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
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , Co-morbidity , Commitment Issues , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Expats , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , Guilt and Shame , Hearing Impaired , Hoarding , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Trichotillomania , Women's Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #59999 (Expires: 2022-01-31)
Other #NJDCATEMP-003414 (Expires: 2020-09-22)
Great listener and gives valuable points, super recommended!
I went through a bit of a rough patch and talking to Aya really helped me work through my feelings, figure out how to take action, and talk about the outcomes. I have so appreciated my time with Aya and having an unbiased person to share my anxieties and thoughts with. Aya is super kind, listens well, and is a great cheerleader!
Aya has been a supportive and understanding counselor. She was available and responsive throughout and made sure she gave me responses frequently and took interest in my progress. She didn’t judge me and our conversations whether Scheduled sessions or the messages I would send occasionally were a safe place for me to share all my thoughts unfiltered. Her sessions made me doubt myself less, made me realise of my strengths and a confident person.
I am lucky to have had Aya as a counselor and would recommend her to others also due to her professionalism and polite nature.
Wishing all the best.
So far Aya is awesome. I’m just getting into this so I will have a more thorough review later on.
I worked with Aya for 6 months. I was so pleased to be set up with her as she was very open and understanding. She made me feel comfortable to discuss tough topics I was facing that I felt I didn't know how to navigate. She told me it was ok to take time in coming to decisions so I didn't feel pressured. We discussed my feelings to help me better understand what I was going through. She provided me with worksheets to help me work through certain areas I was struggling with. I'm very grateful for her help.
Based on my work with my counselor we have identified triggers to my anxiety issues I was unable to recognize by myself, which led to actions that have been very helpful for me. I have recommended this to a friend and she is having a positive experience with this service too
Aya is great. She's very easy to talk to and was able to work around my schedule.
I could not be happier with the sessions I have had with Aya in the past 7-8 months. I really appreciate how Aya uses examples from her personal experiences to my situation. It makes me feel like someone is able to relate to me and a lot of times I feel like I am talking to a friend, so I always feel very at home with Aya. I also appreciate that she always sounds happy to be hearing from me and that usually gives me the confidence and ease to talk openly with her.
Aya is amazing. Always listening in a non-judgmental way, so it makes me feel safe to share with her things I’ve never told my therapists or anyone before. I feel confident knowing she‘s there. And that I can always write between sessions. Thank you Aya! I really appreciate the work you put in.
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.