M. Michelle Hawn, MA, LPC-S

My journey began in West Texas.

A proud native Texan, I’m originally from Stanton (near Midland), and grew up surrounded by cactus, cotton, cattle, oil wells, and beautiful sunsets. Hearing there actually might be trees in Texas taller than mesquites, I headed to San Marcos and received my undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1986.

Corpus Christi was home for many years, and was where I met and married my partner in life. We then happily returned to the Hill Country, moving to Austin in 1999.

After a successful 17-year career in the hotel industry, I decided to make a change and follow my calling as a counselor. I switched gears, and began working in community relations for an assisted living/skilled nursing community while completing my Master’s Degree in Counseling at the Seminary of the Southwest in 2006.

My experience includes 7 years counseling men and women in treatment for domestic violence offenses. I have a special interest in helping couples move past conflict to create shared meaning in their relationship.

Executives, entrepreneurs, techies, retirees, moms, dads, newlyweds, artists, musicians, teachers, therapists – especially those facing transitions – have collaborated with me to find successful resolutions to their issues.

An enthusiastic Austinite, I am an avid music lover who soaks in live music whenever I get the chance. I live with my best friend and husband of 28 years and Barkley, aka “The Cutest Dog on the Planet”!

Other random things you may (or may not) want to know about me…

I not only perform carpool karaoke virtually every day – when inspired I have a little dance party, too! That’s right. I dance. While I drive. I drance!

I speak Jamaican Patois.

I’m a Wheel Watcher!

I am a Diehard Cubs Fan – and was the only girl on my team when I joined Little League Baseball the first year girls were allowed to play.

I feel VERY strongly that toilet paper should be placed to roll OVER the roll, not under – that would just be wrong.

Part of my master plan when I win the lottery is to have a dog ranch where I can adopt/foster as many dogs as I want. (Sssssshhhh – don’t tell my husband.)

I am constantly amazed at the bravery, compassion, and resilience my clients display. I never cease to be inspired by them.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.”
– Bob Marley, “Redemption Song”