Jaime Telfeyan, LPC-S, NCC

Executive Director, Non-voting Board Member [email protected]

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Alabama – Livingston. I have lived in Austin since November of 2005 and will likely never leave the wonderful state of Texas! My passion and life’s work has always been in advocating for and supporting those in need of mental health services. I will continue to lend my voice and strength to that cause here at CAC. I am moved and inspired by the amazing team I have the honor to work along side while doing so. I hope to see you (YES YOU) around Austin at the many fantastic fundraisers CAC will be having to ensure that every single individual, couple, and family that needs services with us is able to receive them!

When I’m not at CAC I can be found in North Austin with my extraordinary twin daughters doing all kinds of fun and creative things! In my free time I enjoy running, reading, movies and all things chocolate! I live my life as an adventure and find a reason to share a laugh and a smile every day!

Fred Tucker, MA, LPC-S

Board President

Presidente del comité

Yo fui invitado a ser miembro del comité de Directores para CAC en el 2008, y me pidieron que me hiciera cargo como presidente en el 2010. Es una posición con altos meritos y recompensas, mientras observo que CAC continúa con su crecimiento y desarrollo como recurso valioso para la comunidad de Austin.

Yo soy el co-creador de Austin Counseling Center, un grupo de terapeutas y supervisores de Austin. Como terapeuta, yo veo una variedad de clientes, trabajando con depresión, ansiedad, problemas de auto estima, pérdida y duelo, usando una variedad ecléctica de modalidades, basadas en la noción del subconsciente donde habita el Ser mayor, como fue descubierto y enseñado por Carl Jung. Yo trabajo especialmente bien con cliente del sexo masculino de mediana edad enfrentando los problemas que surgen en la mediana edad.

Como supervisor quiero proveer crítica constructiva para todas las habilidades que una práctica de terapia en el futuro necesite. Esto incluye las habilidades de negocios de cómo hacer la contabilidad, las formas de impuestos, mercadotecnia, página de internet, descubrir el nicho del mercado y todas las preocupaciones que los terapeutas de postgrado tienen acerca de cómo convertirse en una acción respetable en el cuidado de la comunidad de Austin. También quiero poder ayudar a descubrir lo que sucede con uno mismo dentro de la terapia. ¿Quiénes somos como terapeutas? El conocerse a uno mismo nos va a informar mejor en nuestro trabajo y nos dará los medios para ser el mejor terapeuta que podemos ser.

I was invited to become a member of the Board of Directors for CAC in 2008, and asked to take over the Board Chair in 2010.  It is a most rewarding position, as I watch CAC continue its growth and development  as a valuable resource for the Austin community.

I am co-creator of Austin Counseling Center, a group of Austin therapists and supervisors.  As a therapist, I see a variety of clients, addressing depression, anxiety, esteem issues, loss and bereavement, using an eclectic array of modalities, yet based on the notion of the unconscious as containing the greater Self, as discovered  and taught by Carl Jung.  I work especially well with middle aged male clients facing the problems of mid-life transitions.

As a supervisor I want to provide input for all the skills that a future practice in therapy might entail.  This would include the business skills of how to do your accounting, tax forms, marketing, website, discovering your niche  and all the other various concerns that post grads have about becoming a creditable asset in the care giving community in Austin.  I also want to provide help in discovering what is going on inside oneself when in session.  Who are we as a therapist?  Knowing oneself will better inform each of us in our work and provide a means to be the best therapist we can be.


Dr. Monique Rodriguez, Ph.D., LPC

Board Secretary

I have a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University. My research interests include bridging body awareness with clinical practice and counselor education. I am especially interested in the embodied dimensions of the therapeutic relationship as a nexus for healing.

I provide counseling that builds on the creativity and strength of the client and draws on Gestalt therapy and body process. I believe the body has wisdom and by bringing awareness to our body, we gain access to memories, emotions, and beliefs that are otherwise outside of our awareness. I specialize in working with addiction and long-term recovery and adult survivors of child abuse and trauma, I believe in creating greater awareness of and sensitivity to our relational responsibilities as therapists, and am particularly passionate about the role of our body in the therapeutic relationship.

Working with the body in psychotherapy opens up options for understanding, experiencing, healing, and becoming aware of issues that traditional talk therapy is often unable to access due to the control of the conscious mind and verbal expression. Body-Centered Psychotherapy is a holistic approach that integrates the body into the therapy process. Our bodily experience forms the base of our relationship to the world. By bringing awareness to our body in therapy we gain access to memories, emotions, and beliefs that are otherwise outside of our consciousness.

My approach is rooted in co-creating an embodied relationship with clients. An embodied relationship encourages interpersonal connection—especially during times of crisis and inevitable disconnections in our lives. I believe it is through embodied presence that we experience not what we do in the therapeutic relationship, but how we do it. As we become more aware of the messages our body sends to us we can then begin to lead healthy lives—both physically and psychologically.


Jill Palmer Praisner, M.A., LPC-S

Board Treasurer

I fully believe in a world with better mental health and feel lucky I can be apart of making that reality come true. I love being a therapist and feel humbled by the people I come into contact with every day.

I feel fortunate to be apart of Capital Area Counseling! I volunteered at Capital Area Counseling from 2009-2011 to get my internship hours for licensure then started volunteering as a supervisor from 2011 to the present, so I could pay it forward. I cannot begin to explain what a valuable resource this counseling center has been to my personal growth as a therapist and as a supervisor and I continue to see how invaluable it is to every other therapist coming through the center.

Dr. Ellen Melton, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Ellen Melton is our newest board member! She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University,  an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Angelo State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Angelo State University. Currently Dr. Melton has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at St. Edwards University since 2014. Dr. Melton’s areas of expertise and interest include clinical counseling/psychotherapy practice, psychoanalysis, psychopathology, forensic psychology and psychological assessment. Her private practice focuses psychotherapy and intern supervision. In addition, she is also a continuing education provider for Licensed Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists and developed a LPC/LMFT Supervision Training Course.

Please stay tuned for more about Ellen!