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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2022 - 2023 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).

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.

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.

Katrina Taylor, LMFT

Katrina Taylor, LMFT, is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Austin. She earned a masters in counseling psychology from St. Edwards University. Currently she is in the advanced phase of studies in psychoanalysis through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. Katrina is most passionate about psychoanalysis and the growth it can effect in the lives of individuals and their families. Katrina can be reached at katrinataylortherapy@gmail.com

Shay Zimmer, LCSW

Is a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals in Austin, Texas and in Flagstaff, Arizona. Shay has trained with the Houston Psychoanalytic Society, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the William Alanson White Institute. Prior to her nine years of private practice experience, Shay excelled in the field of social work for over fifteen years, working in psychiatric hospitals and emergency departments in Texas and Vermont. She obtained her Master’s degree in social work from Texas State University. The “belly” of Shay’s practice works through a Modern Analytic- informed lens, applied to develop a richer and deeper understanding of the clients’ interpersonal world; the client- therapist relationship; and the therapist’s own evolution as a person. Shay believes that analytical work, while viewed as archaic by some, is in fact potent and evidence-based. Shay’s hope as a board member is to be an antidote to contemporary society’s often superficial and quick –approach to mental health.

Ruby Branson, LMSW

Ruby Branson is a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist in group practice at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy, where they work with individuals, couples, and groups. Ruby received their BSW and MSSW from UT Austin, and has participated in the mentorship program of Austin Psychoanalytic as well as the Scholar's Program of APA Division 39, receiving mentorship in psychodynamic theory and practice. While practicing psychodynamic therapy informed by object-relations and relational psychoanalytic perspectives, Ruby maintains interests in conflict theory, philosophy, politics, literature, and film, and the ways in which these fields may be incorporated into the practice of psychodynamic therapy.

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