Meet Our Team

Fred Tucker, M.A., LPC-S   -   Fred has training and experience in life issues relating to:

  • Depression

  • Adult Life Transitions

  • Grief and Loss

  • Self Esteem

  • Relationships

  • Substance Abuse

  • Anxiety

 

Fred offers a free 20-minute phone consultation. He can be reached at 512-686-3433 x3 or email fptucker@gmail.com.

Jill Palmer Praisner, M.A., LPC-S    -  Currently not accepting new clients.

 

Jill's special interests include:

  • Low self-esteem / low self-worth

  • Low libido

  • Relationship struggles

  • Becoming more fulfilled in life​

Jill provides a free 20-minute phone consultation. She can be reached at

512-731-9168 or email at jill@austincounselingcenter.com. For more information, visit www.jillcounseling.com.  For information about online counseling, visit http://www.onlinecounselingtexas.com.

Kelley Hawkins, M.A., LPC - Kelley helps individuals and couples work through life's challenges. She believes that new behaviors, new thought patterns, and new skills can lead to improved relationships and increase life satisfaction. Her goal is to help clients find hope again and develop these new behaviors in a warm and healthy environment. 

The transition to parenthood is challenging. Preparing for a new baby, finding solutions to the challenges that a new baby presents, and addressing the relationship between parents are critical issues for every new parenting couples. Kelley is a certified educator in the Gottman Institute's Bring Home Baby program and works with couples to connect as they become a family with their new little addition.

Kelly's individual counseling services include:        

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Post-Partum Depression (PPD)

  • Coping Skills    

  • Low Self-Esteem              

  • Trust

  • Shame

  • Grief and Loss

  • Difficulty adjusting to changes

Kelley's couples counseling services include:

  • Communication struggles

  • Parenting struggles

  • Co-parenting

  • Conflict resolution

  • Post-Partum Depression

Kelley offers a 20-minute phone consultation at no cost and can be reached at 512-686-3433 ext. 5 or hawkinscounseling1@gmail.com. There are a limited number of time slots available for clients needing a sliding scale payment option. For more information about Kelley, please visit: www.hawkinscounseling.com. She looks forward to hearing from you.

Melinda Griffith, M.A., LPC  - Melinda's approach to counseling is collaborative, solution focused, and a special interest in mindfulness. Melinda enjoys working with individuals and family counseling as they transition through all of life's ups and downs. She provides a open and encouraging environment for you to learn about yourself and your relationship with others.  

Melinda's services include working with clients who are experiencing: 

  • Difficulty adjusting to change

  • Life transitions

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Poor coping skills

  • Intimacy / sexual concerns

Melinda offers a free 20-minute phone consultation, and can be reached at 512-956-6802. For more information about working with Melinda, please visit melindacounseling.com.

Edward Jason Coel, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Fred Tucker, MA, LPC-S   - Every moment is an opportunity to make a new choice.  Jason provides straightforward, non-judgmental psychotherapy and counseling services for adult individuals and groups.  His counseling services are confidential and are designed to remove barriers to change while helping you to take ownership of your life. Jason believes strongly that we are all unique individuals with complex histories and relationships. As such, he does not diagnose his clients because these labels do not accurately describe the uniqueness of our lived experiences. This allows you to be confident to seek therapy without fear of stigmas.
The following is a list of common concerns that we discuss in therapy:

  • Feeling stuck or unsettled

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Finding meaning / purpose / authenticity

  • Wanting to feel more connected with loved ones

  • Adjusting to life changes

  • Managing stress / anger / despair

  • Feelings of isolation

  • Dealing with mortality

  • Grief / Loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship struggles / coping with divorce

  • Increasing confidence / assertiveness

  • Working through past trauma

​Jason offers a free 20-minute phone consultation.  He can be reached at 512-686-3433 x 7 or on his cell phone at 512-649-5490.  For more information visit www.coelcounseling.com.

Ellen Rohr, M.A., LPC - Ellen believes we all thrive on healthy connections with other people. She offers a supportive space for adult couples and individuals to explore and express themselves while gaining insight into their lives.

