Austin Daron, M.A., LPC-A

Program Coordinator

Austin Daron attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology in 2015 and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2020 before becoming a licensed professional counselor-associate (LPC-A) under the supervision of Harris T. Leonard, Ph.D. Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S).

His career spans supporting higher levels of care, such as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). At Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, he served as a program therapist where he facilitated group therapy for adolescents and adults in treatment. Prior to that, he provided individual and group therapy to students in the University Counseling Center at Baylor University while simultaneously working with a diverse underserved population at the Community Counseling Center in Belton, Texas.

Austin is passionate about meeting clients where they are and strives to work hand-in-hand with them to identify their needs and explore tools and support strategies that meet those needs. He strives to collaborate and find common humanity with clients in order to promote healing. Austin’s clinical specialties include treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis intervention, self-harm, suicidal ideation, perfectionism, life transition, adjustment disorder, stress management, and LGBTQ+ affirming. As a program coordinator at Thrive Wellness Waco, Austin joins a collective of caring clinicians committed to nurturing the well-being of the Waco community

When his time isn’t occupied offering help to others, Austin enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts, playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends, and caring for his two house-panthers, Corvus and Amaya, alongside his partner.

Supervised by Harris T. Leonard, Ph.D., LPS-S