About Austin Psychoanalytic

We are an interdisciplinary organization of mental health professionals – psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists – devoted to keeping psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories and practice thriving in Central Texas. Austin Psychoanalytic seeks to engage with mental health professionals, students, non-clinical scholars, and our colleagues in all other fields of arts and sciences at any level of interest in psychoanalytic thought, and invite all to join our study and to contribute their unique experience and wisdom to the enhancement of this dynamic field. Through support, information, education and training, we aim to provide all who have an interest and motivation to expand their experiences with psychoanalytic thinking and techniques a place to interact with other like-minded individuals. We invite those who are not familiar with contemporary theory and practice to participate in our activities and learn more about the exciting developments in psychoanalytic thought over the past 110 years. Founded in 1988, Austin Psychoanalytic is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association.

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2020 - 2021 Austin Psychoanalytic Board of Directors

Jorie Himmel, PsyD

Board Chair / Admin Committee Chair

Received a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. In her private practice, Psychology ATX, Jorie provides individual therapy using a relational and psychodynamic framework. She views the therapeutic relationship as the site of potential transformation and understands her clients within the many contexts which inform their lived experiences — social, economic, racial, generational, and cultural. Jorie works with her
clients to examine the connection between internal and external experiences. When not working with her patients, Jorie is likely to be spending time outside, snuggling with her dogs, Hunter & Hazel, or trying out new cooking projects.

Louis Haling, LMSW

Marketing Committee Chair

A graduate of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work
at UT Austin, Louis is currently working as a Case Manager at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. Throughout his career, Louis has worked with child, adolescent, and adult populations in various clinical settings as well as in clinical research. His professional interestsinclude psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and critical social work.

Richard Nicastro, PhD

Education Committee Chair

Is a psychologist in private practice in Austin working with individuals and couples. After receiving his PhD from the New School for Social Research in NYC, he completed a two-year post doc at the Traumatic Stress Institute in Connecticut where he trained in relational-psychodynamic informed trauma work. He conducted research on
the therapeutic alliance with survivors of childhood abuse. In private practice for over twenty years, his therapy approach is informed by relational-analytic perspectives.

Tara Chivukula, LCSW

Tara Chivukula, LCSW

A psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Austin, TX, Tara specializes in work with individuals, couples and families around issues of culture, race, identity, transition, and intergenerational trauma. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and completed analytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. in New York City. Tara is currently on the Education Committee as a Member at Large. She Is in private practice in Austin, TX.

Gabrielle Zandan, LPC

Board Transition Officer

Gabrielle Zandan is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently in private practice. She is a Certified Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist through the American Institute of Psychoanalysis in New York and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Connecticut College. She specializes in long-term psychotherapy from a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic framework as well as career and life-transition counseling. She especially enjoys exploring the integration of career and life satisfaction from a holistic lens. Gabrielle has 14+ years of experience working in corporate, clinical, academic and private practice settings working primarily with graduate level students and young adult professionals. She has taught
masters-level courses on career management and conducts workshops and trainings on mental health and emotional awareness in the workplace.

Tiana Rapp, PsyD


A graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, currently working as a Provisionally Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Austin. She works with children, adolescents, and adults using a trauma-informed relational approach and integrates strengths-based, psychodynamic, attachment, client-centered, and emotion-focused concepts into the therapeutic space. She views the therapeutic relationship itself as paramount in providing a space for exploration, change, and healing. Her doctoral research focused on exploring secondary traumatic stress in mental health professionals providing care to juvenile-justice-involved youth and she is passionate about social justice and working with individuals involved with legal and correctional systems. Her primary areas of interest include trauma, adversity, and resilience, crisis intervention, and forensic work.

JoAnn Ponder, PhD

JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She completed her training in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. She also completed postgraduate training programs in object relational family/couples therapy, infant-Parent MH intervention, and psychoanalytic writing. JoAnn has presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. In 2004, she was awarded a candidate paper prize by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. Her publications include a co-edited a book about women’s issues, book chapters about adoption and parent loss, and professional journal articles about trauma, climate change, gun violence, and human-animal identifications. JoAnn serves on the boards of two national psychoanalytic organizations.

Richard Wallace, LCSW-S

Is an LCSW, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. In his administrative capacity he’s managed state and national managed care accounts for Medicaid and Commercial behavioral health benefits. In his clinical service capacity he has worked with children, teens, adults and families for over 30 years in a variety of settings. His clinical training site included the San Antonio Health Science Center’s psychiatry services. Currently, he is in full time private practice working with all age groups, couples and families in Austin, Texas.

Inbal Kleinerman, PhD

A native of Israel, decided to make Austin her home after several transitions between countries and continents. Awarded a PhD from the University of Bar-Ilan in Israel. Dissertation focused on attachment theory of children and their teachers in the school setting. Her M.A degree also from Bar-Ilan University is in child clinical/educational/developmental psychology. Currently works at a private practice in the West Lake area, where she focuses on children’s mental health and uses play therapy with her young clients. Provides parental guidance, often relying on her expertise in the subspecialty of bedwetting. She also enjoys working with adults and couples from a psychodynamic perspective.

Tyson Davis, PsyD

Tyson Davis, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, TX. Tyson works from a contemporary relational psychoanalytic perspective. He is the co-owner of Glen Forest Psychological Services, a practice focusing on psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals and couples and psychodynamic training/consultation for clinicians. Tyson maintains active interests in philosophy and relational thinking and conducts regular reading groups and clinical consultation groups. He completed his doctorate at Biola University and completed a certificate in Adult Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP).

Alba Lara, MD

Alba Lara, M.D. is a chief resident of psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and received her M.D. from Texas A&M College of Medicine. She is an APSaA Fellow for the 2020-2021 year. In her residency practice she enjoys incorporating psychodynamic psychotherapy into all patient encounters and incorporating these ideas into psychiatric education. Her interests include cultural psychiatry and advocacy for immigrant/refugee populations, attachment/relational trauma, disorders of self and identity, as well as consultation-liaison and interventional psychiatry.

Steven Sharp, MD

Dr. Sharp is a psychiatry resident and psychotherapy track scholar at The University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Sharp received his doctorate in medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern. During individualized therapy sessions he implements a psychodynamic informed framework with his patients. He has experience with psychopharmacological treatment in both hospital and clinic settings to a wide range of people from different backgrounds and mental health diagnoses. Prior to residency, he supported the development of the bipolar and depression labs as a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School.

Mar Kidvai Padilla, LMSW, MS Ed

With an interest in the liberatory possibilities of psychoanalysis, Mar has spent the past 15 years working for freedom in a variety of roles, including as a community organizer, domestic violence hotline operator, human trafficking researcher, elementary school teacher, HIV/HCV tester, harm reduction counselor, and sexual health training manager. A recent graduate of UT Austin's School of Social Work, they believe true healing is only possible in a decolonized world that centers Black power.

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