question & answer
Q & A
I proudly serve LGBTQIA+ Clients.
Are you accepting new clients?
APRIL 2021: No. I am currently not accepting new clients. I do not keep a waitlist, so if you think you might be interested in working with me, please consider reaching out in May or June of 2021 to see if this has changed.
Do you work evenings and weekends?
I work afternoons and evenings Monday through Thursday. Limited evening spots are available.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance. However, I am happy to provide a superbill for insurance reimbursement.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
My sliding scale spots are currently full.
where are you located?
I am a Senior Clinician at IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin located in South Austin at 4009 Banister Lane.
Currently I am conducting all sessions via telehealth.
When will you be back in the office?
I am hoping to return to in person work in May or June of 2021, however, I will continue to offer distance services.
Do you see couples? If you're my individual therapist, will you see me with my partner sometimes?
While I have post-graduate training in couples therapy, I exclusively treat individual clients. Within the context of individual therapy, I can facilitate a "you" turn to help you understand and work with the parts of you who are activated in relationships. If you need specialized support in working with your partner or partners, I am happy to provide a referral. If there are times where you believe it would be helpful for me to talk to your partner about your individual work or have your partner for emotional support, I am open to evaluating that request on a case-by-case basis.
I'm in an open/polyamorous relationship. will that be a problem for you?
No problem at all. I help clients in open/poly relationships with the same issues as my single and monogamous clients: healthy boundaries, clear and respectful communication, and living authentically.
I see you specialize in trauma. Do you use emdr?
I am EMDR trained, however, my preferred modality is IFS. I will also use Emotional Transformation Therapy, which utilizes light, eye movement, and color when appropriate for a client. If you're specifically looking for an EMDR therapist, here are some of my recommendations in Austin:
Adults of Unloving Parents (Attachment)
Brittany Fellwock, https://www.emdrtherapyaustin.com/
John Horton-Young, https://www.hortonyoungcounseling.com/
Mark Blockus, https://www.ipnbaustin.com/mark
EMDR & IFS for complex trauma
Wayne Baker, http://www.waynebakerlpc.com/home.html
What's radical about deep healing?
Radical: [ rad-i-kuhl ]
1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental.
2. thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms.
3. favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms.
My own language.
Experiential, trauma-informed therapies that work with embodied meaning and emotional memory.
See: IMPLICIT MEMORIES.
what are implicit memories?
Implicit memories are memories that show up as emotional, embodied meaning. They feel immediate and alive as we experience them. For every explicit memory, or conscious recall of a factual event or concept learned, we carry millions of implicit memories. Implicit wisdom enables us to have quick, predictable responses. These responses feel as if they are interpretations of the present, however, many (if not most) of them have deep roots in our first years—even months—of life.
At their core, implicit memories color in the blank spaces and guide us—we hope—toward safety. However, when we have repeated experiences of feeling alone with overwhelming emotion, our implicit memories become primed to predict a world where we will not be cared for, accepted, or understood. We might begin to see the world as dangerous, most people as cruel or unpredictable, or learn that relationships are an exhausting but necessary chore. Our implicit wisdom tries valiantly to steer us away from the rocky shores of pain, disappointment, and disconnection, but in its laser-focus can accidentally pull us to the place we’re desperately trying to avoid.
Deep healing therapies intentionally call forward implicit memory so that difficult meanings we created from early life experiences or later traumatic events can be witnessed, resourced, and healed. When we work with implicit memory, we add new information to how our neural networks encode our the past. Vigilance feels safe to rest because our vigilant part actually experiences safety. Hopelessness feels alive and curious because the part of us that needed to be hopeless to bear how powerless and alone they felt no longer has to be alone. This kind of healing is seated in the transformative power of loving, compassionate acceptance.
Why is it Radical?
