The Branch Counseling PLLC

At The Branch Counseling I help people who want to take control of their life and feel better. Welcome! I am so glad you are here. Life is complicated and difficult at times.

Navigating through those challenging moments can make it feel impossible. People are my passion and the brain is my obsession; the mind needs social interaction to thrive. With my brain-based approach to healing at The Branch Counseling, I will teach you how to build your “mind muscles” by applying a science-based approach to counseling therapy. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Counseling therapy

Operating as usual

09/10/2021

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#retreatyourself #functionalstrengthtraining #girlstrip #selflove #selfhealingjourney #wellnesstravel #wellnesslifestyle #mexicotravel #empowerwoman #ichooseme #bucketlist #breatheinbreatheout #prana #pranayama #pranayam

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#retreatyourself #functionalstrengthtraining #girlstrip #selflove #selfhealingjourney #wellnesstravel #wellnesslifestyle #mexicotravel #empowerwoman #ichooseme #bucketlist #breatheinbreatheout #prana #pranayama #pranayam

08/30/2021

Some of my biggest disappointments, hurts and personal let downs have led me to the most creative moments of my life. They remind me that I don’t need to be like everyone else. All I ever need to be is me. We are works of art 💕 #selfdiscoveryjourney #selflove #actsofcourage #selfhealingjourney #she #loveinaction #dallastexas #dallastherapist

Some of my biggest disappointments, hurts and personal let downs have led me to the most creative moments of my life. They remind me that I don’t need to be like everyone else. All I ever need to be is me. We are works of art 💕 #selfdiscoveryjourney #selflove #actsofcourage #selfhealingjourney #she #loveinaction #dallastexas #dallastherapist

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 08/26/2021

A day in the life of Mali and Cane (and a few random dogs i have met along my way 🐶 💕). How are pets therapy related? Well the brain needs 3 things to support self regulation, warmth, kind words and soothing touch. While our communication doesn’t have words I can sure hear their kindness with that tail wag and wide smile. #dogmom #petlovers #selfhealingjourney #anxietyrelief #selfregulation #nervoussystemregulation

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 08/08/2021

Mom life is Mom life. I usually discount my place in the world of motherhood but today I’m going to take up a little bit of that Mom space. Mali and I have been on an attachment journey now for 15 years. Today she is really sick and we are spending some quality time at the ER 😢 . My mom heart is tender. I appreciate the language we have developed over the years that has taught me to be a listener with my body and feelings. I love her so much 🥰. Send her all the love 💕 friends. #dogmomlife #petlovers #doggielove #doglovers #therapydog

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 08/03/2021

I am beyond excited to launch Kaya Wellness. I’m branching off to include non therapeutic wellness opportunities to support you on your healing journey. Join me for a 4 night 5 day adventure in self discovery at Akumal Bay Mexico November 11-15.

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 07/29/2021

Akumal Mexico November 11-15
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It’s time to plan your journey to self. Join me for one of my epic wellness vacations where we’ll spend some time both poolside and beachside
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And yes these are the actual pictures of our Private villa pool and Akumal Beach
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Rooms are abundant and well appointed but spots are limited
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Reservations open in August (HBD to me 🎂)
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#girlstrip #akumalbeach #wellnesstravel #retreatyourself #mentalwellness #poolday #beachvibes

07/29/2021

Craving openness, connection with fabulous women and ready to be inspired by yourself
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Come journey with me to Akumal Mexico November 11-15
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Comment below if you would rather Day Club in Tulum or Visit ancient ruins

Craving openness, connection with fabulous women and ready to be inspired by yourself
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Come journey with me to Akumal Mexico November 11-15
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Comment below if you would rather Day Club in Tulum or Visit ancient ruins

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 07/20/2021

#respect #motherearth #lakeatitlan #volcano #selfassurance #senceofwonder #hiking #thejourney #dallastherapist

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 07/08/2021

Truth 💣
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Spirit knocked me over the head this morning with 👆🏼one
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No more walking apologizing or thinking/feeling for others to prevent potential pain. (Remember that’s manipulating, 😱)
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I’m not an inconvenience and it’s time to do what I do best. Not even sure what that is all the time but I will have some fun figuring that out along the way
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#depressionawareness #supression #selfworth #mindfulness #mindfullife #selflove #selfworth #wellnessjourney

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 07/07/2021

Remember you are made of love and magic
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In this photo I’m not posing or trying to present myself in any way (which I do often 📸 ). This image was a moment captured in my authenticity. Doing what I love. Being who I am. Embodied living.
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I like to create space in my day to remember what i like, don’t like, feel, express, share, exactly what i know about being in this moment
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#traumahealing #wholeself #retreatyourself #depressionawareness #selflove #dallastherapist #authenticself #anxietyrelief

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 07/01/2021

Mind, body and environment. It’s time to clean up. #wellnessjourney #depressionandanxiety #selfhealingjourney #selflove #innerbonding #dallastherapist #yogatherapy

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 06/22/2021

I use to feel that in order to be kind I had to abandon myself
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After all that’s what good girls do right, put themselves last? I did this so often so much that I lost my identity
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I remember the morning I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and felt so lost. I had no idea who I was. I cried tears of complete fear. BTW this is a trauma response called depersonalization
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What I have learned about this event is that I had some deep seated feelings of abandonment that I was trying to push away by being perpetually kind (default maladaptive coping strategy)in order to secure stability in my relationships
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It was was a hard truth to swallow that this was a form of sub consciousness manipulation. Ouch 🤕
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I had to take my life, feelings and my emotions seriously and stop ignoring them. I had to show up for myself and show myself the greatest kindness of all. Which has given me the freedom to show genuine kindness to others
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#livingthelessons #selflove #depersonalization #livewell #mentalhealth #dallastherapist #selfcare #depression #peoplepleasernomore

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 06/21/2021

Lorenzo’s 16th Birthday and Fathers Day. Such a treat. Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Mike Ayala and @theadmiralj for being the best 🐶 dad. #fathersday

06/17/2021

I recently dedicated time to show up for myself through a writing ritual
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Yes this word makes me cringe and I hear more often than not that it’s hard to start. It was hard for me too
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I wanted to better understand why it was hard. (Through Journaling) I realized that when I started to write I was interrupting my self abandoning rituals
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Writing awakened me to ID my emotions and becoming present with my feelings. Yep I sit with my feelings and sometimes I cry. To stop abandoning these parts of me.
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It’s magical, challenging and exciting for me to reflect. The one thing I notice from writing is a more peaceful day
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How to start a writing Ritual
1. Gather up a notebook and pen
2. Open the journal
3. Write a hello to yourself and then write “today I feel”
4. Be curious about your big feels and also the little ones
5. Observe with self compassion and without judgment
6. Thank yourself for listening openly and kindly
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#selflove #writeitdown #selfcare #selfhealingjourney #rituals #healingrituals #healingmagic

06/16/2021

#loveislove

#loveislove

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 06/14/2021

Personal Truth: When I feel bad I can usually trace it back to ignoring something I feel. When did feeing become a “bad” thing anyway? Oh yeah, that’s right, it became a bad thing that one time (or 2 or 3) I felt all alone trying to manage a difficult experience. That’s what I call trauma. Trauma is not what happened to you but rather the lack of support and expression in the aftermath. Show up for you today by loving ever single piece of you. #loveyourself #selfhealingjourney #girlpower #traumahealing #depressionhurts #wellnessjourney #allmylove

06/13/2021

Perspective. When we move we can see from a whole new perspective. Move your mind, move your feet, move your body and take in a new view. #openminded #perspective #selfhealing #depressionawareness #selflove #selfcare

06/12/2021

Reminiscing on that time I co-facilitated magical, empowering Retreat in Fiji with @coachtiffkelley and @iamcoachfowler . Who’s ready to retreat 🙌🏼 🙌🏿🙌🏾🙌🏻 ? I’m thinking Mexico 🇲🇽 #retreatready #wellnesstravel #selflove #letsgetaway #resetyourmind

06/10/2021

Truth: one of the most wonderful things about being a therapist is………………….witnessing the magic inside my clients. Yes you are magical 🦄 🌈. #dallastherapist #beyourself #selflove #selfhealingjourney #depressionhelp #gogetitgirl

Truth: one of the most wonderful things about being a therapist is………………….witnessing the magic inside my clients. Yes you are magical 🦄 🌈. #dallastherapist #beyourself #selflove #selfhealingjourney #depressionhelp #gogetitgirl

