Colette Henricks, LPC Associate
Supervised by Gena Minnix, LPC
We often think that, somehow, we should “have it all together”—that we should be able to put painful events behind us and walk through life unaffected by our history and by the challenges of daily living. However, the truth is that most people struggle at some point in their life with problems such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, feelings of inadequacy, or other effects of invalidating and traumatic life experiences. You are not alone, and by having the courage to face the pain and difficulties in your life, you are opening yourself up not only to meaningful change but also to the possibility of a richer and more fulfilling life.
My approach draws primarily from three mindfulness-based and compassion-focused therapie—Polyvagal Theory, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Our work together will involve tuning into and becoming curious about the sensations, thoughts, and feelings that make up your experience and sometimes keep you stuck in negative beliefs and unwanted patterns of behavior. By relating to these inner experiences with understanding and compassion, it becomes possible to respond to life’s challenges with greater creativity and flexibility—and to create change in the direction of what matters most to you. While change takes many forms both within and outside the therapy room, I will also work with you to develop practical tools that can support you in sustaining ongoing growth.
In our work together, I will strive to meet you where you are with warmth, authenticity, and genuine curiosity, while also nudging you towards your ‘growing edge.’ I believe that a trusting therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful agents of change, so I endeavor to be present and attuned to your unique experience. You are the expert on your own life, and I am honored to accompany you on your journey.
I work with clients struggling with anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and low self-worth. I have a particular passion for helping individuals weather emotional storms and calm the inner critic through cultivating self-compassion. I am curious about your unique strengths and what is already working in your life, and I will seek to help build on that.
A little bit about me… I come to this profession after 15+ years as a teacher. While I loved my work in the classroom, I decided in mid-life to follow that little whisper in my ear and pursue my lifelong passion for psychology and personal growth. I am a self-admitted mindfulness geek, avid swimmer, and minimalist wannabe. In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, bingeing on the occasional Netflix series, and relaxing with my family, our guinea pigs, cats, goats, and chickens.
Area of Expertise
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Anxiety, Perfectionism, Low Self-Worth
Exploring Meaning and Purpose
Techniques & Experience
Gena Minnix, PH.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S
3311 Thompson St.
Austin, Texas 78702