Austin Trauma Therapy Center

We know that the success of our clients heavily depends on the health and wellness of our staff and because our team is so focused on this healing work with others, it is our priority to keep our staff healthy and well. We’re honored to receive the City of Austin: 2022 Mayor’s Health and Fitness award.

Our team is focused on helping people heal and regaining a sense of agency post trauma/crisis. We have a diverse team of culturally sensitive, ethical, and trauma-informed practitioners ready to help you on your wellness journey. Every member of our team is required to have training and knowledge in multiple Trauma-Informed practices and all come with a social justice oriented background. We prioritize and practice trauma-informed leadership throughout our agency whether working directly or indirectly with clients. At ATTC, we are allies and supporters of the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. Please feel free to reach out to schedule a session with our highly skilled Austin therapy associates.

Trauma-Informed Therapists

Austin Trauma Therapy Center
LaJuan McKinney, LCSW

LaJuan “Juana” McKinney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Juana received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Juana is currently accepting new clients.

Juana utilizes evidence-based Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychoanalytic Therapy, and incorporates mindfulness with all treatments.

Juana’s experience includes counseling sexual and domestic violence survivors, the LGBTQIA+ community, treatment for those needing support with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Her approach is trauma informed,strengths based, and client centered which provides a safe space for healing. She believes there is no one size fits all modality and tailor’s treatment to each
individual client.

Juana’s approach is guided and collaborative as she believes clients are the experts on their own lives. Juana is passionate about helping clients become the best version of themselves. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and being outdoors.

Marissa Allen, LCSW

Marissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in psychology from Texas State University. She is currently virtual and accepting new clients.

With a wealth of experience, Marissa specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, college, and post-graduate students. Her expertise spans various challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem/self-worth issues, interpersonal relationships, boundary setting, and major life transitions.

Marissa’s mission is to create a therapeutic space that is safe, inclusive, empathetic, and supportive for all. Approaching therapy through a social justice lens, Marissa employs diverse therapeutic modalities such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. She is dedicated to forging authentic connections with her clients, fostering a collaborative environment where together they can explore coping mechanisms for navigating both traumatic experiences and the challenges of everyday life.

Outside of her professional role, Marissa finds joy in collecting plants, attending concerts, exploring art exhibits, and getting lost in a good book or TV show. She values time spent with friends and family, incorporates meditation and regular workouts into her routine, and delights in experimenting with new air fryer recipes.

Emily Lambert, LCSW

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practices under the supervision of Earley Barnes-Ullrich LCSW-S. Emily is also currently working towards her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential. Emily is accepting new clients.

Emily received her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Since then, she has gained experience working with individuals across the lifespan, including children, teens, adults, and families. She has experience working with trauma, mental health disorders such as
anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism.

Emily places an emphasis on creating safety and comfortability in the therapy space through use of humor and genuine connection with her clients. She takes a holistic approach to therapy and highlights the relationship between mental and physical health.
In the last four years Emily has worked in a variety of settings including schools and residential treatment. She is an eclectic clinician who utilizes aspects of Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed-Care and Strengths Based Approach to help guide her work. Additionally, she has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), parent education, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and Theraplay which utilizes play interventions to help strengthen the child and caregiver relationship.

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her dog, Ollie. She also loves trying new foods, baking, and being outdoors.

Melissa Solano, LCSW

Melissa received her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Melissa also received a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the same university. Melissa is virtual and accepting new clients.

Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. Melissa has spent most of her career working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and childhood abuse and neglect. She has worked with individuals with a wide range of emotional and behavioral needs. Melissa has worked extensively with the Latinx/Latine community including immigrants and unaccompanied minors. She has also worked with clients who have migrated to the United States from a variety of different countries. Melissa works to create a safe space for people in BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. 

Among the therapeutic modalities that Melissa uses are Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Melissa holds a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),.

Melissa is a native Texan who enjoys hiking at different trails around town and spending time in nature. Melissa engages in a variety of creative pursuits including jewelry making and painting. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. 

Melissa is passionate about supporting survivors of trauma in their journey towards healing. She believes in using a variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions depending on what works best for each individual client. 

Miranda Allen, LCSW

Miranda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a background in Mental Health. Miranda is originally from Houston, TX and graduated with a Masters in Social Work from University of Houston. Miranda is virtual and accepting new clients.

“Miranda has experience in individual, family and group therapy. Miranda has utilized diverse techniques in treatment such as Astrology/Zodiac signs, personality tests and temperament analysis. Miranda has a passion for helping guide people struggling with common life
stressors, mental illness, and life transitions.

