• We provide DBT treatment
    for adults, adolescents,
    and families

    Over 20 Years Combined DBT Experience

  • Treatment is provided
    by licensed clinicians

    Offering the complete model of DBT treatment
    (individual therapy, skills training, team consultation and phone coaching).


    Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 7am-9pm

About us

ADBTA provides individual psychotherapy and group skills training for adults and adolescents with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks/PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Impulsive Behaviors/Self-Injury
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship Problems

Individual psychotherapy and group skills training both include evidence based practices – treatments that are supported by scientific research.

What Is DBT?

DBT is short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This is a specialized type of therapy that requires intensive post-graduate training by the therapists who offer it (all the therapists at ADBTA are continuing to receive this extensive post-graduate training). Dialectical Behavior Therapy is recognized as an evidence-based practice by the American Psychiatric Association.

DBT is an effective treatment for helping people to manage the intensity of emotions and impulsive behavioral patterns that are causing fall out and disrupting the quality of their daily lives. What DBT does best is that it teaches skills that are not confined to a clinician’s office. These skills generalize to every aspect of your world (work, school, home, friends, family, etc.). At its heart, DBT is the relentless pursuit of problem solving.

How do I know if DBT is for me?

We have provided DBT trainings to many different groups (schools/teachers, courts/lawyers, healthcare professionals, etc.). One of the things we hear the most from our trainees is, “DBT skills are something that we all need!” Our participants report they are pleasantly surprised that everyone and anyone can benefit from these skills.

How is DBT any different than any other type of treatment?

One of the common frustrations with traditional therapy is feeling like you gain insight during session but that doesn’t translate into behavioral change outside of session. DBT clinicians are committed to helping their clients shape the intensity, frequency and duration of emotions and behaviors that are interfering with building their own lives worth living. We are actually MORE focused on what happens outside of treatment than in it! The people who come to us most often are those who have felt frustrated by not making progress in previous treatments.

Why should I come to ADBTA to receive DBT?

A lot of people say they do DBT but they don’t offer all the aspects of DBT that randomized controlled trials have shown make it an evidence based practice. There are four aspects of DBT included in the evidence-based trials that allow DBT to be effective:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Skills Training
  • Phone Coaching
  • Therapist Consultation Team

Our mission is to offer quality DBT at an affordable cost. Therefore, we make sure we offer these services on a sliding scale.

Our Services

We offer ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE and ADHERENT DBT for adults, adolescents and families in Austin. Treatment is provided by licensed clinicians training in offering the complete model of DBT treatment (individual therapy, skills group, team consultation and phone coaching). All clinicians are required to attend weekly team consultation, led by our directors with over 20 years combined DBT experience. Services are provided at the following rates: Intakes ($90), Individual/Family Therapy ($60-$150), and Group ($55-$70). If you need one of our sliding scale/lower fee slots, please let our intake coordinator know when you schedule your appointment.

Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 7am-9pm

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Affordable Rates

Our fees range from $60-$150 for individual and family therapy. Our group rates are $55-$70, depending on time and type of group.

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Current ADBTA Groups


The following ADULT groups are currently running:

  • Tuesdays 12-1:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 12-1:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursdays 6:30-8 PM
  • Saturdays 12-1:30 PM

ADOLESCENTS (Ages 13-18)

The following ADOLESCENT groups for Middle/High School are currently running:

  • Mondays 6-7:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM (High School)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6 PM (RODBT)


  • Monday 12-1:30PM (RODBT, Permanently Virtual)
  • Tuesdays 9:30-11 AM (RODBT)
  • Thursdays 12-1:30 PM (RODBT)
  • Thursdays 4:30-6 PM (RODBT)
  • Fridays 9-10:30AM (Holiday Group, 8 sessions)
  • Saturdays 9:30-11:00 AM (RODBT)

Meet The Team


Shana Alexander is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Shana holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. She is currently attending The University of Texas in pursuit of her Advanced Practice Nurse-Mental Health Degree. Shana completed her Counseling Practicum at Ascension Seton Behavioral Health where she received intensive training in DBT. Since then, she has gained extensive experience across a variety of clinical populations such as individuals struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, homelessness, personality disorders, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Shana also has gained experience across an array of different modalities including individual, family, couples, group and community-based therapy. She is honored and excited to be able to use her experience and education to help those in need. In her spare time, Shana enjoys spending time with her family and three wiener dogs.

