Miranda Dooley Therapy Austin

Miranda Dooley, LMFT Associate

Supervised by Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

I don't know if you were anything like me as a child, but I had this crazy notion that “grown-ups” had it made. What the heck was I thinking? Adulting is hard! Some people have said it’s like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how to do it.

Part of the reason adulting can be so hard is that it brings a time of growth and change. The very definition of change is to make or become different—life is about evolving, and the fact that you are seeking therapeutic services is a sign you are headed towards growth.

There is no handbook or formula to success. Back in the day, if you went to class, turned in your assignments and made a few friends, you were golden. There was a feeling that there was a direct path to success, more or less.

Now, the once straight path you knew so well has more forks in the road than you know what to with. There is no teacher or coach holding you accountable to complete your tasks. There is no one making sure that you are showing up. The friendships you had with people that you saw almost daily have changed—it could be that distance pulls you apart, or that you both may follow entirely different walks of life.

It’s no wonder you can feel disconnected from yourself. Feel like you’re living a series of incomplete sentences. Unsure of who you are and where you want to be. All the uncertainty in a once safe and secure life can become overwhelming.

I like to think of therapy as a compass to get my clients back on the path of success. I strive to assist my clients in discovering all the ways they have been strong.

In working alongside clients, I aim to explore self-doubt and negative thought patterns that tend to play on repeat. My intention is to instill hope and empower clients to break free from whatever may be holding them back.

If you are coming in for feelings of loneliness, the last place I want you to feel that is in my office. In a world that can be so judgmental and isolating, I aim to create a safe place where clients can come to be supported, heard and validated in their struggles and concerns.

The therapeutic relationship I have with my clients is something that I cherish and do not take for granted. It is a true privilege to be able to accompany clients on their journey of self-discovery and self-understanding.

A little about me... I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. I obtained my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2012 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California.

I’ve had the privilege of calling many places home. I was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin. Upon finishing undergrad from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I was off to warmer weather. I started in San Antonio, TX and kept making my way west, first to Scottsdale, AZ, then to Southern California—Newport Beach, followed by Manhattan Beach, CA. When I left SA I always said I’d be back to Texas when I was married and ready to start a family—2011 was that year... and well, the rest is history.

If you are interested in working with me, please call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 201.

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More about Miranda

Area of Expertise

Silence Inner Critic

Anxiety and Depression

Life Purpose and Direction

Services

Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Individual Counseling

Locations

North
Offsite

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Trauma
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Caregiver Fatigue
Relationship Issues
Spirituality
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Problems at School
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Conflict Resolution
Problems at Work
Career Transitions
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Anger Management
Divorce
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Premarital Issues
Parenting

Techniques & Experience

Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Focused on practicing skills
Anxiety alleviation experience
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
Specializing in couples counseling
Mindfulness modalities
Career counseling
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Gottman Method
Familiar with substance abuse
Practices from an anti-racist lens

Qualities

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

Clinical Supervision

Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S
13706 N. HWY 183, Ste. 114
Austin, TX 78750

512/660-7279

Contact Miranda

512-201-4501 ext 201