Stephen "Andrew" Waller-De La Rosa, LPC Associate
Supervised by Brian Kennedy, LPC-S
There is no shortage of problems in life. Even if we are capable of handling most of the problems in our life, our knowledge, past experiences, and problem-solving skills have their limitations. When we are confronted with an issue entirely unfamiliar to us, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. Still, we are left with the choice of deciding how best to respond.
Having found this page, you have chosen to persevere and survey what resources are available to you for addressing the challenge you are currently experiencing. Acknowledging there is an issue that requires reaching out for help is no small feat, and I am honored that you are exploring the potential of us working together.
The starting point of our work together will be developing a therapeutic relationship built on trust, respect, and collaboration. I hope to earn your trust by providing an empathetic ear and a non-judgmental space for you to share about your current situation. Since I take an integrative approach, I try to understand how your present situation fits together with your past experiences and future aspirations.
Moving forward, we will work together to identify your most central values and beliefs that help guide the process of creating meaningful goals tailored to your unique needs and desires. Through a collaborative dialogue exploring your values, personal strengths, and unique life story, we will build strategies for pursuing these value-driven goals. My overarching aim is to help you discover and cultivate an internal motivation that propels you forward in a future direction that fills you with meaning, belonging, and a sense of purpose.
I offer individual counseling for a variety of issues, including life transitions, anxiety, spectrum disorders (Autism, ADHD), learning difficulties, and spirituality.
I believe people are best understood in their totality, meaning I focus on how every aspect of one’s life is interconnected. I work to understand formative past experiences, cultural influences, family dynamics, and other contextual factors relevant for constructing an integrative perspective. My theoretical lens is rooted in depth-oriented approaches, particularly Adlerian or Individual Psychology (IP). Looking through this theoretical lens helps me better understand how people perceive and make sense of themselves, others, and the world. Additionally, I integrate elements from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Therapy to provide specific tools and techniques to teach new skills and directly address specific behaviors.
I received my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University. I have a variety of experiences working with adults diagnosed with developmental disorders, such as Autism, ADHD, and specific learning disorders. Additionally, I have worked with adolescents in the juvenile justice system struggling with substance use disorders.
Outside of work, I am an avid learner and enjoy researching topics related to neuroscience, social psychology, religion, history, and current events. I love trying to understand broader aspects of life and society. As a native Texan, I feel most at home immersed in nature and often seek opportunities to adventure off the beaten path to discover new spots. I find spending time outdoors to be restorative, and I often go for long runs to recharge.
If you feel we might be a good fit for working together, I encourage you to reach out to me at 512/201-4501, ext. 268.
Area of Expertise
Life Transitions, Anxiety, Spirituality
Autism, Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities
Integrative, Strengths-Based, Depth-Oriented
Techniques & Experience
Brian E. Kennedy, LPC-S
512 E. 11th Street, Suite 205
Austin, TX 78701