Arón Bautista opened the Austin Center for Therapy and Assessment (ACTA) doors for the first time in the summer of 2007. It is his aim to provide the most comfortable and serene environment possible so that ACTA patients can confidently work through their concerns. He addresses patient concerns using a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, solution focused, and rational emotive techniques, as well as EMDR. In his counseling work, he tailors his approach for each client based on their concerns, personality style, developmental level, and the nature of their treatment goals. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, but is also quite competent in assessing and treating other mental health concerns.
Mr. Bautista developed ACTA after years of planning and preparation. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Austin College, a small liberal arts school north of Dallas. He continued his education at the University of North Texas where he completed the Master of Counseling Psychology program. His graduate school external practicum in Dallas, Texas focused primarily on neuropsychological and psychological assessment of adults with various concerns ranging from depression, to learning disabilities, to attention deficit disorder, to brain injuries.
After completing graduate school, Mr. Bautista worked at two private practices in the North Texas area completing internships in adult and child neuropsychological and psychological assessment. During that time, he strengthened his counseling skills, working with diverse populations and age ranges. He also supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate interns, as well as post-graduate interns in assessment work. Mr. Bautista returned to Austin in 2005 and began working at a private practice in Westlake. During that time, he developed skills in neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback and completed several training programs in the field.
Mr. Bautista is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Austin Neuropsychological Society.
Dr. Jessica Woods is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is formally trained pediatric neuropsychologist with a specialization in the neuropsychological assessment of neurodevelopmental and neuro-medical disorders. Dr. Woods has extensive experience evaluating children, adolescents, and adults. As part of her training, she participated in interdisciplinary treatment teams, in an inpatient and outpatient context, to treat clients presenting with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopmental, and psychological needs. Her training in school psychology provides her with expertise in collaborating and consulting with educators and other professionals to develop comprehensive, individualized educational and treatment plans. She adopts a multi-faceted approach to neuropsychological assessment, which takes an individual’s culture, social-emotional functioning, cognitive profile, and academic performance into account to develop a holistic understanding of each patient’s unique presentation. Her areas of expertise include Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, epilepsy, dementia, stroke, and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Woods obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Widener University. She completed an integrated-neuropsychology internship, splitting her time between a private practice and Jefferson Hospital Neuropsychology, in Philadelphia, PA. She then completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) in South Jersey. Over the course of her training, she has worked with patient populations across the lifespan, from toddlers to geriatric individuals, presenting with ADHD, learning disabilities, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, brain injury and concussion, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Most recently, Dr. Woods continued on as a staff neuropsychologist with CNNH when they expanded and rebranded into their current program, NeurAbilities.
Dr. Josh Marbach graduated with his doctorate in School Psychology from Texas A&M University, after obtaining an undergraduate and master’s degree from Texas A&M University as well. He completed an internship in school psychology at Fort Worth Independent School District and has experience in a variety of clinical and school-based settings. As both a former teacher and practicing school psychologist, Dr. Marbach has extensive experience evaluating children, adolescents, and adults across a range of disabilities. As a part of his training, Dr. Marbach participated in interdisciplinary treatment teams to provide effective assessment and treatment for school-aged children and adults presenting with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopmental, and psychological needs. He has worked in a range of settings, including hospitals, schools, counseling centers, outpatient clinics, and in private practice.
Dr. Marbach’s training and years of experience in school psychology provides him with expertise in collaborating and consulting with educators and other professionals to develop comprehensive, individualized educational and treatment plans as well as offering parental guidance and support as they navigate the transition from the home to school setting. He adopts a multi-faceted approach to neuropsychological assessment, which takes an individual’s culture, social-emotional functioning, cognitive profile, and academic performance into account to develop a holistic understanding of each patient’s unique presentation. His areas of expertise include differential diagnosis of complex psychiatric and mood symptoms, autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders, specific learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Nancy Craig is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who is formally trained in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Craig completed her master’s degree in Health Psychology from Northern Arizona University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. During that time, she completed a formal internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, where she focused on inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations, in addition to gaining additional experience in health psychology by providing evaluations, education, and interventions in the stroke clinic, dialysis center, palliative care center, and organ transplant program. Dr. Craig completed her two-year post-doctoral residency at Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, where she continued to focus on both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations of individuals presenting with a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including, but not limited to, acute and chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, adult ADHD, and a variety of medical conditions.
Since becoming licensed, Dr. Craig has provided comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to assist active-duty service members in the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic at the Fort Hood military base, as well as to service members and veterans at the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, working with both inpatient and outpatient populations. More recently, she has been providing neuropsychological evaluations at an outpatient psychiatry clinic that provides care for older adult members of the Austin community.
