Mia Pastel Therapy Austin

Mia Pastel, LPC Associate


Supervised by Gena Minnix, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Senior Counselor
Specialized in EMDR

 “A problem shared is a problem halved” English Proverb

Howdy, and welcome! Beginning therapy can be daunting, and I understand the vulnerability and courage it takes to jump in. I am so happy you have decided to carve out some time each week to foster wellness for yourself! I feel honored and excited to walk alongside you in this journey of healing and growth.


I celebrate the unique story and identity of each person and thus use a person-centered, collaborative, and holistic approach in order to tailor the therapeutic process to your specific needs. However, one thing you can consistently count on is that the presence I offer will be warm, supportive, and authentic. The therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in therapy, and you can trust that I will always approach our relationship with an attitude of non-judgment and empathy.


I believe that the root of suffering is trauma, lack of connection, and dissonance between one’s current self and their actualized self. Therapy addresses these roots through providing safety, genuine human connection, and the opportunity to explore ones’ self and be fully seen without the fear of rejection. I place a strong emphasis on neurobiology and the mind-body connection; after all, our mental health is inseparable from our brain which is inseparable from our body! I believe an integral part of our work is getting connected with and understanding our nervous system so that we are able to let go of the ways it is no longer serving us, and to utilize its wisdom to create a new, healthy internal support system.


My areas of focus include trauma, religion and spirituality, mind-body connection, identity development, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use recovery, family of origin issues, life transitions, and religious trauma. I often incorporate aspects of internal family systems and interpersonal neurobiology into my work. Spirituality may seem like an odd thing to discuss in therapy, but research indicates that the number of individuals wishing to incorporate their spirituality into therapy is growing! I want you to know that I am always completely respectful and open to whatever beliefs you may bring into the room; faith-based or otherwise.


Perhaps you have experienced trauma that is manifesting in ways that interfere with your ability to live a life of wellness. Perhaps you find yourself acting or reacting in ways that are incongruent with your true, ideal self. Perhaps you are having difficulty authentically connecting to yourself or others and thus struggle to maintain sustainable relationships. Perhaps you have realized you are unsure of who you are or what you want out of life. Perhaps there is no one specific issue you want to address, and you simply want a warm and non-judgmental mental health professional to walk with you through life’s many challenges and complexities. I am here not only to help you survive, but also to help you thrive and flourish. I hope that as a result of our time together, you feel more connected to your authentic self, and as a result experience a richer and fuller quality of life.


A bit about me: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a Houston native, but moved to Austin to attend UT and never left! When I’m not at work you can find me spending time with my loved ones (including my rescue pup!), hiking, haunting art museums, watching scary movies, and traveling as often as I can. If you are interested in working together, I invite you to contact me at 512/201-4501, ext. 277. I look forward to meeting you!

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Starts at $150/hr*
*Actual rates subject to counselor openings

Area of Expertise

Person-Centered, Holistic, Trauma-Informed

Trauma, Religion/Spirituality, Identity, LGBTQIA+ Affirming

Warmth, Humor, Authenticity, Acceptance




Individual Counseling


Central Annex
Central Main

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Depression/Low Mood
Substance Use
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Problem Thoughts
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Anger Management
Death & Dying
Relationship Issues
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Career Transitions
Problems at Work
Problems at School
Development Trauma
Identity Development/Exploration
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Premarital Issues

Techniques & Experience

Anxiety alleviation experience
Familiar with substance abuse
HAES/Intuitive eating
Mindfulness modalities
DBT trained/informed
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Helpful with mid-20's challenges


Warm & caring
Friendly & direct
Active sense of humor
Enjoys working with young adults
Anxiety alleviation experience
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Spiritually sensitive
Calm & slow-paced
Schedule Openings
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Additional Info

Clinical Supervision

Gena Minnix, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

3311 Thompson St. 

Austin, TX 78702


Contact Mia

512-201-4501 ext 277