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 in your wellness journey. All of our associates are 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. 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

Susette Villegas, LCSW-S

Susette Villegas is a daughter, a mother, a military spouse, and a licensed clinical social worker. Susette is currently not accepting new clients.

Susette graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s in Social Work in 2007 and continued her education by pursing her clinical licensure in 2009. Susette grew up in a Puerto Rican household in a little town west of Texas called El Paso. Her core values are love, equality, and community. Susette believes she is equal parts extrovert and introvert and considers herself a life-long learner as the field of psychology is constantly evolving. 

Susette believes providing empathy to a client’s situation, identifying their strengths, and establishing values is important in the client’s therapeutic journey. 
Susette’s professional background is in medical field holding positions such as renal social work, discharge planner, service coordinator and case manager throughout the years. She has experience working with geriatric population, teens, families with children and children with disabilities. As a therapist, her goal with therapy is to provide psychoeducation, collaboratively find healthier ways to manage difficult emotions, and link client with community support as necessary. 


Susette has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, acquired and congenital disabilities, grief and loss, school, career and financial challenges, divorce care, PTSD and aging issues. She has helped many people who are first responders, military, and veteran personnel. Her belief is treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. 

Marissa Allen, LMSW

Marissa is a Licensed Master social Worker and practices under the supervision of Kayla Jackson,
LCSW-S. Marissa is currently not accepting new clients.


Marissa received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree from Texas State University.

Marissa has a background working with kids and young adults (ages 7-25) in both residential and educational settings. More extensively, she has worked with students ages 16-25. Her experience includes working with young people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, self esteem/worth issues, relationship issues, abuse, court involvement, and transitioning from high school into young adulthood and life transitions.

Through relationship building, she has assisted young people in discovering healthy coping mechanisms for traumatic experiences and everyday life stressors.
She is trained in various different therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

Her mission is to safely support and create space for clients to process tough emotions/experiences, heal, and discover new inner strengths.

In her free time, Marissa likes to collect plants, attend concerts, visit art exhibits, and read. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, meditation, working out regularly, and trying 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 virtual and currently 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 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

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 Addiction, PTSD, Depression, Bi-polar I and II, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Personality and Eating 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, LMSW

Sara Zavaleta (pronouns: they/them) is a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) currently practicing under the clinical supervision of René Gaitan, LCSW-S. They proudly serve as a queer and nonbinary clinician who supports folks in their healing journeys from trauma, including intergenerational trauma. Sara is a fluent Spanish speaker and a second-generation Salvadoran who was born and raised in Austin. Sara is no longer accepting new clients.

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 Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), play therapy, and mindfulness interventions; in addition, they plan to complete Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training by 2022. Sara has extensive experience supporting 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 children, adults, and families 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 licensiade (LMSW) bicultural y bilingüe quien está trabajando bajo la supervisión clínica de René Gaitan, LCSW-S. 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. 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 cognitiva y de comportamiento enfocada en el tratamiento de trauma (TF-CBT), terapia de juego, y tratamientos de meditación y yoga; también planifica completar el entrenamiento de desensibilización y reprocesamiento a través de movimientos oculares (EMDR) en 2022. Sara tiene experiencia extensa en apoyar a 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, LMSW

Tyler is a Licensed Master of Social Worker and practices under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Fagan-Wilen. 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 no longer available to see new clients.

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 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.

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 - Trauma Therapist
Miguel Carrillo,LMSW

Miguel is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) under the Clinical Supervision of Danita Gallegos, LCSW-S. Miguel uses pronouns he/him/his. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Miguel is no longer accepting new clients.

Miguel graduated from Widener University with a Master’s in Social Work. In this program, he also became Trauma-Informed Care certified.

Miguel works with the LGBTQ+ population by providing individual therapy, intakes, and crisis stabilization sessions. He is an advocate for the LGBTQ population and has relevant experience working with the unique challenges and concerns that may arise within this population.

Miguel also facilitates various groups such as, The Coming Out Support Group and Survivors of Suicide. Overall, he has been in the field of mental health for more than 5 years now working with diverse populations. Miguel identifies and empathizes with the unique barriers faced by BIPOC communities. Miguel strives to stay resourceful and works diligently with clients to help them reach their wellness goals.

Miguel uses various modalities when working with clients such as, trauma sensitive mindfulness, narrative therapy, trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT) as well as CBT.

During his free time, he enjoys going for walks, dining out, and socializing with my friends. Self-care is a huge component of his daily activities, and Miguel practices this regularly. He also enjoy watching movies, shows, and picking up a book when time permits.

