About Me


Hello and welcome to Therapy Austin. We all have ups and downs, sometimes planned, and sometimes not. It is during these “NOT” times we all need help figuring out what’s going on inside. What we think (cognitions), how we feel (feelings), and what we do (behaviors) are the only things we can control in life. I have experience working with clients presenting of a variety of life and relational concerns, from clinical depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and or life transitions.

I would like to be a support to you as you examine your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, explore healthier ways of coping with day to day difficulties, and identify your goals in creating the kind of life and relationships you want. My role as your counselor is to provide a warm, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere, and help you learn to accept yourself, improve your relationships, and live with more balance and joy. If you are reading this, then let’s make today another step toward your growth and self-discovery. I am extremely excited to begin this journey with you and work with you wherever you are in your story.

My primary approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and I regularly incorporate mindfulness-based therapy techniques into our sessions, particularly those practiced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also practice from a holistic perspective, examining both the physical and mental aspects of your life. From a professional and personal point of view, I look at therapy as a chance to “notice” who you are from the inside out and learn to like what you see. 

I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from St. Edward’s University, a Master of Arts degree in Teacher Leadership, from University of Illinois, a K-12 Principal Certification from Lamar University, and a Masters of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. I made the decision to become a teacher after the birth of my daughter and fell in love with teaching. I was an educator for 15 years, until I decided to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. My transition to the counseling profession has been just as rewarding as teaching because of the opportunity to help others and the transformative teachings I have been able to apply to my own life.

I have especially enjoyed my experiences working at OutYouth with LGBTQ youth and their families in partnership with Communities in Schools. I currently work in private practice with adolescents and adults exploring issues relating to orientation, gender issues, life experiences and self-acceptance. It is also rewarding to be working as a geriatrics counselor, helping the elderly with depression, anxiety, late-life adjustments and coping with age-related changes.

To help keep myself balanced, I love spending time with family and friends, walking, running, and doing yoga. I have been married for 19 years and have 3 beautiful children. If you are interested in working with me, contact me at 512/201-4501, ext. 186, or go to the “Get Started” pageto fill out an online request.


Call Cartelia at 512/201-4501, ext. 186