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. Our Events

Meet the Board

2018 - 2019 Austin Psychoanalytic Board of Directors
Jennifer Maund, LPC

Jennifer Maund, LPC

Co-President

Completed her Masters in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in 2014, as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Westlake who works with individual adults using a psychoanalytic approach that focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client. She uses a psychoanalytic approach because she values the honest exploration into what lies beneath the surface to assist clients (and herself) with the struggles and uncertainties of life.

Randy Frazier, PhD

Randy Frazier, PhD

Co-President

Received his PhD from the Counseling Psychology Program at UT Austin, in 1991. Dissertation integrated Family Systems and Attachment Theories as they inform us on relationship development. He served as a Staff Psychologist at Austin Regional Clinic for seven years before entering private practice in 1997. Currently offering individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents from a psychoanalytically-informed perspective. Also served as Adjunct faculty to the University of Texas Counseling Psychology Program, teaching courses in Counseling Theory and Technique, Psychological Assessment, and Measurement and Evaluation.

Sara Hamilton, PsyD

Sara Hamilton, PsyD

Past President

A graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she participated in the fellowship program at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and is a Division 39 scholar for the 2017-2018 year. A clinical psychologist working in private practice and as the lead psychotherapist at the Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio, she works primarily with adults from a relational psychodynamic perspective.

Kery Rowden, LCSW

Kery Rowden, LCSW

Treasurer

A graduate of UT-Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Kery is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice offering psychoanalytically-informed counseling for adults. Kery’s clinical experience includes individual and group work with adults of all ages, from students to seniors, in a variety of settings, including a skilled nursing facility, community mental health clinic, and now in private practice. Prior to becoming a social worker, Kery spent many years in the business world, and is currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

Sophie Abel, LCSW

Sophie Abel, LCSW

Secretary

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Austin that offers individual and couples counseling for adults. Specializes in working with attachment issues presenting in difficulties relating to self or to others from a psychodynamic framework. She is a graduate of the UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work and brings to private practice a variety of prior experiences in community, hospital, and school settings.

Marianna Adler, PhD, FABP

Marianna Adler, PhD, FABP

Conference Chair

A psychoanalyst/psychologist in private practice offering psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for adults, as well as consultation and supervision to mental health practitioners. Currently a faculty member and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Center For Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS) in Houston and Austin. Her writings such as "The Blank Page: Writing and its Inhibitions" was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, and "Bion and the Analytic Attitude" was the lead article in the Division 39 Round Robin publication. She has previously presented on such topics as psychoanalytic ethics, mourning, shame, Lacan, Bion and film (Mysterious Skin). She has also served as President, Ethics Chair and Faculty Chair of CFPS. and also as President of ASPP and as Education and Training Chair of ASPP.

Melissa McNelly, LPC

Melissa McNelly, LPC

Monthly Meeting Chair

She is a psychotherapist in private practice in central Austin. Melissa works with adolescents, adults and couples from an attachment perspective. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and has been a member of ASPP for 9 years.

Ryan Parker, LCSW

Ryan Parker, LCSW

Mentorship Chair

Graduated from Smith College School for Social Work and completed the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Graduate Fellowship through UMass Boston. She is a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. Ryan worked in community mental health settings with children and families in foster care and with adults with severe mental illness for many years before opening a private practice in Austin. As a psychoanalytic social worker and psychotherapist, Ryan works with people of all ages in many different configurations, including child-parent dyads, individual child play therapy, individual and family work with adolescents, couples therapy, and individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with adults. Ryan specializes in issues related to trauma, culture and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class. In 2016 she initiated the Austin Psychoanalytic/ASPP Mentoring Program and served as Education Chair in 2017-2018. She is a member of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility at APA’s Division 39.

Tara Chivukula, LCSW

Tara Chivukula, LCSW

Member at Large

A psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Austin, TX. Tara specializes in work with individuals around issues of culture, race, identity, transition, and intergenerational trauma. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and completed analytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. in New York City. Tara is currently the Division 39, Section IV local chapter representative. She is in private practice in Austin, TX.

Dylan Davies, LPC, LMFT

Dylan Davies, LPC, LMFT

Member at Large

She is a competent sex therapist creating a completely non-judgmental space in which to discuss sensitive, and sometimes difficult, topics. She is also experienced working with sex addiction/out of control sexual behavior, pornography, poly/open relationships, vaginismus, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, paraphilias, kink and sexual trauma. She works creatively and sessions are productive and transformative.

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