Supervised By Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S
Throughout life’s ups and downs we are constantly growing and changing. At times growth comes with ease; other times we may need support in finding balance, coping with unpleasant feelings, or processing difficult memories. Therapy provides you with a space uniquely your own to explore your goals and desires. I operate from a strengths-based perspective meaning that I believe you already have many of the tools you need to achieve your goals. I will accompany you on your unique path, providing support and offering insights along the way.
My approach to therapy is relational and warm. I believe that much of the healing that happens in therapy is facilitated by a trusting relationship between client and therapist. I strive to create an environment where you feel safe to express yourself and explore your inner thoughts and emotions. By virtue of my training in social work I have had the opportunity to develop my clinical skills from an ecological perspective or as I like to call it, the “big picture perspective.” This means that in addition to your emotions and past events, I consider how your environment and identity may intersect, shape, and contribute to the way you experience the world. Beyond this, I draw from trauma informed, cognitive behavioral, narrative, relational cultural and psychodynamic perspectives. I adjust my interventions to best fit each client’s unique needs.
I work primarily with adolescents age 14+ and adults experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship or attachment concerns, self-esteem, and stress.
My experience has included providing therapy to high schoolers through Vida Clinic as well as providing case management and support services for patients at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek psychiatric hospital. I also have experience providing support and advocacy to survivors of sexual trauma, domestic violence, and child abuse both in the legal system and institutions of higher education. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Women & Gender Studies at Willamette University, and my Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.
Outside of the office, I enjoy trying all the delicious food Austin has to offer, exercising, picnicking in Zilker Park, lazing around with my cat, and spending time outside with my rambunctious puppy. If I sound like a good fit for you, please get in touch to schedule a consultation.