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:

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

The Magic of Emotion Chain Analysis, Presented by Christine Molina, LCSW ​

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

DBT Acceptance Skills, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Career Counseling: Crush No Dreams, Presented by Krystal "Winter" Green, LPC Associate

Getting Started with Couples, Presented by Amelia Canally, LCSW, CGP

DBT Change Skills, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Culturally Responsive Care for LGBTQIA+ Clients, Presented by Sarah Kapostasy, LPC and Summer Hough, LPC 

Flashbacks & the 3 Ds (Dissociation, Depersonalization, Derealization) in Session, Presented by Jill Hokanson, LCSW 

Interpersonal Neurobiology, Presented by Juliane Taylor-Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S 

Finding Joy in Couples Work, Presented by Vanessa Joy, PsyD, LPC-S

Kink, BDSM, and Poly/Open Relationships, Presented by Adam MacDonald, LCSW 

Mindful Yoga, Presented by Cartelia Kennedy, LPC

Internal Family Systems 101, Presented by Michelle Hawn, LPC-S

Preparing the Conversation: Identifying Biases and Practicing Cultural Humility​, Presented by Marlon Johnson, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC ​

Modern Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice, Presented by Christine Winston,  LCSW-S

Memory Reconsolidation, Presented by Juliane Taylor-Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S 

Engage: Strategies to Engage Culture and Identity in the Clinical Setting​, Presented by Marlon Johnson, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC

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

Eating Disorders 101, Presented by DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, CEDS

Meet Some of Our Trainers

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.

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

Gena Minnix Therapy Austin

Gena Minnix, PH.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Gena Minnix, 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.

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.

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.

Adam MacDonald Therapy Austin

Adam MacDonald, LCSW

Adam began his work in mental health in 2013 and has deeply explored clinical topics and interests including serious mental illness, developmental trauma, attachment issues, sexuality and gender issues, and Open/Poly/Kink relationships. He loves working in therapy with individuals who have suffered through pain and who want to break free of it. He uses a relational approach to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Motivational Interviewing 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. Discover more about this Therapy Austin alum and his private practice here.

Sarah Kapostasy Therapy Austin

Sarah Kapostasy, LPC

Sarah Kapostasy (she/her) is the Clinical and Social Services Director of Out Youth and Transgender Wellness. She provides oversight, supervision, and direct services at a community-based nonprofit that promotes mental health, wellness, and social connection for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities as well as their family members, partners, and allies. Sarah is a founding board member and the professional development workgroup chair for the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, which seeks to provide education to mental health and medical professionals to improve care for the trans and non-binary community. Sarah is proud to be a native of the rust belt and to have settled down with a native Texan. She is raising a spunky 8-year-old kiddo named Hadley, a sweet and dopey dog, and two cantankerous cats with her partner, Mel.

Christine Winston Therapy Austin

Christine Winston, LCSW-S

Christine Winston is an Austin-based LCSW-S in private practice and an adjunct associate professor with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas.  In her practice, she provides psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults, couples, and groups with a focus on rich personal growth, family and relationship issues, and the unique needs of artists and creative individuals. She is involved  with Austin Psychoanalytic and the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society and she is a longtime SIMS Foundation provider.

Summer Hough Therapy Austin

Summer Hough, LPC

Summer Hough (she/her) lives in Austin with her partner and his 12-year-old son. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ advocacy, roller derby, and trauma counseling. She has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas, and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. She is currently a Staff Therapist at Out Youth, which includes counseling individual clients and facilitating small LGBTQ+ and ally groups in Title 1 schools in and around Austin, with a curriculum that is evidenced-based, and helps to address symptoms that lead to minority stress. Beyond her work, Summer is proud to be a loving aunt to five nieces and nephews, and a new dog mom.

Vanessa Joy Therapy Austin

Vanessa Joy, PSYD, LPC-S

Vanessa Joy, PsyD, LPC-S has been working in the field of mental health with couples and families since 1998. She earned her BA in Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder (1997), an MA in Professional Counseling with an emphasis on Marital, Couples, and Family Counseling from Texas State University (2001), and a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) from Our Lady of the Lake University with an emphasis on Postmodern Theory, Integrated Health and Family Systems (2008). She has taught clinical and family systems courses as a Lecturer at Texas State University and has been in private practice since 2009. Of the many trainings and certifications Dr. Joy has obtained over the last 20+ years, she more recently draws upon her learnings in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (Stan Tatkin, PsyD, LMFT), Contemplative Based Trauma Resiliency (Patricia Tollison, PhD and Gaea Logan, LPC-S), and as a Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator (Brene´ Brown, PhD, LMSW), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200, Foundations of Yoga Therapy).

