Richmond Creative Counseling- Southside


Richmond Creative Counseling- Willow Lawn


Christy Austin, LCSW (she/her)


Practice Location:


Ages Treated: 

Adults: 18+

Primary Areas of Clinical Interest & Expertise:

· Dating & Relationship issues and Couples Counseling (Queer, Poly, & Kink Affirming)
· Family of Origin Issues & Trauma
· Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Mood Disorders, & Emotion Regulation
· Mindfulness, Somatic Methods, Internal Family Systems, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


Christy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field since 2009. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Temple University, and a Master's in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She loves working with adult clients in areas of identity (including gender/sexual identity), relationships, stress/anxiety, and family-of-origin issues. She also works with both traditional and non-traditional couples (dyads or other) to address issues of communication while fostering mutual love, care, trust, and respect and restoring harmony in relationships.

Christy utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, nonviolent communication, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness while taking time to ground and balance the energies of the body and establish safety within the individual or unit.

Her areas of experience include relationship conflict, trauma, crisis and suicide help, substance use disorders, anger management, and domestic violence.

As a co-founder of the first SMART Recovery meetings in Richmond in 2014, Christy is also well-versed in facilitating groups and working with individuals struggling with recovery and their partners or family members.

Christy takes a strengths-based, proactive approach to treatment to facilitate healing while building lifelong skills and a strong sense of self-worth. 


Virginia Commonwealth University- MSW

Temple University- Bachelor's in Psychology

Licenses & Certifications:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)- Virginia

While Christy is contracted with the following insurance payers, we recommend contacting your insurance company to determine if your plan has any restrictions or limitations:

- Anthem (Commercial and Medicaid)
- Aetna (Commercial)
- Bright
- Cigna
- Molina Complete Care of Virginia Medicaid
- Optima (Commercial and Medicaid)
- Optum/ UnitedHealthcare (Commercial and Medicaid)

Richmond Creative Counseling

Willow Lawn

Richmond Creative Counseling