Through experience and training, I have a reputation for an expansive understanding of brain chemistry, character and ego development, and problems with difficult feeling states, such as destructive expression of anger.   I am an expert in facilitating groups that optimize connection and honest expression of feeling.   I have been in private practice in Austin for over 10 years.  My training and credentials include:


  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (1997).  Sam Houston State University.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S)
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)

Current Specialized Training

  • Center for Group Studies (CGS).  Three year intensive weekend training program in Group Therapy from a Modern Analytic Approach.

Training and Research

  • Specialized training in Neuropsychological Assessment and Principles.
  • Two years of research using psychological instruments to investigate the detection of malingering in Texas prison populations.
  • Thesis:  Credibility of Eyewitness Testimony, developing a systematic process in the detection of malingering.
  • Broad range of experience working with and understanding the functioning of the brain.

Professional Affiliations

  • Austin Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS).  Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Board Member (2010-2012); President Elect (2013); President (2014-2015); Past-President and Chair of Annual Conference Committee (2016).
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
  • Austin IN Connection (AINC).  Current committee member and active participant in this organization that promotes understanding the neurobiological aspects of attachment and character development.
  • American Counseling Association (ACA).


  • Kaleidoscope of Counseling:  5th Annual Professional Growth Conference.   Texas State University.  February 3, 2012.  Tittle:  Discovering the Power of Groups:  Moving From Isolation to Connection.
  • YWCA:  Continuing Education Series.  October 12, 2012.  Tittle:  Discovering the Power of Groups:  Moving From Isolation to Connection.
  • Center for Group Studies (CGS):  Faculty for weekend training weekend on Preoedipal resistances.  Saint Petersburg, Russia.  February 9-13th, 2013.
  • American Group Psychotherapy Assoication (AGPA):  February 27,  2015.  Title:  Emotional communication in group as a pathway to earned secure attachment.  


  • Hiscock, C.K., Burgin, K., Elliott, J.M., Colwell, K.W., Means, L.R. & Carpenter, D. M. (1996).  Prevarication or Recall Failure: Biased Patterns in Eyewitness Testimony as a function of inferential inquiry.  Poster presentation at the American Criminal Justice Society annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Hiscock, C.K., Elliott, J.M., Means, L.R., Colwell, K.W. & Carpenter, D.M. (1996).  Criteria-based Content Analysis of Inmates’ Statements: Distinguishing honest from biased Eyewitness Testimony.  Paper presented at the 12th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Boake, C. and Means, L.R. (1996).  False Positive Errors on the Rey Fifteen Item Test.  Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Chicago, IL.  Journal of the International Neuropsychology Society, 2, 28. 
  • Means, L.R. and Boake, C. (1994).  Stability and Sensitivity of Wisconsin Card Sorting Test Short Forms.  Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA.   Clinical Neuropsychologist, 8, 357.
  • Sherer, M., Boake, C., & Means, L.R. (1993).  Comparative Validity of Wisconsin Card Sorting Test Short Forms.  Paper presented at the meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Phoenix, Arizona.