DELINDA SPAIN, LCSW, CGP, CEDS
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
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 since 2011 at counselinginterns.com and beginningcounselor.com. As a therapist, Ann offers therapy in Austin for people-pleasers-folks who are “allergic” to saying no-and counseling for new moms. She is an avid student of Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, EMDR therapy, clinical supervision, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. In addition to her own private practice, Ann directs a sliding scale clinic, Counseling South Austin. Discover more about Ann's practice here.
Amelia Canally, LCSW, CGP
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.
Gena Minnix, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S
Dr. Gena Minnix, LPC-S, LMFT-S specializes in Trauma Therapy, EMDR, Play and Filial therapies, Relational Cultural Theory, the Enneagram, and Spiritual Health. Gena's background includes agency and private practice settings, working with veterans, Spanish-speaking families, juvenile justice, child welfare, and supervising behind the one-way mirror. Her current work includes consulting with pastors, families, and faith communities on reconciling LGBTQ affirmation with Christian scripture, and teaching in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree (CACREP-accredited) program at the Seminary of the Southwest.
Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Jules has been in private practice specializing in trauma recovery and couples counseling for 10 years. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, which is a post graduate training center for therapists in South Austin. She teaches Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma Recovery and Couples Counseling in many venues throughout Austin. Jules loves talking about therapy and teaching as much as she loves being with clients. She promotes relational and experiential work and is so thrilled to be a part of Therapy Austin's training team to help their budding clinicians improve their skills and confidence. When she is not in the therapy chair, she can be found having outdoor adventures with her husband and four year old daughter, taking in a silly movie or reading the Harry Potter series again (yes, she's obsessed). Learn more about Jules and her practice here.
Samantha Symons, M.D.
Samantha Symons, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist with a successful private practice combining medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Symons graduated from the Liberal Arts Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned her Medical Degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. with a focus on Psychodynamic psychotherapy. In her final year of residency, she was Chief Resident in charge of managing the Residents Therapy Clinic and earned numerous awards for teaching and supervising residents. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Symons is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. She has supervised residents on clinical cases since 2005. She is a reoccurring lecturer on Women in Healthcare for the University of Texas Signature Undergraduate Course & Plan II Seminars. Dr. Symons has a special interest in developing collaboration between psychiatrists and advanced practice nurse practitioners and increasing access to psychiatric treatment in the Austin community.
Tracy Deagan, LCSW, LPC-S
Tracy is the founder of Violet Crown Counseling practice and is an in depth psychotherapist. She provides alternative-friendly and knowledgeable psychotherapy, and works with individuals, couples, families, and teenagers. Tracy specializes in helping folks find balance in their relationship with themselves and others, while drawing from a Relational Multicultural Theory perspective blended with Ego Analytical thought. Her expertise is in Open/Polyamorous/Nontraditional Relationships but also possesses 30 years of skills in Monogamous intimate relationships, Communication at work and home, EMDR, as well as working with trauma, PTSD, healthy multiplicity, anxiety, mood disorders and sense of self/self-esteem are all often part of her work. Tracy strongly believes in assisting each person/couple/family member achieve the most positive state they can, and to gain the skills to express themselves too.
Claire Perella Baxter, LCSW
Claire is a Staff Counselor and Communications Coordinator here at Therapy Austin since August 2012. 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.
Christine Molina, LCSW
Christine has been a staff counselor at Therapy Austin since May 2014. Her approach to counseling draws from both relational and evidenced-based therapies, including the Relational-Cultural Model, EMDR Therapy, DBT, and CBT. She is passionate about neurodiversity and enjoys helping people with different thinking and learning styles (such as ADHD) learn to navigate challenges and tap into their natural strengths and abilities. In addition to working at Therapy Austin, Christine has worked in inpatient and intensive outpatient settings as well as social service agencies and medical centers.
ADAM MACDONALD, LCSW
Adam began his work in mental health in 2013 and, ever since, has deeply explored clinical topics and interests including serious mental illness, developmental trauma, attachment issues, sexuality and gender issues, and Open/Poly/Kink relationships. He loves working in therapy with individuals and couples who have suffered through pain and who want to break free of it. He uses a relational approach to Mindfulness, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) in the therapy room. Outside of those walls, he enjoys mentoring new graduate students and training healthcare professionals in a wealth of topics including Crisis Intervention, LGBTQ-affirming practices, and Motivational Interviewing. Being a part of training staff for Motivational Interviewing trainings at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, one could say he’s quite “motivated” to get new clinicians excited about the modality.
JOSEPH PORTER, LPC, LMFT, NCC
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, a position he’s held since May 2016, 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.