Alexandrea "alex" Barnette, LMFT Associate
Supervised by Blake Howard Norton, LMFT-S
Welcome! I am glad you are considering counseling at Therapy Austin. In a fast-paced and high-productivity culture, I understand how intimidating and potentially isolating it can be to feel like you cannot keep up with the demands of society, those closest to you, or even the expectations you have for yourself. I strongly believe in the power of connection and understanding to create positive change and a new perspective. I believe the therapist-client relationship can serve as a model for the change individuals would like to see in their lives outside of therapy. For couples and families, I believe therapy is a unique opportunity to change patterns of interaction in session that can alter the relationship outside of therapy.
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.
My educational and experiential background make me an expert on language and relationships, but I acknowledge that the client is the expert on his or her unique experience. I am here to understand, empathize, and at times challenge you. I recognize that therapy is an investment of your time, resources, and energy. My hope is that we can work together to identify what your specific needs are and reassess these goals frequently to make sure our sessions are productive. Therapy is a collaborative process. Similar to physical exercise, there might be times you leave a session feeling exhausted and thinking it would have been better not to push yourself. There will also be times you leave feeling energized and thinking you should have come to therapy sooner. I aim to keep our sessions within the threshold of your tolerance and welcome all feedback. I have seen the difference therapy can make, and I believe in this process. Making a commitment to change is not easy, and I commend you for taking the first step.