Our Counselors – Georgetown, TX


Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson, PsyD, LP

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

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

Amanda provides individual therapy in the following specialty areas:

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

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Melissa Gould

Melissa Gould, LCSW-S

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

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

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

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

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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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Stephanie Vidrine

Stephanie Vidrine, PhD, LP, LSSP

Dr. Vidrine is a licensed psychologist with more than 12 years of experience as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, who is now in private practice. She obtained her master’s/specialist’s degree in School Psychology from Texas State University in 2002, working in central Texas public schools for 12 years. After obtaining her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, she returned to central Texas to complete a clinical psychology internship with Baylor Scott & White in Temple, Texas focusing on children and adolescents. Stephanie specializes in providing in-depth evaluation, consultation, and therapy tailored to the needs of those she serves. With her expertise in school-related matters, she is an excellent resource for parents, professionals, and school district personnel as well.

Dr. Vidrine has worked with families from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds including military (active-duty and veteran), Spanish-speaking, and bilingual with diverse strengths and needs. For those coping with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, migraine, or pediatric pain), she can partner with families and physicians to develop wrap-around care and management plans. Dr. Vidrine uses a biopsychosocial framework for developing client-centered assessment and treatment plans. She works with parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults in Georgetown and the surrounding areas.

Expertise in assessment of:

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

Specialties and issues treated:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Depression
  • Educational consultation
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Parenting/Parent training
  • Separation anxiety

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Linda Mikesic, LCSW/LCDC

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

Linda specializes in the following domains:

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

 

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

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

An interview with Linda:

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

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

What is recovery?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is codependency?

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

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Heather Davis

Heather Davis, LCSW

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Heather has extensive experience working with active duty service members in the military, substance abuse, and the geriatric population. She also has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.

Heather utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other therapeutic interventions to assist her clients with healing and growth. Heather believes that people have the ability to achieve their goals when provided with the appropriate therapeutic tools.

Heather’s specialties include:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Insomnia
  • Stress Management

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Lindsey Stockton

Lindsey Stockton, LPC

Lindsey Stockton is a Licensed Professional Counselor that specializes in children, adolescents and their families.  Her goal is to strengthen the relationships within your family in order to reduce the issues and stress that have found their way into your lives.

Lindsey is trained in CPR-T (Child Parent Relationship Therapy) and she is a registered trainer in Texas for Play Therapy.  In her work, she also utilizes Sandtray Therapy, Solution Focused, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

Lindsey holds a Masters of Arts in counseling from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  She has many years of experience in the foster care and adoption industries within Texas where she focused on issues of attachment, grief, substance abuse, and anxiety.

Lindsey’s philosophy stems from the idea that positive change begins with the relationship.  With her help, your family will learn how to relate and support each other in the best possible manner for the highest potential outcome!

Lindsey specializes in the following domains:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Limit Setting and Boundaries
  • Parent Training
  • Substance Abuse
  • Case Management
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Abandonment
  • Phobias
  • Trauma

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Linda Mikesic is a fantastic therapist and person. She has a compassion and love for others that can’t be ta...Read more

ught. Being a mental health care provider, I am always looking for therapists to refer patients to. Therapists I can count on to treat my patients with love and respect. I've known Linda and collaborated with her for 3 years and fits that definition every time. I know when I refer my patients to Linda, that they will get individualized compassionate person-centered care.

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Linda Mikesic

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Linda Mikesic has been a heartfelt guide and life coach for me as I struggled to get through a dark place. She...Read more

provided a safe place without judgement for me to be myself, accept myself, and grow. While providing that comfort for me, she also provided constructive pathways and methods for me to grow into the person I want to be and cope with the hard things life throws out. She approached my struggles and goals with a compassionate approach that was tailored to who I am, what I believe, where I’m at, and where I want to go. Working with Linda has truly felt like a partnership guiding me through each phase and transition of me and my life. I highly recommend her for anyone who is considering seeking help for their personal growth and journey.

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Linda Mikesic

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Linda Mikesic has been a heartfelt guide and life coach for me as I struggled to get through a dark place. She...Read more

provided a safe place without judgement for me to be myself, accept myself, and grow. While providing that comfort for me, she also provided constructive pathways and methods for me to grow into the person I want to be and cope with the hard things life throws out. She approached my struggles and goals with a compassionate approach that was tailored to who I am, what I believe, where I’m at, and where I want to go. Working with Linda has truly felt like a partnership guiding me through each phase and transition of me and my life. I highly recommend her for anyone who is considering seeking help for their personal growth and journey.

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