Hi! My name is Angie Jones and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor in Austin, Texas. I specialize in treating adolescents, adults, and couples with a focus on the following:
- major life transitions
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- self-esteem issues
Originally from Chicago, I received my Bachelors in Social Work from Baylor University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. Over the last ten years I have worked in community mental health, public schools, anti-human trafficking, and private practice. Throughout my experiences I have gained insight and passion for working with multi-cultural communities with diverse needs.
My approach to therapy is strengths-based and client-led, emphasizing one’s self-determination and strengths to help create healthy resolutions to various issues. I look through an ecological lens, taking into account one’s current developmental context and the overlapping systems of self, relationships, community, and societal factors. I draw techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
CBT focuses on identifying and working through negative thought patterns to promote positive change. Attachment Therapy focuses on our early attachments to our caregivers and family of origin and how they impact our current ability to love and grow relationally. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines verbal and body-centered interventions in healing the fragmented somatic, cognitive, and emotional patterns experienced by traumatized individuals. EMDR is a highly effective and extensively researched treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. EMDR integrates talk therapy with bi-lateral stimulation through rapid eye movements, or tapping, allowing the brain to engage more completely in processing traumatic events. As a result, the body and brain become desensitized and less disturbed by the memories and we can then “reprocess” the memories, installing the client’s positive self-beliefs and associations. Through learning and integrating these critical techniques, I have helped my clients gain the ability to mindfully track the body, develop strong resources, and create new and healthier boundaries.
When I’m not doing therapy, you can find me running on Town Lake, enjoying a Camp Gladiator boot camp, hot yoga class, or trying out a new restaurant. I love spending time with family and friends and traveling around the world with my husband. There’s nothing like taking in the beauty of a new city on foot, preferably with an almond chai latte in hand!