Dianne 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.
Melissa Gaber, LMFT-A works with families, children/teens, couples and individuals to improve their relationships by strengthening communication, increasing closeness/intimacy and learning how to handle conflict. Melissa works with couples that are struggling with communication issues; parents and children that just can’t get along; children that need extra support; and individuals that want to make their relationships better. Melissa is a wife, mother, writer, business owner and she understands that life is amazingly complex. Melissa believes that therapy doesn’t always have to be about something that is wrong – it is about learning, strengthening, building – it’s about growth. Melissa owns and operates Gentle Connections Counseling, a private practice located in Lakeway. www.gentlecc.com
Melissa Greenwell, LPC 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. www.greenwellcounseling.com
John 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
Dean 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. www.deanjaneff.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.
Lisa 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
Kelly 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.
Amanda 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.
Caroline 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
Allan Schore, Ph.D Over the last two decades Dr. Schore’s interdisciplinary studies have been directed towards integrating psychological and biological models of emotional and social development across the lifespan. Dr. Schore is Editor of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 35 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He is a member of the Society of Neuroscience, and of the American Psychological Association’s Divisions of Neuropsychology, and of Psychoanalysis. He is the recipient of the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis Scientific Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Research, Theory and Practice of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Schore has delivered a plenary address, The Paradigm Shift: The Right Brain and the Relational Unconscious, to the 2009 Convention of the American Psychological Association. For a more complete bio, please, click here »
Judith Schore, Ph.D is Dean of Students and a core faculty member of The Sanville Institute. She is also a clinical and research faculty member of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and is Social Work Consultant for the Lifespan Learning Institute. Dr. Schore has a private practice in Northridge, California and is the author of Women in Transition. Of her many presentations at scholarly conferences, her most recent were at the Statewide Society for Clinical Social Work Conference in January 2009 and a presentation with Dr. Allan Schore at the AAPCSW National Conference in New York in February 2009.
Daniel Siegel, MD is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is the author of numerous books, articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Guilford, 1999), which introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology. For a more complete bio, please click here »
We want to recognize and thank our members who support AINC at the Ambassador level. These members go the extra mile in helping us expand our programs and fund projects, both ongoing and newly developed, within the Austin community.
- Joe Cantu, LMFT
- Dorsey Cartright, LMFT, LPC
- Melissa Greenwell, LPC
- Mikella Maughan, CPA
- Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD