Kayla Chauvin, LPC Associate
Supervised by Sandra Rivera , LPC
Choosing a therapist can be an incredibly intimidating process, but the secret to it is simple—trust your gut! I encourage you to listen to your gut, both while you are choosing a therapist and throughout the entirety of the therapeutic process; doing so is one of the best ways to honor yourself and find the right fit for you. So here is a snapshot of my approach for you to consider as you begin this new chapter of healing and growth in your life!
My focus as your counselor will be to put you at ease, create an atmosphere of authenticity, engage with you in genuine curiosity, and provide you with resources for your progress. I cater each session to your needs and make adjustments to treatment as the specifics of your experiences and goals unfold. My care builds upon your existing strengths, focuses on the collaborative nature between client and therapist, and is particularly sensitive to the ways that trauma can influence a person’s journey.
I have experience working with clients who struggled with suicidal thoughts, substance use, psychosis and domestic abuse. I have practice providing crisis intervention, harm reduction, interpersonal boundary work, grounding techniques, resolution of trauma, and identity reconstruction. I am knowledgeable on the cycle of abuse and have worked with victims to shift away from themes of guilt, confusion, and self-hatred towards compassion, understanding, and self-love.
I have a particular passion for supporting clients going through experiences related to LGBTQIA+ issues. I understand the long-lasting influence that being closeted for a period of time or being out and not feeling safe can have on a person. Isolation, shame, rejection and grief are, unfortunately, among the most formative experiences imposed on the LGBTQIA+ population. Allow me to walk beside you as you define your own identity, unhinge the pain of your past or present, and envision the life you actually want to build.
When I am not working, I enjoy going camping, painting, refurbishing furniture, kayaking, driving through the hill country and spending time with my partner and kitties (Tomato and Basil). I graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Area of Expertise
Trauma-Informed Care, Strengths-based, and Harm Reduction
Substance Use, Domestic Abuse, and Suicidal Ideation
LBTQIA+ Affirming, Queer-Related Life Transitions