Therapy Austin

Training Opportunities

Counseling is one of those professions where you don’t learn everything you need to know in graduate school. Not even close. And, it’s one of those professions that requires ongoing training to keep your practice effective, fresh, up-to-date, stimulating, interesting, and ethical. A large part of our mission at Therapy Austin is providing that rich tapestry of training opportunities that all therapists need.

How do we do it???

Well, it starts with six days of New Hire Training and continues ongoing throughout employment at Therapy Austin -  monthly mentoring, multiple open Clinical Consultation Groups, Specialized Consultation Groups, and over twenty CEU-earning Clinical Trainings every year. We even offer one-on-one clinical consultations with our Clinical Director for staff struggling with particularly challenging or complicated cases.

Featured Training Programs & Consultations

CONSULTATION GROUPS

Peer support is invaluable when starting out as a new counselor. For this reason, we are dedicated to hosting a weekly Peer Consultation Group. Jill Hokanson, our Policy & Clinical Manager who has been with us since 2016, has led this group for years. She has a passion for supporting counselors through the vulnerable and uncertain times all counselors face. In this group, colleagues find friends, offer ideas, share their experiences, and grow as professionals.

Our Clinical Director, DeLinda Spain, leads weekly clinical consultation groups that are open to all staff several times a week. DeLinda has engaged in her own extensive training in her more than twenty years as a clinician and the counselors of Therapy Austin are fortunate to have her. In the safe container she creates, Staff Counselors find the support, education, and encouragement they need to grow into the self-confident practitioners they were meant to be. Their clinical acumen deepens and their clients benefit from the investment they make in these hours.

SPECIALIZED CONSULTATION GROUPS

In addition to the general consultation groups we offer, there are also some specialized consultation groups available to Staff Counselors.

Identity Consultation

Therapy Austin began hosting an “Identity Consultation Group” in June 2020 which is open for all staff counselors to attend. The group provides therapists the opportunity to explore the ways identity can impact a counselor and client’s experience in therapy. It was created to cultivate curiosity, reflection and understanding. It is led by Louise Sawaki who has been with Therapy Austin since 2017. Her wise, gentle and insightful presence sets the bar for deep exploration by the members.

EMDR Training

Due to its efficacy and burgeoning applications and despite it’s vague acronym, EMDR has become popular even with clients. Our resident EMDR expert, Christine Molina who has worked with clients at Therapy Austin since 2014, hosts an EMDR Consultation Group on alternating weeks. The great news is counselors don't have to be an EMDR clinician to partake in this informative group. Christine leads the group in EMDR case staffing, where counselors can enhance their EMDR skills or learn about a new modality available to aid their client's trauma work.

Fee Review Workshop

For any clinician who desires to work in a private setting, learning the art of reviewing and raising fees is a critical business skill with a clinical overlay. Lots of feelings come up all around when the idea of fee-raising is introduced! Our Clinical Director, DeLinda, has put together a comprehensive workshop along with meaningful and thought provoking reference materials that will help staff grapple with all the issues that arise around helpers and money. She even presents some varied scripts to try out when initiating this process with clients. All Staff Counselors are required to take this workshop as they enter their second year at Therapy Austin.

Group Leader Consultation

Effectively leading groups, whether for colleagues or clients, requires skill, training and ongoing consultation. Therapy Austin is privileged to have a Clinical Director who is also a certified expert group leader. For those staff leading consultations, teams, or psychotherapy groups, DeLinda hosts an ongoing consultation group where she teaches the basics of group dynamics and shapes the leaders into skillful guides.

Special Interest Groups

Therapy Austin hosts various limited-series, closed groups for our Staff Counselors who are interested in curriculum-based workshops. Over the years, the topics offered have included Couples Counseling, EMDR, and a Basic Skills Training group. 

CEU-Earning Clinical Trainings

Featured trainings include:

An Updated Model to Understand and Treat Addiction, Presented by Dr. Daniel Hochman

Subtle Acts of Exclusion, Presented by Briona Jenkins

 Inclusive Disordered Eating Treatment, Presented by Neathery Falchuk, LCSW-S, CGP

Best Practices in Clinical Documentation, Presented by Gena St. David, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Suicidality & Self Harm, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Introductions to Internal Family Systems, Presented by Lindsey Lucius, LCSW-S

The Gottman Approach to Relational Trust Recovery, Presented by Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD

Understanding Non-Monogamy and BDSM, Presented by Adam MacDonald, LCSW 

A Brief Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Presented by Jonathan McNutt, LPC

A School of Unlearning: A Therapist's Guide to Trauma Recovery, Grief and Healing, Presented by Juliane Taylor-Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Gender and Sexuality: A Review and Putting It into Practice, Presented by JP Cardenas, LPC-Associate

