Lake Travis Counseling Connection offers two levels of counseling services.
Jan C. Shope, MA, LPC-S
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor/Clinical Director
Jan C. Shope, M.A., LPC-S is a professional counselor supervisor. She specializes in individual, couples and family psychotherapy. With over 15 years experience as a clinician, with a graduate degree from Texas State University in professional counseling, she works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and couples dealing with conflict, separation, divorce and parenting issues. She also specializes in working with men's issues, as they are often unique from those of women. She also provides life coaching for those people who find that they are interested in something more short-term in nature, which is usually specifically based on one area of life, such as career or life transition and is not based on the medical model for "treatment."
Jan is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her treatment approach is collaborative in nature and aimed at providing support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and creative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.
LPC interns have completed their masters’ degrees and are working towards full licensure. The State of Texas requires graduates log 3000 hours before they can operate independently, regardless of prior counseling experience, trainings or in-service hours they may have obtained under other licensures. The interns practicing at Lake Travis Counseling Connection each have additional training and work histories that complement their graduate degrees.
Mrs. Tommie Vela M.S, LPC Intern
I have had over 10 years experience in education. Four of them were teaching and 2 were as a school counselor with 4 years in the college setting. I have had experience of working with children with anxiety, ADHD, Bi-polar, autism, mood disorders, grief and loss and difficulties with life transitions. I have also worked with adults dealing with divorce, grief and loss and anxiety.
I am trained in play therapy, sand therapy, mindfulness and CBT techniques to help treat the effects of trauma, anxiety, grief/loss, anger management, family changes and difficulties with life transitions.
I have been through many personal experiences that have helped me become a well rounded therapist that can relate to many changes that clients go through. I am committed to help clients reach their full potential and guide them to their emotional/behavioral goals. Tommie Vela is supervised by Jan Shope LPC-Supervisor.
David Wachsman, M.C., LPC Intern
We as people experience many challenges and obstacles. Therapy can be a safe space to explore these challenges and help alleviate pain. Therapy can also help people to better understand their values, goals, and relationships. On the journey to find meaning in life sometimes we get stuck. Therapy can help us to find a path forward.
I value the approaches of existential counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, but my style is eclectic. Existential counseling proposes we all try to find meaning in our lives and that counseling help us on life’s journey Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides ways of addressing negative thought patterns that may be hindering aspects of one’s life.
I specialize in couples/relationship counseling, career counseling, and depression. I am Gottman Level 1 certified. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in HR Management from Rutgers University and a Master of Counseling degree specializing in Clinical Mental Health from Idaho State University.
I recently relocated to Austin with my fiancé and puppy. When I’m not counseling, I am likely hiking, swimming, or enjoying the music and food scene unique to Austin. It is my honor and privilege to work with clients as a therapist and I look forward to meeting with you. David is supervised by Jan Shope.
Jan Shope has helped me in so many areas of my life. She has helped me to grow as a person and discover happiness, joy, and faith in my life, when I thought I wouldn’t have any...