Miranda’s core values are meeting the client where he/she is and exploring best options for healing and growth. Miranda is experienced in therapeutic techniques for treating Grief/End of Life, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar I and II and Personality Disorders. 

Miranda believes that each person requires a customized treatment plan that meets their specific needs and background. Miranda values self-determination, cultural competency, empathy, resilience, and empowerment. 

In her spare time, Miranda enjoys spending time with her nephew, meditating, and practicing self-care.

Miranda enjoys socializing and meeting new people and looks forward to being your therapist.

Sara Zavaleta
Sara Zavaleta, LCSW

Sara Zavaleta (pronouns: they/them) is a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). They proudly serve as a queer and nonbinary clinician who supports folks in their healing journeys from trauma, including intergenerational or historical trauma. Sara is a fluent Spanish speaker and a second-generation Salvadoran who was born and raised in Austin. Sara is accepting new clients virtually.

In their psychotherapy, Sara uses an intersectional feminist, trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and strengths-based approach that honors people’s identities and cultures. For treatment options, Sara offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and mindfulness interventions. Sara has extensive experience supporting parents with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), survivors of gender-based violence (domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, etc.), asylum seekers, immigrant communities, LGBT+ folks, and people of color. Sara works to provide the empathetic therapeutic support to adult individuals that they would have liked to have at the start of their own healing journey.

Sara earned their Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. For their undergraduate education, they graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

In their spare time, Sara enjoys swimming, paddleboarding, hiking, and cycling–basically any quality time in nature is great! Sara also loves regularly practicing yoga and meditation as part of their self-care practice.

Sara Zavaleta (pronombres: elle) es une trabajadore social clínico (LMSW) quien es bicultural y bilingüe. Con mucho orgullo, Sara es une terapista quir y nonbinarie quien apolla a la gente en sus caminos de sanación de trauma, incluyendo trauma intergeneracional o histórico. Sara habla español a un nivel experto y es une salvadoreñe de segunda generación nacide y criade en Austin.

En su psicoterapia, Sara usa un enfoque feminista interseccional, informada por trauma, centrada en sobrevivientes de violencia, y basada en las fortalezas de cada persona que honra las identidades y culturas de la gente. Para opciones de tratamiento, Sara ofrece terapia de desensibilización y reprocesamiento por movimiento ocular (EMDR), terapia cognitiva y de comportamiento enfocada en el tratamiento de trauma (TF-CBT), y tratamientos de meditación. Sara tiene experiencia extensa en apoyar a pacientes con trastornos perinatales de ánimo y ansiedad (PMADs), sobrevivientes de violencia basada en género (violencia doméstica, violencia sexual, acecho, etc.), solicitantes de asilo, comunidades inmigrantes, personas en la comunidad LGBT+, y gente de color. Sara trabaja para proveer el apoyo terapéutico y empático a niños, adultos, y familias que a elle le hubiera gustado tener al principio de su propio camino de sanación.

Sara obtuvo su Maestría de Ciencia en Trabajo Social (MSSW) y Maestría de Arte en Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Tejas en Austin. Para su educación de bachillerato, se graduó de la Universidad Vanderbilt con una Especialidad en Sociología y una Subespecialidad en Español.

Es su tiempo libre, Sara goza nadar, andar en su tabla de remo, ir en caminatas, y andar en bicicleta–básicamente cualquier tiempo en la naturaleza es fantástico! Sara también goza meditar y hacer yoga como parte de su práctica de autocuidado.

Tyler Sanders, LCSW

Tyler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Tyler is no longer accepting new clients.

Tyler received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Tyler has an extensive background in mental health and has worked with a wide array of clientele ranging from children as young as the age of five to geriatric. She also has experience in working with clients in the following areas: trauma (sexual trauma, emotional and physical abuse), anxiety/depression, psychosis, and mood disorders. Tyler has worked in inpatient/outpatient settings, group settings, residential settings, and community based social work. 

Tyler implements different treatment modalities, such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Tyler takes a strength based approach to aid the client in identifying mindfulness techniques and develop effective coping skills to daily life stressors. Tyler is TF-CBT Trained.

With the use of having a client centered, solution focused approach her goal is to provide a safe environment for the client to feel safe and secure in exploring their emotions, self goals, and how the client views themselves.

In her free time, Tyler likes to participate in yoga, running on nature trails, and painting. Tyler likes to express creativity and advocacy for mental health through her pieces. She also enjoys going to different art exhibits and learning about other cultures and their creative expression. 