Introduction to the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), Presented by Lindsey Lucius, LCSW-S

Depersonalization: A Deeper Look at a Misunderstood Phenomenon, Presented by Julia Shirar, LPC-Associate

DBT Part 1: Acceptance Skills, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS 

Couples Panel, Presented by Amelia Canally, LCSW, CGP, Toya Foster, LPC, Sara Miller, LPC-A, Maria Spada, LPC-Associate

The Counseling Advocate: A model for therapeutic alliance through the Counselor-Advocate-Scholar model​, Presented by Marlon Johnson, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC

Disenfranchised Grief: The Underappreciated Loss Experience, Presented by Emily Harrison, LPC

Current Models of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Culture versus Disability​, Presented by Scott Allen, PsyD

DBT Part 2: Change Skills, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Meet Some of Our Trainers

Adam MacDonald Therapy Austin

Adam MacDonald, LCSW

Adam brings almost a decade of experience in the mental health field to his work. His clinical specialties and interests include serious mental illness, developmental trauma, attachment issues, sexuality and gender issues, and Open/Poly/Kink relationships. He enjoys working with individuals who have suffered through pain and who want to break free of it. He uses a relational approach with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy in the therapy room. Outside of those walls, he enjoys training and mentoring new graduate students and training healthcare professionals in a wealth of topics including Crisis Intervention, LGBTQ-affirming practices, and Motivational Interviewing. Adam even plans to begin providing clinical supervision in Spring 2022. Discover more about this Therapy Austin alum and his private practice here.

Amelia Canally Therapy Austin

Amelia Canally, LCSW, CGP

Amelia has been working in private practice and agency settings as an individual, couple and group therapist since 2000. She enjoys the ongoing learning and evolution within a private practice and the vitality and flexibility that come with the work. She loves working with couples because there is never a dull moment-so much potential for connection, attunement and repair. And it can be fun! She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Somatic Experiencing and EMDR. She is married with three kids and has called Austin home since 1998. Learn more about Amelia's private practice here

Briona "Bri" Jenkins Therapy Austin

Briona "Bri" Jenkins

Briona "Bri" Jenkins is an activist, consultant, and public speaker and has years of experience using her platform to evoke change.

She has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector and she has been able to work for a variety of organizations. In the summer of 2020, Briona decided to start her consulting business, Briona Jenkins Consulting where she strives to help: organizations and companies become more accessible, diverse, equitable, and inclusive, nonprofit organizations with their fundraising and marketing goals, and share her story as way of encouraging others to see the power in their’s. In October 2019, she began hosting her podcast, The Tea with Bri, where she sits and chats with a different guest every week about whatever topic the guests chooses. Outside of work and podcasting she has sat on five nonprofit boards, loves to travel, and is working on writing a book.

Daniel Hochman Therapy Austin

Daniel Hochman, M.D.

Daniel Hochman, M.D. is a nationally recognized Psychiatrist who brings a holistic approach to addiction. He understands that addiction is driven by underlying issues, and incorporates several therapeutic modalities into his treatment.

He is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Hochman has worked in and taught addiction in a range of clinical settings, including private residential programs, the University of Colorado, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the Past President of Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Hochman has been invited to train and speak for a range of organizations, including Whole Foods and NAADAC, the largest organization for addiction-focused healthcare professionals. His NAADAC lecture remains the most attended in its history. He is the creator of self recovery.org, a revolutionary online addiction recovery program for people looking for holistic, affordable, evidence-based help from the privacy of their home. He has a private practice where he treats people that have not fully responded to other forms of treatment, and serves as affiliate faculty at Dell Medical School.

DeLinda Spain Therapy Austin

DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Clinical Director

DeLinda Spain 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. DeLinda has always had a passion for learning and growing and has completed the DBT Intensive Training Program, attended the Center for Group Studies in New York City and is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. Over her career, she has presented at several international conferences, covering a variety of clinical topics. Never one to back away from a challenge, DeLinda has also served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Social Work, presented a training on group psychotherapy in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Romania, and co-founded an eating disorder clinic here in Austin. 

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.  In her role, DeLinda offers clinical consultation to our counseling staff, both one-on-one and in groups, presents at multiple trainings throughout the year, and provides professional development mentoring to our Senior Counselors. With the gifts of experience, wisdom, approachability and compassion, she is a cherished director in our agency. Staff need never feel lost in a challenging case, because DeLinda is readily available, with a bright light to guide their way and a shoulder to lean on.