Associate Clinician LMSW, Associate Clinician

Sandra Alfaro is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Counseling from Oral Roberts University and Master of Social Work degree from Texas State University with a focus in direct clinical practice. Sandra completed her practicum at Ascension’s Seton Behavioral Intensive Outpatient Program, which afforded her the opportunity to be intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and she has been facilitating adult DBT IOP groups for five years. In this setting, she has gained clinical experience and shaped her strengths-based approach by working with individuals from various walks of life. Outside of a group setting, Sandra provides psychoeducation to resident nurses at Ascension Seton on the topic of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to facilitate discussions and decrease stigma around this issue. In her downtime, Sandra enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter, baking, gardening, and going to the family farm.


Sarah Chalmers, LCSW grew up in metro Detroit and went to a small liberal arts college in Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in Political Science. Initially, she pursued activism in order to advance the cause of social justice and help people have better lives through community growth and change. Sarah decided to pursue a career in social work to further actualize that goal and to gain skills and education she could use to help people individually. She was interested in helping people on an individual level to find mental and emotional well-being and maintain healthy and meaningful relationships. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her experience includes providing grief counseling as a hospice social worker, providing supportive and solution-oriented counseling for juvenile offenders and providing group, individual, and family therapy for women, children and adolescents experiencing homelessness. Sarah is honored to use her education and experience to provide compassionate and non-judgmental therapy for clients needing help to work through a variety of problems and to deal with a variety of issues.


Stacey Cholick is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in the mental health field since 2013. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she has been in the San Marcos and Austin area since falling in love with the hill country in 2001 while working on her undergraduate degree. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor is Social Work from Texas State University. After losing her father, Stacey returned to the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance in 2014. Stacey has worked in a variety of positions within Integral Care, the local mental health authority for Travis County, where she gained experience treating individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and major depression. Stacey also worked with the local suicide prevention crisis line and developed a passion for supporting people struggling with suicidal thoughts. She joined Austin DBT Associates in 2019, where she currently treats adolescents and adults, and facilitates a weekly DBT skills group for adolescents. While at ADBTA, Stacey has gained experience in working with individuals diagnosed with personality disorders and anger issues and has seen the benefits of DBT in their healing journey. She is an advocate for openness and honesty in therapy and is always ready to hold space for clients when discussing difficult or painful topics. Stacey has completed basic training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and works with clients to heal from traumas experienced in their lives. EMDR therapy reconnects the traumatized person in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma while allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. Stacey defines self-care as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own wellbeing and happiness, especially during periods of stress, and she works with her clients to identify what healthy self-care looks like for them. Additionally, Stacey is an advocate for the LGBTQIA community and works continuously to increase her knowledge and training to best support her clients. She is a believer in the power of connecting with nature and uses hiking and time outdoors as one her main forms of self-care. In her free time, you will find Stacey kayaking and spending time with her partner, teenage son, and their three energy-filled dogs.


