Kelly Marie Ayala
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Kelly Marie Ayala

She/Her/Hers

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, LPC-S Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Texas Accepting Online
Farmers Branch Accepting In-person

Telehealth sessions offer the convenience of working from your preferred spaces, anywhere in the state of Texas. Your healing potential has no limits. Let's live this life well.

Updated September 8, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Childhood trauma
  • Identity development
  • Self-esteem
  • Mind-body connection
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders

Professional statement

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Kelly Ayala is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Dallas, TX. Kelly works with individuals who want to heal, whether that’s from past experiences or current situations. Many of Kelly’s clients are searching for a greater sense of authenticity in their daily lives or ways to find the motivation to make changes. Kelly provides a calm, peaceful atmosphere where all feel comfortable exploring their thoughts and processing through their relationship with themselves.

Certified in Applied Neuroscience & EMDR Trained, Kelly brings together elements of cognitive science, brain chemistry, mindfulness, and the importance of the mind-body connection. In session, clients may practice relaxation techniques or talk about their childhood as ways to feel a greater sense of connection to their core. By placing awareness on what’s on the mind and what’s in the body, clients develop the mindset needed to tackle their mental health goals

Kelly earned her Master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University. As a compassionate, involved therapist, Kelly values bringing her own authenticity into the sessions and hopes to empower her clients to be completely themselves not just in session - but also in their everyday lives.


Message to clients

You have some ideas of what you want & what your life could be like but your body struggles to let you have it. Your past whisper doubts to you so decision making becomes an endless narrative of what if’s, doom and if you’re doing the right thing. The fear of the unknown imprisons your voice and most of your true self never gets seen. You want the confidence to trust your own knowing & have a peaceful life but sometimes this even scares you. Life has mostly shown you that you can only rely on yourself & it can get lonely, especially in childhood. But now you are grown up and deep down you know it's time to care for you.

Complex trauma usually begins in childhood & as adults impacts our ability to cultivate secure relationships with ourselves and others. Early on is a separation between the mind & body to help cope with the sensory chaos of life, this is where thinking goes into overdrive. Using IFS, EMDR & Somatics we work to bridge this gap and recover your sense of self. As an affirming therapist, I'm not here to tell you how to live but rather support you in the discovery of how you want to live best. I'm most interested in building a space together that supports you feeling comfortable in getting to know the whole you.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)
  • Wellness Session: $150 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11am-7pm
  • Wed 11am-7pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Farmers Branch practice
4099 McEwen Road, 780, Farmers Branch, Texas 75244
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11am-7pm
  • Wed 11am-7pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

The Branch Counseling PLLC, Founder, 2016 - Present
Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Instructor, 2017 - Present
CCA North Texas, Therapist, 2011 - 2015
Sundance Behavioral Hospital, Program Therapist, 2009 - 2011

EMDR Training Center, EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training, 2023
Dallas Yoga Center Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, RYT-300, 2022
LISPY School of Psychotherapeutic Yoga, RYT-200, 2019
International Association of Applied Neuroscience, Certified Member, 2018
Texas Wesleyan University, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009


Licensure

Texas: 66255


Languages

English