Austin Trauma Therapy Center - Trauma Therapist - PhD
Kathryn Wortz, PhD.

Kathryn Wortz Ph.D. is a seasoned clinical psychologist who has practiced over many years. She’s worked not only in private practice but also in University and Collegiate training settings. Dr. Wortz is available to see new clients virtually.

Her work has focused on treating survivors of trauma, particularly those who were abused as children. With her warm style and blend of solid psychotherapeutic traditions, she sees the role of therapist as compassionate witness and collaborator, gently guiding, as well as “walking alongside” the client through the process of healing the past and embracing the present. 

Kathryn is bilingual in English and Spanish. Kathryn uses Emotionally Focused Therapy along with Exposure therapy and Gestalt Theory for a here and now approach. She also uses a DBT approach to help with treating mood disorders and self-harm. Dr. Wortz is currently being trained in EMDR as of 2024.

Dr. Wortz received her BA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)  before coming to Texas where she attained the PhD in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech. Dr. Wortz is clinically licensed in Texas and Maine.

She has been licensed in Texas for nearly 30 years. She practiced for 20 years in West Texas before moving to East Texas to work for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler. She now continues to serve others at ATTC.

David Karim, LMSW

David has an LMSW licensure and is in the process of accruing the needed clinical hours for his independent clinical license. David is currently under the supervision of Diana Anzaldua, LCSW-S. David is accepting new clients virtually.  I am currently virtual and accepting new clients.

David Karim was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He spent the last 6 years living in southern Minnesota and jumped at the opportunity to move to Texas in August of 2021. David has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, a Master of Business Administration and is newly graduated with a Master of Social Work. 

David has been fortunate enough to experience multiple international travels, and these formative experiences strengthened his beliefs in healing connection, the art of redemption, the power of vulnerability, and the sacredness of psychotherapy. 

David’s mission to help his clients on their healing journeys was created on the foundational belief that everyone deserves to live their truth and own their life. His diverse professional background has inspired him to construct an eclectic approach to his therapy modality so that he can tailor his clients’ experience to their individual needs.

Rose Hernandez, LCSW-S

Rose Hernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board appointed Supervisor. Ms. Hernandez appreciates working with adults, children, teens, and young adults as well as their parents who face challenges in their current lives.

Ms. Hernandez’s expertise includes helping clients with relational difficulties, career frustrations, emotional repercussions of trauma, areas of attachment, depression, and anxiety. Rose has over 20 years experience working with traumatized populations in a variety of settings.

Her approach includes the development of a comfortable, nonjudgmental, and compassionate environment. Ms. Hernandez has experience with relational therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a Certified Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and trained in Trauma-Conscious Yoga.

Her experience serves to assist the client in developing healthy connections with life, others, and self. She is bi-lingual and bi-cultural (LatinX) and goes by she, her, and ella.

Austin Trauma Therapy Center - Trauma Therapist, LPC
Veronica Garza, LPC

Veronica is a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Veronica enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Veronica is no longer accepting new clients.

Veronica assesses clients’ concerns and provides guidance while empowering the client in their healing. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR in English and Spanish) and incorporates techniques used in play therapy, client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution-focused, motivational-interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as creative and expressive arts (art, dance and music). 

She has experience working with individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence, domestic violence, community violence, family separation resulting from divorce, deportation, incarceration, and removal by child protective services as well as those who are working to overcome depression, anxiety and trauma from either recent events or from childhood.

Veronica also advocates and provides therapeutic support for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities so that they are able to heal and repair their internal being and relationships with others.

Veronica spends most of her free-time balancing her physical and emotional health by being active and finding ways to have meaningful connections with family and friends. She is always prepared for good conversations and others perspectives. Veronica is Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Austin Trauma Therapy Center
Tania Flores, LMSW

Tania Flores is a Bilingual Licensed Master’s Social Worker in Austin, TX. Tania will be fully licensed in Summer 2024. Tania is accepting new clients.

I’m a bilingual therapist who can hold warm, compassionate space for adults (18+) and elders. I support people to navigate stress, feel seen, heard, and understood. Most importantly though, I can help you face the unique challenges and pressures you may be facing at this time.

In the past, I’ve provided care for those struggling with grief,depression, life transitions, generational trauma, domestic violence, parentification, anxiety and work/school stress. At Austin Trauma Therapy Center, I’m committed to providing inclusive care by supporting bodies of culture, Latinx 1st gen and 1.5 gen identities… if you know, you know.