Healing happens the moment we feel the pain of our past connect to safety and compassion in the present. Compassion from a caring other supports and guides us toward this experience, however, we must also feel deeply caring toward the parts of ourselves who are trapped, alone and exiled, for the healing to truly take hold. Choosing the healing path is inherently a radical act because with each unfolding layer of self-knowledge and self-acceptance, we move away from the objectification and judgement of our bodies, our lives, and our experiences, toward the wisdom of embodiment and emotion. Throughout this process, we deconstruct the belief that the value of human life is conditional. As we heal our traumas, we learn that is is oppressive to teach our children that they must be good to be loved. We also begin to question our internalized hierarchies of minds, bodies, and abilities. Author Sonya Renee Taylor writes,
A radical self-love is a world that works for every body.
Creating such a world is an inside-out job.
The world will present you with a hundred opportunities a day to judge yourself and objectify your body, your mind, and your time. Deep healing is how we get the inside-out job of un-learning objectification and embracing self-love done.
what are your
My longing for personal healing and my commitment to the wellbeing of my clients led me to pursue extensive post-graduate training. That means that I have a coherent, scientifically-informed approach to healing. What's most important is how comfortable you feel talking to me. However, if you're interested in learning more about my academic and post-graduate training, read on:
Cedar Crest College - BA in English with a concentration in creative writing
St. Edward's University in Austin Texas - MA in Counseling Psychology
Internal Family Systems
14-day level 1 training
5-day level 2 Trauma & Neuroscience, 10-day Intimacy from the Inside Out trainings
Program Assistant for two 2019 Level 1 Trainings in Austin, Texas
Program Assistant for Level 1 Distance Training (current)
Ongoing IFS consultation & therapy
3,000 hour post-graduate internship through IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin
2-day Brains in Session Training with Juliane Taylor Shore
1-day Tracking Neural Networks Training with Juliane Taylor Shore
Ongoing IPNB Intensive with author Bonnie Badenoch, 2020 - 2021
Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)
Level 1: Basic Tools & Introduction to ETT
Level 2: Visual Brain Stimulation Using Light
Level 3: Specific Mental Health Diagnoses
Level 4: Somatic Disorders
Level 5: Spiritual Issues
4-Day attachment-based sand tray training with Marshall Lyles
4-Day sand tray experiential work shop with therapists and authors Bonnie Badenoch and Teresa Kestly
2 day workshop with creator Bruce Ecker
4-Day EMDRIA-approved EMDR training completed with required consultation
2-Day EMDRIA-approved Integrated Treatment of Chronic Pain and Health Conditions: Utilizing Advanced EMDR Approaches and Nervous System-Driven Skills with Gary Brothers
12-day Beginning Level
Mending Boundaries Ruptures 2-day experiential training with Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Jeanna Gomez
Ongoing consultation with Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Juliane Taylor Shore
The Work of Marshall Rosenberg
2017: 4-day training with Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer Dian Killian
Relational Life Therapy
Level 1 online
Level 2 live with creator Terry Real
My spouse and I moved to Texas about 11 years ago when he co-founded a solar energy company. Prior to and throughout graduate school, I worked in animal medicine. I am deeply dedicated to issues of both animal and human welfare. My spouse and I live in South Austin with our family of rescued companions.
I decided to become a therapist because I wanted to do work in service to others that also satisfied needs for learning and curiosity. Well, that's what I wrote on my graduate school application. While that still rings true today, I now also understand that I had other motivations. Like every other person in a psychology class, I wanted to make sense of my life. I wanted to know if things could change for me.
When I started graduate school, those motivations were buried beneath protective parts of me who thought that healing others would be a way to heal myself. Fortunately, as I worked through my own grief--first related to chronic pain then to my life-long feelings of depression and disconnection--I began to come into contact with my own story. I realized that therapists don't really heal people. They create enough safety for people to find their own voice and find healing within themselves. In her poem, The Journey, Mary Oliver writes,
There was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life that you could save.
I believe that we all have a clear voice inside that knows exactly who we are and what we need to save our own lives. I am here if you would like my guidance and support on the journey to finding your clear voice.