Meet our Counselors
Michael Herold, LPC, LCDC-Intern
Michael Herold is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Michael is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern. He obtained a B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.A. in Community Counseling from Webster University. He is currently completing his dissertation on Collegiate Recovery Programs as the final step toward obtaining his PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Michael has worked with a wide range of clients from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds as both a community support worker and as a counselor over the past 16 years. He has a particular passion for working with clients of all ages with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Michael uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Family Systems Therapy, and Stress Management and Relaxation skills.
Michael places a strong emphasis on developing a safe, warm, and trusting relationship with each client from the beginning of the first session. His clients have described him as open, accepting, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Michael focuses on helping clients find their own inner strengths and abilities that they can use to overcome obstacles. Michael recognizes that the sources of a person’s pain and difficulty can involve both internal mental/emotional struggles as well as aspects of the external environment. Michael focuses on helping clients separate these issues to promote healthy personal growth while building skills to more effectively cope with external stressors.
Michael has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups in several settings: multiple non-profit agencies, office-based therapy, in-home therapy, in-school therapy, private practice, an eating disorder treatment center, two intensive outpatient groups (community-based and hospital-based), and an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Michael is available to treat adolescents and adults of all ages.
- Substance Abuse Disorders and Relapse Prevention
- Co-Occurring Disorders (Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
- Mood Disorders
- Trauma and PTSD
- Healthy Relationships and Boundaries
- Couples and Marital Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Stress Management
- Self-Esteem and Identity Development
- Assertiveness Training
- Anger Management
- Adjustment Disorders
Elise Waszczak, LPC
Elise Waszczak (pronounced VA HZ-check) is from a west Texas border town, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso. Elise served in the nonprofit world for years, with AmeriCorps and the YMCA. While completing her master’s, she counseled young adults in a college counseling center, and since graduating, she has worked mostly with adults addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, and everyday stress. She briefly worked at a psychiatric hospital before moving to Austin in 2017 to work at a correctional facility, where she has had exposure to working with those with acute mental illness, and has primarily focused on crisis management. She has also coordinated groups for those who are repeat offenders and/or struggle with substance use and anger management.
Elise is family-oriented and has always prioritized the importance of relationships. However, as a licensed professional counselor, she provides a safe place for you to work on your most important relationship—the one you have with yourself.
Elise’s theoretical orientation is eclectic and pragmatic. Since her work in the nonprofit world, Elise spent many years observing behaviors, and is skilled at thinking objectively, which helps her to embrace both the positive and negative characteristics of a person in order to promote greater wholeness. She has seen how everything is connected, and that our thoughts, as well as various environmental factors, can influence our feelings and behaviors. Elise believes people can change, and she is honest and transparent as she works with clients to uncover the motivation that comes from within. She knows people have a capacity for goodness and can use their negative emotional experiences for personal growth. Elise is determined to help you confront your struggle, to help you leave the past behind, and to be fully present.
Elise specializes in the following:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Anger Management
- Crisis Management
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders
- Substance Use
- Trauma and PTSD
Aimee Corona, LCSW
Aimee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over nine years of experience assisting individuals, couples, and families.
Aimee strongly believes in utilizing a person’s strengths throughout therapy, creating a safe, non-judgement environment for each person to feel empowered, hopeful, and motivated for change.
Aimee’s foundation of treatment is individualized based of the client’s needs, but she regularly incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, schema therapy, and distress tolerance skills.
Aimee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Eastern Connecticut State University, and she earned a Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA.
Aimee relocated to Austin, TX in 2015. She has extensive experience with crisis de-escalation and intervention, behavioral management, and she has worked in partial hospitalization programs and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital settings.
Amy Space, LPC-S
Amy Space is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She achieved her B.S. in Elementary Education and Child Development and graduated with a M.S. in Community Counseling from Texas Women’s University in 2010. Amy believes that change comes from within every individual and that this is an ever changing, life-long journey encompassing both past and present life events. Amy utilizes a person-centered, humanistic approach to counseling because she believes that this allows individuals the ability to find their inner strengths that motivate choice, healthy adjustment, and develop positive growth through a safe, non-judgmental environment. Amy engages in the counseling experience on behalf of individuals as they are the true guide, or expert, in the ability to move forward with life’s challenges.
Amy works on an individual basis as well as in supportive group settings. She has experience in many areas of the mental health field since 2009 ranging from counseling with individuals ages 3-12 for play therapy as well as providing parent/child relationship support and training, nurturing family relationships and providing a positive, non-judgmental environment for individual self-advancements. This includes experience working with addiction, self-esteem, communication skills, abuse, neglect, trauma, life events, and family/relationship dynamics. She believes that no matter what your circumstances are there is no better guide than the individual themselves, and that life, at times, is a matter of engaging and exploring tools to better equip oneself for today and tomorrows challenges.
