Learn more about RCC Austin's counselors by reading their biographies below.
David believes in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance between clients and counselor. He seeks to provide an atmosphere that is safe and non-judgmental where clients can discuss hardships, promote growth, foster healing, and strengthen resolve. David understands that there is no “one size fits all” counseling style, so he brings an eclectic style of counseling to your sessions, working collaboratively with couples and individual clients to meet their therapy goals. David’s work with couples is informed by the Gottman Method of couples therapy, and he works with couples and individuals encountering depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, and major life transitions. David also has experience in career counseling and enjoys working with couples and individuals of the LGBTQ+ community. If David sounds like a good fit for your counseling needs, click here to learn more about him and how to schedule an appointment with him.
Jim believes that finding a therapist is not about finding the perfect therapist, but rather about finding the one that is right for you. He uses a collaborative approach in his work with couples and individuals, providing support and encouragement that promotes healing and growth. Jim believes that everyone can flourish when provided a safe, nurturing environment and he strives to create a comfortable space for each client he sees. He especially enjoys working with couples of all ages and in all stages of their relationship. Jim is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, as well as having completed the first level of training in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Learn more about Jim and how you can schedule an appointment with him by clicking here.
One of Linlea’s philosophies of life is that although we cannot always control our experiences and circumstances, we can choose our responses to them and dive into how they affect and influence us as humans. She believes we can then learn to understand how life mirrors to us the way we relate to ourselves. She creates a safe, warm, and loving environment that allows for self-inquiry and exploration of all aspects of the self, to blend into a grander whole, in order for change to occur. Linlea works with couples, individuals, and adolescents, in a variety of areas including: navigating life transitions, identity and existence, spirituality, grief and loss, self-esteem and worth, LGBT issues, creativity, trauma, anxiety, and stress. To learn more about Linlea, and how to schedule an appointment with her, click on this link to her full bio.
Grace will work with you to see your relationship, or yourself, in a new light. She will use curiosity, compassion, and empathy to help you get to the root of the concerns that bring you to see her. Be it with couples or individuals, Grace loves working with her clients around questions like, “Who am I,” “How can we get our relationship to a better place,” and “What am I doing with my life?” Grace has completed Gottman Couples Counseling Level 1 training and is informed by this counseling method in her work with couples. To learn more about Grace and how you can schedule an appointment with her, click here to review her full bio.
Ellen provides a non-judgmental and supportive environment where her clients are able to freely express themselves while gaining insight into their lives. She is a therapist who offers an experienced perspective in the areas of marital relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, and parenting, as well as helping couples and individuals explore and clarify what is working and not working in their lives. In addition to working with clients on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with others and themselves, Ellen works with clients in the areas of anxiety, depression, grief and loss (including pet bereavement), co-dependency and people-pleasing, military experiences, and career transitions. To learn more about Ellen and to schedule an appointment with her, click here to read her full bio.
Mirela is a warm, kind, and empathetic therapist with a deep presence. She applies the most current evidence-based treatments available for her clients, while being most invested in learning about each individual and couple and helping them achieve their desired results in a safe, supportive, and collaborative setting. Mirela works with couples, teens and families, and individuals, specializing in relationship struggles, family conflict, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress, life transitions, grief and loss, personal growth, and more. Mirela is also trained in EMDR,and uses this therapy to help many of her clients work through PTSD and other traumatic life events. Another area of her expertise is in the realm of multi-culturalism. Mirela enjoys working closely with internationals from all over the world. She considers the role of culture, environment, and relationships to gain a better understanding and offer the appropriate tools to help her clients create a healthy and harmonious life. Learn more about Mirela and how to schedule an appointment with her by clicking here.
Roy is here to help you explore ways to look at the troubles confronting you, and work with you to develop new ways to approach them. By using a variety of therapeutic approaches to look at your feelings and emotions, your thoughts, or how you have previously responded to situations of difficulty, he will work with you to help you rethink or reprocess life events in alternative and more beneficial ways. Roy works with couples, individuals, teens, and families at RCC Austin. To learn more about him, and if he may be a good fit for your counseling needs, click here.
Jill offers sexual health psychotherapy to couples and individuals in traditional and non-traditional relationship styles. She focuses on reducing sexual shame and de-stigmatizing sexual behavior. She helps people restore intimacy, sexual spark, gain communication skills and find peace in committed relationships. She also focuses on divorce and infidelity recovery, reconnection for couples who have experienced trauma, infidelity, loss or simply the business of everyday life that has caused them to disconnect. Jill is also a sex-positive, certified kink-aware professional who works with couples and individuals in non-traditional relationship styles. Learn more about Jill and how to schedule an appointment with her by clicking here.
Linda offers a collaborative approach to working with her clients and tailors her work to each individual and couple she sees at RCC Austin. She is dually licensed as a professional counselor intern and as a marriage and family therapist associate. Linda is trained in EMDR Therapy and uses this approach in her work with clients who have experienced traumatic life events. Linda is also experienced in working with clients with substance abuse disorders, addiction, and addiction recovery. She has completed Gottman Level 1 training and uses the method as a foundational approach to her work with couples. Linda brings a wealth of life experience to her work, and her warmth, compassion, and kindness will quickly put you at-ease. Linda may be the perfect fit for your counseling needs. Click here to learn more about Linda, and how you can schedule an appointment with her.
No matter the problems that brings clients to the therapy room, Sarah focuses on providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to regroup, reflect, and tackle their issues. Utilizing her systems-based training with a collaborative stance towards therapy, Sarah does not see individuals as "the problem," but rather a piece in a much larger puzzle and works with her clients to find new ways of perceiving, and thus resolving, their struggles. If you are in search of a therapist to begin work on your relationships, parenting difficulties, counseling your teenager, couples counseling, or emotional regulation, Sarah may be a good fit for you. To learn more about Sarah and schedule an appointment with her, click here.
When you call our office during daytime office hours, you will most likely hear the friendly voice of Alicia Harms answer the phone. Alicia serves as Scheduling Coordinator and Office Ringleader for the Relationship Counseling Center of Austin, keeping all things running smoothly for our office and clinicians. Alicia is a native of California and holds a BA in Radio, TV, and Film from California State University, Fullerton. In her spare time you might find Alicia on the hunt for the best chips and salsa in Austin, hiking local trails with her dog, Indigo, or curled up with a good book in hand.
Janie McMahan founded the Relationship Counseling Center of Austin (RCC Austin) to provide affordable, high quality counseling services to the Austin and surrounding community, while also providing a private practice setting to give clinically supervised graduate interns the opportunity to launch their professional careers.
Janie realized her long-time dream of becoming a counselor in private practice following early careers in public policy and higher education academic administration. She has been in the private practice of psychotherapy in Austin for more than seven years and maintains her own private practice, as well being the director of RCC Austin.