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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2021 - 2022 Austin Psychoanalytic Board of Directors

Tyson Davis, PsyD

Board Chair

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).

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.

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.

Mar Kidvai Padilla, LMSW, MS Ed

Marketing Chair / Division 39 Rep

With an interest in the liberatory possibilities of psychoanalysis, Mar Kidvai Padilla (they/them), MSEd, LMSW has spent nearly 20 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.

Tiana Rapp, PsyD

Archivist / Administrative Committee Chair

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.

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.

David Cho, MD

David Cho is a psychiatry resident and psychotherapy track scholar at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He enjoys employing a psychodynamic framework to understand and work with patients in various outpatient and inpatient settings, including in the adult resident psychotherapy clinic. He has an interest in working with patients of diverse backgrounds and mental health diagnoses and is an APA Public Psychiatry Fellow for 2021-2023.

Justin Cullers, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Justin Cullers is a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing psychotherapy combined with psychiatric medication management to adults in Austin. He received his psychiatric nurse practitioner education from the University of Texas at Austin. Completing the two-year Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston furthered his clinical training. A leader in the nursing community, Justin created a mentorship program for new psychiatric nurse practitioners and a case consultation group for experienced psychiatric nurse practitioners. He hopes that his work as a nurse will make the world a kinder place.

Penelope Frohlich, PhD

Penelope Frohlich received her Ph.D in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory, and interned at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio. She worked as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and Concordia University at Austin, and has published
eight peer reviewed articles and chapters on sexuality. She has received post-doctoral training in psychoanalytic theory, marriage and family therapy, and somatic experiencing theories and techniques. She has been practicing in the Austin area since 2005 where she offers individual and couples therapy to adult clients.

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