Madeleine "Maddie" Brunk, LMSW
Supervised by Mary Beer, LCSW
Starting out in therapy can be daunting – whether you’ve been in therapy before or are trying it for the first time. Congratulations on taking the first step! My name is Maddie, and I am excited to meet you and to work towards your goals together.
You are the expert on your experience, and ultimately, you are the only one with the power to confront your fears and problems—but that does not mean you have to do it alone. Therapy is a space where you can access affirming, non-judgmental support, as well as someone to work alongside you to achieve your goals. I know first-hand how motivating it can be to have supportive people in your life who are invested in your growth; I hope to be that person for my clients.
Many studies have shown that the quality of the relationship between a client and their therapist is a critical factor in the effectiveness of therapy. I work to create as warm and equal a relationship as possible by being open to suggestion and criticism, and working hard to cultivate an empowering therapeutic environment. It is important to me that my office is a safe space for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and anyone else who has experienced marginalization in any form. I recognize the impact that systemic oppression has on mental health, and hope that through our work together we will find ways not simply to “cope,” but to thrive. Our identities and experiences impact our every relationship—with family, friends, colleagues, partners, and ourselves. For this reason, I encourage open conversation about identity as part of work related to families of origin, intimate relationships, and self-esteem/self-exploration.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from UT Austin. I have professional experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, people with depression and anxiety, and Autistic people. In my free time, I like to socialize with my friends, play with my dog (her name is Honey), do crafts, and learn new things.
If you decide you want to work together, you can contact me at 512/201-4501, ext. 270. If I am not the right fit for you, I wish you luck finding a counselor that you click with!
Area of Expertise
Trauma-Informed, Anti-Oppressive Practice
LGBTQIA+ and Neurodivergence affirming
Disability and Chronic Illness
Techniques & Experience
Mary Beer, LCSW-S
Private Austin Address