faqs & fees
How much do individual sessions cost?
$155 per 50 minute session.
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes, I am currently accepting new clients.
Do you work evenings and weekends?
I work Monday through Thursday with limited evening appointments 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.
what are your specialities?
My specialties include:
Connecting to Emotions
Intuition & Authenticity
I am also:
welcoming of all LGBTQIA+ people,
intersectional in my approach to culture and identity, and
aware of the special challenges of working with first-responders and other helping professionals.
what if I'm not sure if that stuff describes me?
That's okay. Consider contacting me if:
You want to feel at ease in your body.
You want closer relationships--but it feels easier to be alone.
You want to feel safe to be yourself.
You want to feel energized and focused on your goals.
training & Modalities
What kind of modalities do you use?
The cornerstones of my practice are Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Internal Family Systems (IFS):
IPNB is an interdisciplinary science that explores how the human brain develops in the context of relationships.
IFS was developed as a way to speak directly to the native multiplicity of human consciousness and address how parts of us develop across the lifespan.
The practice of IFS works concurrently with the science of IPNB to honor an individual's in-the-moment experience of therapy.
My practice is also informed by the wisdom and techniques of other experiential and trauma-informed modalities. I approach each of these additional modalities as an IFS and IPNB therapist, honoring human multiplicity and the natural energy and information flow of the brain.
What kind of training do you have?
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 cohesive, 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:
Attended Cedar Crest College, a small women's school in Eastern Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.
Attended St. Edward's University in Austin Texas and graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in Counseling Psychology.
Internal Family Systems
14-day level 1 training complete
5-day level 2 Trauma & Neuroscience, 10-day Intimacy from the Inside Out trainings complete
Ongoing personal IFS therapy and consultation
Current Program Assistant level 1 training
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
UPCOMING 2020: Year-Long IPNB Intensive with author Bonnie Badenoch
Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)
Training at levels 1 and 2 completed
Ongoing consultation and training with ETT creator Steven Vasquez
4-Day attachment-based sand tray training with Marshall Lyles
4-Day sand tray experiential work shop with therapist and authors Bonnie Badenoch and Teresa Kestly
4-Day EMDRIA-approved EMDR training completed with required consultation
12-day Beginner Level completed with ongoing engagement with consultation and personal experiences with the model.
Mending Boundaries Ruptures 2-day experiential training with Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Jeanna Gomez
The Work of Marshall Rosenberg
2017: 4-day training with Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer Dian Killian
Relational Life Therapy
Completed Level 1 online & Level 2 live with creator Terry Real
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, anyway. While that still rings true today, I now understand that I had other motivations. Like every other person in a psychology class, I wanted to make sense of myself and I wanted to know if things could change for me. When I started grad 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 make enough space for people to find their own voice and find healing within themselves. In her poem The Journey, Mary Oliver says,
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 the strength within us to save our own lives. I am here if you would like guidance and support on that journey.