Alexandrea "alex" Barnette, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Blake Howard Norton, LMFT-S
Welcome! My goal in working with you is that we can collaborate to understand all of the forces, both positive and negative, that are keeping you stuck. When we look at problems from a place of curiosity rather than judgment, new explanations and solutions begin to emerge.
In working with individuals, I would describe my approach as experiential, systemic, and collaborative. I help individuals create a stronger sense of self and belonging. My role is to help you clarify what is and isn’t working, process painful emotions and transitions, establish new boundaries, and create interdependence in your relationships.
I have always been interested in learning more about how to foster functional relationships and adapt to transitions. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. During my last year at UT, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Austin Marriage Project, a long-term study aimed at understanding how couples grow and change over the course of their relationship and identifying factors that contribute to healthy relationships. I graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. I completed my clinical hours as a Graduate Associate at Austin Family Institute where I provided counseling to a variety of couples, families, and individuals.
It’s easy to internalize and blame yourself or your partner when you can’t produce the change you want, but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to get people very far. When we zoom out to understand the bigger picture, our “self-destructive behaviors“ and patterns start to make sense. Change is a process. Change can be scary and painful, but it can also be highly rewarding and meaningful. There is a saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” There’s a good reason you’re here, and together we can help you find where you want to go.