Mary Ellen West, LCSW

private practice therapist specializing in counseling for children and adolescents

Being a kid today is not always easy.

Parenting can be difficult. 

Sometimes we need a fresh perspective and new tools to help us cope with life’s challenges and difficulties. I collaborate with children and their families to find solutions, uncover capabilities and improve relationships.  I provide a safe and comfortable space for children and teens to express themselves, discover their unique character strengths and become strong on the inside.  I work with parents to define a clear and effective parenting strategy that will nurture their child's success. 

About Me

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My mission is to help children thrive and recognize their own strengths and greatness.  Whether it’s providing the support to overcome challenges, or helping to turn around negative behavior patterns, I work within the context of a positive, nurturing relationship. I particularly enjoy collaborating with families to improve parent-child interactions and reduce stress.

I have been licensed as a social worker since 2005.  During that time, I’ve worked with toddlers through teens on issues including behavior difficulties, anxiety, depression, parent-child relationships, coping strategies, social skills, trauma and grief.  Working for Austin Child Guidance Center and Communities in Schools, I have counseled kids and their parents in a variety of settings, including schools and homes. 

I am a graduate of Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.  I consider myself a lifelong learner and actively engage in conferences, workshops and consultation to enhance my effectiveness. Areas of interest include parent-child relationships, attachment, mindfulness, self-compassion, mind-body connection, stress management, and interpersonal neurobiologyI am an Advanced Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a method of choosing to communicate with children that intentionally recognizes inner strengths and celebrates success.  

LICENSES AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Texas License # 41415

  • Nurtured Heart Approach® Advanced Trainer

  • Member, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas at Austin - MSSW, Clinical Social Work

  • Stanford University - AB, Political Science, Public Policy Concentration, Psychology Minor

 

To schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation, call (512) 201-2995 or email maryellen@westfamilytherapy.com today.