Dr. Craig has vast training and experience in evaluating adults for neurodegenerative, medical, and psychiatric conditions that impact cognitive functioning, emotional functioning, and overall quality of life. She enjoys working with individuals to assess their current functioning, provide diagnostic clarification, and in some cases decision-making capacity, for comprehensive treatment planning. She has extensive experience working with adults of all age ranges for a variety of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., dementia, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus), cognitive disorders secondary to medical conditions (e.g., encephalitis, delirium), adult ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Craig cares for her clients as individuals, factoring in social and developmental factors, emotional functioning, as well as cognitive functioning to provide the best personalized treatment plan to meet their goals and to maximize quality of life. She enjoys having the opportunity to provide psychoeducation to all individuals on factors that promote healthy cognition and aging across the early, middle, and late stages of adulthood.
Dr. Craig is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the Clinical Neuropsychology division (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (HSP).
Tara W. Lehew is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied the field of psychology and pursued a minor in business. While at the University of Texas, Ms. Lehew participated in an organization called 'Women in Psychology' in order to help educate students on campus about mental illness.
Ms. Lehew has experience working with diverse populations, including five years at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center providing individual and group counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, with a specialty in treating anxiety disorders. She also spent two years working with Collin County Mental Health/Mental Retardation providing counseling, skills training, and crisis management to adults of all ages. As a graduate student, Ms. Lehew provided individual counseling and academic assessment services to students at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University. As a practicum student, she also helped develop and provide lectures for students, staff, and faculty at Southern Methodist University on topics such as the Psychology of Creativity and Conflict Resolution.
Ms. Lehew joined ACTA part-time in January 2008 and became a full-time employee in September 2012. She currently provides individual counseling services to adolescents and adults of all ages. Her diagnostic specialties include depression, anxiety, undergraduate & graduate students, body image concerns & social confidence, co-dependency, ACOA issues, and grief/loss. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge of and experience with intellectual, academic, psychological, and neuropsychological assessment. Ms. Lehew uses an integrative approach that borrows from relational, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches when working with clients. She strongly believes that developing a trusting and respectful relationship with each of her clients is necessary for personal growth. In her free time, Ms. Lehew enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her friends, husband and daughter.
Kat Furley, a Masters level Licensed Psychological Associate, relocated to Austin in 2012 from her home-town of Houston. During her Masters education at Houston Baptist University, she completed her internship at Ben Taub General Hospital's Neuropsychiatric Center where she conducted a variety of psychological assessments and led skills training groups based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her background includes fMRI research with OEF/OIF Veterans, clinical research with adults with diagnoses of Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.
Amy Anderson is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). She is currently providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD. Ms. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The George Washington University. With a desire to continue her pursuit of working in the mental health field, she has earned Master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Fielding Graduate University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
During her Master’s degree practicum experiences, Ms. Anderson provided counseling and assessment services at two university counseling centers, at New Life Institute of Austin, and at a Veterans’ Administration outpatient clinic.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring Austin with her family, listening to music and gaming.
Kinsey Christian is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). She provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD. Ms. Christian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baylor University followed by a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she graduated with honors. During her master’s program, her practicum experiences included therapy and assessment services at the TAMUC Psychology Clinic where she worked with various age groups and populations. She also provided counseling services as an intern at Hometown Counseling, a private counseling practice.
In her free time, Ms. Christian enjoys playing sand volleyball, painting, and working on puzzles.
Daniela Castano is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is currently providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD. She also provides counseling services. Ms. Castano completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at The University of Texas in Tyler. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Texas State University where she graduated with the highest honors. Ms. Castano graduated from her master’s program in December 2018. Shortly thereafter, she joined the ACTA clinical team in January 2019.
While at the University of Texas in Tyler, Ms. Castano carried out an independent correlational research design to study the relationship between engagement in meaningful activities and the symptoms of depression. Her research findings concluded that an active, meaningful, and socially integrated lifestyle may protect against major depression.
During her graduate practicum experiences at Rusk State Hospital and Austin State Hospital, Ms. Castano provided individual and group psychotherapy services, along with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological assessments, to individuals experiencing severe mental illnesses.
As a therapist, Ms. Castano is committed to providing a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment to help clients overcome adversity and lead more meaningful lives. Her approach to therapy combines the skills and techniques she has learned throughout her education and supervised training. Ms. Castano uses an integrative approach that borrows from cognitive-behavioral, existential, and mindfulness approaches when working with clients.
Michaela Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides counseling services, as well as neuropsychological and psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD. She earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization of neuropsychology from the University of Texas at Tyler in December 2018. Shortly thereafter, she joined the ACTA clinical team in January 2019.
