• Dena Hutton MA, LPC-S

    Compassionate, effective therapy

    for individuals and couples


    Services provided both
    in person and telehealth
  • Welcome!

    Do you find yourself repeating patterns in your life, marriage or other relationships? Do you feel stuck or powerless to change? I can help. I believe deeply that change is possible for anyone, and it begins with a safe and accepting environment to explore the barriers to happiness.

    For many of us, the coping skills and self concepts we learned in our early years no longer serve us well as adults. I utilize a trauma informed and results-oriented approach to help you identify and dismantle patterns which no longer work, develop new tools, and experience new ways of relating to yourself and to the important people in your life. I provide warm, engaging therapy supporting emotional connection, healthy relationships, clear and effective communication, and the achievement of personal goals.

    Your sessions will be interactive, directive and productive, rooted in honest observations – it will NEVER consist of simply head nodding.
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    About me

    I create a genuine connection with my clients, offering warmth and empathy, but most importantly direct feedback and honest, encouraging exploration of personal and interpersonal barriers to growth and happiness. I can help you cut through the all the clutter to clarify underlying sources of disconnect or discontent in your life.


    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, and hold a BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA in Professional Counseling from Texas State University.


    I've been in private practice in Austin for over 20 years.


  • Therapy Services

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    Using a trauma informed, attachment based and solution focused orientation; I partner with you to move past negative emotions, overcome difficult life changes, get unstuck, and heal. Together we will move from surviving to thriving mentally and emotionally. You control the pace - we won’t go anywhere nor do anything that you’re not ready for. However, I will invite you to push yourself. You will be surprised by what you are capable of.

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    I encourage couples to grow insight and awareness around about stuck patterns, I help both partners each take responsibility for their internal processes and external actions and reactions that contribute to the overall dynamic, and to do so with love, compassion, and new skills we nurture and explore together.

    I guide you to take risks to develop greater intimacy and a more vibrant relationship, where you heal old wounds and show up as your best selves contributing to each other’s growth.

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    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective, research and evidence-based therapy that helps free clients from painful memories, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, negative self beliefs and other disturbances from exposure to trauma or especially disturbing situations. Distressing thoughts are often dysfunctionally stored memories that become "stuck" because the brain is not able to process the sounds, emotions, images, or body sensations during an overwhelming or highly stressful experience. Unprocessed, raw memories are easily triggered and may replay over and over again in our mind and body, causing us distress. Such memories can have a lasting, negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people


    The EMDR process helps you to experience deep healing and let go of painful thoughts, feelings, dreams, and memories. It goes beyond talk therapy, appearing to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information.


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    I offer supervision to a limited number of LPC-Associates that are motivated, excited to learn, ethical and open to introspection and feedback.

    Utilizing an integrative model of supervision, my aim as an LPC supervisor is to provide a nurturing and empowering space to explore and develop yourself as a therapist. Our collaboration will focus on growing confidence and competence within yourself and your unique theoretical framework that you bring to this work. I draw from diverse resources, trainings and over 20 years of various clinical settings and private practice with adult individuals, couples and families to cultivate, guide and support your growth and evolving needs.

    As well as clinical focus, I can also provide insight into business growth and development including marketing and establishing a successful private practice. While I do not have a placement site for supervisees, a limited number of hours may be available in my office to see clients.


  • Fees/Insurance

    • 50 minute individual or couple session – $185
    • 80 minute individual or couple session – $285

    I am happy to provide a free 15 minute new client consultation call


    I am an out-of-network provider for many insurance plans. Many insurance providers reimburse a significant amount for out-of-network mental health benefits. For clients who would like to seek reimbursement, I can provide a receipt (superbill) for your convenience. Please check with your individual plan for coverage benefits for out-of-network.


    A limited number of sliding-scale slots are available for those in need of a reduction in cost.


    Cancellation Policy: Please cancel 24 hours before an appointment to avoid a full session fee charge.

  • Frequently asked questions

    What do you specialize in?

    • Anxiety
    • Self-Esteem/ Inner Critic
    • Depression
    • Relational Distress​​
    • Trauma
    • Life Transitions (Divorce, Empty Nest)
    • Grief/loss

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    All major credit cards, HSA/FSA cards, and cash. I am happy to provide a "superbill", which is the receipt required by insurance companies for you to file for any Out of Network Provider reimbursement.

    How often do I come to therapy?

    I will provide recommendations for a visit frequency that best fits your needs once we begin to work together. Most individuals come to therapy weekly or biweekly. The goal is to come more frequently in the beginning and attend less often as you begin to use the tools learned in sessions.

    How do I get started?

    Many people can feel overwhelmed with the idea of therapy and uncertain of how to begin. I help make the process easier by offering a free 15 minute consultation to determine if therapy together is a good fit and I will provide additional referrals if needed. A detailed intake appointment helps each person to realize their personal goals for growth and what they would like to gain from counseling. Fill out the contact form below or give me a call.

    What are your hours?

    I schedule appointments on various weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate different needs. Appointments are available both in person and via telehealth.

  • Contact Me

    Questions? Feeling nervous about getting started? I get it. Let's just chat. If I'm not a fit, I will help guide you in the right direction.

    3355 Bee Cave Rd #510
    Austin, Teas 78746