South Austin Therapy and Mental Health SoCo Counseling Team

SoCo's Therapists and Counselors

Michelle G. Martin

Michelle G. Martin

LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Supervised by Mary B. Mattis, LCSW

Natalia Amari

Natalia Amari

LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Supervised by Mary B. Mattis, LCSW

Fred E Dog

Fred E Dog

Life Coach

Therapy Assistant

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Michelle Martin – LMSW

Supervised by Mary B. Mattis, LCSW

I grew up in Texas, and after a military career I returned to translate my skills and experience into a practice to help people fulfill their potential. I earned my Master of Science in Social Work (clinical track) from the University of Texas at Austin, and I have specialized professional training in family therapy, therapy with children and adolescents, play therapy, neurobiology, treatment of traumatized populations, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and mindfulness training.

My research interests include social issues affecting children, adolescents and families; psychosocial issues of persons affected by social stigma (particularly that derived from gender identity issues); the effects of culture, gender, and ethnicity on social behavior; LGBTQ+ issues and diversity issues.

I use what I’ve learned in my research to provide therapeutic interventions for young adults and for children, adolescents and families; psychosocial adjustment therapies for gender identity issues, for clients in transition (including gender transition) and for clients facing personal and relationship challenges. My work with children and families emphasizes increasing understanding and discovering the skills needed to restore healthy and nurturing family relationships.

I practice strengths-based interventions using clinical frameworks of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Structural Theory and Feminist Relational Theory. I often use play therapy in the treatment of children and adolescents and a variety of theoretical interventions in my work with families.

If you find that my approach to therapy resonates with you, please feel free to call 512-803-5620 for an initial consultation and assessment.

 

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How We Can Help You

Compassionate, accessible counseling for: depression, anxiety, family or relationships issues, improved communication, trauma, addiction concerns, self-acceptance, learning assertiveness, goal setting & achievement, life-adjustment, sexual problems, gender identity, career focus, and many other issues of concern.

Professional Services

With multiple licensed mental health professionals to choose from, we offer a variety of specialty services including individual, couples and family counseling, chemical dependency assessment, mindfulness practice, peer consultation, and supervision for Clinical Social Work Licensure. Call 512-621-5337 to schedule an appointment. Free face-to-face 20 minute consultation with the counselor of your choice available on request.

Where You’ll Find Us

Conveniently located one-half block south of Ben White Blvd. just east of MoPac. Easy access from I-35. You’ll find us just behind Central Market’s South location, at 2312 Western Trails Blvd., Building C, Suite 301. Our walk-in office front offers plenty of parking, easy access and privacy.

About

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At SoCo Counseling you can expect to be treated with respect for your personal autonomy, genuine concern for your overall wellbeing, and with a sense of urgency that matches your own.

Our counselors will work diligently to assist you in setting and meeting the goals that are important to you. Your counselor may assume a variety of roles; she may alternately be a service facilitator, consultant, coach, educator, confidant, mediator, care giver, advisor, etc., according to your needs.

Your wellbeing is our stock in trade. We care.

Each therapist at SoCo Counseling has completed, at minimum, a Masters level degree in the field of Social Work, with a focus on Clinical Services (counseling). This education included at least 1,200 hours of supervised work in the field of Social Work, prior to graduation.

Our therapists show dedication and commitment to every individual, couple, and family they serve, and demonstrate genuine concern for the betterment of the Austin community at large. SoCo Counselors as a team have logged 1000s of hours of volunteer service to their community, both prior to and during their association with SoCo.

SoCo Counseling, was established in 2013 as it’s founder and Director, Mary B. Mattis, took steps to fulfill two community needs: The need for high quality mental health services that are affordable, and the need for graduates of our exceptional local schools of social work to gain the intensive and personalized supervision experience needed for them to reach their goals — to become exceptional Clinical Social Workers.

The mission of SoCo Counseling is to offer therapy services that are accessible, on both a personal and financial level. We focus on supporting clients by collaborating and connecting with each individual, in order to promote growth, balance and greater wellbeing for all who access our services.

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  • 2312 Western Trails Blvd, C-301, Austin, TX, 78745
  • (512) 621-5337