The Life Empowerment Center


Who we are.





James Ochoa, LPC

James Ochoa is on a mission. In a way he always has been. He was born the seventh of eight children in Houston, Texas and almost immediately began to feel the faint hum that all ADHD sufferers feel. It would be safe to say that his journey to find answers for his issues began as early as is humanly possible.

James recalls the summer of 1989 when he was working at an ADHD summer program for kids. “It was total chaos,” he says. “But the lights and intrigue that these kids came to the table with was like…Oh my God, they’re brilliant and we’re not seeing it.” He immediately recognized his calling and resolved to spend his life trying to find answers for himself and others. For almost three decades, now, he has done just that.

His work with patients and extensive personal study of the neuroscience of ADHD has allowed him to find answers that work. His new book Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD is just the latest mile on a many-long miles journey he is on. His discoveries and success in his own life and with his patients have made him a much in demand speaker these days.

James lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Edie. They have two sons, Gabe, 27, and Jules, 23.




Amy Goodwin, LPC-S

At times we feel stuck in our lives, and we need to make a change, but change can be very difficult. Powerful forces keep us stuck in the status quo. Or perhaps we are not reaching our full potential. I am trained to help you identify obstacles and support you as you work to reach your best self.

I am relational in my approach to counseling, as research points to the relationship, not the modality, as the most important factor in determining the success and effectiveness of counseling. I do have my favorite modalities - EMDR, client-centered, and cognitive behavioral. In layman’s terms, I approach each counseling relationship with empathy, unconditional positive regard and understanding. I am also goal-based. We will work collaboratively to find solutions and focus on ways to help you optimize your skills and resources.

I have a breadth of experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. After completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree at USC in Los Angeles, I earned a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance at Texas State University. I have been in private practice since 2000, specializing in a ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse and fertility issues.  I am EMDR trained, and I will use protocols specific to your issues to help you resolve them. I have a breadth of clinical experience: St. David's Pavilion, Travis County's Parents In Recovery, and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. I also worked in the schools as a school counselor for many years. I understand schools as a system and how to negotiate the world of special education and 504.

School Related Services include:

*Organizational skills
*Transition from Middle School to High School to College
*Understanding 504 and your child's needs at school
*Understanding your rights as a parent at your child's school
*Understanding the RTI process/Child Study Team process
*Understanding Special Education and the referral process

I am excited to partner with the Life Empowerment Center. I am committed to your mental health and recovery.

Please call today.


Office Manager

Kim Lauritzen

Kim is the backbone of The Life Empowerment Center and the person you'll talk to when you call. Kim has been managing appointments and assisting with community referrals since 1999, the year James opened his practice. As the sole office administrator,  she keeps the center’s staff and clients on track. Her efficiency, easy going style and good humor are what keep the practice running smoothly!

She and her husband, Layne, are thrilled to call Austin home as they enjoy all that the city has to offer with their three adult daughters who live nearby. Kim graduated from UT Austin in 1983 with a degree in Journalism.

Kim is happy to assist you with any questions between 9:30 & 2:30, Monday-Thursday.

Visit the contact page to book an appointment or get in touch.