Lavanya Shankar, PhD

I am a counseling psychologist licensed in the state of Texas (Psy 34258). I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and I completed my masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

What I have learned over the years is that the best outcomes in therapy depend on the strength of the relationship between therapist and client. So my priority is to establish an environment of safety and trust in the initial stages of therapy. In my work, I draw upon attachment theory, psychodynamic therapy, and neuroscience. 

As a lifelong learner, I stay current on psychotherapy research and literature, which I use to inform my work.  I find it particularly useful in my work to be current on literature pertaining to working with developmental trauma, emotional regulation, and the mind-body connection.

I am involved in ongoing and in depth training, supervision, and I engage in my own personal work.  Psychotherapy has been an important part of my own process of growth so I believe in it's effectiveness on both a personal and professional level. 

Read a recent interview about my perspective on relationships and therapy.