Alexa “Lexi” Nudelman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS (AUSTIN)
Social Work 


Areas of Specialization

  • Grief
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • People Pleasing
  • Relational Issues
  • Perfectionistic Tendencies
  • Postpartum Issues

Certifications + Training

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Washington State
  • EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Consultant in Training

Lexi is now seeing clients in both Texas and at our Washington State location!

Lexi Nudelman practices under the belief that the greatest healing and self-awareness can come from a connection to ourselves and others. Lexi strives to empower you with skills to make authentic connections, provide insight on how the brain and body respond to grief and trauma, and harnesses your strengths to reach your goals. Lexi aims to provide a safe, relatable, and supportive atmosphere that encourages vulnerability and self-discovery.

Lexi specializes in working with grief, trauma recovery, relational issues, depression, anxiety, and people-pleasing and perfectionistic tendencies. Lexi draws largely from an attachment theory lens and is trained in both CBT and DBT modalities.

Lexi also utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment modality for grief and trauma.

Lexi is a licensed social worker with a M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and additionally an B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Baylor University. To keep herself balanced, Lexi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and hiking.

Shamale Dancy

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS (ARLINGTON)
Social Work


Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma Recovery
  • Grief Counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Military

Certifications + Training

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing

Shamale’s work is dedicated to helping people develop healthy perceptions of self and strengthen relationships.  She believes therapy is a collaborative venture where knowledge and skills are merged to generate change.  Shamale aims to cultivate trust and authenticity with clients as they work to process and heal.    

Shamale received her MSW from the University of Texas (Arlington) in 2019 with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse.  She completed an internship working in a behavioral health clinic on Fort Hood, helping active-duty soldiers address emotions related to depression, anxiety, and PTSD.   Shamale has worked with adolescents experiencing mental health crises in an acute hospital setting.  She was able to provide brief crisis counseling while supporting families navigating mental health resources. She believes in providing youth a safe place where they can be heard and supported.  Prior degrees include a BSW from Kansas State University.  

Shamale specializes in working with depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and grief.  She utilizes a variety of psychiatric treatment techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, anxiety reduction, empowerment, and motivational interviewing.

Shamale enjoys spending time with her family and friends, candle making, and reading.

Cynthia Castillo

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
Psychology 


Areas of Specialization

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Autism
  • Parenting

Certifications + Training

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • EMDR 
  • Nurturing Parenting
  • Behavior Modification

Cynthia obtained her BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University in 2014. In 2017, Cynthia received her MEd in mental health counseling from The University Of Texas at El Paso and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Cynthia has spent several years working with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Cynthia also completed her internship working extensively with children, adolescents, adults and families struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, interpersonal relationships, anger management, parenting and self-esteem.

Cynthia approaches treatment with a variety of psychotherapeutic methods such as cognitive behavior
therapy, EMDR, behavior modification, and Nurturing Parenting. She believes in ensuring each individual feels comfortable, safe and valued.

Cynthia guides each person toward achieving their
goals by offering attentiveness, personalized care, collaboration, authenticity and compassion.
Cynthia works diligently to propel individuals onto a path of healing, growth and a deeper realization and appreciation of who they are and want to become.

In her free time, Cynthia enjoys a good laugh, playing music and pampering her fur-baby.

Morgan Landgren

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

University of Utah


Areas of Specialization

  • Substance Abuse
  • EMDR trained and working on certification
  • Religious Trauma
  • adolescents and adults
  • depression
  • anxiety

Certifications + Training

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Utah
  • EMDR Trained
  • EMDRIA Certified Therapist (in process) 
  • National Association for Drug and Alcohol Counselors
  • DBT, CBT

Morgan graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Social Work and Substance Abuse concentration in May of 2018. Since graduation she has worked in various settings including outpatient and residential treatment facilities, focusing on both adolescent and adult individuals struggling with mental health issues, trauma and substance use. Morgan Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained and utilizes it in treating trauma and other presentations of mental health challenges. Morgan is currently working towards becoming an EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA. Morgan also focuses on treating the whole person and therefore utilizes her experience working with depression, anxiety, behavior issues, school struggles, and family and relationship issues, as well.


Morgan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Sport Science with a nutrition minor and is passionate about the mind body connection and the impact exercise and nutrition have on mental health. She believes we find the energy for the right things when we stop chasing the wrong things. Morgan enjoys running, golfing, biking, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and corgi, Ash.

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Sydney McQuade

MED, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Counseling Psychology 


Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma recovery
  • mood fluctuations
  • vulnerability and self-compassion
  • interpersonal challenges
  • relationship issues

Certifications + Training

  • EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Consultant in Training
  • Interpersonal Process
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) trained
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) trained
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington

Sydney McQuade is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington.  Sydney is a certified member of the EMDR International Association and registered as an EMDR Consultant in Training. 

Sydney has advanced training in EMDR around the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) and Elan Shapiro and Bruit Labb’s Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) and very much enjoys being able to help train clinicians newly interested in EMDR and/or those hoping to become certified. 

Sydney founded Counterbalance Counseling in 2016. Since starting the practice, she has worked with many facets of the Austin area community through mental health counseling.

Sydney is trained in DBT and uses EMDR and CBT approaches to counseling. She specializes in trauma recovery, mood fluctuations, vulnerability and self-compassion, and interpersonal challenges.

Creating a warm, trusting environment for clients seeking to address situational or emotional challenges that life and growth bring is a primary aim for Sydney. She employs a psychodynamic approach to counseling in addition to empirically validated approaches such as DBT, CBT, and EMDR. Sydney believes that satisfying relationships are a foundation for peace and contentment.


“I hardly have words for the difference my work with Sydney has made in my life.”

“She has given me the experience of being supported and safe in the process of healing a trauma. Through her patient and kind approach to therapy, I have made significant strides in coping with PTSD and her guidance has allowed me to move forward through grief and loss with grace and new hope.”

Jennifer Neill

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Our Lady of the Lake University


Areas of Specialization

  • Adolescents
  • Parents of Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adoption
  • Attachment
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • HAES

Certifications + Training

  • Trauma (CCTP)
  • IFS with a focus on Complex Trauma
  • TBRI/Nurtured Heart  
  • CBT/DBT
  • EMDR (trained)

Jennifer Neill specializes in helping adolescents and their parents navigate life with the challenges of change. Jennifer understands communication during the adolescent years can be difficult and assigning meaning to feelings is an important component of healthy communication, for both parents and their children. Generational differences compounded with anxiety, depression and/or trauma, can further complicate an already stressful time. Jennifer believes that “manipulation” is a maladaptive way of getting needs met and that trust building or re-building, for both sides, is an important component of change. 


Jennifer has focused her post graduate education and training on the areas of attachment, trauma and how memories are processed, along with family systems, working with natural, blended and adoptive families as well as grief and loss in terms of relationships.  Jennifer practices a pragmatic, solution-focused approach, incorporating parts of different treatment modalities, tailored to fit the needs of the individual or family.


Jennifer is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2014, and additionally has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Southwest Texas (Texas State) University in 2002. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying to make grass grow in the Texas heat and playing with her cat and three dogs.