Life Coaching and Mentoring
GirlTalk Therapy is a fun and engaging way to help tween and teen girls build confidence, create healthy relationships, and navigate life changes. Experienced psychotherapists conduct group and family therapy, parenting workshops, and community outreach, as well as advocating for girls and women to thrive in academics, relationships, careers and life.
We believe in the power of women and girls to learn from and support each other, and to be strong, successful, unique and independent. GirlTalk Therapy can provide tween and teen girls with the tools they need to have lasting friendships and strong family relationships, make healthy choices and develop an appreciation for their inherent self-worth and individuality. Each GirlTalk Therapy group is filled with creativity, laughter, self-reflection and experiential activities, and we give girls the opportunity to talk with their peers in a safe, nurturing environment about the things that matter to them.
GirlTalk Therapy: Helping girls grow up without all the growing pains.
Shayna Barksdale, LCSW has over 20 years post master’s experience working with children and adolescents. Shayna’s passion for facilitating growth in others came at an early age at Westlake High School when asked to volunteer at a nursing home. Shayna went on to get her Bachelors in Social Work at TCU and Master’s at Our Lady of the Lake, Worden School of Social Work, in San Antonio, Texas. She offers individual, group, and family counseling at Austin Therapy for Girls. Shayna is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and holds The Daring Way™ Women’s Intensive Retreats based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.
We offer home and community-based training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to families of children with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities ages 1.5-6. ABA is the science of changing behavior and can be used to prevent and reduce problem behavior as well as to teach new skills including language, communication, social, play, academic, and self-help skills. Using the principles of ABA, we teach families how to improve their child’s communication skills, prevent and reduce problem behaviors, teach self-help skills (e.g., independent eating, dressing, grooming, and toileting), and develop in-home therapy programs. Our services are different in that we transfer control to families through teaching them the same effective, research-based strategies used by therapists so they can teach their children throughout daily routines. Our mission is to empower and educate exceptional families as they support their children in achieving maximum independence.
Supporting mid to senior level professionals and entrepreneurs in the areas of career planning/management/change/personal branding & marketing and job search since 1999. Based in Austin, our coaching team is nationally-recognized and serves clients around the world.
Iektje Stephens, Ph.D., LSSP is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She earned her M.A. in Education from the University of Amsterdam, and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stephens has over fifteen years experience working with children, teens, families, and schools. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency at the ApaCenter.
Dr. Stephens provides individual therapy to people of all ages, family therapy, parent consultation, and couples therapy. She also has extensive experience with psychological assessment and the diagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities, emotional difficulties (e.g. anxiety and depression), and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Stephens has expertise in the treatment of anxiety, stress management, depression, ADHD, and challenging behavior. She provides school consultation in order to facilitate collaboration between families and schools, and optimize the way students’ needs are met in the home and school environments.
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College Living Experience (CLE) is the industry’s leading provider of post-secondary supports to young adults with learning differences. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of services, we strive to propel young adults toward success as they journey through their transition to independence.
The individualized services of CLE provide supports to students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, and other varying exceptionalities based on their chosen path. CLE students pursue their academic program or career of interest while also receiving services across the domains of independent living and social skill development.
Connecting students to a college that fits.
Collegewise is a college counseling company founded on the belief that the college process should be an enjoyable one for families and that the most selective colleges don’t have the market cornered on great college experiences. Students in our program are each assigned to a college counselor who guides them (without doing it for them) through every step of the college application process, from picking colleges, to filling out applications, to choosing the right stories for students’ college essays. Unless you believe that there are only twelve colleges on the planet worth attending (if you do, we’d like to tell you in the nicest way possible that we completely disagree), we can probably help you, too.
Description of services: Individuals, couples, and group counseling , consultation, and workshops. Some of my professional interests include mindfulness-based counseling, grief and loss, and assistance with medical decision-making.
Katie Malinski, LCSW, is an Austin-based parenting coach, family therapist, and parent herself. With over 15 years’ experience, Katie helps parents see the key connections that help resolve family difficulties, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and get families back on balance and moving forward together. She also presents dynamic parenting workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, including managing difficult behavior in children, promoting self-esteem, parenting through divorce and communicating about sexuality.