Austin Trauma Therapy Center

We have a small team of women-identified, culturally sensitive, ethical, and trauma-informed associates ready to help you in your wellness journey. All of our Associates come with a social justice oriented background. 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 trained trauma-informed associates.

Trauma-Informed Therapists

Tyler Sanders, LMSW

Tyler is a Licensed Master of Social Worker and practices under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Fagan-Wilen.

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. 

Diana Zwang, LMSW

Diana is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Austin, Texas and practices under the supervision of Dr. Pamela A. Malone, LCSW-S.

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

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 is trained and experienced in a variety of therapeutic modalities 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 pursuing her training in EMDR in January 2021.

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

Meya Yi, LMSW

Meya (pronounced Me-Yay) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and practices under the Clinical Supervision of Dr. Ruth Fagan-Wilen. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California in Riverside, California. 

Meya has 10+ years of experience working with young children, teens and adults working through trauma coupled with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, suicidality, mood/personality disorders and domestic violence.

Meya uses a variety of modalities in her practice tailored to individual needs: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy,  Trauma-Informed Care, and Meditation/Mindfulness techniques.

Through a strengths-based, relational therapy, her goal is to create a safe space for clients to be seen, heard and valued. Meya 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. Meya is bilingual and speaks Korean and English.

In her free time Meya enjoys board games, streaming Netflix, cooking and spending time with her children and Nova, her precious Corgi. 

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.

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 Austin Trauma Therapy Center.

Stephanie Smiley, LMSW

Stephanie is a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker under the Clinical Supervision of Heather Davies. she is passionate about therapy that involves the mind, body, heart and spirit. Using a warm and relational approach, she welcome’s all of you into the room and create a nonjudgmental space for your many parts to express themselves. She believes in the innate capacity of each individual to heal when we let the body’s wisdom guide us and approach what arises with curiosity and compassion.

She specializes in supporting people with PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, high neurological/emotional sensitivity, and chronic pain. Her approach integrates various modalities including TF-CBT, EMDR, DBT, mindfulness meditation and somatic psychotherapy. She believes that together you will explore what best suits your needs and continually revaluate your progress together. 

In 2017 she received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Integrative Behavioral Health. She has had the privilege of working with people in a variety of settings including outpatient medical clinics, in-home family therapy, an inpatient psychiatric hospital and an interdisciplinary program for people with chronic pain.

Stephanie welcomes people of all identities to this practice and aims to be as inclusive and affirming of diversity as possible. Together you will create space to explore not just your personal experiences but how intergenerational traumas and marginalization may have contributed to both the wounds and resilience that you carry. 

Stephanie also loves Latin American culture and music and have spent time living in Mexico and South America. She is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish, . 

Jeneke Lesak, LCSW

Jeneke (pronounced “Jen-ih-kuh”) 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.

She is an experienced clinician for adults and adolescents in the following areas: trauma (including sexual, emotional and physical abuse), substance use, anxiety/depression and other mood disorders, self-harming behaviors, relationship issues, Traumatic Brain Injuries, psychotic disorders and personality disorders.

In the last 5 years, she has worked in a variety of settings: individual/group therapy, outpatient and residential treatment, and community-based social work. 

In her practice, Jeneke uses a variety of modalities tailored to individual needs: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, Strengths-Based Approach, Mindfulness techniques and Ecotherapy – a method to connect people with the natural world as a tool in the therapeutic process. Jeneke is TF-CBT trained and currently pursuing her EMDR training.

For fun, Jeneke enjoys traveling, hiking, camping and anything in the great out of doors, trying out new recipes and spending time with family and friends.  

Veronica Garza, LPC

Veronica is a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

Veronica enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults.

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.

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Selena Casanova

Selena is an undergraduate student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently earning her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Creative Writing and aspires to pursue her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has a great passion for advocating for mental health wellness and believes highly in the positive impact that therapy can have on lives. We’re so excited to have her at ATTC!

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