During her graduate practicum experience at NeuroRestorative and Martin Neurobehavioral Center in Tyler, Texas, Ms. Hernandez administered a variety of neuropsychological and psychological assessments, provided counseling services, and instructed a Life Skills class where she discussed and presented on topics such as emotional identification, resilience, stress & anger management skills, relaxation techniques, coping skills, and resource gathering.
At Neurorestorative, she obtained experience assisting adults with brain, spinal cord and medically complex injuries, illnesses and other challenges in rebuilding their lives. She worked with clients to increase their independence and their chances of smoothly returning to their homes and communities.
At Martin Neurobehavioral Center, she obtained experience assisting individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities, chronic pain, and other neurological disorders.
As a clinician, Ms. Hernandez is committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment during testing to assist clients to obtain the information they need in order to take the recommended steps forward.
Jessica Hinojosa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas who earned a Master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas State University.
Ms. Hinojosa has experience working with diverse populations. She began her career working for a 24/7 crisis hotline, before pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling. Ms. Hinojosa provided skills training as well as crisis and case management at Nueces County Community Mental Health Agency for two years. She then provided both individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults at Bayview Behavioral Psychiatric Hospital. Ms. Hinojosa has also worked in private practice before joining the Austin Center for Therapy and Assessment team in 2021.
Ms. Hinojosa currently provides individual counseling services to older adolescents and adults. Her areas of clinical focus include depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and trauma. She uses an integrative approach that combines cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and humanistic forms of healing. Ms. Hinojosa’s education and experience in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings created the foundation of her integrative care. She believes the foundation of healing starts with an empathetic therapeutic rapport and she strives to meet her clients where they are.
Wendy Stone is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas. She began her degree in Beaumont, TX at Lamar University before moving to Austin, TX in 1999. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Edward’s University.
She has worked in numerous non-profits, counseling agencies, and in private practice helping many children, couples, and individuals achieve their personal goals of wellness. Working 5 years at Austin Child Guidance Center, Mrs. Stone facilitated parent and adolescent multi-family groups and counseled children dealing with ADHD, learning disabilities, and trauma. She started her clinical experience working at Family Crisis Center where she counseled children in schools who experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. She also facilitated a mandated adolescent and parent anger management group. She worked in private practice for 15 years focusing on diverse populations of children, adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and individuals. Her diagnostic specialties include ADHD, anxiety, women's issues, adjustment disorder, relationship issues, parenting behavioral therapy and learning disabilities.
Mrs. Stone recently joined ACTA in September 2023. She provides counseling services to children beginning at age 8, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She also provides parenting behavioral training. She enjoys working from a solution focused model integrating cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. With children, she integrates bibliotherapy and art therapy, along with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Gale Knighten is a Psychometrist providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD for the Austin Center of Therapy and Assessment. Mx. Knighten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Looking to further their work within the mental health field, Mx. Knighten earned accreditation as a Certified Specialist in Psychometry (CSP) through the National Board of Certified Psychometrists. Mx. Knighten provided psychometric services at a private practice in Florida before joining the ACTA team.
Mx. Knighten has experience working with diverse populations having mental health diagnoses and concerns such as autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, memory issues, and traumatic brain injuries.
Dana Jencks provides neuropsychological and psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, Psy.D, Josh Marbach, Ph.D. and Nancy Craig, Ph.D. She earned a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in rehabilitation counseling from George Washington University. Ms. Jencks is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at California Southern University. Her work at ACTA is part of her training, meeting practicum and internship requirements. For her previous practicums, she worked at two private practices in Austin, Texas, focusing primarily on psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments.
During her graduate internship experience, Ms. Jencks split her time between a community counseling clinic and Linden Resources, a nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities. She provided individual therapy, vocational and job accommodation assessments, job coaching, and facilitated a career readiness transition program. After completing graduate school, Ms. Jencks worked at the Department of Rehabilitation in San Jose, California. She provided career and college counseling, assistive technology assessments, and job accommodation assessments to adolescents and adults with disabilities.
In her free time, Ms. Jencks enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring Austin, attending musicals and stand-up comedies, painting, and playing the violin.
Kaila Jameson is a Psychometrist who provides psychological assessment services under the supervision of Jessica Woods, PsyD, Josh Marbach, PhD and Nancy Craig, PhD. She is currently working toward her license as a Psychological Associate.
Ms. Jameson earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in May 2023. As part of her requirements for graduation, Ms. Jameson completed at least 450 practicum hours at a local private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas, before joining the Austin Center for Therapy and Assessment team. At her practicum site, Ms. Jameson conducted individual counseling sessions with elementary school children. She also conducted clinical interviews and provided psychological assessments for clients from diverse populations with a variety of mental health concerns.
During her free-time, Ms. Jameson enjoys making wine and candles in her kitchen and reading mystery or dystopian novels. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and three dogs.