Kelly Ayala

Adjunct Instructor

Kelly Ayala

Department of Counseling


M.S., Texas Wesleyan University


SMU - East Campus
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206


Kelly Ayala is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of The Branch Counseling PLLC in Dallas, Texas. She is also a registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Member of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience and a state board approved supervisor for individuals seeking full LPC licensure.

After earning her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University, she spent 8 years working in hospitals and managed care. Kelly realized, when it comes to mental health, the whole person was not being acknowledged. She started The Branch Counseling PLLC in 2016 to provide a variety of therapeutic options including holistic psychotherapy for the body and mind.

Kelly works with teens and adults living with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and life adjustments. She is a neuroscience informed therapist trained in Neuropsychotherapy, Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness practices. Kelly harnesses the dynamic interplay between the art of wellness and the science of the brain and body to provide worthwhile and effective healing.

On a personal level, Kelly is a native Texan, former collegiate athlete, traveler, urban explorer, yogi, wife, proud aunt, and doggie mom. She also practices daily meditation, movement and breath techniques.

Kelly Ayala M.S., LPC-S, RYT 200, IAAN(cert)