Gena St. David Therapy Austin

Gena St. David, PH.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Gena St. David, LPC-S, LMFT-S specializes in Trauma Therapy, EMDR, Play and Filial therapies, Relational Cultural Theory, the Enneagram, and Spiritual Health. Gena's background includes agency and private practice settings, working with veterans, Spanish-speaking families, juvenile justice, child welfare, and supervising behind the one-way mirror. Her current work includes consulting with pastors, families, and faith communities on reconciling LGBTQ affirmation with Christian scripture, in addition to serving as Director of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation and teaching in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree (CACREP-accredited) program at the Seminary of the Southwest.

Jonathan McNutt Therapy Austin

Jonathan McNutt, LPC

Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and considers himself to be a “hybrid” counselor, in that his approach to counseling integrates dynamic relational work with behavioral and skills training methods. His eclectic approach to counseling is shaped by a wide range of experiences in and outside of the helping field, including his previous work as a crisis hotline advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and as a freelance musician and composer, his extensive practice of mindfulness meditation including attendance of 15+ silent meditation retreats ranging between 1 and 10 days in length, and his personal experience with a wide range of therapy methods and self-help approaches. Jonathan has formal training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and David Burns’ TEAM-CBT. Jonathan’s professional experience as a counselor includes facilitating groups in intensive outpatient settings for substance use and mental health issues, as well as providing counselling to individual adults in outpatient settings. 

At Therapy Austin, Jonathan has provided individual counseling to adults as well as  mentoring and training to fellow therapists. Trainings Jonathan has created and presented at Therapy Austin include an introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and an 8-week CBT Skills Training course, which provided training in cognitive therapy methods as well as  communication skills training methods. 

Jonathan’s is passionate about integrating different models of therapy as well as creating training and handout materials that make complex concepts related to therapy and mental health practical and accessible.

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JP Cardenas Therapy Austin

JP Cardenas, LPC Associate

JP (they/them) is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, supervised by Melody Palmer-Arizola, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. JP specializes in working with LGBTQ+ adolescents and adults on gender & sexuality issues, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, identity exploration and with BIPOC individuals. During their free time, JP is the Director of Health and Wellness for Austin Black Pride, a Queer Black organization, that focuses on providing safe spaces, community events and wellness in the Queer Black Community. JP is passionate about mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, Women's Rights, Anti-Racism work and advocating for all marginalized communities. JP approaches diversity, equity and inclusion work through educating others and storytelling.

Julia Shirar Therapy Austin

Julia Shirar, MA, LPC Associate

Julia Shirar, MA, LPC Associate; Supervised by Kalila Homann, LPC-S, BC-DMT is a depth psychotherapist with a strong knack for research. Julia’s combined interests in people, culture, philosophy, history, stories, the arts and neuroscience led her to become a therapist. Before joining Therapy Austin, Julia worked in community mental health and a public school district. At Pacifica Graduate Institute, she completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Depth Psychology. Julia’s graduate level thesis was on dissociation/depersonalization from a psychodynamic perspective. Julia grew up living internationally and identifies as an Adult Third Culture Kid. Julia continues to pursue her own independent research in depersonalization and the multicultural experience. In Julia’s free time, you can find her hanging outside by cool waters with her pups, painting, or reading/listening to podcasts.

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Juliane Taylor Shore Therapy Austin

Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jules has been in private practice specializing in trauma recovery and couples counseling for over 10 years. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, which is a post graduate training center for therapists in South Austin. She teaches Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma Recovery and Couples Counseling in many venues throughout Austin. Jules loves talking about therapy and teaching as much as she loves being with clients. She promotes relational and experiential work and is so thrilled to be a part of Therapy Austin's training team to help their budding clinicians improve their skills and confidence. When she is not in the therapy chair, she can be found having outdoor adventures with her husband and daughter, taking in a silly movie or reading the Harry Potter series again (yes, she's obsessed). Learn more about Jules and her practice here.

Lindsey Lucius Therapy Austin

Lindsey Lucius, LCSW-S

Lindsey Lucius, LCSW-S is an attachment-focused therapist working primarily through the lens of IFS and EMDR. She spent 6 lovely years at Therapy Austin as a Therapist and Staff Coordinator.   After having a child in 2017, she ventured into private practice, where she works individually with adults who have relational trauma and/or Complex PTSD.  Her time mentoring staff at TA inspired a passion for providing Clinical Supervision to LMSWs.  Warm, genuine and down-to-earth, Lindsey leads with her highly sensitive heart.  She is excited to return and train on two of her favorite models of therapy:  IFS and NARM!  You can learn more about Lindsey here.

