Our Team

Founded in the spring of 2012, Therapy Austin is a counseling agency with many locations in central, north and south Austin, whose mission is to provide high-quality mental health services to adults and offer affordable fees and flexible after-work hours to ensure our community has broad access to counseling services. We accomplish this by engaging in a selective hiring process then investing heavily in the ongoing training and mentoring of our staff counselors. 

Managing Partners

Danielle Hayes Therapy Austin

Danielle Hayes, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

Managing Partner

Danielle Hayes brings a wealth of experience and training to her service at Therapy Austin. With a background in fundraising, nonprofit management and human resources, she guides our Operations with a wise and thorough approach. Danielle’s expertise in systems theories and her intuitive sense of patterns is leveraged in creating our programming, expanding our infrastructure, and projecting our growth. Her clinical work is client-centered and interactive, reflecting a unique blend of practical skill-building, insight, creativity, and compassion. Having grown up internationally, she is culturally fluid and welcomes people from all walks of life. In addition to managing Therapy Austin, she maintains a small private practice treating both individuals and couples and runs a weekly mixed-gender psychotherapy group. Danielle specializes in treating anxiety, childhood trauma and eating disorders. She is trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Modern Analysis and EMDR and is certified in Conflict Resolution.

Ellen Lindsey Therapy Austin

Ellen Lindsey, LCSW

Managing Partner

Ellen Lindsey has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and brings the lessons of past efforts to her work at Therapy Austin. She partners with the Director of Technology in a creative approach to developing data-driven applications for a person-centered agency. She utilizes her predilection for list-making and spreadsheets by heading up project management across the agency. Her love of writing often lands her tasks of content creation for our website, internal communications, and honing programs to be congruent with our mission and vision. Ellen’s interest in design keeps her engaged with Therapy Austin’s branding and digital presentation, as well as crafting our physical spaces. Since 2003, Ellen has run her own private practice serving adults who present with struggles in relationships, anxiety, grief, divorce and life transitions. She works with clients from a strengths-based perspective, building on qualities they have, instead of focusing on what is missing. Her training includes Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Focussing, EMDR, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Directors

From clinical oversight to staff development, technology to operations, our Directors work closely with their individual departments and the Managing Partners to carry out the mission of our agency and provide leadership for this large agency. 

Roxanne Watson Therapy Austin

Roxanne Watson, LPC

(she/her/hers)

Director of Human Resources

Roxanne joined Therapy Austin in 2014 as part of the counseling staff. She loved the agency so much that she agreed to join our Leadership Team and stay on full-time, both as counselor and administrator. As a Coordinator, her commitment, dedication, and leadership strength shined through, making her the ideal choice for Assistant Director, a new position created in 2018. By 2019, her responsibilities had grown so much that she was promoted to Director of Operations. In 2022, Roxy grew into the new title of Director of Human Resources. Roxanne manages all HR, recruitment, scheduling, and payroll/finance personnel.

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Gina Rodriguez Therapy Austin

Gina Rodriguez, LPC, LMFT

Director of Staff Development

Gina has been with Therapy Austin since the end of 2015 and has been instrumental in the development and growth of this agency. She joined the Coordinator Team in 2017, then took on implementing our CEU-level Training Program in 2018. And, in 2019, she was promoted again to Training Manager. Since then, she has stepped into the role of Director of Staff Development where she oversees our Mentor Program, client services, and staff development.

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Elena Stransky Therapy Austin

Elena Stransky

Director of Technology

Elena came to us with a degree in Computer Science and experience creating apps for other local businesses, including Whole Foods, Favor, and Four & Five Design. She started working with Therapy Austin in 2014, providing development services for our brainchild, TAWorks, an internal web-based application that houses our counselor-client matching algorithm. TAWorks provides a platform to track requests for service, performance, payroll, and caseload management. In 2020, Elena joined Therapy Austin full-time as our Technology Manager, and in 2021, she became our Director of Technology. Elena provides data sets, analysis, and marketing efforts to ensure growth and progress at the agency.

DeLinda Spain Therapy Austin

DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Clinical Director

DeLinda is an expert clinician and an enthusiastic educator. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Social Work, she has been honing her clinical skills in Austin for more than 20 years. In 2018, she accepted the position of Clinical Director at Therapy Austin, where she is deeply committed to providing support, consultation, and encouragement to all of our counselors. A really important part of DeLinda’s work is developing each counselor's individual styles and techniques through case consultation and training. She is responsible for establishing, fostering, and maintaining the therapeutic frame throughout our agency.

Managers

Therapy Austin’s Managers report to the Directors and oversee all the critical programs that comprise the heart and soul of Therapy Austin, including policy, training, recruitment, and client services.

Jill Hokanson Therapy Austin

Jill Hokanson, LCSW-S

(she/her/hers)

Clinical Manager

Jill joined Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in 2016 and was promoted to Leadership when it expanded in 2018. She began as Staff Writer, moved up to Communications Associate in 2019, transitioned to Policy and Procedure Coordinator, and now is our Clinical Manager as of 2022. Jill manages the Practicum Placement Program and oversees the Clinical Consultation Program and Special Interest Groups. She is also spearheading our Internship Program starting in 2023.

