Alma Mena, LCSW
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.
Licenses and Certifications
Masters of Social Work
New York University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 20?-Current
Certified Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy