Brenda McDonald


About Me

Hello! I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas as well as an Iowa licensed mental health counselor. Currently, I am based in Austin, Texas. With over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, I have worked with clients who have experienced a wide range of concerns that include anxiety/stress, depression, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue and co-occurring chemical dependency. I also have experience with trauma/abuse, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.

My counseling style is person centered. You will be respected and empowered to reach your goals and desires. I bring a somatic approach to my sessions; focusing on the mind, body, spirit and emotions. I incorporate cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and solution focused modalities. The great joy of my work is assisting others live to their fullest potential.

You are taking a courageous step in asking for help in overcoming a struggle, seeking skills for a life transition or working on coping skills. Whatever your current situation, I would be delighted to walk with you through this season of your life.

Thank you for your consideration.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #63796 (Expires: 2021-09-30)

LMHC #094889 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Written by J.A. on Jun 21, 2021 after counseling with Brenda for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Brenda sees me for who I am and has done nothing but serve me during our time together.

She’s perceptive and has impeccable timing, choosing her moments wisely. Never before has someone been so in tune with my feelings.

What she says creates forward momentum that not only progresses what we’re doing together, but also creates a platform for me to use during my time outside of the session.

Historically (with therapy) I regress almost immediately. I’ll go to sleep, wake up and the work has been undone.

With Brenda, that’s no such thing.

I’m able to reflect and land in the moments she created during our sessions and feel the same sense of clarity as when it originally happened.

Now I know how to give myself permission to feel okay.

I’m 28, haven’t been able to do that until Brenda.

Written by A.D. on Jun 18, 2021 after counseling with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Brenda is great. Very kind and thoughtful. Wonderful to work with.

Written by J.O. on May 13, 2021 after counseling with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

Incredibly sweet and understanding. Very strong supportive person and brings you up!

Written by E.R. on May 06, 2021 after counseling with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Brenda is an amazing compassionate woman she has been a great person yo have in my corner. She cares and will always be my favorite counselor. Thank you Brenda you our a 10 in my books.