Carlene Lehmann, M.A., LMFT Associate
RCC Austin Senior-Level Clinical Intern
Supervised by Laurie Donovan, LMFT-S, LCSW
Whatever brings you to see me, I am here to walk alongside you in your personal journey.
I provide non-judgmental support to help you gain clarity, confidence, and compassion for yourself and the pain you are experiencing. I also help provide a framework so you can explore what you are feeling and make sense of the confusion you are feeling. This life journey is full of ups and downs, and beginnings and endings. These changes and transitions can occur suddenly leaving us feeling jarred, confused, and frustrated. I can help you navigate these times with more awareness and understanding. I believe in your innate ability to navigate these times in your life while also understanding the need for support and to feel heard and acknowledged. As humans, we are made to connect and seek support in times of change or distress. It can be helpful to have a safe place to explore and equip ourselves with new tools.
My own journey in counseling lead me to become a therapist. I pursued counseling to help get relief during periods of intense trauma and loss, both as a child and an as an adult. When I first sought counseling, I didn’t know what to expect. I just knew I needed support and relief from the overwhelming emotions I was feeling. The therapist walked the journey with me - she didn’t try to change what I was experiencing, but sought to understand, help normalize my experience, and gave me tools to regulate my nervous system. She helped me find the wisdom within myself. I felt heard, seen, and accepted for who I was - my whole self. I developed more compassion and gentleness for myself as a human being on this life journey. I felt more empowered to make decisions, to assert myself, and to be in relationship with others.
My knowledge of attachment, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology informs my work with clients, both adults and teenagers, helping them to gain more awareness, understanding, and compassion towards themselves and others. I have extensive training and personal experience in Dynamic Enriched Experiential Psychotherapy (DEEP), Somatic Experiencing: Body-Centered Trauma Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), and Positive Discipline Parenting Approach. I received the Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, and hold a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
I have worked with children, teens, and families for more than 16 years in a variety of settings, including preschools, a residential treatment center, public schools, and mental health agencies. My experience working in mental health agencies and in the public schools, as both a general education and a special education teacher, has helped me understand the environment and pressures that children, adolescents, parents, and teachers are facing today.
When I’m not working, you will most likely find me enjoying time with my family, and outside enjoying the beauty of Central Texas. I am a triathlete, marathoner, and half-marathoner, and love being a part of Austin’s culture of health and active life-styles.
If you think I would be a good fit for your counseling needs, please call me at 512-470-4883, ext. 105. You can also complete the form on the RCC Austin Scheduling Page to request an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.