Austin IN Connection’s 2016 Board of Directors

Austin IN Connection’s 2016 Board of Directors

Board member Priscilla Elliott, LPCPriscilla Elliott, LPC practices in South Austin where she helps individuals and groups by integrating principles and strategies of Somatic Experiencing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Comprehensive Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is enthusiastic about the genuine healing that she has been part of with her clients who struggle with the aftermath of trauma and/or body focused repetitive behaviors, such as Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder.  She has been serving mental health needs since 2006 and joined AINC’s Board in 2015. www.Courage-Counseling.com

Board member Dianne Fish, LPCDianne Fish, LPC is a psychotherapist and Certified Yoga Teacher in private practice. She draws on an integrative blend of modern psychotherapy including attachment-based experiential therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy along with ancient yoga, breathwork, mindfulness, and spiritual transformation approaches when appropriate. Dianne is a passionate yoga and meditation practitioner and a lifelong learner of neurobiology and emotional intelligence.  She periodically shares experiential workshops on topics such as blissful sleep and insomnia, and creating emotional balance. www.austinserenitycounseling.com

Board member Melissa Greenwell, LPC-InternMelissa Greenwell, LPC-Intern works with individuals, couples, adolescents and parents to improve relationships, address individual growth, and unlock the human potential in her clients. She has an attachment orientation that she combines with the newest information in interpersonal neurobiology and brain development. Melissa uses client centered-approaches including IFS, Eidetics, Gottman Couple’s Therapy, and principles from Emotion Focused Therapy and PACT theory. She works with clients dealing with all of the many transitions in life, with anxiety & depression, with  recovery from substance abuse, and with couples working to strengthen their relationships and improve their future together.

Board member John Howard, LPC, LMFT-AssociateJohn Howard, LPC, LMFT-Associate is an individual, couple and group psychotherapist in private practice. John specializes in relationship counseling informed by the latest science, helping individuals find and enter into relationship, and spiritual growth work. John is Cuban-American, a native Spanish speaker, and takes a multi-cultural approach to his work. He is the founder of Ready, Set, Love!, an online relationship education resource, and owner of Austin Professional Counseling. John strives to reach young people with a pro-active and positive approach to mental health issues. He writes for the Huffington Post, Lifehack.org, and hosts a regular relationship series at Entheos.com

Dana Jones, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker whose life’s work has been dedicated to promoting positive connections between and among children, parents and families. She has worked in a number of settings to include both inpatient and outpatient mental health, Child Protective Services, adoption agencies and schools. Dana has worked in public schools as a school social worker for the past 9 years and she is currently working in a public charter school that places emphasis on social emotional learning and Restorative Practices. Dana thoroughly enjoys teaching in many forms- supervising Master’s level Social Workers, mental health awareness in the community and schools and most recently joining the adjunct faculty at UT School of Social Work. She is excited to be a part of AINC’s Board helping spread the word about the importance of connection and the interplay of neurobiology.

Board member Lisa Lasater, PhD, LSSPLisa Lasater, PhD, LSSP is a clinical psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology. She has over twenty years of experience in school-based assessment and special education, working primarily with children and adolescents with emotional difficulties. Her theoretical orientation encompasses interpersonal theory and the significance of connection. Dr. Lasater has provided supervision and training to graduate level psychology students through school-based practicum and as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas. She is the co-founder of an Austin-based charter school focusing on the integration of social and emotional development within the academic setting. Dr. Lasater serves as Vice President of AINC’s Board of Directors. www.lisalasater.com

Board member Kelly McReeKelly McRee is a certified educator with over 19 years of experience in private and public education. She is the co-founder of a progressive charter school in Austin focusing on wellness, social emotional learning, and humanitarian philosophy. As Behavior Program Director for Austin Discovery School, Kelly enjoys working with children and families in developing healthy relationships within their community. Kelly is also a Restorative Practices Coordinator. Kelly serves as Secretary of the AINC Board of Directors.

Board member Amanda Norcross, LPCAmanda Norcross, LPC is in private psychotherapy practice in north Austin, and her work is grounded in the complementary therapies of depth psychology and attachment-based experiential therapy. She holds a passionate belief in the power of relationship to help people discover and embody their authentic selves, and she brings this enthusiasm to her work with individuals as well as couples seeking premarital counseling. Amanda joined AINC’s Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. www.amandanorcross.com

Susan Thomas, LPC-S, LMFT obtained her MA at St. Edward’s University and began working for Bluebonnet Trails Community Services with children/adolescents struggling with mental illness, incorporating family therapy.  She transitioned into providing drug/alcohol counseling, assisting clients with little or no means of accessing treatment. She also provides individual/couples/youth counseling and will, at times, be called to provide crisis counseling.  She is a licensed LPC supervisor, working toward becoming dual-licensed.  She is thrilled to be serving on the AINC board with such talented people within this amazing community.

Board member Caroline Wibbelsman, LPCCaroline Wibbelsman, LPC completed her graduate studies in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University and has worked for non-profit mental health agencies since 2005. She has a private practice located in central Austin working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical work incorporates strategies of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, attachment theory, and mindfulness practices. She is a native Spanish-speaker and enjoys working with multicultural clients. Caroline joined AINC’s Board of Directors in 2015. www.carolinewibbelsman.com

Dean JaneffDean Janeff, MA, LMFT attended St. Edward’s University and completed his practicum at the Austin Diocese Family Center and Hospice Austin. He is passionate with his work with couples using effective ways to “dance” differently in relationship and unlocking deeper levels of connection and relational healing. Dean is a humanist at heart seeing in all of his clients an innate movement toward full aliveness and connection with others. He values the mind-body-spirit connection, and he has a direct and compassionate approach co-creating change with his clients. He is informed by self-compassion, interpersonal neurobiology, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, meditation for regulation of self and other, attachment theory and Non-Violent Communication. Dean is also passionate about his work with grief and loss, trauma resolution and anxiety. He is in private practice seeing individuals and couples and facilitating grief support groups in his South Austin office. More about Dean at www.deanjaneff.com.