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 06/04/2021

I have been living in my head 🤯 for so long I sometimes forgot I have a body or I to give attention to it
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When I woke up this morning I realized that my body loved me enough to give me life
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What an amazing 🎁 . Have I been properly accepting this gift or tossing it to the wayside like an as***le 😬
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It’s time to INTENTIONALLY love it back
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#selflove #selfactualization #mentalwellness #bodylove #bodypositivity #selfcare #selfhealingjourney #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #millenials

06/02/2021

Trying to “fix” my feelings has constantly resulted in a frantic mind marathon of seeking and searching for a way out
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Meditation offers me the awareness and space to sit with all parts of me mind, body and spirit
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It’s in this space that I can call back all the fragments of past and future self into one place.
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The result is the sensation of wholeness. To live once again within my own skin
#liveawake #meditation #selfcare #feelingmyself #wholeness #wellnessjourney #selflove

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/25/2021

Yep that’s right
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If you consider yourself a grown up then you are the boss too
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I remember being at a conference one time and I was just not clicking with the material presented. My body was doing everything it could to catch my attention but I shut it down. Eventually I reached a point where I felt like jumping out of my skin. What was I supposed to do? Get up and leave?
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Yes. So I did. And I promise you nothing bad happened by doing so. In fact the complete opposite happened. I felt great
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I know sometimes there are sh*tty things in life that happen to us and make us feel like we are not capable of being the boss. But I promise you that you ARE. Listen openly and kindly to yourself and then take action. Remember you are the boss #selfcare #selfhealingpower #iam #sohum

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/24/2021

New Perspectives. Living the lessons. #selfhealingjourney #trysomthingnew #selflove #playtime

05/22/2021

Sometimes when the leap calls. You jump!!!! #adultself #selfhealingjourney

05/18/2021

Breath is magic
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Isn’t it incredibly how our body intuitively sips in oxygen and transforms it into the energy to keep us alive 💫
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Some days the best we can do is breathe and that is an extraordinary action
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Remember how incredible you are 💕
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#breathe #magic #selfhealing #selfcare #selflove #wellnessjourney #healingbreath #anxietyrelief #depressionsupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch

Breath is magic
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Isn’t it incredibly how our body intuitively sips in oxygen and transforms it into the energy to keep us alive 💫
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Some days the best we can do is breathe and that is an extraordinary action
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Remember how incredible you are 💕
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#breathe #magic #selfhealing #selfcare #selflove #wellnessjourney #healingbreath #anxietyrelief #depressionsupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/13/2021

My face after staring at a computer screen for longer than I intended
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It’s so easy for me to get sucked into the vortex of life that I forget to check in with myself
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When I do take a pause I’m astonished by the tightening in my upper abdomen, left shoulder, jaw pain, restricted breath and furrow of my brow. Sometimes it’s super noticeable and sometimes very subtle
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Geeze my body just might think we are preparing for self protection mode
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It’s the mindful moments of pause that bring me back to harmony.....not always balance but harmony
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I like to go outside especially on sunny days......well because I’m a sun goddess
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The hard part is when I stop I don’t always like what I feel. I’m called to face my discomforts and gosh darn it I don’t have time for that
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I call upon my endurance coping skill of breath to support me through the moment, not around it 😉
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We got this
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#breaktime #endurance #throughit #resiliance #selfcheck #healingjourney #anxietysupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #mentalhealth #mindfulliving

05/12/2021

Nurturing my energy is what’s for dinner tonight
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Breath
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Rest
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Repeat
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#fealtoheal #breathe #lovingmyself #lovingyourself #nurtureyourself #anxietyreliever #selfhealing #vanillacake #dallastherapist #farmersbranch

05/10/2021

And another beautiful reminder form @julianne.schroeder . Make space. #boundaries #dallastherapist #selfhealing

And another beautiful reminder form @julianne.schroeder . Make space. #boundaries #dallastherapist #selfhealing

05/10/2021

These words of wisdom are a beautiful reminder of how to notice when we have reached our limits. Thanks to @azapatalpc the fabulous owner of @healinghousetx #dallastherapist #boundariesarehealthy

