I have lived in Austin since November of 2005 and have not missed the Wisconsin winters of my childhood for even one second! I am incredibly proud to be the Executive Director of Capital Area Counseling; my team here comprises some of the most amazing individuals I have ever worked with. My passion and life's work have always been advocating for and supporting those in need of mental health services; CAC shares that mission with me. I have worked hard to connect CAC to as many like-minded local nonprofits and partnering agencies as possible. I aim to continue that same mission until affordable, high-quality, easily accessible mental health services are available to everyone.
I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Alabama – Livingston. My Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision was completed at the University of the Cumberlands. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor -Supervisor in Texas. In addition to my role at CAC, I teach as a University Supervisor for the fantastic students at Northwestern University. I also own From Spark to Fire Counseling & Supervision, a private group practice in North Austin/Leander.
When I'm not working…I can be found in Leander with my husband and twin daughters doing all kinds of fun and creative things! In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, movies, and all things chocolate! I live my life as an adventure finding a reason to share a laugh and a smile whenever possible!
Business Website: https://fromsparktofire.com/
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in education, and my master’s degree in clinical counseling. I spent the entirety of my practicum and academic internships at CAC, and I completed my postgraduate work here as well. The lessons learned, the support I received, and the wonderful humans I met along my pre-grad and post-grad journey inspired me to become part of the CAC staff.
Though my path through the mental health field started in 1990 with addiction recovery and then crisis stabilization/management, I grounded myself in mindfulness therapies as I transitioned to becoming a therapist. Once I had my full licensure, I quickly turned to becoming a supervisor for CAC’s student counselors as both an opportunity to give back all that I have learned and to challenge myself with new growth and development.
At this point, I am now the Clinical Director of CAC, see many student counselors, facilitate a sex therapy peer group, coordinate the relationships CAC has with every university our student counselors attend, and generally try to be available as much as possible. I love the challenges I face with making sure CAC’s policies and procedures are inclusive and driven by CAC’s twofold mission of creating a safe space for student counselors to grow, develop, and healthily explore therapy and making sure that we are always available to the citizens of Texas who are looking for therapy at a price just about anyone can reach.
I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Park University in 2018. Soon after I moved to Austin, TX, and have fallen in love with this place! I enjoy Austin’s scenery, hiking, and all the dog-friendly places. I started working with Capital Area Counseling in the summer of 2018. I love meeting and interacting with all of our clients and watching them benefit from the services we provide. I am so grateful to work in a fun and caring environment where I learn something new every day!
My name is Karissa Roy. I was born in San Antonio, Texas but have also lived in other countries/states but Austin is the place to be! I am a certified drug and alcohol counselor and an LPC Intern. I support and believe in what Capital Area Counseling does and hope to continue to be a liaison, sharing and spreading the support that CAC offers. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness techniques, and compassion as my counseling style. I strongly believe in art therapy, recreational therapy, and animal therapy and the benefits of these styles to be therapeutic and beneficial for most individuals.
Hi! My name is Chloe Stagg. I was born in Louisiana, but moved to Texas when I was 10 years old. I have lived in different cities around Texas, but Austin has my heart I enjoy reading, drawing, and spending time outside. I graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Psychology in 2022. I'm super excited to be working with Capital Area Counseling, and fully support our mission to help heal and better the mental health of Austinites and beyond. I'm so thankful to be working with such amazing people who are so dedicated to bettering the lives of our community!
Hi! My name is Amina Abedin and I'm sending you good vibes from the Philippines. During my free time I like to read short stories, write fictions, and relax at home. I am thankful to be a part of such a supportive and amazing team, and more so to the services that CAC offers to the people in Austin.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas and Arizona. I went to St. Edward’s University for their MAC program in Counseling. I specialize in seeing young adults, college and high school, Individuals, and Families. My Clinical Specialization focuses on Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, Procrastination, Mindfulness, and Anxiety from medical trauma.
I approach therapy by providing a safe place to explore what gets in the way of you thriving. What patterns and beliefs are showing up in your present life the keep you in the past or the future and not in the present. Based on NARM, SE and EMDR (ASSYST) Therapies.
I love walking my puppies, reading, and spending time with horses. I offer mindful and nervous system stabilization equine retreats. I was an intern at CAC for my internship and a volunteer supervisor post Internship.
Practice Information: www.findingbalancecounselingpllc.com
I am an LPC Supervisor in the state of Texas. I work to provide a safe space for personal and professional development for my interns via an empathic, experiential, and holistic approach to clinical supervision. I have over a decade of experience in working with individuals, groups, and couples.
I believe therapeutic development is a life-long process and I am passionate about walking alongside my interns while learning and growing together. Through a collaborative approach, I support my interns in developing their own individual style on their journey to becoming a therapist. I’m also a CAC alum.
I enjoy hiking, meditating, reading/taking trainings (I’m a perpetual learner), traveling, and spending time with my family and pups.
Practice information: www.atxintuitiveconnections.com
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in Texas. I went to The University of Texas for my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Houston Baptist University for my master’s degree in Psychology. I specialize in the treatment of adolescent-aged children and their parents. My experience includes working in various levels of care and treatment settings, including inpatient, PHP/IOP, and short-term school-based therapy.
I strive to create a safe and comfortable space for my interns to allow for growth and confidence as a therapist. I provide support, compassion, and constructive feedback to facilitate thoughtfulness, authenticity, and individuality in the therapeutic process.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, knitting, reading, and hiking with my dog.
Hi! I am an LMFT supervisor in the State of Texas. And I am passionate about helping new therapists become confident and competent in their trauma informed work. I have master level training in healing complex (childhood) trauma to help adult clients unwind from what happened to them as children so they can live with calm, connection, creativity, and confidence. I also have a passion for grief counseling, offering a safe space to work through the death of loved ones and other forms of loss (break ups, career, identity). I have a marketing and business background that has helped me build and run a thriving and fulfilling practice for eight years. I love what I do! And I love helping new therapists find their passion, voice and style!
Website Link: http://www.deanjaneff.com/
Hi I'm Paola. I'm an English and Spanish speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Dallas, TX. I obtained my graduate training at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas where I received my Master of Science in Psychology with a certification in Psychological services for Spanish Speaking Populations
I have experience working with survivors of trauma/sexual abuse, children of divorce/separation, women's health, LGBTQ individuals, formerly incarcerated and individuals with substance use/addiction concerns. I work from a solution-focused approach from which I was trained in but I also incorporate a mindfulness-based, humanistic, client-centered and existential approaches. I currently own my own private practice where my work focuses on providing individuals, couples and family counseling. My specialties are working with Latino or BIPOC individuals, childhood trauma, survivors of sexual/physical/domestic trauma, greif, and womens health.
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