Austin Wilcox, M.A.
Clinical work supervised by Kristie De La Garza, M.S., LPC-S, NCC
- M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Houston-Clear Lake
- B.S., Psychology, Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies, Texas A&M University
- Certificate in Communication Leadership and Conflict Management
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
I am clinically trained in Systems Theory which looks at a client’s relational dynamics and surrounding contexts that may reinforce problematic interactions between individuals. I operate primarily from a Solution Focused perspective by determining what changes clients want to make in their lives to reach specific goals set for therapy. I am also interested in the tenants of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy because I believe that connection to our values can help us produce change that lead us towards living a more vital and meaningful life.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
Social justice is the attempt to correct the wrongs of institutional inequalities (such as systemic racism). Social justice can be advocated for in therapy through the use of multicultural competency: the ability to incorporate culture into therapy sessions in order to facilitate change. Culture is one large part of the many different systems that we operate in. Relationship dynamics, familial interactions, and societal subsystems all have their unique culture, as well as make up the overall sense of culture that we operate within. Taking these viewpoints into account is important because without them, our view is incomplete.
When I am not in my office, I love to dance! I enjoy reading books about psychology and philosophy, listening to podcasts, and doing yoga. I also consider myself an amateur barista at home!