These words of wisdom are a beautiful reminder of how to notice when we have reached our limits. Thanks to @azapatalpc the fabulous owner of @healinghousetx #dallastherapist #boundariesarehealthy

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/09/2021

All my love 💕 #motherlessdaughters #motherlessday #mothersday #griefjourney #mentalhealthsupport #selfcompassionjourney #innerparenting #innerbonding

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/07/2021

#meditation #mindfulness #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #adultingdoneright #mentalhealthtips #healthandwellbeing #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #dallasmillennials

05/05/2021

Some days you just need a little snuggle 🥰. Neuroscientist tells us that warmth, kind words and soothing touch can support nervous systems regulation. The nervous system helps us enter fight/flight mode as well as rest/digest mode. Some ways you can get some snuggles: hugging a pillow, a person, your pet or wrapping yourself up in a blanket. It’s self regulation time. #selfregulation #petsofdallas #dogmomdallas #dogmom #anxietysupport #selfhealingjourney #depressionsupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #mentalwellness

Some days you just need a little snuggle 🥰. Neuroscientist tells us that warmth, kind words and soothing touch can support nervous systems regulation. The nervous system helps us enter fight/flight mode as well as rest/digest mode. Some ways you can get some snuggles: hugging a pillow, a person, your pet or wrapping yourself up in a blanket. It’s self regulation time. #selfregulation #petsofdallas #dogmomdallas #dogmom #anxietysupport #selfhealingjourney #depressionsupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #mentalwellness

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/04/2021

I’m living the lessons
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That self healing requires the courage to honor yourself unconditionally
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Not everyone will agree with your story, expressions and the journey you are on. Ouch 🤕 that stings
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Be mindful of the patterns that keep us stuck like people pleasing. Activating our inner parent can be the support that our ego needs to keep on healing
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#selfhealingjourney #selflovejourney #parenting #depressionhelp #dallastherapist #farmersbranch #dessertfordinner #mentalhealthmonth

Photos from The Branch Counseling PLLC's post 05/03/2021

Originating in the Hindu and Buddhism culture mantras are words or phrases said repeatedly to support focus into meditative states
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Mantras are also unique in that they support the mind body connection. In neuroscience where the blood flows connection grow.
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Sometimes finding belief in ourself can be a challenge especially when we are feeling down. Try to let go of the image of achievement and give yourself the invitation to believe in yourself simply because you are breathing
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#mantra #believeinyourself #mentalhealthmatters #mondaymotivation #selfhealingjourney #empoweringwomen #depressionhelp #depressionsupport #dallastherapist #farmersbranch

Our Story

Welcome! I am so glad you are here. Life is complicated and difficult at times. Navigating through those challenging moments alone can make it feel impossible. I know each person is valuable and worthy of feeling better so I help people who want to take back control in their lives.

I’m a clinically trained psychotherapist blending neuroscience and mind-body medicine techniques. Together we will work on building your “mind muscles” by applying a science-based approach to counseling therapy paired with meditation, mindfulness & movement.

Counseling therapy chose me. As a child I would watch my grandmother make friends wherever we went. The family joke was that she knew no strangers. I like to think that I have been given her gift of authentic connection and have been training to be a therapist since then. My relationship with therapy is a dynamic interplay between art and science. I specialize working with teens, young adults, adults and families. I use a variety of interventions and tailor our time together to best suit your needs. I am honored and excited to be serving our diverse community in Dallas and its surrounding cities.

About Kelly:

The Branch Counseling is based in Dallas and owned by Kelly Ayala, LPC-Supervisor who has over 10 years of experience providing counseling services to children, teens, adults, and families addressing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, self-injury, anger, communication, stress management, and LGBTQ issues just to name a few. Kelly holds a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teen certification (MBSR-T) and a Certified member of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience. Kelly began serving her community at Cancer Care Services of Fort Worth working with teens adjusting to family life with cancer then moving to Sundance Behavioral hospital before her time in private practice. Kelly is a native Texan, former collegiate athlete, traveler, urban explorer, yogi, fit chick, wife, sister, aunt, and pup mom.

Check out our website to learn more about all of our services and making the investment into your life.

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4099 McEwen Rd. Ste 780
Dallas, TX
75244

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 7pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
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