Relationship SCIENCE in the Heart of Austin

Who we are:

We are healing professionals trained in cutting-edge relationship science and practice. We care for relationships of all kinds and in all aspects of human experience.
MISSION: Flourishing Connection Through Relationship Science

Structured and transparent. Practical results, no BS.

APPROACH: We Meet you Where you Are

From your lifestyle realities to specific issues of the moment

OUR BELIEF: An Individual is Relational In Context

Perceiving personal wellness as fundamentally interpersonal.

Upcoming Events

  • Introduction to Couples Counseling

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    Come learn the basics about Couples Counseling and how it works at the Center for Relationships!

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    Introduction to Couples Counseling
  • Connections Through Film

    Connections Through Film

    Each month, The Center for Relationships will be hosting an event in which we screen a film and then open up a dialgoue to experience meaning-rich conversations. Scientists have found that couples who watch an emotionally evocative film together and then have a discussion can experience similar benefits to engaging in traditional couples therapy!

    This is a FREE event at The Center for Relationships’ north location that’s safe and fun for the entire family, so feel free to bring everyone you love! There will be popcorn and light refreshments, of course. Come on out for some fun that also supports mental health and #FindYourCenter.

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    Connections Through Film
  • Conversations of the Heart and Soul

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    **FREE EVENT** Join us for the second in this series of meaningful connecting conversations and the art of conversation series. Most of us lead such busy lives that we rarely have time for deep soulful conversations. By making this time and space available, we hope to inspire you to connect with yourself, your friend or partner, or with others at the event. Bring a friend, partner, sibling, child, co-worker, or parent if there is someone in your life you would love connect more deeply with.
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    Conversations of the Heart and Soul
  • Ethics in Relational Counseling for Helping Professionals

    CEU’s available; $20. Full details coming soon; Dr. Vagdevi Meunier will be leading a workshop focused on ethics in relational counseling work for helping professionals.

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    Ethics in Relational Counseling for Helping Professionals
  • 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work

    7 Principles

    Learn about the major findings from decades of The Gottman Institute’s relationship science research, and how to integrate this knowledge and wisdom into your own relationships with evidence-based skills and techniques!

    Cost:
    Individual – $49.99
    Couples- $99.99
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    This event registration is closed. Please note that the next available workshop will be Sunday, September 11, 2016. Please revisit our website closer to the date to register. Thank you for your interest.

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    7 Principles for Making Marriage Work
  • Talk Sex with Mojo & Dr. V

    Talk Sex

    Austin’s own intimacy guru and only Master Gottman Trainer, Vagdevi Meunier, and sex-positive post-graduate intern, Morgan Johnson, co-host an ongoing live web hangout about dating, relationships, and intimacy every first Friday each month online. Talk Sex will de-mystify intimacy in just the right places, bust myths about sexual health and behavior, and answer your most pressing questions about intimate relationships and the bodies at play.

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    Talk Sex with Mojo & Dr. V
  • Couples Retreat October 2016

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    WEEKEND COUPLES RETREAT

    Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman

    Presented by Dr. Vagdevi Meunier, Gottman Master Trainer

    DATE:October 1 & 2, 2016

    Register Online or Call 512-465-2926

    Couples Retreat October 2016
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Our Team

Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.
Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.
Founder and Executive Director
A licensed clinical psychologist, teacher, author, and master trainer for the Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA. Dr. Meunier has over 30 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families build flourishing relationships.
Shirley Cornett, Ph.D.
Shirley Cornett, Ph.D.
Training Director
Shirley can be found in Albuquerque NM when she is not seeing famlies and couples here in Austin. Shirley specializes in inter-generation challenges, cancer support, and collaborative models of counseling.
Gena Minnix, Ph.D, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Gena Minnix, Ph.D, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Supervisor
Gena has over 12 years of experience as a counselor, educator, and supervisor who specializes in strategic couples and family therapy, parenting therapy, EMDR, trauma, and Relational Cultural Therapy.

She writes and speaks internationally on topics such as systemic and strategic therapies, attachment, and trauma in the LGBT community, empathy, and spirituality.
Polly Munguia
Polly Munguia
Administrative Assistant
Morgan Johnson, LPC-intern
Morgan Johnson, LPC-intern
Creative Director and Post-graduate Intern
Morgan specializes in intimacy support, sex education, and intimacy coaching. She provides counseling to clients at North Austin Urology as well as at our center offices.
Katie Cummings
Katie Cummings
Post-graduate Intern
Katie is our parenting and new parent specialist. She brings a wealth of training and expertise in healthy parenting, post-partum challenges, and helping families and couples flourish.
Rebecca Castille, M.A., LPC-I
Rebecca Castille, M.A., LPC-I
Post-Graduate Intern
Rebecca is a certified member of the Crisis Emergency Response Team (CERT), Critical Incidence Stress Management (CISM), as well as the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Her specialties include: Couples, Individuals, Trauma, PTSD, Veterans, Families, Blended Families, Divorce, and Disaster Relief Emergency Response CERT and CISM.
Catherine Ferrara Smith, LMFT-Associate
Catherine Ferrara Smith, LMFT-Associate
Post-Graduate Intern
Catherine is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate who holds Gottman Level 1 and Positive Discipline Parent Educator certifications.

Catherine brings experience from many years working in grief support and child education. She has found her passion in postpartum support and relationship-focused therapy, with an emphasis on safe and secure interactions with clients.
Jamie Walton, LMFT-Associate
Jamie Walton, LMFT-Associate
Post-Graduate Intern
Jamie has studied extensively in the area of couple relationships and attachment theories. She is working toward becoming a certified Emotionally Focused therapist. Emotionally Focused therapy is an evidence–based model that changes relationships. She used this model throughout her clinical program at Northcentral University. She has completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is a member of ICEEFT as well as the Austin EFT Community.
Darius B. Dawson, MA
Darius B. Dawson, MA
Practicum PhD Student
Darius is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at UT Austin. He has trained under Dr. Vagdevi Meunier, at Blackstock CommUnity Care, the UT Psychology Clinic, and in private practice.

He creates a collaborative relationship to obtain clients’ optimum goals through self-discovery, open conversation, and skill building.
Sarah Christman
Sarah Christman
Practicum PhD Student

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