Jennifer Carley, LMSW

Jennifer is a LMSW and specializes in providing trauma-focused therapy services to diverse populations ages 18-97+. Jennifer received her Master of Science in Social Work degree from UT Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Jennifer practices under the supervision of Arlene Montgomery, MSSW, Ph.D., LCSW-S. I am currently seeing clients in-person and accepting new clients.

My therapeutic style has been called calm, “like landing on a pillow”, deep, mindful, and insightful. I have worked with clients who have internalized racism, a history of incest, physical abuse, rape, sexual trafficking, and a variety of anxious and depressive feelings. I have lots of experience working with women and advocating for women’s rights. I also speak basic conversational Spanish.

Personally, I have survived violent intergenerational trauma. For my own recovery work, I have been in therapy for many years. Primarily I worked in psychodynamic depth work, based in attachment and family systems theories—In other words, I talked about my family a lot!  The good news is, today we have brain-based healing techniques that are highly effective. I am always studying to learn more about these methods so I can effectively help my clients.

These brain-based techniques for healing trauma (Experiential modalities) often require us to slow down and listen to ourselves. This can be hard if we are used to negating our feelings or pushing them down.  Or if we feel numb, disconnected from ourselves or maybe we don’t feel or remember anything. That’s all ok. There is no right place to start, no right pace to work. We’ll start where you are, we’ll work at your speed. I’ll be with you on your journey. You are not alone.

Please call for an appointment so you can decide if we would be a good match. Your sense of safety will be foremost in my mind.

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, LMSW

Ashley Daly is a Licensed Master of 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 no longer 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 bilingual and speaks Hebrew and English. Diana is trained in TF-CBT and working on her 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.

Clara Peretz, LMSW

Clara Peretz is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Austin, TX, who practices under the supervision of Arlene Montgomery, LCSW-S.

Clara received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Clara collaborates with clients to create a safe and affirming space where challenging thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be explored. She provides non-judgmental support and places an emphasis on trust-building and effective communication. Clara believes that the relationship between client and therapist has the power to heal attachment wounds, deepen understanding of self, and build self-esteem.

She aims to empower clients with education and therapeutic techniques for coping with trauma responses, anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use issues. Clara draws from a variety of modalities including but not limited to psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness practice, CBT, attachment-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy.

Clara understands the impact that societal systems and institutions can have on an individual’s health and well-being. She guides clients as they explore how oppressive systems may be affecting them mentally, physically, and spiritually, allowing for new perspectives to be imagined and utilized.

Clara has experience with individual and group therapies. She has worked with a wide range of clients in clinic-based and inpatient psychiatric settings, with incarcerated individuals, and with young adults in an academic setting. Clara identifies and empathizes with the unique barriers faced by the LGBTQ+ community, and welcomes clients from all gender and sexual identities.

Trauma-Informed Clinical Operations Manager

Jeneke Lesak, LCSW

Jeneke (pronounced “Jen-ih-kuh”) has been with Austin Trauma Therapy Center for 2 years and we are pleased to announce her new role as Clinical Operations Manager. 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

Olubunmi Oladosu, MHNP

My name is Olubunmi (Oh-Lou-Boone-Me) OLADOSU (Oh-Lad-Oh-Sue), I am a  board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide trauma-informed therapy based psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care from a trauma-informed lens. Olubunmi is seeings patients via tele-health and is accepting new clients.

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.

Trauma-Informed Social Media Specialist

Austin trauma Therapy
Rosario Bermudez

My name is Rosario Bermudez. I consider myself a Chicana with proud Mexican roots and strong Texan blossoms. I was born and raised in Houston, TX, and have a deep love for the city and the rural parts. I learned to appreciate culture and be part of different traditions. In 2018, I lived a full year in Mexico and was a Care Volunteer in Projects Abroad. I provided emotional and educational support to orphanages and care centers. I also worked along with my father in Huerto Rosario and learned about his agricultural business exporting avocados. In 2021, I moved to Austin, TX after graduation and fell in love with Austin’s green scenery and its heartfelt vibe.

I graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a B.S. in
Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I knew since high school I was passionate to learn about the human mind and human interactions. I have worked in diverse settings as a personal tutor, administrative coordinator, clinic assistant, and behavioral technician. I have completed the ABA, Human Subjects Training for Research, and Contact Tracer Certifications. I try my best to have a positive outlook in life and I love exploring. I’m a green reformer, a spiritualist, an aunt, a plant lover, and I believe in practicing a holistic lifestyle to have a healthy mind and body. I live by the following, “Change the way you look at life, and the life you look at will change.”

Trauma-Informed Billing Specialist

Amy Streitberger, LMSW

Bio Coming Soon

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