Colette Henricks Therapy Austin

Colette Henricks, LPC

Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in Internal Family Systems

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 reality is that most of us struggle at some point with feelings of inadequacy, helplessness, anxiety, anger, shame, or other overwhelming emotions. The truth is that suffering is part of being human; you are not alone. And, it is possible to build a kind and supportive relationship with all these parts of yourself so that you are able to better withstand the storm.   

As a longtime student of mindfulness practices, my approach draws primarily from mindfulness and experiential-based therapies such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I believe that cultivating curiosity towards our internal world is the natural starting point for any healing journey. Through this steady curiosity, it becomes possible to deepen our understanding and acceptance of the many parts of ourselves—even the ones that frustrate, embarrass, or confuse us. As the psychologist Carl Rogers put it, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” By relating to our inner experiences with greater compassion, we can begin to respond to life’s challenges with more creativity and flexibility and to live in greater alignment with our deepest values.   

In our work together, I will aspire to meet you where you are with warmth, presence, and genuine curiosity, while also nudging you towards your ‘growing edge.’ While I offer practical tools and a safe and supportive space for personal discovery, I believe that you are ultimately the expert on your own life— and I am honored to accompany you on your journey.   

As someone who has wrestled with my own tenacious inner critic, I have a particular passion for working with clients struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, social anxiety, and boundary-setting.   

I come to this profession after 15+ years as a special education teacher. While I enjoyed many aspects of teaching, I decided in mid-life to follow a little whisper in my ear and pursue my lifelong interest in psychology and personal growth. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, yoga, a strong cup of coffee, good conversations with friends, and relaxing with my family and our finicky cat Mixi.   

If you are interested in working with me, please call me at 512-201-4501 ext 252.



 

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More about Colette

Area of Expertise

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Anxiety, Perfectionism, Low Self-Worth

Exploring Meaning and Purpose

Specializations

Internal Family Systems

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

South Slaughter
North

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Troublesome Behaviors
Relationship to Food/Body
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Troubled Childhood
Personal Growth
Perfectionism
Problem Thoughts
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Spirituality
Parenting
Issues with Parents
Divorce
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Chronic Illness
Caregiver Fatigue
Communication Issues
Death & Dying
Trauma
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Imposter Syndrome
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Relationship Issues
Career Transitions

Techniques & Experience

Focused on practicing skills
Anxiety alleviation experience
Mindfulness modalities
Trauma-focused

Qualities

Warm & caring
Calm & slow-paced
Focused on practicing skills
Decades of life experience
Experienced in raising children
Anxiety alleviation experience
Spiritually sensitive
Professional experience other than counseling
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Mindfulness modalities
Familiar with substance abuse
Motherly
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Friendly & direct
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Active sense of humor
Enjoys working with young adults
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma focused
Experienced in eating issues
Career counseling
DBT friendly
Enjoys working with midlife adults
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Additional Info

Contact Colette

512-201-4501 ext 252