Celia Lugo, LPC Intern
Supervised by Ann Stoneson, LPC-S
Hi there! I am so glad you have made your way to my page. I know the vulnerability it takes to even consider therapy and I’m celebrating you taking the first step in your healing process. Life’s challenges can leave us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed and I am here to let you know you don’t have to do it alone. Healing work requires us to enter into the hard things courageously and through therapy we build a relationship that can be a safe haven amidst the difficulty.
You might be wondering, “What can I expect from therapy?” In our work together we will shift out of the autopilot of day-to-day tasks and take time to pay attention to the emotions, thoughts, and bodily experiences that come up for you. We often spend our days disconnected from ourselves and don’t realize what we are feeling until it becomes too much to handle. I like to use breathing and mindfulness practices in session to help you tune in to your inner wisdom and uncover underlying emotional needs.
These unmet needs often stem from difficult traumatic experiences and accompanying painful beliefs about ourselves. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic tool used by therapists to aid clients in processing trauma in a gentle yet efficient way. This method helps loosen the grip of past or even recent traumatic experiences that haven’t budged by other means. I am EMDR trained and believe it to be one of the most effective ways of working through trauma. Everyone experiences trauma differently and it can look like an intense, singular event or many small events over time.
I have worked with clients who have dealt with a diverse set of issues including divorce, substance abuse, a history of physical and sexual abuse, immigration issues, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, loss and grief, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression/anxiety, and issues with sexuality.
I currently specialize in working with trauma survivors, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women dealing with postpartum issues and pregnancy loss. I have a strong interest in working with members of the LGBTQ+ population at the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. Many in the community are ostracized from spiritual communities and I am interested in helping those individuals navigate the complexities of coming out, pursuing spirituality, or moving on to more affirming, non-spiritual communities.
Lastly, I’d like to share a little about myself on a personal level! I was born on the island of Puerto Rico but was promptly moved to the states. Though I spent just a short time on the island, I love staying connected to my roots and celebrating cultural diversity of all kinds. I have lived in Austin for twelve years and love what the city has to offer. Primarily, I love walking through Austin’s parks and trails, listening and dancing to live music, and connecting with other “hippie granola” people who like to brew their own kombucha, too. When I have free time I enjoy practicing yoga and mindfulness, cooking healthy meals with my partner, and having random dance parties (with friends or alone).
I received my Masters degree in Professional Counseling at Texas State University and am amazed at the individuals that I get to work with on a daily basis. I am continually inspired by the resiliency of my clients and their ability to access healing and ways to cope no matter their circumstances. If you are interested in working with me towards your goals, please contact me at 512/201-4501, ext. 192 or fill out a request form. I can’t wait to meet you!