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Catherine Dilger Therapy Austin

Catherine Dilger, LPC

Training & Policy Manager

Catherine joined our team as a Staff Counselor in 2019. She soon began leading our detailed training program that all new hires go through before they begin seeing clients. She has since passed it onto our Staff Coordinator. Catherine leads monthly Cohort trainings and serves as our Privacy Officer, ensuring that everyone stays HIPAA-compliant.

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Melanie Dyer Therapy Austin

Melanie Dyer, LPC

(she/her/hers)

Client Care Manager

Melanie joined our agency in 2018 as a Staff Counselor and was quickly promoted to Leadership in 2019. In 2022, she transitioned from being our Request & Recruitment Manager to our Client Care Manager. As our Client Care Manager, Melanie oversees client services through request administration and counselor changes. She is at the forefront of ensuring requests are taken care of thoughtfully and quickly and that counselors feel well supported during transitions.

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Alethea Johnson Therapy Austin

Alethea Johnson

Office Manager

Alethea joined Therapy Austin in 2020 as our first ever Office Manager, having spent many years assisting other practitioners with running their businesses. She manages all things office-related, making sure our spaces are stocked with what we need, maintained in working order, and kept clean by a professional cleaning crew. She oversees vendor relationships and makes sure our office systems are humming along. She also works with Recruitment and Onboarding, ensuring smooth entries for all our new-hires. 

Maggie Behle Therapy Austin

Maggie Behle, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

Mentor Manager

After a decade of teaching, Maggie joined Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in August of 2018 and rose as one of our inaugural Mentors in October of 2019, then Staff Coordinator in June, 2021, and now Mentor Manager in March, 2022. Gifted in both writing and instruction, Maggie uses her resourceful and strategic talents to improve our Mentor program and shape the evolving curriculum. She also leads a small team of Mentors, sharing her expertise in the art of teaching and guiding Staff Counselors to succeed at the agency.

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Melissa Quackenbush Therapy Austin

Melissa Quackenbush, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

Recruitment Manager

Melissa joined Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in 2020. An incredible counselor and asset to the team, Melissa became a Staff Development Counselor, Mentor, and member of our Bias & Inclusivity team in 2021. Her experience and enthusiasm led her to becoming our Recruitment Manager in the summer of 2022. At the helm of our recruitment team, Melissa is responsible for sourcing, attracting, and hiring job candidates.

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Coordinators

Our Coordinators support the Managers and Directors across all departments at our agency. They are frontline resources to all of our Staff Counselors.

Ashlyn Simmons Therapy Austin

Ashlyn Simmons, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

Staff Coordinator: New Hire Training

Our New Hire Trainer has a great appreciation for all things Therapy Austin and a love of training! Ashlyn began at Therapy Austin as a Staff Counselor in August of 2019 and then took on the role of Staff Development Counselor in October of 2020 and Staff Coordinator in June, 2021. She brings a lot of creative ideas and enthusiasm to this role. Ashlyn also assists with requests for service, taking great care to match clients with counselors who can best meet their needs.

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Ussama Taha Therapy Austin

Ussama Taha, LCSW

(he/him/his)

Staff Coordinator: Recruitment

Tasked with filling our roster with excellent therapists, the Recruitment Team plays a critical role in our agency. Ussama is the first person who promising candidates speak with and is highly skilled in screening for those who meet our high standards. He joined our staff in August of 2019 and was promoted to Staff Development Counselor in October of 2020, then Staff Coordinator in June, 2021.  When we formed the Bias and Inclusivity Team in the Summer of 2020, Ussama thoughtfully accepted the request to lead that group. Ussama led the Bias and Inclusivity Team until the summer of 2022. Additionally, he serves as Mentor helping the newer Staff Counselors reach their potential.

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Anne Johnson Therapy Austin

Anne Johnson, LPC

Staff Coordinator: Clinical Training

Therapy Austin is invested and dedicated to ongoing clinical training for our entire staff. Anne, who joined our team early in 2020 and quickly demonstrated her clinical skill and potential, oversees the administration of our Clinical Training Program. With this promotion to Staff Coordinator in June, 2021, she also took on the additional role of Mentor, lending her clarity and strengths to counselors who are not as far along in their professional journey. Additionally, she assists with requests for service, thoughtfully assigning clients to our stellar counselors.

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Ashley Symons Therapy Austin

Ashley Symons

Content Coordinator

Ashley comes to Therapy Austin with a Bachelor's in Sociology and Communications and has experience working on a wide range of projects for numerous non-profits. As the Content Coordinator at Therapy Austin, Ashley manages our website, oversees our social media efforts, and supports many of our technical needs.

Courtney Zai Therapy Austin

Courtney Zai

HR Coordinator–Operations & Benefits 

Courtney comes to Therapy Austin with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and HR experience in higher education. As the Operations & Benefits HR Coordinator, Courtney manages employee records, maintains internal documents & forms, analyzes trends related to employment, and handles internal job postings & applications. 

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