It is Amy’s belief that positive change can occur along with support, laughter, tears, and reflection of personal experiences that make for healthy transitions into the future. She will be there with you as a guiding support during this unique chapter in your life.
Amy is currently available to see individuals through online telehealth communication. Her areas of focus include:
- Abuse, Trauma, Neglect, PTSD
- Communication and Coping Skills
- Domestic/Relationship Violence
- Dual Diagnosis
- Family Relationships
- Life Transitions and Events
- Parent/Child Relationships
- Personality Disorders
- Play Therapy
- Relationships and Family Issues
Ariell Caballero, LPC-Intern
Ariell Caballero is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, under the supervision of Toby Collins, LPC-S. She has a B.S in Criminal Justice from Anderson University and an M.A in Licensed Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Ariell’s previous and current experience is multifaceted, ranging from children to the geriatric community. Ariell utilizes both group and individual therapy, with expertise in leading groups with topics such as Financial Wellness and How To Be an Adult.
Ariell is an eclectic therapist that combines emotion-focused strategies with psychotherapeutic evidence-based approaches. The underlying principles in her approach are that treating anxiety, depression, relationship dysfunction, self-esteem and more can be traced to experiences, beliefs of shame, and other negative core beliefs in an individual. Finding out these aspects of a person’s life, naming them, and working through them are components of her counseling process.
Ariell believes in providing holistic therapy, helping clients discover their multiple inner strengths to live a wholly present, healthy life. She works to cultivate an environment of unconditional positive regard to facilitate inner peace and healing for her clients.
Ariell also has a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat Insomnia. If you are struggling with sleep issues please contact Ariell to set up an appointment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is an evidence-based approach that works well as the first line of treatment for sleep issues. CBT-I treats insomnia without the use of medication and helps manage chronic sleep issues. CBT-I involves meeting weekly with a counselor that specializes in CBT-I. In these sessions the clinician will give you a series of sleep assessments, do a sleep diary, and come up with a treatment plan to change the way you sleep.
Ariell is currently providing counseling to adolescents and adults of all ages and is comfortable providing counseling to individuals of all varying faiths and backgrounds. She is currently accepting new clients at Thriveworks Round Rock.
- Career counseling
- Anxiety and depression
- Adjustment disorders
- PTSD & Trauma
- Bipolar Disorder
- Healthy communication
- Personality Disorders
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Chronic pain
- Self Esteem
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Alcohol Abuse
- Substance Abuse
Mary Guthrie, LCSW
Mary Guthrie is a Licensed Clinic Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees at the University of Southern Maine. Before completing her education, Mary worked in social services for nearly 15 years, during which time she specialized in adolescent populations, medical and physical illness, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, crisis management, and trauma.
Mary provides a safe place for people to work through past and current traumas and anxieties. She has worked with a diverse population throughout her career and has provided a broad array of services. If traditional therapy is not preferred, or has not been successful, Mary can tailor therapeutic methods and styles to the comfort and needs of an individual client.
Therapeutic services provided by Mary include one on one therapy, group therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing as well as variations in the traditional therapeutic approaches to assist with client comfort and success.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Trauma - including PTSD
- Grief and Loss
- Building Healthy Relationships
- Improving Self-esteem
- Substance abuse and relapse prevention
- Adjustment Disorders – including Incarceration and successful re-entry
In network with:
- BCBS of TX
- United Behavioral Health
Self Pay Rate: $100 individuals, $110 couples
Carla Noto-Vencill, LMFT
Carla Noto-Vencill has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento Sate University and her Master’s Degree from the American Academy of Family Studies/JFK. Carla is licensed in both California and Texas and is passionate about working with people hoping to understand themselves and others in a deeper way.
Carla is a person-centered therapist encouraging clients to be the expert in their own lives. She believes that true change comes when someone is able to clarify what it is they want to be different, and then, with help, develop strength-based interventions and strategies for achieving those goals. She can help walk you through that process by treating you with respect, providing honest and open feedback, compassion and unconditional positive regard.
Carla has extensive experience working with people in need of mental health and addiction counseling, depression, anxiety and trauma related issues as well as years of relationship counseling (couples, families, work relationships, etc.). She is described by clients as warm, available and extremely engaged.
• Addiction counseling for individuals, families and couples
• Anxiety and stress related challenges
• Grief and Loss
• Transitioning from or history of incarceration
• Relationships and healthy communication
• Aging and illness
Motivational Interviewing, ASAM assessment, Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma Informed Care and interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions.
Toby Collins, LPC-S
Toby Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas (#68929). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and a Masters degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. He has worked in mental health since 2007, covering everything from crisis management and acute mental illness to substance use and career counseling.
Toby provides a healing place for a wide range of people working on a variety of issues, pulling from methods and styles as needed. His specialties include:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Career and workplace issues
- Men’s issues
- Self Esteem and Confidence
- Life Events
- Substance use/abuse/relapse
- Achievement and Academics