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


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.  


  • 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)


  • 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 today.