Meet The Team

Lara Long 

 

 

Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern

 

Supervised by Greer Swiatek, LPC-S

 

 

I have a deep passion in coming alongside people as they journey to understand themselves and those around them with greater wisdom and insight. This often means looking at the things in our lives that feel “stuck” or difficult to understand patterns we find ourselves repeating. My goal and hope for you in working together is that you may be able to live fully present and thrive by reducing the impact of the past on your present life. My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and relational in nature, and is largely influenced by attachment, trauma, and object relations theory. Essentially this means that I see relationships as central to the ways we understand the world and ourselves. The therapeutic relationship offers an opportunity for you to experience something new, as we both encounter each other. I like to use the analogy of a doula or midwife, as I work to help provide a safe and supportive environment for my clients to give birth to their inner creative and true self. I work with a multicultural focus, bringing curiosity, compassion and mindfulness to each session.


I draw from a background as a multi-decade Olympic hopeful athlete and the challenges that come with high intensity athletics, as well as a lengthy career in corporate America and the challenges in navigating stress and leadership while finding meaning and balance. My clinical areas of experience lie in working with: at-risk youth in school and home settings; therapeutic foster families; an award winning children’s crisis and outreach response system helping families achieve stability, prevent future crises and helping children remain in their home; individual outpatient and group therapy in an office setting; and more recently in training working with children, individuals and families using equine-assisted psychotherapy.


I work with a wide variety of issues in my clients with a special focus in my studies on trauma and abuse. I work with children, adolescents, adult individuals, and families.

Lindsey Fetty Vickers

Lindsey Fetty Vickers

 

 

Equine Professional

 

 

 

I am passionate about two things: mental health and horses

It's a rare thing to find one's passion at such an early age. All I wanted to do when I was little was to ride horses. When I was 8 years old, I was fortunate enough to start horseback riding lessons and ended up competing on a national level showing Arabian horses through the end of high school. I then went on to attend Texas A&M University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.

 

While at Texas A&M, I started volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy organization. I needed a way to stay involved with horses because I was not showing anymore. After graduating from Texas A&M University, I launched myself into the healthcare software technology world while also obtaining a Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center specifically studying the public health impacts on children with special healthcare needs.

 

Once back in my hometown of Austin, Texas, I found another therapeutic horseback riding organization to volunteer for and became a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor (CTRI) in my free time. I have been a PATH International CTRI since 2010. I also volunteer with Rodeo Austin with the Gold Stirrup Horse Show, a horse show specifically for people with special needs and disabilities. I have been involved with the show since 2009 and was the committee chair from 2012 through the 2019 show year.

 

Providing therapeutic experiences through partnerships with horses has been such a joy in my life! I love working with all people, including people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have experienced some form of trauma and helping them heal.

I have personally witnessed the healing power of horses through my own experiences with depression and anxiety. It is my goal to help others with similar struggles through relationships with horses.

Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Education in Counseling and Development at Lamar University in order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Becoming a LMFT utilizing horses for experiential therapy for children, adolescents, couples, parents, and families is my dream career.

While I am not working or playing with horses, I am spending time with my wonderful husband, Ryan, and my two German Shorthair Pointers, Doc Holliday and Augustus McCrae. 

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Darcy Scott

 

 

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

 

 

It’s a dream of mine to help more people connect with their community, feel inspired to make positive changes, and prioritize the time that’s needed for wellness, happiness, and wholeness. And, that doesn’t look the same for everyone! 

 

I began my career in education, and as a former teacher, I am fully committed to helping today’s educators and caretakers invest in their mental health and prioritize their wellness. 

When starting work with new clients, we discover their intentions, goals, and what their health ideals look like. People tend to operate and make daily decisions based on their collection of experiences. I believe that when you better understand what has happened to you and how that has formed you, you’re able to make even better decisions! We’ll work together to create a therapy process that feels comfortable and dare I say- enjoyable?

 

I’ve been working as a Licensed Professional Counselor for eight years and as a native Texan, I have a deep love for two things: strengthening community and the pursuit of the perfect bowl of queso. 


I’m currently working on certification in hypnosis and equine therapy, and I’m an active member of both Psychology Today and Inclusive Therapists. I’m also passionate about Bake a Wish Austin in which I bake and decorate cakes and donate to kids in foster care or women's shelters, a member of the Citizen Police Academy #102 and A Conversation Corps Volunteer - hosting conversations with the community over controversial topics.