About The Branch
Hi I'm Kelly Ayala. Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. I established The Branch Counseling PLLC in 2016 with the intention to provide boutique-style counseling, serving each client from a personalized approach. At The Branch Counseling, clients have options to work in either a traditional office setting, therapeutic movement space or via telehealth. I believe that each person has the capacity to change and heal. My role is to provide an environment that supports your story, healing and development of your individuality with integrity.
Compassion and inclusivity are cornerstones of not only how I run my business, but how I work with my clients. The core value of compassion makes room for all feeling states. How we feel is neither right nor wrong, it just is. Compassion provides the space to come out from behind the veil of shame to openly accept all parts of the self, even the painful parts. The core value of inclusivity invites us to participate in creating a state of respect and value for ALL PEOPLE to support safe and healthy relationships. The Branch Counseling is built on the foundation of these values in hopes of providing a healing space for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, color, sexuality, sexual identity, sexual preferences, religion, political party, size, shape or ability.
My belief is that in order for therapy to be effective, it has to acknowledge and honor the lived human experience, built on a foundation of science and incorporate both the mind and body. If you have ever felt the conflict of knowing what to do but just not being able to take action you might have experienced a mind-body disconnect. That's why I offer services that get us out of the head and into whole-body healing. Services are tailored to each individual's needs and include traditional talk therapy with focus on Internal Family Systems work, therapeutic yoga (breathwork, meditation) and somatic movement with intention to move toward mind + body integration.
The best way to describe The Branch Counseling is, modern mental health. Boutique-style services ensure your personal story and individuality are prioritized throughout your therapy journey. While compassion and inclusivity build the foundation for supportive, healing relationships, they are mindful qualities clients can gift to themselves. You are already whole and worthy of living the life you desire. I'm here when you are ready to take the next step on your healing journey.
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
500hr Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Member of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience
Certificate in MBSR-teens
Adjunct Instructor at Southern Methodist University
Kelly has accumulated over 13 years of clinical experience working in hospitals, universities, group and private practice. She studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University and completed additional training in neuropsychotherapy (how the brain, mind, body and environment support the whole person), psychotherapeutic yoga, somatic movement, ritual, ceremony and trauma-informed methods. When Kelly's not in session, she's mentoring the next generation of therapists at Southern Methodist University, traveling and planning the next Kaya Wellness Retreat.
Kelly enjoys taking life slow, or practicing at least, luxuriating in nature, sunshine and sipping a glass of champagne. She's a former collegiate athlete, Type 1 diabetic and being a therapist is what she calls her "soul's purpose." Not only does Kelly loves to learn about how our early experiences shape our patterns and connections, she's in awe of the experience of figuring ourselves out and inspired by our resiliency to overcome.
Read all about her journey on becoming a therapist HERE