Alex Florence is completing her final year in the Masters of Counseling program at St. Edward’s University with a dual concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. She is completing her clinical internship at Austin Family Institute where her clients include couples, families, and individuals. Alex particularly values working with individual women around the issues of family and interpersonal relationships. Additionally, Alex values a holistic approach to therapy. She is a certified yoga teacher and understands that not all of the work happens in the therapy room. Therefore, she encourages clients to utilize their resources and interests to leverage the work done in session to reach their goals.
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
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.
Christy Reeder, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Her work is focused on helping people heal from traumatic experiences, and she especially enjoys working with people interested in how their attachment history impacts their relationship with their child or partner. Drawing from attachment-theory, interpersonal neurobiology, Somatic Experiencing®, and EMDR, Dr. Reeder helps her clients experience a healing environment that directly transforms the ways in which they relate to themselves and others. Dr. Reeder joined AINC’s Board of Directors in 2018 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Programming Committee. www.christyreeder.com
Robbie Rhodes, MA, MDiv is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. She works with adult individuals to help them understand and acknowledge their current feelings, heal past injuries, and look to the future with hope. She works collaboratively with clients using attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and other theories. Robbie passionately believes in the healing power of connection, presence, and laughter. She is currently Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Co-Chair of the Year of Conversations Committee. www.RobbieRhodes.com
Marissa Rivera, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice, with experience in residential treatment and school settings. Her clinical focus includes helping adults and adolescents thrive in the midst of life transitions, whether it be the loss of a loved one or shifting identities and perspectives over the course of development. In addition to her work in grief and loss, Marissa also enjoys guiding clients to transform their experiences with anxiety. Her practice is influenced by interpersonal neurobiology, existentialism, and attachment theories. Marissa is passionate about shifting society’s conversations about mental health, community, and our relationships with ourselves. She currently serves as AINC’s Secretary and Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. www.ola-wellness.com
Kim Schafer, LPC Intern, LMFT-Associate is an integrative psychotherapist and experienced yoga instructor who works with couples and individuals at IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, where she is supervised by Julianne Taylor Shore. Kim is well versed in interpersonal neurobiology and the latest attachment theory research. She uses techniques gleaned from extensive training in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and Integrative Restoration (mindfulness) with heart-centered attunement. Additionally, Kim has trained in Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy and Non-Violent Communication and has studied Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Her clinical focus includes relationship stress and couple counseling, life transitions, grief and loss, and trauma recovery. Kim is a long-time yogi and meditator who is thrilled to serve on the board of Austin IN Connection. She is currently co-chair of the Membership and Programming committees. www.purebalanceaustin.com
Elizabeth Weber, LPC, LMFT-Associate has experience in counseling adolescents, couples, families, and adults. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-College Station. Elizabeth has worked with a variety of populations and mental health concerns, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, relationship building/enrichment, and parent-child dynamics. She has collaborative approach that is influenced most by Interpersonal Neurobiology, the work of the “Daring Way” approach by Brene Brown, training from Gottman Levels 1/2/3, Trauma Informed Care, Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has volunteered as Conference Committee member of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for the last 4 years. She is currently working in San Marcos at InMindOut Emotional Wellness Center. www.inmindout.com
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