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Vanessa Dunham, LCSW
Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in Chronic Illness/Pain

Welcome! I’m so glad that you’re here. Whether you are new to therapy or are returning to it, I know that taking the step to begin therapy can be challenging. I commend you on your courage and commitment to yourself to take this step. I believe therapy is a powerful tool for increasing support, increasing insight into ourselves and for fostering personal and relationship growth. It is my goal to provide a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental space for you to receive support in this journey. 

I believe we all have unique strengths and the potential for growth. Sometimes when challenges in our lives cause distress it can be hard for us to see our strengths and sometimes we can feel stuck. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to help clients identify their strengths, ways to overcome challenges and to build strategies that will foster a sense of increased peace and more meaningful living. In our work together we will explore if there are any patterns that are not as useful anymore to you, recognize how those strategies may have served you before and we will work together to find new insights, tools and skills that work best for you for your personal growth goals. Using a strengths-based and integrative approach, I draw from different modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills (DBT), interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and mindfulness techniques. I  provide individual and relationship counseling. I often work with people experiencing chronic illness, cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties and stress. I strive to be inclusive and affirming of all identities. 

A little bit about me: I’m originally from the Midwest, but Texas has been my home since 1998. I was moved to become a social worker after my own personal experience with cancer as a teenager. I earned my Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 and after 3 years of working at a not-for-profit organization, I went back to school to earn my Master of Science in Social Work degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013. During graduate school, I completed my counseling internship at the University’s community counseling center run by the School of Social Work. In my career I have practiced in different settings including outpatient cancer centers, integrated care in a primary care clinic and counseling agencies. During my free time I enjoy baking, taking walks with my family, reading and game nights with friends. 

If you’d like to speak with me to learn more or to talk about how we might work together, please call (512)201-4501 x 326 or fill out our appointment request form.

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Starts at $150/hr*

*Actual rates subject to
counsellor openings

Area of Expertise

Strengths-Based and Integrative 

Warm and Collaborative 

Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Disability. Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety


Couples Counseling
Individual Counseling

Works With

Academic Pressure
Anxiety & Stress
Career Transitions
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Death & Dying
Depression/Low Mood
Development Trauma
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Grief & Loss
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Issues Related to Oppression
Issues with Parents
Life Transitions
Low Self-Esteem
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Personal Growth
Premarital Issues
Problem Thoughts
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Relationship Issues
Relationship to Food/Body
Social Skills Development
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors

Techniques & Experience

ACT - Values Based Therapy
Anxiety alleviation experience
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
Focused on practicing skills
Gottman Method
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Integrates art therapies
Mindfulness modalities
Practices from an anti-racist lens
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying


Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Calm & slow-paced
Decades of life experience
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Experienced in raising children
Friendly & direct
Identity Affirming
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Professional experience other than counseling
Spiritually sensitive
Warm & caring


Clinical Supervision

Contact Vanessa

512-201-4501 ext 326

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