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Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
To me, person-centered theory is a way of being, not just in counseling but in all aspects of life. Engaging in this perspective means I follow your lead. I'm honored to join you on your journey and shed light on patterns, needs, and values you may not have recognized before. You get to decide what pieces to keep or leave behind in order to recreate the you that feels most congruent and connected.
Art is a way to express your inner self without the limitations of words. Colors, sounds, flavors, and all other sensory experiences are information that can be communicated through various mediums of art. Art leads to connection where there may be isolation. In all shapes and forms, connection and communication is the purpose of art, and connection and communication are the foundations of healing. No level of artistic ability required
Identifying as BIPOC, AADPI, and/or Latine is a huge part of your life. We all wear our races on our faces. Understanding how your race, ethnicity, and culture effect your life is an inherent part of my role as your counselor. Together, we can explore what parts of your cultural identity feel like external expectations placed on you (like your parent's influences or stereotypes) and what parts create who you are as an individual. Going through my own cultural journey has taught me a lot!
Whether you were diagnosed as a child, as an adult, or self-diagnosed based on life experiences, neurodivergence comes with challenges. Together, we can identify tools that work for you and prioritize your needs (rest, eating, and more). Turn your executive functioning challenges into healthy boundaries and balanced relationships (with yourself and others!), and allow yourself to live with confidence and joy.
Identifying as part of the global majority in a system that was created to marginalize and oppress people of color is challenging, to say the least. Though dismantling the system is a goal, taking care of your individual self is vital. The conversation around systemic oppression often uses active language like "fight", but when it comes to you, I wonder if we can incorporate more rest. Part of what is stolen (among labor and time) is rest and the energy to take care of yourself.
Are you a parent of young kiddos or teens? Are you reparenting yourself? Both?! There's so much to explore when it comes to parenting and intergenerational trauma. Your parents' parenting styles impacted the course of your life and influenced your triggers and reactions. You may see these patterns repeat when you speak to yourself or your kids. Processing your childhood experiences provides insight into what you learned was normal and expected. You get to choose what you want to keep or change.
Listening to your inner voice, buried beneath anxieties, fears, and insecurities, takes lots of practice. Whether through writing or creating art, spending time with yourself changes the relationship you hold with your body and your mind. Together, we will create space for acceptance of where you are in your journey and what you need moving forward. We will use this space to explore body neutrality, self-compassion, and what you value in your career and relationships.
In our work together, we will integrate humanistic talk therapy and EMDR. The intentional use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing can reduce the intensity of memories and triggers related to traumatic experiences. We can also use EMDR to tackle phobias (like public speaking or test taking). With my guidance, you will challenge negative beliefs about yourself and increase alignment with your best, well-rested self.
If you have a uterus, you know how much it can affect your day to day life. From my personal experiences of endometriosis and ovarian cysts, I know about chronic pain and the mental health effects of the menstrual cycle. As if internal physical concerns weren't enough, being socialized as a girl or woman may have taught you to put others needs (and wants!) before your own, have permeable boundaries, or that you can rest when all the work is done. Let's unpack this and take down the patriarchy!