Cyndi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Austin, Texas. Cyndi obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from Texas State University. She has always had a passion for mental health; connecting with and working with people. Cyndi completed her practicum at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital (SSCH) where she provided case management services. She then went on to work full-time at SSCH where she received extensive experience working with adults and adolescents. Cyndi has treated clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders. Cyndi’s training in dialectical behavior therapy began at Seton’s outpatient clinic, Seton Behavioral Health, where she facilitated outpatient adolescent and multi-family groups. Cyndi has also provided individual and DBT group counseling services to women who have been sex trafficked, sexually exploited, and experienced domestic violence. Cyndi has completed basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which allows clients to heal from unprocessed traumatic memories without going into all of the details about the traumatic/distressing event(s). EMDR is a gentle and organic way of healing through trauma. Cyndi is passionate about destigmatizing mental health while helping people believe in themselves and find their strengths. Cyndi has a strong belief that with commitment, willingness to take an active stance, and a support system, people can make desired changes. As a clinical social worker, it is important to Cyndi to support her clients by providing them a safe, non-judgmental environment, observing their strengths while also encouraging clients to practice looking at other perspectives, challenging negative and dysfunctional thought processes, and helping clients engage in new and effective behaviors. Cyndi has a big heart and soft spot for all animals and critters and in her spare time she enjoys traveling, watching movies, listening to music, trying new foods and restaurants, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and her pet husky.


Sarah Duval is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Huntington University. Sarah completed her clinical practicum at Farrington Specialty Counseling in Fort Wayne, IN, receiving special training in the treatment of eating disorders. Sarah has experience working with eating disorders, as well as mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, at the partial-hospitalization (PHP) and intensive-outpatient (IOP) levels of care. Sarah is passionate about supporting clients in achieving stability so that they can approach their values-based life, or "life worth living." Sarah's approach to therapy is client-centered, inclusive, and warm. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults, using evidenced-based practices to spur growth. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being in nature, spending time with family and friends, gardening, and cooking. Sarah lives in Austin with her husband and their dog.


Taylor Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-Associate) supervised by Sarah Arnold, M.A., LPC-S. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree with a focus on Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health from the University of Kentucky. Taylor completed her practicum working as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) at Pathways 3H Ranch, a residential treatment center for teenage boys. While working primarily with children in foster care, Taylor facilitated individual and group sessions to teach daily living and pro-social skills. This experience sparked her passion for working with teens, young adults, and families. Taylor provides support to individuals and families that are experiencing anxiety, depression, family conflict, life transitions, mood disorders, stress, trauma, and more. Taylor has a strong passion for mental health and approaches counseling in a down-to-earth, compassionate, and non-judgmental way. In her free time, Taylor loves coaching her sons’ baseball team, volunteering at her church, and family trips to the beach.

Alison Green
Alison Green, LPC,

Alison Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is originally from Houston but has called Austin home for nearly two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Alison completed her clinical practicum at Ascension Seton Behavioral Health Care’s Intensive Outpatient Program. She has gained experience as an IOP group clinician and case manager for the past seven years working at all levels of clinical care. During this time, Alison has worked in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. In addition, Alison has provided services for Austin’s SIMS Foundation, serving the mental health needs of musicians and music industry professionals. She has specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has treated clients with anxiety disorders, depression, traits and disorders of overcontrol, perfectionism, addiction, PTSD and complex trauma, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Alison works from a person-centered approach by meeting the client where they are in life. In her downtime she enjoys the outdoors, live music, movies, animals, reading, traveling, cooking, theology, and visiting her family.


Vaughn Hancock is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She attended college at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a gender studies minor. She then attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas earning a Master’s of Arts in Counseling. She completed her training hours at an inpatient psychiatric hospital leading groups, performing individual therapy, and conducting psychoeducation for families. Her passion is for treating addictions and mood disorders. She is thrilled to collaborate with individuals working toward personal goals of comfort and acceptance in their lives.

Kayla Haygood
Kayla Haygood, LMSW,

Kayla Haygood (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker, supervised by Michelle Cross, LCSW-S. Kalya earned her Master’s degree from Baylor University in 2020 with an emphasis in clinical work. Her background includes working at a partial hospitalization program for individuals with eating disorders, where she became familiar with using DBT in both group and individual settings. She also has professional experience working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system, mood and anxiety disorders, and women experiencing homelessness and co-occurring substance use. Kayla’s therapeutic style can be described as relational, playful, and open. As a social worker, she operates from a “person-in-environment” lens and remains strengths-based when talking with her clients. She is passionate about meeting individuals where they are at and walking beside them as they navigate life’s challenges. Kayla values her clients’ self directedness and often refers to them as the expert of their own experience. Kayla is originally from New Orleans, and moved to Austin three years ago with her husband and their cat. She enjoys exploring Austin’s delicious restaurants, hiking in the park, and spending time with friends and family.