Ellen enjoys helping couples and adults navigate:

  • Relationships

  • Parenting

  • Premarital Counseling

  • "Empty Next" issues

  • Infidelity

  • Transitions

  • Grief

  • Career Counseling

Ellen offers a free 20 minute phone consultation. She can be reached at 512-987-0428 or email:  ellen@rohrcounseling.com. For more information visit www.rohrcounseling.com.

Anna Campbell, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Anna works with adults and teens, and enjoys illuminating the darkness for those who feel they cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. Although she treats all adults, Anna particularly enjoys working with the millennial age group. Her approach to therapy is highly collaborative and authentic, as she regards therapy as a true partnership between therapist and client. Anna's special interests include therapy to relieve lingering effects from a traumatic event, relief from depression, and therapy for stress and anxiety. 
Treatment areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Depression

  • Stress/anxiety/panic attacks

  • Heartbreak

  • Grief and loss

  • Relationship struggles

  • Coping with mood disorders

  • Authentic living

  • Attributing meaning and purpose to life

  • Mindfulness training

Anna offers free 20 minute consultations by phone or in person. She can be reached at (817)247-8350 or anna@psychotherapywithanna.com. For more information, visit www.psychotherapywithanna.com.

Lara Long, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Fred Tucker, MA, LPC-S   - Lara has a deep passion in coming alongside people as they journey to understand themselves and those around them with greater wisdom and insight. This often means looking at the things in our lives that feel “stuck” or difficult to understand patterns we find ourselves repeating. Her goal and hope for you in working together is that you may be able to live fully present and thrive by reducing the impact of the past on your present life. Her therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and relational in nature, and is largely influenced by attachment, trauma, and object relations theory. Essentially this means that she sees relationships as central to the ways we understand the world and ourselves. The therapeutic relationship offers an opportunity for you to experience something new, as you both encounter each other. She likes to use the analogy of a doula or midwife, as she works to help provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients to give birth to their inner creative and true self. She works with a multicultural focus, bringing curiosity, compassion and mindfulness to each session.


She draws from a background as a multi-decade Olympic hopeful athlete and the challenges that come with high intensity athletics, as well as a lengthy career in corporate America and the challenges  in navigating stress and leadership while finding meaning and balance. Her clinical areas of experience lie in working with: at-risk youth in school and home settings; therapeutic foster families; an award winning children’s crisis and outreach response system helping families achieve stability, prevent future crises and helping children remain in their home; individual outpatient and group therapy in an office setting; and more recently in training working with children, individuals and families using equine assisted psychotherapy.


She works with a wide variety of issues in her clients with a special focus in my studies on trauma and abuse. She works with children, adolescents, adult individuals and families. Some, but not all, of the types of issues we may address together: 

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Sexual abuse

  • Shame

  • Identity & spiritual abuse/warfare

  • Substance abuse

  • Existential questions of life meaning & purpose

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Self-harm

  • Eating disorders and body image

  • Family of origin and current family systems dynamics

  • Chronic pain

  • Body-mind-heart connection

  • Life transitions

  • Depression

  • Stress/anxiety/panic attacks

  • Wholehearted living

  • Relationships

Lara offers a free 20 minute telephone consult. She can be reached by telephone at 512.686.3433 x8 or email at lara.long.lpc@gmail.com. You may also visit her website at laralong.com for more detailed information.

Jody Rich, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Elizabeth O'Brien, MA, LPC-S   - Jody has found that there are turning points in life where we find ourselves being “re-potted,” planted into larger containers for growth either by choice or circumstance. She respects the natural buoyancy of the psychological immune system and works with clients to identify and amplify their core strengths. She uses evidence based techniques from a range of therapeutic approaches to walk with her clients on their journey towards well-being.

Her areas of interest are:

  • navigating life stage transitions (big change happened--what do I do now?)

  • relationship breakup or divorce recovery (never let a good crisis go to waste)

  • re-partnering after breakup recovery (I don’t want to make the same mistakes again)

  • betrayal bonding (why do I choose relationships with abusers?)

