Ashlyn Simmons Therapy Austin

Ashlyn Simmons, LCSW

she/her/hers

Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy

“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.


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More about Ashlyn

Area of Expertise

Authentic, Relational, and Trauma-Informed 

EMDR, DBT, and Family Therapy 

Identity Affirming and Supportive


Specializations

EMDR
Emotion-Focused Therapy

Services

Individual Counseling
Family Therapy

Locations

Central Annex
Highland
TA Admin

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Trauma
Substance Use
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Relationship to Food/Body
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Problem Thoughts
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Spirituality
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Parenting
Issues with Parents
Pregnancy/Postpartum
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Death & Dying
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Career Transitions
Problems at Work
Problems at School
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Affair Recovery
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Issues Related to Oppression
Non-Monogamy/Polyamory
Premarital Issues

Techniques & Experience

Focused on practicing skills
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Anxiety alleviation experience
EMDR
Trauma-focused
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Mindfulness modalities
Integrates art therapies
Familiar with substance abuse
HAES/Intuitive eating
Career counseling
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
Practices from an anti-racist lens
IFS (Parts work)

Qualities

Warm & caring
Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Focused on practicing skills
Youthful
Active sense of humor
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Enjoys working with young adults
Anxiety alleviation experience
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
EMDR
Trauma focused
Spiritually sensitive
CBT oriented
DBT friendly
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Mindfulness modalities
Integrates art therapies
Familiar with substance abuse
Experienced in eating issues
Career counseling
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Lived experience/Identity affirming
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Additional Info

Contact Ashlyn

512-201-4501 ext 217