My approach to counseling is very humanistic in nature which means I believe all individuals have the desire for positive growth and I will have an unwavering, optimistic faith that you have the potential for life changing growth as well. In session I will give you a safe space, stay present with you, be nonjudgmental, stay curious about all that makes you a unique individual, and remain flexible to adapt to your needs in the moment. I invite you on a journey with me to help you achieve a sense of wholeness, to have the courage to become who you truly are, and to live out your truth authentically.
The underpinning of my approach comes from Gestalt therapy, in which it is believed that problems develop when a person is no longer making direct contact with themselves or their environment to include avoidance of interacting authentically with self, significant others, and society. Often, struggles and hurts in life such as early life lessons/experiences, fears, social expectations, etc. lead to this adaptation of avoidance in an understandable effort to protect ourselves. I believe that you made these adaptations for a reason, but that they may no longer be serving you and have resulted in living an unauthentic life that can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, unhappiness, among other problems that may surface. I want to help you restore your natural zest for life, help you reintegrate parts of yourself, and help you achieve more fulfilling interaction with yourself, others, and your environment to create a sense of wholeness. In this process I will focus on moment-to-moment experience with you to increase your awareness of struggles and how they are affecting you now by incorporating mindfulness, experiential, and somatic exercises. I believe the mind/body connection is strong, and we need to let them talk with each other again to restore authentic contact with ourselves and others. I will partner with you in noticing areas you are blocked in achieving healing and help you tap into your natural wisdom to learn to satisfy your needs in other ways. The more we can have that authentic contact, the more we are able to make healthy changes and promote healing, become our true self, and feel whole.
Although my theoretical underpinning is in Gestalt Therapy I will also draw from the full range of humanistic-existential approaches as well as pull from other therapies if I believe you will benefit from their use. My approach will be uniquely tailored to you and your specific goals for healing; I will frequently use Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and parts/inner child work, Somatic and Experiential based therapies, and Mindfulness based therapies and techniques.
I am a deeply spiritual being, and my spiritual connection influences my work in which I value everybody’s uniqueness, see the goodness in others, am nonjudgmental, and extend grace. I will approach you with respect and non-judgment on your personal spiritual beliefs and am willing to explore that realm with you, as you are comfortable, in your journey of achieving wholeness and peace. I aim to provide therapy that attends to you holistically which means addressing body, mind, and spirit.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi. During this education I completed internships at two different sites. At the Cenikor Foundation I gained experience helping individuals heal from addiction, co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and trauma; I had the opportunity to learn in both individual and group counseling settings. I also completed an internship at Texas A&M University’s Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, where I worked with children, adults, and families experiencing a wide range of challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, grief, life transitions, and stress. Before receiving my Master’s degree I worked for an agency serving at-risk children and their families, where I provided Solution Focused Brief Therapy and collaborated with the school system to help children stay in school and succeed in their courses. I have also worked as both a Case Manager and a Rehabilitation Specialist for community mental health service agencies in Corpus Christi and Austin; I provided clinical counseling services for homeless individuals and people suffering from serious mental illness.
I value all life deeply and this includes animals! Before working in the mental health field I was an adoption shelter coordinator. I managed a website to promote adoptions, supervised employees and general operations of the shelter, and administered medications and vaccines. I find the presence, innocence, and serenity of animals and beloved pets to be very peaceful. As humans we have numerous events and stresses that distract us from utilizing our internal knowledge of regulating and healing ourselves; I think we can learn a lot from animals, such as how to follow our instincts, live in the moment, and practice unconditional love.
I have found joy in observing and connecting with people from all walks of life since I was a child. I have always been fascinated with the complexities of human personalities and enjoyed opportunities to be helpful. I also genuinely enjoy reflecting on possibilities of positive change/creative approaches for individuals, and can be very encouraging in the process. I believe that effective therapy involves considering and attending to all aspects of an individual: mind, body, and spirit. I myself have experienced a wide range of struggles, and I believe that anybody can benefit from counseling; there can be great healing in supportive, intentional relationships. I enjoy helping others find missing links and insights into their lives; this growth in awareness can make all the difference in creating a deep sense of wholeness and forming meaningful, fulfilling connections. My faith and spiritual connection keeps me loving people; it fuels my desire to inspire, encourage, and support others. I truly believe this to be my life purpose. Life and purpose are such wonderful gifts!
$120 per 55 minute session
You may use your HSA/FSA to pay for therapy services, and many insurance plans will cover her services.
All Bloom therapists offer complementary 15-minute phone consultations to ensure a good therapeutic fit before scheduling.
Call/Text Whitney at 512.348.7118
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