Seeking therapy involves strength and vulnerability. Together we can create a safe space to explore your experiences and move collaboratively towards your goals. As a therapist, my approach is person centered and I draw from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I’m dedicated to your healing journey. You are important to me.

Outside of the therapy space, I enjoy exploring new cities whenever possible, and spending time with my family and friends. I find joy in cycling, pilates and nature. I work under the supervision of Jessica Reynolds, LCSW-S

Soy una terapeuta bilingüe y puedo brindar un espacio cálido y compasivo para adultos (mayores de 18 años) y personas mayores. Apoyo a las personas a navegar el estrés, a sentirse vistas, escuchadas y comprendidas. Sin embargo, lo más importante es que puedo ayudarle a enfrentar los desafíos y presiones únicas que pueda estar pasando en este momento.

 Mi experiencia ha sido con atención a quienes se enfrentan con el duelo, las transiciones de vida, el trauma generacional, parentalización , ansiedad y el estrés laboral/escolar. En Austin Trauma Therapy Center, estoy dedicada a brindar atención inclusiva apoyando a personas diversas e, identidades latinx de 1. generación y 1.5 generación.

 Buscar terapia  requiere fortaleza y vulnerabilidad. Juntx podemos crear un espacio seguro para explorar tus experiencias y avanzar de manera colaborativa hacia tus metas. Como terapeuta, estoy dedicada a tu sanación. Tu eres importante para mi.

Fuera del espacio de terapia, disfruto explorar nuevas ciudades y pasar tiempo con mi familia y amigxs. Algunos de mis pasatiempos son andar en bicicleta,  pilates y la naturaleza. Trabajo bajo la supervisión de Jessica Reynolds, LCSW-S. 

Hadley Heckmann, LMSW

Hadley Heckmann is a Licensed Master Social Worker and is currently under the supervision of Diana Anzaldúa, LCSW-S. Hadley received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Hadley is currently accepting new clients in person and virtually.

Hadley a creative, collaborative, and attuned therapist passionate about working with queer clients as well as youth, young adults, and couples. She has a background in helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, personality and mood disorders, and substance use, as well as ADHD, autism, gender dysphoria, family of origin issues, isolation, conflict, and significant life transitions.

They use a trauma-informed, humanitarian approach to create a supportive environment for you to move through what is present, past, or on the horizon of your life and will stay beside you in whatever comes up.
Adaptability, a strengths-based and person-centered approach, and the client-therapist relationship are integral to her social work practice.

Their techniques include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), play and art therapy, internal family systems (IFS), attachment-based therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She strives to incorporate play, creativity, and honesty in sessions alongside the
harder moments.

Ryan McEwen, LCSW

Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan also has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from a small liberal arts college in New York. Ryan is no longer accepting new clients.
Ryan has an eclectic approach to therapy with the basis of her practice being relational. She believes the power of relationships and connection are the driving force in creating change.  Each client is the writer of their own story and history, therapy is a way to untangle and make sense of your journey. 
Ryan’s work has been largely focused in inpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents with experience in family, individual, and group therapies. Ryan has experience working with developmental and complex trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, suicidality, self-esteem, varying types of abuse, relational and familial conflict. Ryan primarily works with adolescents, families, and young adults, as well as adult survivors of trauma. 
Ryan is interested in helping individuals work through the impacts of intergenerational trauma and attachment based issues. Ryan’s approach is gentle yet direct when needed. Ryan is passionate about creating a safe space for her therapy clients to find their most authentic versions of themselves.
Ryan has 8 plus years’ experience working with young children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. Early in her studies Ryan worked in domestic violence and foster care and has since focused primarily in acute mental health. Ryan has experience working across different populations.

Ryan is trained in crisis de-esclation, Crisis Prevention Interventions, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is trained in EMDR.
In her free time, Ryan loves yoga, spending time outside, playing with her pup, and reading!

Austin Trauma Therapy Center Social Worker Ashley
Ashley Lopez, LCSW

Ashley Daly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practices under the supervision of Leticia Jimenez, LCSW-S. Ashley Daly holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Ashley is accepting new clients.

Throughout her professional career, Ashley has worked with diverse populations by assisting in case management services, crisis assessments/interventions, and support through empathic counseling.

Ashley has extensive background in working with clients who are experiencing symptoms related to grief and loss, complex trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, personality disorders, and anxiety/depression. Ashley has also had experience working with individuals suffering from substance abuse, experiencing homelessness, and incarceration.

