Amanda “MANDY” DAVIDSON, LPC INTERN
SUPERVISED BY BRENDA ESTRELLO, LPC-S
It takes courage to ask for help, especially if you’ve never been to therapy before. The business of living is hard. I welcome clients at all stages of change, from therapy newbies to people seeking long-term support. At its most basic level, therapy is a conversation between two human beings in a safe space. You can speak all of your truths in that space. I use coaching elements, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative and Existential techniques, and relational perspectives to help you create cognitive, emotional and behavioral change, and explore the “why” behind change.
Therapy with me initially focuses on alleviating your distress, keeping you safe, and creating change. We would also work on understanding your attachment history and family of origin to help break dysfunctional behavioral patterns to create long-term change. I also work with couples, especially those experiencing the loss of a child or pregnancy loss, and when one or both partners are managing mental health issues. I use Imago Therapy techniques and the Gottman Method to help couples work through these issues and improve their communication as a system and team.
I earned my Master’s in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and worked in higher education with young adults in crisis for several years before becoming a mental health counselor. I’ve worked with diverse clients through various issues such as academic stress, ambivalence about change, anxiety, complicated grief, cultural transitions, divorce, professional transitions, sexuality, suicidal ideation, and suicide survivor loss. I am especially drawn to working with people struggling with grief and loss.
In my personal time, I love to hang out with my son, travel, and eat my way through Austin. If you would like to chat with me further and request an appointment, I can be reached at 512/201-4501, ext. 165, or you can request me on our Get Started page. I look forward to working with you.