Austin Therapist: Ashleigh Edelstein, LMFT-Associate

About Ashleigh

You’re seeking help because you’re smart, motivated, yet you feel insecure or ambivalent in your relationships. You feel guilty or ashamed, stuck in the same thought spiral day-in and day-out. You’re tired of feeling judged, most of all by yourself.

There’s a little voice in your head that criticizes and questions every decision you make. You’re finding adulting to be much harder and more unpredictable than you anticipated. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, but still feel like you fall short.

You haven’t quite figured out the work and relationship balance. You’ve had losses in your life and are carrying some unresolved grief. You’re still wrestling with the remnants of a dysfunctional family and the ways it now impacts your life. You have thought about (or have tried) separating from your family to move past your difficult childhood and build a better life for yourself.

Are you ready and motivated to dive into what’s troubling you? Let’s partner together to help you develop the kind of life you want to live!

About me

I work with emerging young professionals struggling with quarter-life crisis and navigating intimate relationships. I will help you find immediate relief from what feels overwhelming, while also exploring deeper concerns. We’ll work to discover answers and collaborate in a deep way to make sense of your experiences, create meaning, and grow.

It takes incredible work to recover from grief, heartache, and never feeling good enough. Growing up as a middle child of three daughters, I struggled to feel like I fit in and had value – even in my own family. I know how easy it is to get stuck in a shame spiral, to feel worthless and forgotten. I also know how awful it is to feel judged and invalidated by the people you rely on.

Many years later and you find that these kinds of experiences can still make opening up and being vulnerable challenging, almost impossible. It makes rejection really sting and hard to get over.

I always wanted to be the kind of therapist I needed as a teen and now as an adult. I’ve had my fair share of sucky therapists, particularly as a struggling teen. There’s nothing worse than opening yourself up to someone that just doesn’t get it or worse, doesn’t care. It feels lonely, and I don’t want anyone to ever feel that left out and misunderstood. Knowing what you don’t want in a therapist is important, and finding someone you do like can be transformative.

My approach to therapy

I bring warmth, curiosity, and compassion to therapy – ingredients that are absolutely essential to our relationship and necessary for healing. I want you to feel heard and seen and not need to question whether it’s legit.

I strive to create a genuine, non-judgmental space where you can bring in whatever you need, knowing you will be accepted just as you are. I believe you are the expert on your life and that my job is to guide and empower you to connect with your values and find inner peace.

In sessions, I’m engaged and actively involved with your struggles. My goal is to find the balance between providing you with valuable feedback and helping you discover answers within yourself.

I’m not the kind of therapist that’s going to hand you a worksheet or give you structured homework, take lots of notes, or provide a session agenda. That’s not how I roll. This is your time and you get to choose how to use it. I may ask you to reflect on what we’ve discussed throughout the following week, but I always trust that you know what’s best for yourself.

I’m also not going to be distracted and nod “mmhmm” every so often, while doodling on a little notepad. You get my undivided attention, knowing that I can handle any pain, heartache, darkness, topic, and even snarky insults from teenagers. I will likely also provide you with a cheesy metaphor or two (or three…).

My background and experience

I earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and am licensed as an LMFT-Associate in the State of Texas (License #203160), supervised by Diana Walla, LMFT-S (License #269). I’ve had training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I’m experienced in working with individuals, couples, and teens facing grief and loss. I help you work through anxiety, trauma and distressing events using EMDR.

Contact Ashleigh

Let’s get started working together! I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. I’m conveniently located in Westlake Hills and offer evening and weekend appointments.

Please call, email or schedule your first appointment.