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Hi, I'm Angela!

I'm so glad you are taking the time to learn about me and what I have to offer you.

Angela is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist.  This unique combination of professional credentials allows Angela to integrate a holistic approach to her work with couples and individuals. Angela is the only dually certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and certified Sex Therapist in Austin proper and one of few in the greater area of Texas.  My practice follows attachment-oriented psychotherapy with an integration of intimacy and sexual health for couples and individuals.

I use evidenced-based models, clinical consultation, continuing education, and clinical processing groups to ensure that I am providing my clients with the best psychotherapeutic treatment possible.

I identify with the pronouns she/her/hers. 

While I strive to meet all my clients with support and the help they need.  My practice is limited in its capacity for acute and emergency crisis.  Some local referrals for agencies that are better equipped to help with acute crisis are: https://ywcaaustin.org/ or https://integralcare.org/en/home/.

Lastly, scroll down and meet Mr. Sweenie Todd, my beloved little Dachshund. He's not ready yet to join me in the therapy office...but I'm looking into it.

Counseling With Angela

Couples and relationship counseling make up the majority of my practice. The clients I work with tend to have encountered difficulties in their relationship(s) stemming from negative communication and relational cycles, or are experiencing distress due to trust breeches or implicit/explicit contractual violations in the relationship(s). 

I also specialize in perinatal/postpartum work for women and partnerships that are experiencing adjustment distress, mental and emotional health issues, and stress.

Women who experience pain with sex, loss of libido, or prior sexual trauma that is currently negatively influencing their relationship also fall under my areas of specialization.

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor Candidate:  Angela has been certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists as a sex therapist.  Angela gained her education hours towards sex therapy at The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.  As of 2022, Angela has been approved by AASECT as a supervisor candidate for sex therapists pursuing certification.

ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor Candidate:  Angela has been certified by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy as an Emotionally Focused Therapist.  Angela completed Externship and Core Skills in Sacramento, California with Drs. Nancy and Paul Aikin.  As of 2023, Angela has been approved by ICEEFT as a supervisor candidate for therapists pursuing EFT certification.

Texas and California Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor:  Angela is active and in good standing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor.  Angela was licensed by The California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2015 and gained supervisor status in 2023.  Ca. license #66376.  Angela supervises ASW's, LPC's, and AMFT's virtually from California.
Angela was licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners in 2019 and gained supervisor status in 2021. Tx. license #67109.  Angela supervises ASW and student interns in Texas.

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Mr. Sweenie Todd the Dachshund Dog!

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There are names for what binds us:
strong forces, weak forces.
Look around, you can see them:
the skin that forms in a half-empty cup,
nails rusting into the places they join,
joints dovetailed on their own weight.
The way things stay so solidly
wherever they’ve been set down —
and gravity, scientists say, is weak.

And see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
more strong
than the simple, untested surface before.
There’s a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,

as all flesh,
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest —

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric
that nothing can tear or mend.

FOR WHAT BINDS US
by Jane Hirshfield

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