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agency directors


With over twenty years of combined clinical experience, Danielle Hayes and Ellen Lindsey oversee the staff and daily operations at Therapy Austin.

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agency directors


With over twenty years of combined clinical experience, Danielle Hayes and Ellen Lindsey oversee the staff and daily operations at Therapy Austin.

Founded in the spring of 2012, Therapy Austin is a reduced-fee counseling agency located in central Austin, whose mission is to provide high quality mental health services to adult clients with limited resources and full schedules. We offer a nontraditional sliding scale and flexible hours to our clients.

 

 

 

DIRECTORS OF THERAPY AUSTIN 

Co-founders Ellen Lindsey and Danielle Hayes have officed together for many years. With social work a common background, they have shared many cases, trained jointly, and even purchased an office space together. Over the course of their professional relationship, they discovered that their styles are complementary and their career goals compatible.    

Once Danielle and Ellen were settled in their new permanent office, they set out to launch an internal 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 co-directors of the agency, 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

Danielle Hayes, LCSW 

co-founder, co-director

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

Ellen Lindsey, LCSW

co-founder, co-director

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.

 

 

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Roxanne Watson, LPC

Assistant director

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 shone through, which made her the ideal choice for Assistant Director, a new position created in 2018. Roxanne oversees our recruitment process and assists the directors in visioning our continued development.

 

 

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DELINDA SPAIN, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Clinical Director

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.

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Trainers


Therapy Austin is dedicated to the ongoing growth and training of our counseling staff. We offer more than twenty-five CEU-level courses every year to our employees, which means we work with a fantastic crew of trainers! Meet them here.

Trainers


Therapy Austin is dedicated to the ongoing growth and training of our counseling staff. We offer more than twenty-five CEU-level courses every year to our employees, which means we work with a fantastic crew of trainers! Meet them here.

DELINDA SPAIN, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

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DeLinda has been a practicing therapist in Austin for almost 20 years. She herself has trained extensively over the years and appreciates and enjoys the process of learning and teaching. Over the past few years she has had the pleasure of presenting at several international conferences, including traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach other clinicians Group Psychotherapy. DeLinda has enjoyed being a clinical supervisor, consultant and teacher. DeLinda is Clinical Director of Therapy Austin and offers additional support to staff counselors, while providing expertise on disordered eating, severe behavioral issues and other complex cases. 

 

Ann Stoneson, LPC-S

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Ann has a knack for inspiring beginning counselors as they design and launch their private practices. She wants to give new therapists permission to develop and market their practices their way, with personalized strategies that honor their innate gifts and personality. Ann has been writing and speaking about post-graduate planning and the early years of practice-building at counseling programs, online conferences, and local workshops since 2011. In 2014, Ann wrote Fill Your Practice Without a Fight, a super-affordable, playful ebook that’s chock full of bite-sized wisdom, humor, and a bit of cussing about the early years of practice-building. You can learn more about Ann’s work in support of new counselors at counselinginterns.com and beginningcounselor.com. As a therapist, Ann specializes in helping people-pleasers-folks who always put others first and are “allergic” to saying no-and tired mamas with small children. She’s trained in EMDR and has big academic crushes on Bonnie Badenoch, Daniel Siegel, and Juliane Taylor Shore. In addition to her own private practice, she directs a sliding scale clinic, Counseling South Austin, staffed by her amazing supervisees. Discover more about Ann's practice here

 

Amelia Canally, LCSW, CGP

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Amelia has been working in private practice and agency settings as an individual, couple and group therapist since 2000. She enjoys the ongoing learning and evolution within a private practice and the vitality and flexibility that come with the work. She loves working with couples because there is never a dull moment-so much potential for connection, attunement and repair. And it can be fun! She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Somatic Experiencing and EMDR. She is married with three kids and has called Austin home since 1998. Learn more about Amelia's private practice here

 

 

Shanna WilLner, LPC, PMP

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In her clinical practice, Shanna is a mental health provider who integrates psychotherapy, biopsychology, holistic practice, and personal planning. Her primary specialization is chronic pain and chronic syndromes. When Shanna began working with pain patients, she found a majority of them had problems with sleep, some acute, some chronic. She began to research sleep simply to educate herself because we all know sleep is important. The research told a dramatic story about the physical and psychological necessity of understanding and treating sleep issues. The research also indicated sleep was consistently undertreated by the medical community, and was rarely taught to providers of any variety, medical or psychological. In the years since, Shanna has adapted her research findings into a basic framework to help her understand, clinically assess, and treat clients with various sleep problems. She received a Master's in Counseling from St. Edwards University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University. Shanna is EMDR trained, and recently completed the first year of Somatic Experiencing. She is additionally a licensed Project Management Professional, a certified Breathworker, and a certified Meditation teacher. Explore Shanna's approach and practice here

 

Lindsey Lucius, LCSW

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Lindsey has worked with Therapy Austin as both a counselor and Staff Coordinator since 2012. She oversees new counselor training, weekly peer consultation groups, and general cohesion in our intra-agency connections. Lindsey strongly believe all of our behaviors, feelings, and thought processes serve, or have served at one time, a very important function. Therefore, every part of us needs understanding and validation. With her natural curiosity and fascination in all things human, she gently helps people to slowly re-work what no longer serves them. Her training and experience in approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Self-Compassion, Neurobiology and Ego-State Theory influences how she works, assesses, and intervenes. With expertise in treating trauma, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and struggles with guilt and shame, Lindsey offers trainings on accessing the emotional self in the therapy room, incorporating ACT into practice, and working with problematic thoughts. For her full bio, click here.  

 

Claire Perella Baxter, LCSW

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Claire is a Staff Counselor and Communications Coordinator here at Therapy Austin. For the past 5 years, she has focused much of her work with clients at Therapy Austin on current relationship issues, healing from unhealthy or abusive relationships in the past, and healing from sexual abuse or assault. Claire began to focus her interest in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault while completing graduate-level coursework with Noel Busch-Armendariz, Associate Dean for Research at the UT School of Social Work and Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Claire participated in a research project at the Texas Council on Family Violence, and engaged in extensive training for seven months at SafePlace in 2012, working as a counseling intern with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since then, Claire has focused much of her consultation and training on issues related to complex trauma. Read more about her approach here

 

JOSEPH PORTER, LPC, LMFT ASSOCIATE, NCC
SUPERVISED BY DEREK LEIGHTON, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC

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Joseph provides training to Therapy Austin staff on two assessments offered to clients, the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. These assessments may be utilized to interpret personality preferences, how life choices are made and areas of career interest and options. Prior to becoming a practicing psychotherapist at Therapy Austin, Joseph worked for twenty years in corporate operations management and sales. He managed large teams of employees (25+) and was responsible for their training, professional development and collaboratively crafting their career paths. Joseph successfully transitioned between careers multiple times and is passionate about assisting others identify potential career paths that allow their individual personalities to merge with their interests. Find more information about him here.