Ashley Hogan
Ashley Hogan, LPC-A,
Associate Clinician LPC-A, Associate Clinician

Ashley Hogan, supervised by Melody Palmer-Arizola, LPC-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate originally from the Texas Panhandle who has been transplanted in Austin since 2016. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas State University. Ashley has gained experience through Integral Care’s Safe Landing program where she has provided individual and play therapy to foster care youth from ages 3 to 17. During her clinical internship, Ashley provided counseling in a juvenile detention setting and a substance abuse IOP program. She also has experience working with college athletes, adolescents at a residential treatment program, foster care youth at an emergency shelter, and providing crisis counseling through the Travis County crisis hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Ashley has been trained in Trust Based Relational Interventions and is currently enrolled in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model Training. Ashley is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults who have experienced trauma in their lives and working with parents who are looking for guidance to improve family relationships. She approaches counseling by providing unconditional positive regard to all clients no matter where they may be on their journey to healing, and she utilizes humor to deepen relationships and personal insight. When she isn’t counseling Ashley enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking aerial classes, petting her cats, and attending concerts.

Associate Clinician LMSW, Associate Clinician

Emma Holder (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Emma earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Theater from New College of Florida and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied motivational interviewing, trauma, and attachment theory. After working as a teacher, comedian, and writer for over a decade, Emma wanted to find a more direct way to help people and decided to pursue her social work degree. Emma has a collaborative and empathetic approach to therapy and truly believes the client is the expert in their own lives. She is honored to get to join people on their mental health journey and excited to help them find the tools they need to bring out their strengths and meet their emotional goals. Emma has a background in working with adolescents and finds joy in helping them feel supported and heard. She is a proponent of self-compassion, humor and mindfulness. She loves animals, especially her dog, Saul Bellow. She is passionate about being an advocate for social justice for all and enjoys comedy, writing, dancing, and watching reality television.


Paige Loria (pronouns she/her) earned her bachelors in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently working on her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas State University. In her spare time, Paige enjoys spending time with her pets and playing on her local roller derby team where she acts as a volunteer coach for her team’s adult league and juniors' program. Paige Resides in Round Rock with her dog Parker and cat Chloe.


Nicole Meitzen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Fitness and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Nicole has experience working in healthcare and counseling center settings supporting adults as they navigate various physical, mental, relational, and systemic challenges and seek ways to find wellbeing. Nicole’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and collaborative. Since change and growth are often uncomfortable, Nicole is passionate about joining the people she works alongside with compassion, mindfulness, challenge, and humor so they feel truly seen and heard. Nicole is passionate about her family, friends, and showing up for racial and social justice work.

Victoria Mireles
Victoria Mireles, LMFT-A,

Victoria is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT-A), supervised by Kristen Pierce-Vreeke, LMFT-S. She has a passion for helping her clients identify their strengths, learn about their goals, and for helping them to reach their fullest potential. Victoria is originally from the Texas Panhandle and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Texas Tech University and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (focused on trauma) from Abilene Christian University. She has worked in various settings including private practice, college counseling, and substance use rehabilitation. Victoria’s dedicated to continuing to grow her knowledge to help clients with mental health diagnoses such as borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. Victoria uses a collaborative and caring approach and a systemic perspective to help individuals, couples, and families improve their current life circumstances. As a therapist, Victoria understands the importance of building rapport with her clients to ensure they feel heard and supported during the therapeutic journey. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three dogs and her husband.


