goals and work through the blockages that keep them from success.

Marisa also enjoys working with young adults in college or making challenging transitions in their lives and overall wellness. She 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.

Marisa's specialties:

  • Preference for clients ages 4-22
  • Child therapy
  • Adolescent counseling
  • Young college students
  • Life transitions
  • Family counseling
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Conflict resolution
  • ADD/ADHD, ODD, Autism and Attachment Disorders
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Anger or Low-Self-esteem

Scott Spaw, LPC-S

Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor who has worked with diverse populations throughout his career.  Scott is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University’s Community Counseling program.  Scott’s extensive experience includes working in community based outpatient settings, both behavioral and substance abuse treatment residential treatment centers, juvenile justice programs, private prisons, and wilderness programs.  Scott has also helped open three treatment facilities in the state of Texas.

Scott has experience working with a variety of issues and diverse populations.  His work with clients spans a variety of issues ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, and family relationship issues. Scott has worked for many years with adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, opposition/defiance, and family issues. Some of his treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths Focused, Choice Theory, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Positivity Psychology. Scott is committed to developing safe and trusting relationships with his clients and working with them to achieve their self-identified goals. He uses a diversified approach specific to the needs of each client and is able to affect positive change and growth.

Scott’s Specialties:

  • Teen boys ages 13 and older
  • Oppositional/Defiant
  • Family Relationship counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
Bonnie Stephens

Bonnie Stephens, LPC

Bonnie Roberts is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of Lamar University with a Masters of Education in Counseling and a Masters of Science in Criminology. She has experience working with clients who have experienced significant trauma. She has dedicated her career to helping and empowering individuals and family units in their personal and professional lives.

With prior military experience herself, Bonnie has served local veterans who suffered from military-connected trauma and difficulties readjusting to their civilian life. Bonnie has worked extensively with elderly adults who were beginning to enter the stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia and the affected family members.

Bonnie has a unique understanding of the military culture, MHMR, legal consequences, child welfare and behavioral modification techniques. She uses solution focused treatments along with other successful evidence-based interventions and creatively uses sensory stimulation and art therapy.

Bonnie’s Specialties:

  • Ages 4+
  • Teens and Families
  • Couples
  • Veterans, Active Duty, Military Families and Law Enforcement
  • Overcoming Vicarious Trauma and PTSD
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Grief and Loss, Death and Dying
  • Family Unity
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Development of Effective Communication Skills
  • Stress Reduction

 

Elijah Stinger, LCSW

Elijah Stinger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a graduate of the Abilene Christian University School of Social Work. For the last 7 years, Elijah has helped clients of all ages navigate various mental illnesses or emotional distress at inpatient and outpatient levels of care. During this time she has provided individual, family, and group therapy within a psychiatric hospital. Previously, she spent 2 years in fieldwork facilitating family reunification, being culturally sensitive to acculturation issues and mentoring at-risk youth.

As an individual who has sat on both sides of the therapeutic relationship, Elijah is an approachable, down-to-earth, warm, and supportive social worker and therapist who brings a balanced sense of relief and humor to the therapy room. One of Elijah’s gifts is putting new patients at ease during their first session. She understands that opening up to a stranger can be difficult and uncomfortable, so developing an immediate rapport with clients is an important part of her therapeutic process.

Her approach is person-centered, adapting to clients’ individual needs while primarily operating from a cognitive behavioral (CBT) or a dialectical behavioral (DBT) framework with an emphasis on generating creative and practical strategies to ease presenting issues, adjust thoughts and behaviors that create obstacles to wellness, and to help you find some relief. She assists clients in managing distress, regulating their emotions, and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships.

She works with individuals and couples seeking help with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety alleviation, strengthening self-esteem, assertiveness, creating and maintaining healthy boundaries, social anxiety, relational difficulties, and personal growth. Elijah has a passion for working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, young persons in the midst of emerging into adulthood, and those wishing to explore their experiences and make meaning of life’s inevitable struggles.

Elijah's specialties:

  • Ages 12 +
  • LGBTQ+ related issues
  • Internet and Video-Gaming Addictions
  • Young persons entering adulthood
  • Couples issues
  • Family issues
  • Anger Management
  • Self-esteem and Assertiveness training
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Personal growth

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+

Kamini Verma, LCSW-Supervisor

Kamini Verma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She obtained her master’s degree in clinical social work from University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Kamini is also a Trust Based Relational Intervention ® Certified Educator and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has attended level one training for Theraplay interventions.

Kamini worked for eight years as an advocate for children in the foster care system before transitioning to helping children in residential care with neurobehavioral concerns. Kamini is passionate about assisting children and their families through periods of healing, development and growth. She has 10+ years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families on topics related to healing from trauma and abuse, crisis intervention, creating home stability, adoption, attachment, grief and loss, mindfulness and questions of sexuality.

Kamini utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions including, child-centered play therapy, experiential play therapy, solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with children and teenagers. Kamini is currently focusing her practice on children aged from 5-12 years old.

Kamini’s specialties:

  • Children ages 5-12 years of age
  • Adoption related concerns
  • Parenting Support
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Child Abuse
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Attachment
  • Grief and Loss
  • Questioning Sexuality
  • Child-centered play therapy

Austin Locations

Thriveworks Counseling
10816 Crown Colony Dr, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78747
512-649-2266

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Thriveworks Counseling
5524 Bee Caves Rd., Suite #K4
Austin, TX 78746
512-649-3050

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Thriveworks Counseling
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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