  • alienation and disconnection (I can see what my friends are doing 24/7 on social media, why do I feel more alone than ever?)

  • navigating relationships with narcissists or other high conflict people (partners, parents, bosses)

  • grief and loss (comes in many forms)

  • “sandwich generation” issues (those caring for relatives in generations above and below)

  • attachment issues that can arise in relationships (I love them so much, why am I so unhappy?)

  • recovery for family members of alcoholics/addicts (whatever I’ve tried, it hasn’t worked)

  • depression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors.

​​Jody offers a free 30-minute phone consultation and can be reached at 512-999-0373. For more information about working with Jody, please visit www.jodycounseling.com.

Vicki Padilla, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Vicki’s approach to therapy is to help clients build language and recognize and respond to vulnerability. Also, to develop connection within self and others. The empowering part of therapy is the exploration of the client’s wants and needs to become a healthy, functioning version of themselves. As a therapist, my intention is to stay curious, be present and authentic as possible.
Vicki’s background and experience are in the following:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Sexuality

  • Infidelity

  • Premarital preparation

  • Conflict resolution

  • Self worth

  • Body image

  • Suicidal thoughts

Vicki offers a free 20-minute consultation and can be reached at 512-827-8010 or visit her website www.vickipadilla.com, Facebook and Instagram page CounselingwithVickiPadilla.

Shira Klazmer, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Shira is very relational in the way she works with clients, as she believes we are all yearning for connection and thrive on feeling seen and heard. Shira uses a lot of humor, creativity, and validation with each client to help encourage resiliency, growth and build confidence. Shira enjoys working with teens and adults in both individual and couples/family therapy sessions. Shira specializes in working with the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) as well as those working to overcome anxiety, stress, or life transitions. 
Shira's areas of specialty:

  • Highly Sensitive Person

  • Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

  • EMDR

  • Teens & Adolescents

  • Navigating dating, relationships, or healing from heartbreak

  • Lack of motivation, self-esteem or drive

  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation

  • Questioning one's purpose in life and finding a sense of direction

  • Developing coping skills and managing anxiety

  • Jewish culture

Shira offers a free 20-minute phone consultation. You can find out more about Shira on her website at www.shiraklazmer.com or by emailing her directly at shira@shiraklazmer.com. 

Sladja Redner, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern  Supervised by Jill Praisner, MA, LPC-S   - Sladja believes that no matter what kind of difficulties and adversities we experience, we all have an innate capacity to heal and thrive. She considers a healthy relationship with yourself as the foundation for making decisions that will support your growth and guide you through life in a way that will honor who you truly are. Sladja’s interests include working with adults who have struggles related to:

  • Negative self-image

  • Low self-esteem

  • Forming healthy relationships

  • Difficult childhood experiences

  • Growing up in dysfunctional families

  • Being high achievers/young professionals

  • Starting and maintaining healthy behaviors/habits

  • Being an immigrant and/or minority

You can contact Sladja through her website at www.innerbecoming.com to schedule a free phone consultation or to inquire about her services.

Brandy Junk, M.A., LPC-Intern  Supervised by John Jones, MA, LPC-S   - 

 

Are you seeking support through the process of mental health wellness to address anxiety, anger, addiction, depression, work stress, or adjusting to the challenges of life changes?  Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties.  We will collaborate to build upon your meaningful life to increase your overall wellbeing and life satisfaction.  The journey of life is not always easy. 

 

Reaching out for support is the best cause of action you can do for yourself.  My unique therapeutic style and techniques offer infinite possibilities to aid in dealing with life challenges.  Steps towards feeling better and mental health wellness is just a phone call away. Call 1-877-2 GUIDE U (877- 248 - 4338). 

For any questions you have, you can reach us here:

Austin Counseling Center

1000 Westbank Dr. ste 6-250

Austin, TX 78746

jill@austincounselingcenter.com

Please use the individual phone numbers on the Our Team page to contact a specific therapist.

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