Ashley’s therapeutic approach is integrative utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused methods. Ashley values the importance of creating a therapeutic environment that focuses on empowering clients to identify and maximize their unique strengths to reach their desired goals.

Ashley supports and teaches clients tools to practice healthy coping skills, so they can make the necessary changes to live a happier and healthier life. It is Ashley’s passion to advocate, support, and walk alongside clients in their therapeutic journey because she believes change is possible.

Ashley is an Austin native who now resides in San Antonio with her husband and goldendoodle, Sophie. In her free time, Ashley enjoys painting, traveling, going for bike rides, and spending time at the river. Ashley finds the outdoors to be most important in maintaining healthy self-care practices.

Antonia Garcia, LMFT

Antonia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with over five years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. Antonia provides services in both English and Spanish. Antonia is no longer accepting new clients.

Antonia is a Mexican-American woman raised on the Texas border. Antonia uses the pronouns she/her/ella. Antonia was raised both bilingual (English and Spanish) and bicultural.

Antonia completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Spanish at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Antonia went on to complete a Master of Science in Psychology specializing in Family, Couple, and Individual Psychotherapy while also completing the Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations certification at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Antonia has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, victims of human trafficking, immigrants, and individuals on the Autism spectrum. Antonia believes everyone has the ability to achieve their goals. In her work, Antonia emphases collaboration and frequent feedback.

Antonia’s approach is systems based and incorporates principles of Narrative Therapy, MRI, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Antonia believes strongly in strengths based, client centered, and social justice focused interventions.   

Diana Zwang, LCSW

Diana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Austin, Texas. Diana is virtual and currently accepting new clients.

Diana received her Master of Social Work degree from Texas State University, and a bachelor of psychology degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 

Diana has extensive background in leading therapy groups in in-patient hospital settings and also provides individual counseling focused on implementing new coping skills post-hospital treatment to help clients ease back into life’s journey, safely.

Diana uses strategies and principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Neuroscience. She uses these approaches to help clients lessen the effect of life stressors and heal deep-rooted trauma. 

Diana assists clients gently through the healing process as they develop new awareness and discover inner strengths that lead them to inner peace and mental clarity.

She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches in her work including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBTp, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Trauma Focused CBT, Mindfulness. These modalities are proven to help patients cope with a variety of life problems and crises. Diana is trained in TF-CBT and has a EMDR certification.

In her free time Diana enjoys trying new recipes and spending time with her cat and dogs.

Mariana Marquez, LCSW

Mariana Marquez-Vega is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Mariana is fluent both English and Spanish. Mariana is virtual and accepting new clients.

Mariana started her career as a case manager at a behavioral clinic that allowed her to transition to Clinician for teenage boys at an immigrant shelter were she was able to conduct anger management groups and individual therapy. Marina has extensive experience working with teens struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, aggressive outbursts, teens transitioning out of juvenile facilities. Children and Families involved with State agencies.

Mariana is trained in TF-CBT as well as EMDR in psychiatric care and counseling services with toddlers, adults, and geriatrics. Mariana uses a trauma-informed client-centered psychodynamic approach to help her clients heal.

Through a strengths-based, relational therapy, her goal is to create a safe space for clients to be seen, heard and valued. Mariana looks forward to working with you in your healing journey, identifying where you would like to go and figuring out how you can get to that place from where you are now. 

In her free time, Mariana enjoys spending time with her family.

Trauma-Informed Lead Clinician

Jeneke Lesak, LCSW

Jeneke (pronounced “Jen-ih-kuh”) A Licensed Clinical Social Worker. At this time, she is no longer seeing new clients. 

Jeneke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and offers her clients a compassionate, heart-centered approach. She has a gift for making people feel comfortable in her presence and stays attuned to their needs in a supportive and safe environment. She understands the value for people to arrive at their own solutions and serves as a gentle, patient guide each step of the way. Her focus is on client strengths and how to enhance and bring awareness to one’s innate abilities to improve an overall sense of well-being.

Jeneke received her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas in 2015 and has 10 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings: individual/group therapy, outpatient and residential treatment, and community-based social work. Areas of expertise include: trauma (single event and complex; including sexual, emotional and physical abuse), addiction, anxiety/depression and other mood disorders, relationship issues, psychosis, self-harming behaviors and suicidality. Jeneke has experience working with the LGBTQ+ and transgender community. 

