Iris Cahill Casiano, M.A.
Clinical work supervised by Danielle Broxon, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (Expected August 2020)
- M.A., Educational Psychology – Counseling, University of Texas at Austin
- M.A., History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
- B.F.A., Fine Art, University of Texas at San Antonio
- B.A., Art History and Criticism, University of Texas at San Antonio
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
As a clinician, I view the therapeutic process as an opportunity to help clients explore, grow, and make positive changes according to their individual values and personal goals. Combining my background as an artist and museum educator with my training in psychology helps me see therapy as both science and art, and I draw on research-informed treatments along with visual and expressive arts healing tools.
While self-exploration and personal growth are life-long journeys, I am a firm believer that therapy doesn’t always have to be! As a goal-oriented, collaborative clinician, I work with clients to establish areas of focus for therapy and measurable ways to make steps towards progress. Authenticity and empathy underscore my approach to care, as well as an awareness of the personal and cultural factors affecting the healing process. I also view the mind and body as being intimately linked, and taking care of both is essential for establishing overall wellness and resilience.
The college experience is a time for learning, exploring new and exciting opportunities, and making steps towards future careers—however, it is not easy. Students are asked to deal with a lot of pressures, stressors and uncertainty, while also handling the rest of life’s ups and downs along the way. As a psychology intern at A&M CAPS, I am honored to be able to walk with you along part of your journey, helping you cope, grow and flourish in the college environment in ways that are true to your personal values and goals.
professional and clinical interests include art and expressive modalities, health psychology, brief/short-term therapy, and working with diverse populations including Veterans and student Veterans, non-traditionally aged college students, and LatinX communities (bilingual services in Spanish). As a trainee, I have rotated through primary care settings, the Central Texas VA, and college counseling/assessment sites, and I have been trained in evidence-based treatments for insomnia, chronic pain, trauma, depression and anxiety.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
As a woman of mixed ethnicity, I personally value and appreciate diversity for the richness it brings to our campus life and the broader community. Multicultural awareness is an essential part of my clinical approach, and understanding the impact of culture and identity on mental wellness is fundamental to providing effective, quality care. Cultural sensitivity is a cornerstone of justice and ethical practice in therapy, and I view diversity as the reflection of our infinite—and always changing—dimensions of being. These include (but are not limited to) age, sexual orientation, education, ethnicity, experience, ability, religious affiliation, and gender identity. I embrace the cultural humility mindset, where people are the experts of their own lived experience, and I welcome the opportunity to continue serving diverse populations, with each encounter based in a genuine, humble spirit of openness.
Approach to Supervision
I have experience supervising masters-level counseling trainees and providing coaching/supervision to masters and doctoral-level trainees in Motivational Interviewing. I take a developmental approach to supervision that recognizes various stages of growth for trainees, and I combine this with a person-centered perspective that makes supervision a collaborative experience where goals and areas of focus are established together.
Art & museums, traveling, yoga, guitar, drawing/painting, and, of course, enjoying good food!