A Little Bit about Me,

A Little Bit About New Life


I am currently enjoying a postdoctoral fellowship at New Life Institute in Austin, Texas. Although I am a native Texan, I received my undergraduate degree from Boston University in Massachusetts. Upon graduation, I enrolled at The University of Texas School of Law. I practiced employment law briefly before returning to school to study psychology (my law license is on “inactive” status). Upon the completion of coursework and practica, I was accepted to an APPIC accredited internship at Girard Medical Center in Philadelphia. There I worked with inpatients diagnosed with serious mental illnesses as well as outpatients struggling with complex trauma and loss. In November 2018, I graduated from APA accredited Fielding Graduate University with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In May of 2019, I became provisionally licensed as a psychologist in the state of Texas (license #38826).


At New Life, I am mentored and supervised by Raymond C. Hawkins, II, Ph.D., ABPP.  Dr. Hawkins is a licensed and board certified psychologist who is on the faculty at both The University of Texas and Fielding Graduate University. New Life is a nonprofit counseling center, located within a stone’s throw of the campus at UT. Dr. Hawkins and I accept Aetna, Bluecross Blueshield, United Healthcare, and Humana insurance. During the pandemic, we are meeting with clients online using a HIPAA compliant video therapy platform. My schedule is flexible to accommodate working people and students.


“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”

~Ernest Hemingway

I like working with individuals who want to become more resilient. I extend a warm welcome to those with mood and thought disorders like bipolar, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. I work well with individuals experiencing the effects of trauma and grief, and encourage skill building in those with personality disorders. My approach is infused with a love of mindfulness, and incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral, existential, and dialectical behavior therapy.

   Loise King Waller, Ph.D.

   Hemingway was on to something!
We can become stronger in the broken places.This reminds me of the Japanese practice of kintsugi, where fractured vessels are reconstructed by mending the broken pieces with gold or platinum. This loving repair transforms the object into something far stronger and more precious.
Creating strength from adversity is the essence of resilience.

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