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Ashlyn Simmons, LCSW
she/her/hers
Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy

“When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” Brené Brown

Welcome to Therapy Austin! 

We can’t get through life alone, and you deserve the support you need to reach your goals. Confronting the past or our fears about the future may seem overwhelming; however, it can be comforting to know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. We will work together to overcome challenges, manage emotions, confront past traumas, and create a vision for the future. 

Many people have found that through therapy they are able to connect with themselves and develop understanding of their own impulses and desires. We will explore the relationships between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and together determine where you have the most control over your choices. With a better understanding of ourselves, we have the chance to strengthen our relationships and connections with others. 

I have a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Arkansas, and before moving to Austin, I worked as a therapist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri. I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These therapeutic techniques help people get unstuck and incorporate coping skills to manage difficult situations. I often work with people experiencing anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, self-esteem, relationships issues, and for family therapy services. 

We will also consider your environment, support systems, and resources to help you identify other factors which could be influencing your ability to live your life to the fullest. In sessions we will reflect on how oppression and discrimination impact your mental health and wellbeing. I value the relationship between therapist and client, and I strive to always be down-to-earth, client-focused, and compassionate. My clients can expect that I will listen from a nonjudgmental, strengths-based perspective. 

Outside of Therapy Austin, I enjoy traveling to new cities and learning about the local culture and history. I love running, hiking, kayaking, and staying active outdoors. I have a personal goal of visiting every National Park! When I can’t be outside, you can find me watching a funny comedy special or reading a murder mystery novel. 

If you are interested in working together, you can reach out to me at 512/201-4501, ext. 217.

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MORE ABOUT Ashlyn

Rates

Starts at $175/hr*

*Actual rates subject to
counsellor openings

Area of Expertise

Authentic, Relational, and Trauma-Informed 

EMDR, DBT, and Family Therapy 

Identity Affirming and Supportive


Specializations

EMDR
Emotion-Focused Therapy

Services

Adolescent Counseling
Family Therapy
Individual Counseling

Locations

Central Annex
Highland
TA Admin

Works With

Academic Pressure
Adoption
Affair Recovery
Anger Management
Anxiety & Stress
Bullying
Career Transitions
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Death & Dying
Depression/Low Mood
Development Trauma
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Grief & Loss
High Conflict Couple
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Issues Related to Oppression
Issues with Parents
Life Transitions
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Non-Monogamy/Polyamory
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Parenting
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Phobias
Pregnancy/Postpartum
Premarital Issues
Problem Thoughts
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Relationship Issues
Relationship to Food/Body
Relationship to Social Media
Social Skills Development
Spirituality
Sports Performance
Substance Use
Trauma
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors

Techniques & Experience

ACT - Values Based Therapy
Anxiety alleviation experience
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
EMDR
Familiar with substance abuse
Focused on practicing skills
HAES/Intuitive eating
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
IFS (Parts work)
Integrates art therapies
Mindfulness modalities
Practices from an anti-racist lens
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused

Qualities

ACT - Values Based Therapy
Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Calm & slow-paced
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT friendly
Decades of life experience
EMDR
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Experienced in eating issues
Familiar with military culture
Familiar with substance abuse
Focused on practicing skills
Friendly & direct
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Identity Affirming
Integrates art therapies
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Mindfulness modalities
Motherly
Nonjudgmental
Patient
Social Media Savvy
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Spiritually sensitive
Trauma focused
Warm & caring
Youthful

ADDITIONAL INFO

Clinical Supervision

Contact Ashlyn

512-201-4501 ext 217

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