Maria Spada Therapy Austin

Maria Spada, LPC

Maria is a Senior Counselor at Therapy Austin specializing in couples. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, interned at the YWCA of Greater Austin, and is certified as a Trauma Informed therapist through the Trauma Care Institute. Maria’s extensive Couple Therapy specialization trainings give her the ability to draw from several models including  EFT - Emotionally Focused Couple therapy, the Gottman Method, and PACT - Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy. Maria has always had a passion for teaching and training. In an earlier life chapter, she founded several businesses in the higher education field in Paris and London, where she created and administered educational curricula and training programs. Currently, Maria works exclusively with couples, a calling which she finds incredibly rewarding. She’s even been given the nickname “the couples whisperer” by a number of her clients.

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Marlon Johnson Therapy Austin

Marlon Johnson, PH.D, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dr. Marlon Johnson serves as a faculty member at Seminary of the Southwest. He grounds his work as a therapist and counselor educator through both a Narrative and a Critical Pedagogical framework respectively. Marlon’s clinical background includes community mental health counseling for families within the foster care system, Child-Centered Play therapy, group interventions for adolescents experiencing resistance and trauma, and college and career readiness counseling within rural communities. Marlon remains passionate about mental health access and equity, counselor identity development, and the intersections of faith, race, and sexuality within the counseling space.

Neathery Falchuk Therapy Austin

Neathery Falchuk, LCSW-S, CGP

Neathery Falchuk (they/them) is a queer, genderqueer, Latinx therapist, licensed clinical social worker and supervisor, certified group psychotherapist, certified Body Trust® provider, and certified meditation teacher. Neathery is the owner of Ample and Rooted, an inclusive psychotherapy, consulting, and training practice specializing in working with LGBTQ+ communities, eating disorders, body shame, sex and sexuality, gender, relationship concerns, trauma, mindfulness, giref and loss, and substance use. Neathery is a past President of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists, past board member of Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, and past board member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health. Neathery lives in Austin, TX with their wife and pups and enjoys hiking, meditation, sipping coffee on patios, and starting and never finishing books.

 Ample + Rooted, as an inclusive therapy practice, cultivates a safe and welcoming space of compassion and connection. At Ample + Rooted, we believe it is our birthright to inhabit, trust and honor our physical and emotional selves without shame. We believe in cultivating a healing home for the whole you and that this healing and belonging is profoundly vital in creating a more equitable and just world. We believe compassion, pleasure and embodiment lead the way toward healing and liberation.

 The practice is rooted in Health at Every Size®, Body Trust®, fat-positive, sex-positive, LGBTQ+ affirming, harm reduction, trauma-responsive, culturally responsive, and anti-oppressive frameworks. 

 For more information, please visit: www.ampleandrooted.com and follow us on IG: @ampleandrooted

Sara Miller Therapy Austin

Sara Miller, LPC

LPC

As a clinician at IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, Sara is part of a post-graduate training program focused on interpersonal neurobiology and trauma recovery. She brings a wealth of life experience to clients grappling with anxiety, loss, and relational health and specializes in infertility. Her training includes DEEP, EMDR, Emotional Transformation Therapy and Relational Life Therapy for couples. As a recovering perfectionist, she loves helping people with boundaries and burnout. When she’s not working with clients, you’ll find her reading (or adding more books to the stack), enjoying good food with family and friends, and trying to keep up with her husband and twin boys.

Vagdevi Meunier Therapy Austin

Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD

Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She has a private clinical and consulting practice in Austin where she specializes in relationship therapy, intensives, and retreats, professional training and supervision, and organizational consultation. Vagdevi has extensive experience with multicultural psychology, especially eastern influences on psychological practice, and cross-cultural research on relationships. Vagdevi has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and educator. Vagdevi has been a certified Gottman Couples Therapist and workshop leader since 2006. As a Master professional trainer for the Gottman Institute, Vagdevi has presented workshops and retreats to professional and lay audiences in the US and abroad. Vagdevi incorporates mindfulness, relational neuroscience, and positive psychology into her presentations on relationships, and has published several book chapters and articles on the Gottman method of couples therapy.

Vagdevi is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Relationships, a community counseling, training, and outreach center that specializes in promoting flourishing relationships in all spheres of life based on best practices in relational neuroscience. The Center for Relationships is committed to public and professional education and outreach through innovative programs such as Care Week and AskTheSexperts.

Vagdevi is also the founder and President of Sukha International, Inc, an international coaching, consulting, training, and wellness travel organization that specializes in holistic psychology, spiritual growth, and eastern wellness practices. Through Sukha International, Vagdevi offers retreats, workshops, and consultations to helping professionals with a focus on integrative and holistic perspectives on wellness and self- development. She is passionate about helping individuals, partners, teams, and organizations develop flourishing and authentic relationships to self and others. 

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