About Vanessa & Gallagher Counseling


I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor working with both individuals and businesses in Austin, Texas. As a person and a professional, my intention is to be inclusive and welcoming while I continue to learn, grow and become a better ally. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming and Poly friendly.  I am cis-het and my pronouns are she/her/hers. My office is ADA accessible and welcoming to all.

I grew up in Austin long before our city became famous for breakfast tacos, live music and music festivals. After finishing my Master’s degree in Human Services at St. Edward’s University (go Hilltoppers!) my husband, daughter and I spent time living in the Hill Country before moving to California and then back to Austin…after all, who can stay away from Texas!? I love the openness of Austin and am so grateful to live and work in such a beautiful city filled with wonderful people.

My Focus

Psychotherapy & Parent Coaching   Through my psychotherapy practice much of my work focuses on helping people regain a sense of connection and balance in their lives. Our sense of self and relationships can be challenged by depression, anxiety, substance abuse, infidelity, health problems, grief or the natural growth and development of the parenting years.  I provide a personalized approach to help you regain your equilibrium and grow in your relationships.

Organizational Consulting   Businesses and organizations are an extension and reflection of the people who work within their walls. Wise organizations recognize this and seek to support the whole person and thus the whole company.  Gallagher Counseling provides behavioral health & wellness services, crisis intervention, leadership training and support.

My Background

I have a broad base of experience working with children, families, couples and individuals in a variety of settings since beginning my career in human services more than 25 years ago. I have clinical experience working in child & family services, juvenile justice, community mental health, residential treatment, employee assistance programs, corporate wellness, and private practice.

My organizational leadership experience includes leading teams to deliver behavioral health and wellness services to small rural communities as well as large Fortune 500 companies, providing manager consultation services, workplace violence prevention and critical incident response management.  Through Gallagher Counseling I partner with organizations to create employee and community training, policy and procedures, mental health initiatives and a wide range of behavioral health and wellness program offerings.

In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am also a Texas LPC Board-approved supervisor offering training and supervision for new counselor interns. I’ve previously obtained certification as a Trauma Specialist and certification as an EAGALA Facilitator for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

Over the years I have had experience addressing a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Parenting Skills & Difficulties
  • Relationship Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma
  • Phase of Life Transitions
  • Organizational Behavioral Health & Wellness Management
  • Manager Consultation & Development
  • On-site Crisis Response & Management
  • Mandatory Referrals