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Carlene Townley, LMFT-Associate 

Who I Amheadshot

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate. I have had my own journey in counseling that lead me to become a therapist. During periods of intense trauma and loss as both a child and adult, I pursued counseling to help get relief. 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 alongside me- she didn’t try to change what I was experiencing, but sought to understand, help normalize my experience, and gave me more 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, assert myself, and be in relationship with others.

As a therapist, 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 Education

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate. I have an associate license from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. My therapy work is performed under the supervision of Laurie Donovan, LMFT, LCSW.

I received my Masters in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.  I also have a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family Relationships from The University of Texas at Austin. I have worked with children and families for over 16 years in a variety of settings including preschools, 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 special education teacher has helped me understand the environment and pressures that children, adolescents, parents, and teachers are facing today.

I use my knowledge of attachment, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology to help clients 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 TherapyPsychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), and Positive Discipline Parenting Approach.