Genevieve Saenz,MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Texas License #202925
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Like most therapists, I combine ideas and interventions that inspire me the most in to a unique style of working with clients.
This is a list of the therapeutic theories and techniques I draw from most often. -Person Centered Therapy - Jungian Analysis - Solution Focused Brief Therapy - Systems Theory - Gottman Couples Therapy - Spiritual Counseling - Experiential Therapy.
Creativity and playfulness are gateways to the unconscious where help, truth, (and sometimes a bit of trouble) lie in wait for us.
BUT artists do not have a monopoly on creativity. We all have access to it if we can simply step away from our attachment to the product and let ourselves get involved in the process.
I meet with individuals, couples, families, or groups and specialize in:
relationship and family counseling
grief and loss
untraditional relationship structures
Through gentle metaphor and experiential interventions we tap in to our creativity; our ability to grow and heal.
Transformations can be small or large, public or private. They can last years, minutes, or days. Their wake can be brutal or barely noticed. Regardless, evolution being what it is, they are a fact of life. Honoring and recognizing life transition, whether personally or publicly, is psychologically imperative for mental health.
You will change, the question is how.
In a world that lacks sacrament and ceremony, making time for therapy and creative reflection during life transitions ensures that we come out on the other side of these passageways healthy and whole.
Examples of life transitions include:
Pregnancy and new parenthood
Engagement or newlywed period
Death and Bereavement
Break-ups, separation, and divorce
Puberty or Coming of Age
"Coming out" (as LGBTQA and/or non-traditional relationship)
"Make space in your life for the inevitable arrival of what you want"
- Danielle LaPorte
Just by reading this you have already taken the first step.
It is not easy to reach out, but doing so can begin to shift things. The most healing aspect of the therapeutic process is that you don't have to do it alone.
As your therapist, I will warmly invite you to sit down with your own inner genius. You have all you need to grow and heal, let me help you find it.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Texas (#202925) and participate in weekly supervision sessions; where I get guidance on how to be the best therapist for each client in my practice. That means that you get two therapists for the price of one. My amazing supervisor is, Billy Lee Myers Jr., who specializes in spiritual counseling and has been in practice in Austin for over a decade.
Let's start dreaming about what your life might be like on the other side of this passageway.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I pick a therapist?
I would say, pick someone who makes you feel comfortable showing up authentically. You want to be able to tell them everything, even feedback about them! Good therapists make mistakes and they can tolerate being told so. A lot of what happens happens in therapy happens because of trust and authentic communication. It also doesn’t hurt to pick someone that is easy to get to and within your price range, because on those days when you won’t want to come it is best to not have too many obstacles in your path.
What happens in counseling?
Weird magic, but not that kind of magic.
Honestly, if I had a magic wand to just take away your pain, I would absolutely do that and that would be awesome… but I don’t.
What happens in therapy is we sit in a lot of pain together while we find ways to eliminate the pain we can and transform what we can’t into a catalyst for growth. But it isn’t all muck, often we laugh and play and have fun because there are an endless number of ways to show up for yourself in therapy.
Do I have to make art?
Art making is always optional! I have lots of art supplies and poetry books in my office. I send out lots of invitations to your creativity, but they are just invitations. Often my sessions are entirely traditional talk therapy. That said, I do tend to have a creative or symbolic lens through which I view the treatment and, while we may never make “art” we will undoubtedly veer into the realm of imagination and storytelling at some point.
How long will I be in therapy?
Everyone is different, but I tell clients to consider dedicating to a therapeutic process for a “season” of life. I say this because human beings generally grow and change in accordance with seasonal shifts that are echoed in our communities and biologies. After a season of therapy you will likely feel ready for some kind of shift; be it into less counseling or a different mode of therapeutic experience.
What is your license and training?
I graduated with a masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012. In Texas, every marriage and family therapist must complete and associateship of 3000 supervised hours which can take up to five years to complete. I am in this portion of the licensure process and meet with a supervisor every week as I gain hours towards the LMFT designation. I also have additional training in drama therapy, sexual health, ethical non-monogamy, life coaching, and spiritual counseling.
Do you take insurance?
Nope. There are a whole lot of reasons for that, but let me just say that I do take HSA/FSA cards and I can give you a super bill, with a diagnosis on it, if you would like to submit it to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
What is your rate?
My rate is $100 for 50 min of individual counseling and $120 for relationship counseling. There are currently sliding scale slots available for relationship and family counseling sessions.
What are your hours and location?
The office is in NorthEast Austin near the intersection of Cameron Road and 290. I am in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I also offer online sessions at other times for existing clients.
Conscious creative Change