March 24, 2014

Team

Meet our Counseling Team

Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D, Founder and Executive Director

vm long headshotI have over 30 years of experience as a counselor with particular experience and training in couples and family therapy. My specific interests include immigrant families, biracial and bicultural couples, internet dependence, parenting, and affair and trauma recovery. I also offer individual, family and group therapy for adults and adolescents. I am a certified Gottman therapist and a Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute in Seattle, WA. I am also a Seminar Director and certified therapist for Prepare-Enrich.

Shirley Cornett, Ph.D., Training Director

Shirley-CornettI have over 25 years experience as a counselor, educator, and administrator in outpatient mental health clinics, cancer treatment centers, clinical training programs, and private practice.  I am trained in Post-modern models of counseling including Narrative and Collaborative Language Systems.  I have completed two levels of training in Gottman method couples therapy.  I integrate spirituality, mindfulness, and a relational approach to my work.

Dr. Gena Minnix, LPC-S, LMFT-S

GenaI have over 12 years of experience as a counselor, educator, and supervisor who specializes in strategic couples and family therapy, parenting and play therapy, EMDR, trauma recovery, Relational Cultural Therapy, and community mental health. Her research focus is the reconciliation of LGBT affirmation with Christian beliefs. I write and speak internationally on topics such as systemic and strategic therapies, attachment, and trauma in the LGBT community, empathy, and spirituality. I provide clinical supervision at The Center for Relationships.

 

POST-GRADUATE INTERNS

(these counselors have completed their graduate training and are working towards full licensure under the supervision of our board approved supervisor)

Morgan Johnson, LPC-intern

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Morgan received a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2010 and completed a MA in Counseling at St. Edward’s University in 2013. She provides collaborative, strengths-based, sex-positive counseling, coaching, and psychoeducation as a post-graduate LPC-Intern at The Center for Relationships and North Austin Urology. Morgan views clients as experts on their lives, and her primary role is to facilitate the understanding and unfurling of people’s innate abilities to achieve balanced wellness. Her method helps clients experience flourishing relationships at all stages by non-judgmentally meeting them where they are with authentic curiosity, mindfulness, and empathy. Morgan is a proud LGBTQQIA ally and she practices integrative, trauma-informed care. She has completed two levels of training in Gottman Method couples therapy and is a certified Prepare-enrich counselor.

Katie Lane Cummings, LPC-intern

Katie provides couples, family, and individual counseling for adults and adolescents 15 years and up. Katie’s services and collaborative and tailored to each individual client or partnership. 

Katie received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University. She has experience in the areas of communication, attachment theory, neuroscience, and trauma. Katie is trained in EMDR, Advanced clinical training in Gottman method couples therapy, Prepare-Enrich certified, and a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. 

Katie has been married for 11 years, and is the proud parent of 2 boys. She loves working with people from all walks of life, and strives to learn the most current and well-researched methods to offer effective counseling to all her clients. 

Catherine Ferrara Smith, LMFT-Associate

DSC08697Catherine is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate and a graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.  She has completed Gottman Level 1 training and is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.  Catherine brings experience from grief support volunteer to many years within the child education field as a pre-school and elementary school educator.  After graduating from The University of Santa Barbara in California, Catherine was able to experience multiple facets of life which led her to find her passion in postpartum support and relationship focused therapy. Catherine aspires to incorporate her counseling into the everyday lives of her clients and to facilitate security and safety in her practice.

Rebecca Castille, M.A., LPC-I

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A graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Rebecca has been working with couples and individuals for over 2 ½ years. As a Navy veteran and a spouse and caregiver of a wounded warrior, she has seen first-hand the stress, trauma, and other difficulties faced by first responders, military veterans, and their loved ones. She is a certified member of the Crisis Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Critical Incidence Stress Management (CISM) and a part of the Austin Disaster Relief Network.   Her specialties include: Faith-based counseling, Couples, Individuals, Trauma, PTSD, Veterans, Families, Blended Families, and Divorce. Rebecca is has completed two levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Renee Villanueva, LMSW, Yoga Instructor

Renee provides individual, family, and couples counseling for adults and adolescents. Renee believes therapy is a collaborative effort to exploring more positive ways of living. Her specific interests include anxiety, parenting, postpartum depression, depression, trauma recovery and personal growth. Renee graduated from Texas State University with a Masters degree in Social Work. She incorporates her work from the mental health profession, along with her yoga certification, to offer a mindfulness based approach to therapy. In addition to therapy, she offers private and group yoga sessions.

 

PRACTICUM STUDENTS

Darius B. Dawson, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, UT-Austin

Sarah Christman, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, UT-Austin