Founded in the spring of 2012, Therapy Austin is a counseling agency with several locations in central and north Austin - with one coming south! - whose mission is to provide high-quality mental health services to adults. We accomplish this by engaging in a selective hiring process then investing heavily in the ongoing training and mentoring of our staff counselors. Therapy Austin offers affordable fees and flexible after-work hours to our clients to ensure our community has broad access to counseling.
Co-founders Ellen Lindsey and Danielle Hayes officed together for many years before conceiving of and launching Therapy Austin in 2012. With social work a common background, they have shared many cases, trained jointly, and even purchased two pieces of commercial real estate together. Over the course of their professional relationship, they discovered that their styles are complementary and their career goals compatible.
Once they had trained to be clinical supervisors, they set out to launch an agency that could serve the mental health concerns of people in need in our community. The Therapy Austin staff is hand-picked from the finest of Austin's counseling and social work graduates. As managing partners, Ellen and Danielle share in the day-to-day functioning of this agency and in developing their vision - providing a rich training ground to promising interns and affordable and accessible services to the people of Austin.
Danielle Hayes, LCSW
Danielle Hayes brings a wealth of experience and training to her service at Therapy Austin. During her eleven years as a social worker, she has worked with many populations of all socio-economic backgrounds and with clients of varied mental health needs. She has treated adults and adolescents, welcoming all ethnicities, orientations and affiliations. Currently, she runs her own private practice, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, abuse, trauma, eating disorders, relationship issues, and impulse control issues. She is trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR and is certified in Conflict Resolution. To learn more about Danielle's private practice, visit her website.
Ellen Lindsey, LCSW
Since 2003, Ellen has run her own private practice serving adults who present with struggles in relationships, anxiety, grief, divorce and life transitions. She works with clients from a strengths-based perspective, building on qualities they have, instead of focusing on what is missing. Her training includes Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Focussing, EMDR, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Find out more about Ellen's private practice by visiting her website.
Roxanne Watson, LPC
Director of Operations
Roxanne joined Therapy Austin in 2015 as part of the counseling staff. She loved the agency so much, she agreed to join our Leadership Team and stay on full-time, both as counselor and administrator. As a Coordinator, her commitment, dedication, and strength of leadership shined through, which made her the ideal choice for Assistant Director, a new position created in 2018. By 2019, the her responsibilities had grown so much that she was promoted to Director of Operations. Roxanne manages our Coordinators, oversees our recruitment process, and assists the managing partners in crafting and manifesting our continued development.
DELINDA SPAIN, LCSW, CGP, CEDS
DeLinda is an expert clinician and a passionate educator. In her role at Therapy Austin, she offers clinical consultation and training to our counseling staff, both one-on-one and in groups. With the gifts of experience, wisdom, approachability and compassion, she is a cherished leader and mentor in our agency. Staff need never feel lost in a challenging case, because DeLinda is readily available, with a bright light to guide their way.
Jode Edwards, LMSW
staff development manager
Jode was promoted from Staff Counselor to the Leadership Team in 2018 when she took over the huge responsibility of processing and assigning the large volume of requests for service we receive every week. In that role she has close contact with each Staff Counselor and offers invaluable support and guidance to help them effectively and professionally manage their caseload. Her expertise in practice management and her dedication to every counselor’s professional development are invaluable. So valuable, in fact, that in 2019 she was promoted to Staff Development Manager allowing her more time to personally invest in the clinical growth of each Therapy Austin counselor.
Gina Rodriguez, Lpc, lmft
Gina has been with Therapy Austin since the end of 2015 and has been instrumental in the development and growth of this agency. She joined the Coordinator Team in 2017, then took on implementing our CEU-level Training Program in 2018. And, in 2019, she was promoted again to Training Manager as she took over guiding and supporting our crew of Mentors who provide one-on-one coaching to our first-year staff. She also serves on the Staff Development Team, providing additional direct coaching to counselors who are striving to learn and grow in this craft. To round out her expansive list of duties, Gina is relied upon to oversee the deployment and use of all the web-based tools necessary to our counselors’ daily functioning.
CLAIRE PERELLA BAXTER, Lcsw
Claire was one of the very first people hired when Therapy Austin opened its doors and has grown right along with us. When Coordinators were created, Claire was promoted. As our Communications Coordinator, she oversees the publishing of our many handbooks, training manuals, our weekly newsletter, and our multitude of service-related forms. As our Privacy Officer, she watches over and reminds us how to keep our client's information secure. Claire leads our weekly Peer Consultation group where staff meet to support one another’s growth. Claire holds all the institutional knowledge of this agency and is a treasured member of our team.
Anne Crawford, LPC
Anne joined Therapy Austin in 2015, leaving her corporate career to participate in a more meaningful one. Within a year, she was promoted to a Coordinator position and quickly had us organized at every location. Anne keeps the pulse on how we can best support our staff through acknowledgements and celebrations as well as appointing beautiful spaces and keeping them well-stocked. We are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful, comfortable spaces for you and our clients. She manages our employee health insurance contract and is always thinking about ways to enhance employee experience.
Joseph Porter, LPC, LMFT
Joseph joined Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in 2016 and was promoted to Leadership in 2018. His position has evolved and is varied. Joseph oversees all of our facilities and supplies needs, and with as many clients as we see, that is a large responsibility! He is the point person for business insurance policies and maintains a detailed inventory of our spaces, as well. On the clinical end of things, Joseph is point-of-contact for our Couples Relationship Counselor protocol and handling the MBTI/STRONG online testing we offer to our clients.
THE SUPPORT TEAM
Jill Hokanson, LCSW
Jill also joined Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in 2016 and was promoted to Leadership when it expanded in 2018. In an effort to keep our staff informed of the dynamic goings-on around here, Jill publishes a weekly newsletter for our staff. She also oversees the revisions and updates to the counselors’ profiles you see on this site. Additionally, she has become our staff resource for all things policy and procedure.Jill knows how we get things done and she's available to staff when they have questions.
Kelly Pajares, LPC INtern
SUPERVISED BY ELIZABETH PUGLISE, LPC-S
Staff Specialist, Bookkeeping & Request Administration
Kelly joined our staff in 2018 and was promoted to Leadership in 2019. She covers requests every other week, which means she personally has her hands on more than a hundred requests for service every month. It can be challenging to keep up with the administrative responsibilities of being a therapist. As an agency, we deem it highly important to keep all client records up-to-date. Kelly reviews all of our counselors' accounts regularly to check for any issues with record-keeping or fee-collection. Lastly, Kelly is the agency’s voice when answering general incoming inquiries.
Melanie Dyer, LPC Intern
SUPERVISED BY MAYRA SIGALA-RAMON, LPC-S
Staff Specialist, Onbboard/Offoard & Request Administrator
Melanie also joined our agency in 2018 and was quickly promoted to Leadership in 2019. She covers requests every other week, which means she, too, personally has her hands on more than a hundred requests for service every month. Melanie works with our Hiring Team, making sure all employment records are complete, website portraits are posted, and millions of online accounts are assigned. She also helps the Recruitment Team by processing incoming employment applications. Additionally, Melanie tries to keep us up to date and present in the social media world by maintaining our Facebook and Instagram posts.
All of our Leadership Team have been promoted from within. If you are licensed to practice counseling and are interested in getting in on the ground floor of our growing agency, we encourage you to apply for any open positions.