Dr. Thad Cox is a licensed psychological associate and professional counselor supervisor in Austin where provides clinical services through the Austin Center for Therapy and Assessment and supervises interns independently and in conjunction with Northwestern University. He earned his Master’s Degree from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a PhD in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from Northcentral University. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Austin College, a small liberal arts school north of Dallas. His dissertation research focused on the bidirectional influences of trauma-exposure and attentional dysfunction by applying a data mining algorithm (Tabu search) to a 12 year database of neuropsychological interviews and batteries.
Coming from a rich background in the therapeutic arts, which incorporates cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic,
existential-humanistic, and family-systems approaches, Dr. Cox seeks to provide clients with a strong and trusted ally with whom clients may join to facilitate the understanding, resolution, and healing of emotional wounds and relational turmoil. In this pursuit, it is his simultaneous goal to provide a foundation of trusting support and expertise while assisting clients achieve maximal progress toward their therapeutic goals.
In his clinical experience, Dr. Cox has conducted groups and provided individual treatment in the tradition of Dr. Marsha Linehan, known as Dialectical Behavioral therapy, which provides an in-depth format from which to develop some of life’s most important skills in emotional-regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. Dr. Cox has worked extensively with couples, adolescents and individuals, including those seeking liberation from traumatic histories, substance abuse, and co-dependent relationships. He is also a practitioner of the ego-state therapy approach (i.e. parts work) known as the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (www.dnmsinstitute.com).
Dr. Cox is also a Level 2 practitioner of EMDR—a therapeutic modality which has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense as one of the most effective approaches to resolving acute and complex trauma in the treatment of PTSD and trauma-based anxiety and depression. Dr. Cox also has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and families undergoing periods of transition and conflict. It is during these times, or immediately following, that new and sometimes difficult realities can be better integrated, thus reducing the duration and complexity of suffering they might otherwise entail. Often past wounds must be addressed later in life, and this experience can ultimately be profoundly liberating.
Dr. Cox is currently providing counseling services for adults, couples, and adolescents who are sixteen years old and older.
In his free time, Dr. Cox enjoys learning jazz piano, Zen meditation, tending to relationships at home and abroad, outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, armchair physics and other disciplines, and occasionally taking his telehealth practice on the road.