Mandy Jordan-Ostarch, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Certified EMDR Therapist

Yoga Therapist

Reiki Practitioner

From as early as I can remember, I wanted to be a psychologist. Although I always had an interest in trauma, my passion began to grow when I worked with domestic violence survivors while in college. Then, before I pursued my doctorate, I had the unique experience of working in a correctional facility and became more knowledgable in the areas of perpetrating domestic violence and aggression. In my graduate studies, I underwent specialized training in forensic psychology. All of these experiences reinforced my desire to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. 
 
In May 2010, I began work as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of North Texas – Health Science Center (UNTHSC). In this position, I developed the initial outpatient clinic for psychological assessment at John Peter Smith Hospital and completed inpatient psychological evaluations. I taught graduate-level psychology students, medical students, and psychiatry residents. I conducted outpatient psychotherapy for adolescents and adults with various problems, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. During my last few years at JPS, I developed the Behavioral Health program for patients at an HIV clinic and provided mental health services for them. 

 

    Private Practice

In September 2016, I began the next chapter in my career and went into private practice. I love being able to choose my specialty of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma. I largely use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to alleviate symptoms of PTSD. I am also a yoga therapist and often use breath and connection to the body during treatment. I have partnered with another yoga therapist to offer group yoga therapy called Lotus Rising Yoga Therapy 

 

    Personal Life 

I am originally from Wisconsin. Fort Worth was my home for over a decade, and I developed connections and community there that will always be dear to me. However, my family was impacted by the pandemic, so we landed a new adventure in Austin. My husband, Will, who is also a mental health professional, and I are excited to explore our new home with our daughter, who is now a toddler! We also have a dog and a cat, who spend most of their time running away from our child. 

 

    In the end….

For me, I thrive on empowering others to heal and transform their lives. I strive to be of service and to live and work with integrity. I do my best to live the values that I honor and live the way that I teach, to love and keep my heart open. 

Qualifications

February 2010

Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas

August 2008

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited)

University of North Texas

Research Professor: Richard Rogers, Ph.D., ABPP

Dissertation Title: Readiness for Change as a Predictor of Treatment Effectiveness: An Application of the Transtheoretical Model

December 2004

Master’s of Science, Clinical Psychology

Research Professor: Richard Rogers, Ph.D., ABPP

Thesis Title: Decisional Balance Scale: Restructuring a Measurement of Change for Adolescent Offenders

September 2007

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Forensic Psychology (APA Accredited)

Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Complex, Butner, NC

Training Director: Rhett Landis, Ph.D., ABPP

December 1997

Bachelor’s of Arts, Psychology and Philosophy

University of Wisconsin - Madison