Alma Mena, LCSW

About Me


I had the fortune to experience and grow up in many cultures during my formative years. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I have resided in Austin for 20 years and am a mother of three boys attending AISD dual language schools. I enjoy a close relationship with my family and friends and strive to find work – life balance, finding much joy in both.

Education and Experience

I received my undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Social Work and my Master’s degree from New York University in May 2000. Since then I have enjoyed practicing in Austin. I have a background in medical settings, school settings, and behavioral health. I hold a clinical license and have provided therapy to children, adolescents and adults addressing a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, and stress responses, among others. I have training in various modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, while focusing on strengths, culturally sensitive practice, interpersonal connections, systems, and most importantly client centered. I am specifically interested in issues that impact marginalized communities, including minority women.


Professional development, training, and consultation is a very important part of my work to provide ethical, quality care, using best practice and research-based interventions. I am involved in our social work and mental health community in Austin and serve as Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas and St. Edward’s University.


I have been a board approved clinical supervisor for 8 years and offer supervision in English and Spanish for those pursuing their clinical license. I enjoy this part of my professional work very much. 


I am committed to providing excellence in care as I would expect for my own children and family.  Feel free to contact me with any questions and I look forward to our work together.

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Licenses and Certifications

Masters of Social Work

New York University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 20?-Current

Advanced Trainings:

  • Certified Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy