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  • Meet the Clinicians

    Ana Murillo-Herrera M.A., LPC-S

    I believe that reaching out for help is one of the most important steps in our change journey. I strive to help clients from a culturally sensitive perspective to help recognize and reinforce the strengths that can help them lead the life they want. I hope to empower my client using a person-centered grounded practice that uses different approaches that strive to see the whole person and not just the issues.

    I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Media Psychology. I have been practicing as a bilingual counselor in diverse settings since 2014 and became an LPC-S in 2021.

    I have experience working with depression, life transitions issues, grief, and the Latinx community. My approach is eclectic and is adjusted to the needs of my client and stage in life. I approach therapy from an eclectic approach grounded in person-centered, strength-based, compassion, and CBT techniques.

    Ana@newpatternscounseling.com

    (512) 710-6058

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    Ashley Jackson, LPC

    Hello, my name is Ashley Jackson, I want to introduce myself. I have my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am currently working on my PhD in Counselor of Education and Supervision. I am originally from Spokane, WA but have found home now in Austin, TX. I love to promote and bring awareness to the mental health community in the hope to make a difference in the stigma. I am an advocate for animal-assisted therapy, especially within the counseling field. I have several certifications in animal-assisted therapy and canine communication. In practice, I mainly use a humanistic approach to counseling while incorporating animal-assisted therapy as a tool. I believe in meeting the client where they are at, and that the client is the expert in their own lives. I know counseling can be intimidating, that is why I love to promote a calm and trusting environment for my clients. I believe my therapy dog Brenda helps with this as well. Brenda and I look forward to meeting with you.

    Ashley@newpatternscouseling.com

    509-270-7637

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    Valeria R. Franco, LPC-S

    I was born and raised in the border town of El Paso-Cd. Juarez area. I moved to San Antonio in 2006 to attend UTSA to completed my B.A. in Psychology and later my M.A. in Community Counseling. I graduated with my master’s in December 2012. After graduating, I worked with older adults. I helped them navigate issues of grief and loss, residents dealing with chronic illnesses, and navigating a limiting environment and systemic issues. In 2018, I started my private practice. I found a great need for therapists working on trauma, anxiety, and relationship work with the LGBTQ+ and Spanish-speaking communities. I use an eclectic approach to find the individualized treatment that would work best with clients. My approach varies from CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Empathy to Solution Focus, and gaining introspection. Since I moved to Austin in 2014, I have found generous support in the community, colleagues, and friends. I have recently found support from my rescue dog, Luna ( in reality, she rescued me in this challenging 2020 year) to continue on this journey as a therapist.

    Valeria@newpatternscounseling.com

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    Ryan Foster M.A., LPC

    I work with people not diagnoses. First and foremost I want my clients to know that they are not on their own. I first began to study counseling psychology because I enjoy helping people. When a person comes into my office it is usually because they are in need of help. Through the use of various psychological techniques I strive to assist those who seek to find what they are looking for. I also offer HIPPA compliant video counseling for convenience.

    I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in grief studies. I received my Master of Arts degree in counseling from Amberton University. I have had five years of practice in a diverse range of areas.

    I have hands-on experience with issues of grief, addiction, LGBT, family, and couples issues. I’m motivated by seeing clients change for the better. Each session is designed with the client’s needs in mind, with my approach being grounded in cognitive, family systems, existential, mindfulness, and narrative therapies.

    Ryanlynnfoster@newpatternscounseling.com

    (512) 520-0818

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    Brittney Daftuar, LCSW

    Brittney Daftuar is a Fully Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker with a Level II endorsement in Infant Mental Health. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. She specializes in working with adults and children experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, and behavioral issues. She prides herself in building relationships with her clients to meet their goals.

    Brittney@newpatternscounseling.com

    (737) 287-5705

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