Marsha McDonough, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Austin, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am psychologist in Austin, Texas. My private practice is conveniently located in central Austin. I have over 25 years experience providing therapy, consultation, and professional supervision. I talk with clients about personal, professional, and medical dilemmas including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and relationship issues. I supervise psychologists and family therapists who are seeking licensure in Texas. My approach is collaborative, conversational, and goal focused.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My approach is collaborative, respectful, and conversational. I believe that all of us, from time to time, struggle with problems in living and that focused conversations about dilemmas generate new ideas and solutions. Clients are experts on their lives, whereas my expertise is in enlivening our conversation and our relationship in ways that help clients move toward their goals. My clients tell me that I contribute to our conversations and our relationship in ways that encourage them to think and to act more effectively. They say that I am “nice” and “easy to talk” with.


Austin, TX 78723

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8 Reviews
  • Laura K. Jun 26, 2017
    I've been seeing Dr. McDonough for years and she's been a great listener and offers sound advice.
  • Anonymous B. May 28, 2017
    Wonderful listener, communicator, and therapist. Would recommend to anyone.
  • Janie T. May 24, 2017
    I've been a patient of Marsha's for several years. She has helped me work through marriage and parenting issues and has been a sounding board for career decisions. Most recently she has been a crucial part of my grieving process from losing my parents. I'm thankful to have her in my life.
  • Shirley C. May 24, 2017
    She is always present 'in the room' with me. I love her transparency and how she manages to help me find new perspectives. I always feel heard, supported and hopeful after a session
  • Trinidad L. May 23, 2017
    So glad I found her. Great listener and has helped me greatly.
  • Jen W. May 23, 2017
    Marsha is warm, insightful and challenges me all at once. She is truly an amazing therapist. Authentic and I have benefited greatly from working with her.
  • Alana C. May 23, 2017
    I had to wait to see Ms McDonough but it was worth the wait. She is professional and caring. Another plus is that she's located in Central Austin.
  • M_ G. May 23, 2017
    Marsha in an incredible listener, which seems like a prerequisite for a psychologist, but she takes it to the next level. After years of working together, she still surprises me when she makes a connection between something I'm struggling with in the present and an experience I've shared with her in the past. Even on days when I arrive without an agenda, I leave with a sense of calm and new insights that I can take back into my life. Marsha brings a sharp, feminist perspective to her work, is always on schedule, easy to book, and keeps plenty of tissues and herbal tea on hand. She even surprises me between visits with articles she has read that she thinks might apply to my problems, a new app she thinks would help me with my anxiety, or a recommendation she heard from another (anonymous) patient for a good fertility doctor. I'd be lost without her and couldn't recommend her more highly.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes. I have a standard fee of $125 per 50 minutes consultation session. This service is NOT billable to insurance companies as a medical procedure.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We determine together "who should be talking with whom about what" and "how" we can dialogue effectively. We also begin a goal setting process, based on research that shows that goal-setting correlates with change.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a doctorate in psychology and over 25 years experience as a teacher, researcher, and therapist. I have written journal articles and chapters in edited books. I have presented papers and trainings at national conferences. I am a supervisor of pre-professional therapists.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started out as a teacher and was interested in how people learn, change, and grow over time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have been privileged to join together with many types of people telling all types of ever-changing human stories.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Since 1999 I have facilitated a bi-monthly consultation/supervision group for fellow mental health professionals and trainees. We hold one another accountable to current best practices and ethical standards.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Consider the first meeting to be one in which you and the psychologist decide together if you are able to establish a good working relationship. You should walk out of the first meeting feeling better than when you walked in and confident in your choice to continue.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Who have you talked with before and what did you find useful/not useful about those conversations? What would you like to have have happen in your life as a result of our talking together?