Hi There! My name is Aya and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas with 10 years of overall experience as a social worker. I have worked in the fields of community mental health, medical social work, social services, and physical and developmental disabilities. I am experienced in working with individuals who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, PTSD and substance use disorder. I have also worked with individuals in crisis situations such as suicidal ideation, homelessness, physical and sexual abuse, substance use, terminal illnesses, and major life transitions.
For the last five years, I've worked as a community based mental health social worker for Austin's mental health authority. I feel fortunate having developed a supportive ongoing professional relationship with my clients. I consider myself incredibly blessed that they have let me into their lives and gave me the opportunity to accompany (and sometimes navigate) them along their journey.
I believe the most important component in therapy is a nurturing therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. As so, I strive to relate to my clients on both professional and personal levels. I use a strength-based, non-judgemental perspective, meaning I believe every individual is the best expert on themselves, however sometimes needs assistance identifying those strengths and applying them in real life to overcome obstacles. I help clients identify personal goals and take practical steps towards achievement. I utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as active listening, motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Life can become hectic, stressful or even devastating at times. Please know that you're not alone! I'm glad to be here for you to support you, explore your thoughts and feelings, sort through the difficulties you are dealing with right now to live a happy and fulfilling life. Everyone deserves to be accepted and understood.
*Please be advised that I offer video, phone and live chat sessions during standard business hours (8:00am- 4:00pm EST). Outside those hours, I am available for live chat sessions only. I apologize for any inconvenience this may create.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LCSW #59999 (Expires: 2022-01-31)
Aya is extremely professional and accommodating. She is a fantastic listener and works through concerns with patience and clarity; she was able to pinpoint areas where I was holding myself back and had me work on these specific areas through guided exercises. She always replied promptly and sought to understand how I was feeling and work through it with me and gave me lots of time and space to express my feelings. I feel like I could talk to her about anything.
I started working with Aya during a highly stressful, anxiety-inducing time in my life where I was also facing a major life transition. Over several months, and through many complicated family & relationship matters, she was there as an encourager & supporter. I very much admire her gentleness, kindness, curiosity, and solid advice. She has been great with checking up on me during times when I am more quiet, always answers my messages promptly, and it’s been comforting to know that I have someone like her there when needed. Thank you Aya! :)
Aya is very easy to talk to and I appreciate her insight and help after the loss of my mother. She listens, she remembers what we spoke about from week to week, and she’s not judgmental in anyway. I feel confident in talking to her. I feel like it’s really helping me dissect and analyze my grief
I worked with Aya for a few months concerning relationship issues, anxiety, depression, fertility issues, sleep issues, etc. I had tried a counsellor in person in my small town I live in and she had made me feel like a child/student and almost belittling. Aya was the exact opposite of that. She was very professional, yet also I felt very relatable. She checked in on me between appts and was very easily accessible. I would 100% recommend her to anyone and everyone.
Very nice. Very understanding. Very communicative.
This was my first experience with a counsellor and Aya made me feel very comfortable and supported. Would highly recommend her!
I feel very comfortable with Aya as a therapist!
Aya's really nice and friendly, easy to talk to and listens well. She's understanding and non judgmental and despite being in a different time zone she readily worked around that to accommodate me.
Aya is amazing! She takes the time to really get to know you while always checking in on you. She’s helped me in a short amount of time with my anxiety and looking forward to continuing working with her!
I decided to start talking to Aya during a challenging time in my life, and have found her perspective and kindness to be very helpful in staying on top of my stress levels throughout this time. She is great at checking in and is a consistent source of support, insightful questions, and alternative ideas for managing stress.