Ashley Oliver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in Psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington and went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree at Texas State University with a focus in direct clinical practice. Ashley completed her practicum at Austin State Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, where she received training working with adolescents and families providing individual, group, and family therapeutic services. Ashley’s experience includes 5 years at a local behavioral health facility within an intensive outpatient program where she worked with adults, adolescents, and families, as she facilitated chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, and DBT groups. During this time, she attended and completed DBT foundational training and went on to become the clinical team lead of adolescent IOP programming. Ashley is a dedicated, high energy social worker who loves people, humor, and being active.


Ayla Peret is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with a focus on culture, identity and politics, from Brown University. Ayla's passion is improving client’s relationships, both with themselves and others. She focuses on increasing self-esteem, decreasing critical judgment and negative self-talk, and building a life that balances accomplishment with enjoyment and relaxation. Ayla also works on strengthening romantic relationships and building new connections. She completed training at the Gottman Institute in Seattle for the “7 principles of making marriage work” and has led workshops to help couples improve their relationships. Ayla has spent the last decade providing therapy and case management to vulnerable populations such as refugees, people with mental illness, people in acute psychiatric crisis, prison populations, and youth with trauma. She worked at the Seton Intensive Outpatient Program as a DBT group clinician and at Integral Care to help clients achieve and maintain maximum functioning in the community, while decreasing need for inpatient hospitalizations. Ayla worked for Refugee Services of Texas assisting newly arrived refugees gain access to and navigate the US healthcare system, and she interned at the Austin State Hospital providing individual and group therapy for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Ayla has also received mediation training and has served as a volunteer mediator for the Victim Offender Mediation Dialogue Program.


Jena is a licensed professional counselor. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in 2014. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Since receiving her Master’s degree, she has worked with Austin Travis County Integral Care completing assessments and providing high intensity rehabilitation services to individuals with physical disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Jena is passionate about working with individuals who are experiencing difficult life transitions whether it is a first episode of mental illness, recent disability or medical diagnosis, gender or women specific issues, and/or coming of age issues with young adults. Jena currently offers individual psychotherapy for adolescents & adults of all ages.

Associate Clinician LMSW, Associate Clinician

Dianna Verduzco was raised in Austin and is a Licensed Master Social Worker supervised by Meg Haden, LCSW-S. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Edward’s University and completed her Master’s in Social Work with a focus in Advanced Clinical Social Work at Walden University. Dianna gained clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient settings during her 5 year tenure at Austin Oaks Hospital. She has experience working with clients ages 4 and up treating suicidal ideation, psychosis, homicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has experience facilitating both CBT and DBT groups, and has been trained in providing trauma-informed care. Dianna understands that taking time to focus on your mental health takes courage and she strives to meet you where you are on your mental health journey. She strives to provide a safe, therapeutic space to feel comfortable and supported. She uses a strength-based approach; assisting clients to develop healthy coping skills, practice boundary-setting, and identifying realistic goals that promote growth and wellbeing. In her free time, Dianna enjoys hanging out with family, playing video games with her little brother, playing basketball, baking cookies, and eating chicken. She likes to laugh and enjoys a good Disney movie.

Lynne Pierce
Lynne Pierce, LMSW,
Associate Clinician LMSW, Associate Clinician

Lynne Pierce is a Licensed Master Social Worker, supervised by Earley Barnes-Ullrich, LCSW-S, RPT-S. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Brockport and completed her Master’s in Social Work at Texas State University. Lynne has worked with diverse populations and understands the importance of cultural sensitivity and empowerment. She worked with Veterans at the CTVHCS Austin Outpatient Clinic treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma and anger. She has experience working with clients 8 and up, as well as families and groups. Lynne provided indigenous social work in Vietnam at autism centers, orphanages, and social welfare centers. While in Vietnam she also treated Agent Orange victims and their families, children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and high school and college-level students. Lynne uses a humanistic approach, with an emphasis on unique strengths and abilities to navigate the direction clients wish to pursue on their therapeutic journey. She strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for clients to express themselves without fear of judgment, and hopes to assist clients in enhancing their quality of life through healthy relationships. Outside of work, Lynne enjoys the company of her partner, son, and dog. Most of her spare time is spent outside doing family picnics, hiking, and paddleboarding.