In her practice, Jeneke uses a variety of modalities tailored to individual needs: EMDR, TF-CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, Strengths-Based Approach, Mindfulness techniques and Nature-Based Therapy techniques. 

For fun, Jeneke enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, being outside in general, trying out new recipes and spending time with family and friends.  

Trauma-Informed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Open position

Trauma-Informed ADHD Coach / Neurodiverse Accommodation Specialist

Jennifer Lawrence, RBT | ADHD Coach

Jennifer Lawrence is a Master’s Level Behavior Clinician. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Liberty University. Her Master’s degree is in Applied Behavior Analysis at Cairn University. Jennifer is virtual and currently accepting new clients.

Jennifer has over 10 years of experience working with neurodiverse individuals including adults, adolescents and young children. Jennifer is passionate about advocating and supporting neurodiverse individuals to achieve their goals. She is an effective facilitator that actively listens to analyze and problem solve to meet the needs of individuals she serves. She believes that all individuals deserve access to quality education and competitive employment that enhances their lives. 

 Jennifer has worked with diverse individuals throughout her career and believes in a culturally responsive approach.  She has led culturally responsiveness training to bring awareness to bias and healthcare disparities  that affects diverse individuals in both the healthcare and workplace setting. 

Jennifer is an author and advocate of inclusiveness as well as civil rights for diverse individuals in the community. She is committed to holding safe spaces for diverse individuals where their voices can be heard.

In her free time, Jennifer loves traveling with her family, sci-fi comics and shows. 

Trauma-Informed Licensed Dieticians/Nutritionists

Eating Disorder Nutritionist in Austin, TX
Annabelle Osowski, LD/RD

Annabelle Osowski is a registered dietitian nutritionist with over a decade and a half of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Annabelle is accepting new clients.

She is certified in adult weight management. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English. She is passionate about educating and empowering her clients with knowledge of food and nutrition to help them achieve their health goals and to allow them to be proactive in their wellness journey.

She developed her interest in nutrition at an early age when her younger brother was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and the family stressed the necessity of implementing healthy lifestyle changes.

She recognizes the importance of understanding her clients’ background, culture, relationship with food, and tailors her counseling to meet their individual needs. Annabelle has worked with clients across the age spectrum from pediatrics to long-term care.

She has worked in drug and alcohol detox and recovery programs. Annabelle has experience working
with clients in behavioral health settings and treating clients with a variety of neurological disorders in
addition to traumatic brain injuries.

Annabelle is a consultant at Arbonne, a Vegan based health and wellness company and she follows a primarily plant-based nutrition plan. Annabelle values a holistic
approach to nutrition counseling.

Annabelle is an avid runner, practices yoga, and believes that physical activity is beneficial for overall wellness and encourages her clients to implement daily movement. She understands through recovery that healed people heal people and does not ask her clients to do something she herself would be unwilling to do.

She practices in a judgement free space and commits to meeting people where they are along the spectrum of nutrition. She is committed to listening empathetically and providing a safe space for her clients to bring questions, offer hope, and be a part of their journey to better health.

Austin Trauma Therapy Center - Nutritionist
Priscilla Blevins, LD/RD

Priscilla Blevins is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in South Texas area, who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and mental health. She teaches clients how to read their body by showing them how to nourish their mind and body with the right ratio of food that is calming and relaxing, so they can be empowered to know what foods fuel them to live their life to the fullest. Priscilla is no longer accepting new clients.

Priscilla has worked with traumatized populations for several years and understands the correlation between trauma and nutrition.

Priscilla has been featured in magazines such as: MindBodyGreen, EatingWell, News Technology World and Daily World News.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist

Guadalupe “Pita” McGregor

Bio coming soon…

Trauma-Informed Patient Coordinator

Julia Molina-Zarate

Julia joins our team as our Office/ Patient Coordinator. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister. She was born and raised in San Diego, Texas and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She currently resides in Austin, Texas and loves the city that still manages to keep a small town feeling. Julia is bilingual in English and Spanish.

She believes in the importance of listening first when establishing a connection with her community. She has a passion for serving others in providing the best possible experience and resources that she can. Julia has built upon her unique skill set through her experience working with diverse populations that include individuals who have been incarcerated, their families, as well as communities who lack accessibility to the necessary resources to survive day-to-day life. While Julia recognizes the importance and necessary step of building a support system, she also understands the difficulty in taking that first step. It is important to her to help individuals understand that they are never alone.

She is an avid nature enthusiast and loves to take every opportunity she can to implement meditative techniques while observing nature.

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