Colette Henricks, LPC Associate
Supervised by Gena St. David, 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 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.
Area of Expertise
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Anxiety, Perfectionism, Low Self-Worth
Exploring Meaning and Purpose
Techniques & Experience
Gena St. David, PH.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S
3311 Thompson St.
Austin, Texas 78702