About Dena

I am the Clinical Director at Austin Integrative Counseling and Training Center.

I hold a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Psychology and have been practicing for more than 30 years. In the State of Texas, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (#14102), meaning that I supervise the clinical work of Interns who are earning their requirements for full licensure. Of course, I also see clients, which is the heart and soul of my work.

Teaching is one of my passions. At St. Edward’s University, I teach a Trauma and Crisis Management class for the Master’s of Arts in Counseling Program. For the Seminary of the Southwest, I am a Clinical Internship Instructor in the Clinical Mental Health Counselor Graduate Program. For the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California I teach the Trauma and Resilience course in the Doctorate Program in Depth Psychology with Somatic Psychology concentration.  All of these positions are as an Adjunct Professor, which allows me to teach and practice, a combination I love!

I’ve learned that people are dynamic and continually shaped by their experiences. We adapt and change whether we know it or not. We are resilient by nature. We can use the power of our resilience to help you change in the way that feels right to you. When I say “feels right”, I mean feels right in a deep, soulful, thoughtful place inside yourself.  By actively engaging in our work together, we discover what you need to make the changes you want.

I help uncover the resourcefulness that already exists inside. I believe we naturally possess all the strength and adaptability we need to meet our challenges. The trick is to uncover the ways in which we stand in our own way. You already have everything you need, together we can bring it forward.


A real person very much involved in the active process of discovery. You get support, guidance, and challenge when necessary. You get a whole person who sees you as another whole person. You get an experienced therapist who meets you where you are.


No labels, diagnoses, or judgments. No talking head or blank expression. No psychobabble. No feeling alone. No cat-and-mouse about what I think and feel.

2407 Marlton Drive
Austin, TX 78703
connect@inaustincounseling.com 512-695-3600

Choosing the “right therapist” means finding the “best fit for you”. While certifications are important, finding the “best fit for you” is more important, even crucial. Let’s meet in person and explore how we can work together to help you achieve your desired results.