Dr. Joy is couple-centered, and active, ultimately aiming to strengthen our skills in the interactional space, the “in between” and the “we”. She thrives on a team approach, refers to her work as couple’s consultation or coaching, and collaborates with clients to determine what they need and want and what makes sense for their connection and context. Even on those hard therapy days of humbling therapeutic misses, Dr. Joy seizes those learning opportunities to practice and model integrity and repair, with kindness, compassion, and humor. She keeps at the forefront of her mind what a gift it is to be invited into a relationship to support a more secure and meaningful connection. She strives to support her clients in feeling empowered to meet life outside the therapy room with intentionality, resiliency, creativity, integrity, humor and a clear sense of self in relationship, tuning into the discomfort and challenge while amplifying those amazing parts in all of us that are waiting to be accessed. 

Christine Molina Therapy Austin

Christine Molina, LCSW

Christine brings a broad range of experience to her work as a counselor, consultant and trainer. Before becoming a therapist, she worked for government agencies where she oversaw services for at-risk populations and discovered her passion for mentoring, training and helping others succeed professionally. In her clinical roles, Christine has worked in inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment centers—including Settlement Home, Austin State Hospital, Seton’s DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Intensive Outpatient Program, and Therapy Austin. Christine loves helping individuals heal and grow on a deep level and creating easy-to-use training materials and handouts. She has trained extensively in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and is an EMDR Certified therapist, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a Senior Facilitator for EMDR Basic Trainings in Texas. Her specialties include using EMDR therapy with individuals who experience anxiety and/or ADHD symptoms and integrating EMDR therapy with relational and experiential therapies as well as DBT. In 2014, Christine started working at Therapy Austin and has enjoyed its community so much she’s still here! She also loves offering training and EMDR consultation to therapists at Therapy Austin and through her private practice. Learn more about Christine’s approach and background here.

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Cartelia Kennedy Therapy Austin

Cartelia Kennedy, M.ED., NCC, LPC, TCMYT, RYT

Cartelia started a new career in the mental health field in 2017. Before becoming a therapist she worked in public education for 15 years.  She has a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership, and a K-12 administrator certification.  She has been a Counselor here at Therapy Austin for 2 years and also sees clients in her private practice. Cartelia practices from a holistic, person-centered modality because she believes that therapy should be approached with the whole person in mind. She works with young adults and adult individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, and life transition. Cartelia is trained in Somatic experiencing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and is well grounded in Internal Family Systems, Attachment theory, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also trained in the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST) method.  Cartelia is a certified trauma-conscious yoga teacher and a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. Her goal as therapist is to help promote a deeper body connection toward wellness and to promote behavioral transformations that help you manifest a life that’s aligned with your core values. As a proud ally of the LBGTQ community she advocates for LBGTQ affirming practices. Discover more about Cartelia and her private practice here.

Jill Hokanson Therapy Austin

Jill Hokanson, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

As a trainer, Jill is most excited about increasing confidence in her fellow counselors and watching their professional growth. She is inspired by the congruence between psychodynamic work and interpersonal neurobiology, and enjoys integrating these with somatic, mindfulness, attachment, and family systems modalities. Jill provides individual counseling and facilitates an ongoing weekly Process Group, and has developed a knack for working with people with relational trauma, anxiety, and highly sensitive nervous systems. As part of the Therapy Austin Leadership Team, she provides encouragement and support to counselors by facilitating a Peer Consultation Group, working with the Mentors, and being the point-person for all things related to policy and procedure. Before finding a professional home at Therapy Austin, Jill provided counseling at a college counseling center, long-term care facility, and domestic violence shelter. Read more about Jill here.

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Jonathan McNutt Therapy Austin

Jonathan McNutt, LPC

Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been working in the helping field on and off for over 10 years, including 5 years working as an advocate for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Jonathan is passionate about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and psychotherapy, and has practiced mindfulness meditation extensively, including attending 15+ silent meditation retreats ranging between 1 and 10 days in length. During graduate school, Jonathan searched for a model of therapy that could facilitate working with clients using the mindfulness skills he was so passionate about, and was thrilled to find Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based model of therapy that combines mindfulness skills training with behavior change methods in service of our deepest values. Jonathan has trained in ACT, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), David Burns’ TEAM-CBT, and is also deeply influenced by Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and attachment-based approaches, especially the work of Sue Johnson and Stan Tatkin. Jonathan has wide-ranging professional interests, and enjoys working on integrating various models of therapy. See Jonathan’s full bio here.

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Winter Green Therapy Austin

Winter Green, LPC

Winter Green, LPC, NCC, is a relational therapist with a tenacious spirit for helping her clients when it comes to career work and mental health. Prior to joining the Therapy Austin team in 2019, she was a career counselor at Texas State University for four years. She specializes in career counseling and assessments, as well as trauma, anxiety, and eating disorders. You can expect mindfulness-based interventions, lessons in interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), and a person-centered approach when she works with clients struggling to overcome trauma and behavioral issues. She enjoys learning about and combining different modalities including Attachment Theory, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatic Experiencing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Individual Psychology, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Outside of counseling, you can find Winter on one of the many disc golf courses Austin has to offer or at home doing yoga with the moral support of her golden retriever, Biggio. Visit Winter’s counseling bio here.

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