Hello! My name is Margaret Austin. I am a clinical psychologist with a master’s degree in psychology from Tennessee State University, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. I’ve had a varied career, including a focus on children, families, cultural issues, homeschooling, ADHD, healthy lifestyles, and neurofeedback.
My early career focused on providing direct clinical services regarding a variety of issues to children and their families. I quickly developed an interest in teaching others and began supervising clinical staff and graduate students regarding their therapeutic work with children and families.
I have been a Program Leader at a residential treatment center for children and teens in Denver. I then became the Director of Behavioral Health at an Indian Health Clinic in Montana. I moved on to take the position of Assistant Director of Behavioral Health in a rural California county. Next, I founded a business with my husband the focus of which was to develop software products for the mental health community. We developed both a Mental Health Practice Management System and a Treatment Plan Software program that included robust Outcome Tracking and Psychological Assessment Report Writing modules. This varied experience taught me a great deal about the mental health concerns in different social environments and illustrated the need for various types of psychological interventions.
I soon became a homeschool parent and was actively involved in that community, devoting much of my efforts to this powerful experience. I remained active in psychology by teaching graduate and undergraduate psychology students in both a classroom and an online format. I expanded my academic activities to include teaching Introductory Psychology at a local community college. These classes allowed me to remain active in the field while interacting with a variety of young people and helping mentor them on their path to a career.
Several years ago, I became interested in neurotherapy and have moved through the certification process to add this extremely helpful technique to my clinical work. I opened an office in Nevada City, CA and I have been providing both psychotherapy and neurofeedback services to individuals of various ages ever since.
The Neurofeedback world includes a significant focus on connecting a person’s mind and body. Learning about self-regulation is part of the process. Running quickly through our lives is how most of us live. Yet, it is not rewarding or as effective as we might wish it to be. Self-regulation encourages people to become more aware of their body’s needs such as nutrition, sleep, and exercise as well as to address those needs on a consistent basis. In fact, recent research has demonstrated the powerful connection between nutrition and mental health. As a result, my practice has expanded to incorporate teaching self-regulation and peak performance coaching into the services I provide.
In addition to clinical work and teaching, the focus of my professional writing centers on mental health issues for both the homeschool community and the general public. I coauthored a print book, wrote an e-book about ADHD, and published several articles including one on the value of art in the homeschool curriculum. My current areas of interest are Attention Deficit Disorder, Parenting, the Impact of Media on Child and Youth Development, Cognitive Development and the Aging Brain, and more recently, the promise of neurotherapy.
Dr. Margaret V. Austin, Ph.D.
Psychologist. Certified neurofeedback provider. Teacher. Author. Coach.
103 Providence Mind Road
Suite 104 A
Nevada City, CA 95959
CA License: PSY 15236
You can see my full CV here: http://margaretaustinphd.com/curriculum-vita/
Women on the Edge of Change: Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Life
6 week Therapeutic Journaling Group
Thursdays from 6 – 8 pm
October 4 – November 8, 2018
Self-care for Parents of a Special Needs Child: Finding your Stride
4 week Adult Education Class
Sierra College Nevada County Campus
Wednesdays from 6 – 8 pm
March 6 – 27, 2019