Healing Therapy for Individuals & Couples
I provide therapy to individuals and couples in a safe, comfortable setting. Many people who give up on therapy do so because they haven’t found the right "fit" with a therapist. Choosing a therapist with whom you feel comfortable is paramount to starting the therapeutic process. I offer a free thirty-minute consultation for individuals and couples interested in starting therapy. This is an opportunity to meet face to face to discuss your therapeutic goals and how I can help you. We can decide together if my background and your goals are a good match.
I have a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My 20+ years of clinical experience includes providing therapy in an inpatient treatment facility, an intensive outpatient program, a medical practice, and in private practice. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, couple, and family therapy.
I approach my work with clients from a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy (based on Freudian theory), attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology. Our past experiences, including in infancy, influence our current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The unconscious mind creates our defenses and drives self-defeating behaviors. Repressed feelings feed symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, disrupting relationships, and interfering with the ability to enjoy life. Exploring how outdated defense mechanisms impede current function creates space for growth and freedom in our lives. Gaining a new understanding of past experiences and relationships can help us in our current lives as we develop new coping skills and strategies for living.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), a psychodynamic psychotherapy model, informs all of my clinical work. ISTDP promotes accelerated symptom reduction in depression, anxiety, PTSD, and somatoform disorders. In addition, I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions as part of the process depending on individual needs. These include Emotional Transformation Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy, deep relaxation and mindfulness work, radical acceptance, and clinical hypnosis.
For my work with couples, I use the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). I began studying with Stan Tatkin, Psy D, the developer of PACT and co-founder of the PACT Institute in 2012. I continue to have monthly case consultations with Stan and am a coach for the PACT Institute.
My commitment to healing and the therapeutic process includes not only my clients’ healing but my own. I firmly believe that effective, ethical therapists do their own work. I can’t expect my clients to engage in the kind of vulnerability that occurs in therapy without having experienced it myself. A therapist’s understanding of hitting a plateau or pushing through resistance is only as good as their own first-hand knowledge. As a therapist, I can only go as deep with my clients as I have been myself.
I make a concerted effort to do my own internal anti-racism work, as well as addressing my privilege as related to other marginalized groups. Many of my clients have lived experiences with racial and cultural trauma with which I have no first-hand experience. This, as well as implicit biases related to sexism, hetero-normism, transphobia, ageism, poverty, and ableism show up whenever humans come together. This includes in the therapy room and in my work with clients. I strive to identify and challenge my own internal biases and understand my clients’ individual, inter-generational, and societal experiences of trauma. I value relationships with friends and colleagues in which we challenge each other’s inherent prejudice. I am a cis-gendered white woman and my pronouns are she/her. I seek to provide an affirming, inclusive, justice-oriented space for healing and to support my client's healing through an anti-oppressive, anti-racist lens. I'm committed to providing quality mental healthcare to individuals of all races, identities, expressions, orientations, and family backgrounds.
On a personal level, I'm a bit of a neuroscience geek and love learning about the latest research regarding how our brains function and how that applies to the healing process. I'm also passionate about knitting and other fiber arts and take almost any opportunity to get my creative juices flowing.
Training & Consultation
Regular participation in professional training increases my knowledge base and keeps me up to date on current research and best practices in psychotherapy. I'm committed to lifelong learning and typically average about 100 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) per year, rather than the 15 hours required by my licensing board. I've had the privilege to train with some of the leaders in the field of psychotherapy, including Stan Tatkin, Jon Frederickson, and Allan Abbass. Some of the advanced training I've attended over the past several years are listed below, along with my professional affiliations.
In order to hone my skills as a therapist, I participate in multiple forms of deliberate practice (DP). DP is a purposeful form of practice and skill-building for the specific goal of performance improvement. Individuals from a broad range of professions such as professional athletes, dancers, musicians, artists, medical professionals, and teachers use various types of DP. DP takes many forms including mindful skill-building, receiving coaching from experts in the field, peer supervision, intentional self-supervision, and observation of video-recorded sessions. In addition to doing each of those regularly, I participate in monthly group consultation with Stan Tatkin, a weekly peer supervision group with other local therapists, and weekly one-on-one peer consultation.
Advanced Professional Training
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Supervision, Jon Frederickson, 2021-2022
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Training, Allan Abbass, Ange Cooper 2021-2022
Accelerated Resolution Therapy Basic Skills, Jennifer Street, LCSW, February 2022
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Level III, Stan Tatkin, 2020-2021
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Core Skills, ISTDP Institute, Jon Frederickson, 2018-2021
Immersion Treating Depression with ISTDP, Allan Abbass December 2021
ISTDP Halifax Immersion, Allan Abbass & Joel Town, September 2021
ISTDP Halifax Immersion, Allan Abbass, Joel Town, Ange Cooper October 2020
Feedback Informed Treatment Intensive, Scott Miller, Susanne Bargmann, October 2020
Working with Splitting and Dissociation in a Fragile Patient, Jon Frederickson, July 2020
Untangling Projections, Diane Byster, May 2020
Deliberate Practice for Therapists, Alexandre Vaz & Tony Rousmaniere, February 2020
Emotional Transformation Therapy, Levels I, II, III, IV & V Steven Vazquez, 2018-2020
Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Through the Eye of the Needle, Part I, Peter Levine, 2018
Bodywork and Somatic Education, Modules I, II, III, & IV Dave Berger, 2017
Somatic Experiencing, Advanced, Modules I and II, Berns Galloway, 2016
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Level III, Stan Tatkin, 2016
Somatic Experiencing Master Class, Depression and Healthy Aggression, Peter Levine, 2015
Penetrating Defenses and Surmounting Shame, Jon Frederickson, & Susan Warshow, 2015
Somatic Experiencing, Intermediate, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, 2015
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Master Class, Stan Tatkin, 2014
Somatic Experiencing, Beginning, Modules I, II, and III, Maggie Kline, 2014
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Level II, Stan Tatkin, 2013
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association Conference, 2013
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Level I, Stan Tatkin, 2012
EMDR Level II, Rick Levinson, 2007
EMDR Level I, Roy Kiessling, 2007
International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association, member, diversity committee co-chair
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy Institute
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
International Deliberate Practice Society
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
International Center for Clinical Excellence
Emotional Transformation Therapy International Association
American Psychological Association
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Lifetime Member
National Association of Social Workers
Austin Group Therapy Society
Austin In Connection
Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1998