Ashlyn Simmons, LCSW
“When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” Brené Brown
Welcome to Therapy Austin!
We can’t get through life alone, and you deserve the support you need to reach your goals. Confronting the past or our fears about the future may seem overwhelming; however, it can be comforting to know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. We will work together to overcome challenges, manage emotions, confront past traumas, and create a vision for the future.
Many people have found that through therapy they are able to connect with themselves and develop understanding of their own impulses and desires. We will explore the relationships between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and together determine where you have the most control over your choices. With a better understanding of ourselves, we have the chance to strengthen our relationships and connections with others.
I have a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Arkansas, and before moving to Austin, I worked as a therapist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri. I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These therapeutic techniques help people get unstuck and incorporate coping skills to manage difficult situations. I often work with people experiencing anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, self-esteem, relationships issues, and for family therapy services.
We will also consider your environment, support systems, and resources to help you identify other factors which could be influencing your ability to live your life to the fullest. In sessions we will reflect on how oppression and discrimination impact your mental health and wellbeing. I value the relationship between therapist and client, and I strive to always be down-to-earth, client-focused, and compassionate. My clients can expect that I will listen from a nonjudgmental, strengths-based perspective.
Outside of Therapy Austin, I enjoy traveling to new cities and learning about the local culture and history. I love running, hiking, kayaking, and staying active outdoors. I have a personal goal of visiting every National Park! When I can’t be outside, you can find me watching a funny comedy special or reading a murder mystery novel.
If you are interested in working together, you can reach out to me at 512/201-4501, ext. 217.
Area of Expertise
Authentic, Relational, and Trauma-Informed
EMDR, DBT, and Family Therapy
Identity Affirming and Supportive