Tania Pratt
Tania Pratt, MEd, LPC-A,
Associate Clinician MEd, LPC-A, Associate Clinician

Tania Pratt (MEd, LPC-A), supervised by Amanda Ramirez- LPC-S, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from The University of Houston and a Master in Education Degree, specializing in School Counseling, from The University of Texas Pan American. Professionally, Tania has extensive experience working with children, teens, young adults and families. She has worked in the public school system in many settings, as a counselor for middle school and high school students. Tania is passionate about helping youth and young adults learn skills to increase their wellbeing and likelihood of successfully launching into adulthood. She has increased her knowledge through her work at juvenile detention centers, alternative campuses, and through a school focused specifically on helping young adults ages 17 to 25 achieve their high school diploma. Tania has worked with people struggling with anxiety, self-harm, depression, ADHD, disruptive behaviors and substance abuse. She enjoys helping others and working collaboratively with them so that they can achieve their goals. Outside of work, Tania enjoys spending time with her family, husband, children and their two dogs.


Nicole Lansbery, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT
Nicole Lansbery, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT
Executive Director

Nicole Lansbery is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nicole attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She went on to attend St. Edward’s University to receive her Master's in Counseling. Before starting her own private practice ten years ago, Nicole worked at a local psychiatric hospital for five years, in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. While there she restarted the pet therapy program with her golden retriever – a certified Pet Partner, Ruby. Nicole has received extensive training in DBT and has been providing DBT to the Austin community for 14 years. Nicole enjoys learning and has also spent years studying each of the following: Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and Family Systems. In addition, Nicole has received training in Radically Open DBT (RODBT), SPACE (a treatment protocol for parents of anxious children), and New Ways for Families. Nicole resides in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter, boy/girl twins, and two dogs.


Penny Kruger, MSSW, LCSW
Penny Kruger, MSSW, LCSW
Clinical Director

Penny Kruger, LCSW-S completed her Masters in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, her native city. She has been practicing clinical social work for 27 years at all levels of clinical care with a variety of clinical areas including mood disorders, sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity, domestic violence offender treatment, and personality disorders. Penny is intensively trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In 2006 she founded the first adult DBT Intensive Outpatient Program in Austin, Texas at Ascension Seton Behavioral Health. She acted as the Clinical Lead for this program until 2020, training and supervising many of the current practicing DBT clinicians in the Austin area. She is currently an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Health Services at The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School where she teaches the psychiatric residents and social workers about DBT. In addition, Penny is the active Clinical Director of Austin DBT Associates where she helps train clinicians to provide adherent DBT and RO-DBT treatment in an outpatient setting. Penny continues to see clients in her own private practice and provide ongoing trainings and consultations for clinicians and agencies that are trying to adapt DBT to their setting.


Claire Ashton, M.A., LPC, LMFT, EMDR-C
Claire Ashton, M.A., LPC, LMFT, EMDR-C
Director of Operations, Senior Clinician

Claire Ashton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, a certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University.

Claire completed her practicum at Seton Behavioral Health where she received training in DBT while facilitating groups in the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. She concurrently completed a second practicum at Capital Area Counseling (CAC) where she treated children, families, and individuals presenting with mood disorders, social anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, challenges transitioning to adulthood, family challenges related to incarceration of a parent and divorce, chronic suicidal ideation and self-injuring behavior, and trauma and ritual abuse.

In 2017, Claire completed basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is used to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. She was certified by the EMDR International Association in 2021 after completing advanced training in the use of EMDR for grief and mourning and the use of EMDR for ego-state work. She has also completed training in DBT for Substance Use Disorders.

Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Claire worked in the music and technology industries, and is passionate about helping creative individuals identify personal goals and priorities, build meaningful relationships, and find healthy and fulfilling ways to express themselves.

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Austin, TX 78759

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