About Kori

Hi! I’m Kori

*Afternoon and Evening appointments available


Why My Clients Choose Me

Starting counseling is a brave step. It can feel very vulnerable to open up to someone you’ve just met. So, I want to honor your experience and make sure you get the right fit. I’m so glad you’re here.

To me, therapy is about change. Life can be hard sometimes. I’m here to help you release the feelings that get locked inside after difficult situations and to help you figure out how you want to move forward.

Feeling locked inside yourself or trapped by the things that have happened can be overwhelming. In particular, abuse, relationship violence, and sexual trauma can cause you to believe awful things about yourself. You might be struggling with feeling…

  • Broken
  • Controlled by the negative thoughts in your head
  • Tainted
  • Destined for an unhappy and/or short life
  • Worthless
  • Bound to always screw up

These kinds of negative beliefs start impacting everything…the way you act, who you hang out with, how you do in school, your body, your soul, etc…

What you believe about yourself “drives the bus”.

In therapy, we identify those negative beliefs and start poking holes in them. It is about learning how to manage the overwhelming emotions that come with the memories. Therapy teaches you not only how to live with what happened, but empowers you to take back control. You get to decide the life that you want for yourself.

Why I Do This Work

When I was a teenager, I hit a rough spot myself. My parents didn’t know how to label what I was going through. They did not know how to help me. So, I ended up feeling confused, lost, and alone.

Once I started with a therapist of my own, I felt my life shift. Suddenly, there were words for what I was experiencing. Now, I understood that others had been through something similar and that there was help. This was such a powerful, life-changing experience for me, and I feel there is no greater gift you can give someone. So, I am honored every day to help people find their own life-changing shift

Who I Help

          Ready For a Change

I absolutely love being a part of someone’s journey from scared and alone to alive and on fire. Watching my clients conquer the negative voices in their heads and really start to live full, meaningful lives makes me smile every time. I know it’s hard to get started. That’s the hardest part, most of the time. But working together, you really can have the life you want and deserve.

          Teens and young adults

My greatest joy is working with teens and young adults. I feel this time is such an important time in your life–a time when real healing and change is possible. I also enjoy working with adults, particularly those who have come to a fork in the road and are ready to change their lives for the better.

I have a strong interest in helping people develop a healthy relationship with themselves and their sexuality.

To this end, I lead a support group for high school girls who have been sexually abused or sexually assaulted. You can find out more information about current openings here.

Abuse and neglect can seriously damage how you see yourself in relationships. It can trigger behaviors that seem out of control or “crazy”.

Healing is about knowing who you are and what you need or want. It is about being able to say this to the people in your life and knowing how to protect yourself. Once you know how to do these things, intimacy becomes about connection and love. I believe everyone deserves this.

          Body Image

Additionally, I have a passion for working with body image and eating issues.

Growing up with a lot of criticism or experiencing a sexual trauma can make you dislike or even hate your own body. While sexual abuse does not cause eating disorders, a high percentage of people with eating disorders and/or body image issues were abused.

Controlling your body can feel like a way to get control back. And since there is so much emphasis in our society on weight, we can often trick ourselves into believing the eating disorder behaviors are actually good for us.

Counseling can help unravel all of this. We can work on building other coping strategies to help you heal the pain so that you can love the body you own.


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How I Help

You would think that emotions would be easy to deal with since everyone has them, right? But this is rarely the case. Learning what works for you is critical. In addition, if you’ve dealt with trauma, PTSD, awful memories, relationship problems or any other emotional issues, you need more than the basics to handle the intensity of the emotions. While you are having a normal reaction to an abnormal event, your body sometimes needs extra help to settle back down and heal.

But make no mistake. You can heal, and I can help.

We will work together to change how you interact with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so that you can move on after whatever has happened in your past. One of the ways I work is using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), which I have seen work quickly and effectively to bring about real & lasting positive changes.

If EMDR is not your cup of tea, no worries. I also am trained in a variety of other modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and more.


Monday     5:00pm – 7:30pm CST

Tuesday     5:00pm – 7:30pm CST

Wednesdays     1:00pm – 6:00pm CST


My rates are $125/hour for regular, 45-55-minute sessions. Intake appointments are 80-85 minutes for $175.

I do have sliding scale slots available, so call for more details.

Also, as a proud Open Path Clinician, I offer a limited number of sessions for those with serious financial strain.

Clients may use cash, check, credit, debit or their FSA/HSA (flexible spending) card for payment.


Hope For The Journey is considered an out-of-network provider for all insurances.

To use your out-of-network benefits, you will need to know what those benefits are. Our administrative staff are happy to contact your insurance company for you, if needed, to verify what they will cover. Once you know your benefits, we’ll help you sort out what your total out of pocket expenses will be. You will pay for the sessions upfront, we will submit the out-of-network billing for you, and you will receive a refund check according to your benefits.

We really want to make this process as painless as possible. So, feel free to ask questions and let us know what you need.


  • Master of the Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Texas
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Texas State University, Texas
  • Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern, Supervised by Celina McDonald, MA, LPC-S, Texas (#81296)
  • Specialized training in Eating Disorders
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained, 2018
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy trained

Kori Stauffacher is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern,

Supervised by Celina McDonald, MA, LPC-S


Life can be hard, but with the right help, you can build yourself up stronger than ever.


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1101 Satellite View #501
Round Rock, TX 78665


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