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Gwendolyn Foehringer, LPC Associate
she/her/hers

Supervised by Sarah Arnold, LPC-S

Senior Counselor
Specialized in Mindfulness-Based Interventions

“It’s 90% mental.” Watmora Casey


Hey there! Glad you are here. You have already made a courageous step in your life’s journey by looking into therapy. Whatever may have brought you here, thank you for taking the time for yourself today, you deserve it. 

Every person has a unique journey, a lived experience that deserves respect. There is no one fix all approach to counseling; I believe that personalizing counseling to the individual or couple is the key to personal progress, whatever that definition may be for you. What I can offer is to shine some light on your path and help you navigate and reflect on your adventure. The techniques I gravitate to are Client-Centered, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and a collaborative approach. 

I moved to Austin, TX to be with the love of my life who I met playing World of Warcraft. I feel more at home in Austin than I ever have. I like to say it feels like a combination of my hometown and Chicago. I received my MA in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Social Justice is at the core of my personal belief system as well as the social justice lens I was trained with at Loyola. I am honored to serve our diverse community that I love here in Austin. I tend to work with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief. I also have an interest in working with premarital couples to solidify their bond, talk through expectations, and work through past experiences that they do not want to bring onward. 

I hope to guide you to utilize your inner strengths to create your personal goals and strive to reach them. During guided self-reflection and processing of life events, people can gain the confidence to shape what is within their control to mold their future and feel grounded in the now. 

My previous experiences are as a crisis intervention counselor at a Chicago inner-city high school, and as a dance/swim instructor with the YMCA. These opportunities led me to work with clients that were facing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, grief, or past abuse. Many of my clients were members of the LBGTQAI+ community navigating their identity. As part of my master’s internship, I also coached the high school’s dance team overseen by The Boys and Girls Club. 

Furthermore, my previous experience as a member of the dance community (ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop) for over 20 years provided me with specialized skills to recognize and assist those suffering from disordered eating by facilitating body confidence, self-acceptance, and coping strategies. 

My passions in life beyond dance include playing video games, creating art, tinkering with fashion, and exploring Austin with my partner, especially coffee houses and eateries. 

It is pertinent for the client-therapist relationship to be strong so that therapy has the best chance of being beneficial. Feel free to reach out, I am happy to connect with you if you think we may be a good fit.

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MORE ABOUT Gwendolyn

Rates

Starts at $150/hr*

*Actual rates subject to
counsellor openings

Area of Expertise

Authentic, Person-Centered, Collaborative 

Mindfulness, Holistic, CBT, Narrative, LGBTQAI+ Affirming 

Anxiety, Depression, Disordered Eating, Perfectionism, Couples, and Life transitions


Specializations

Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

Central Main
South Banister
South Slaughter

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Bullying
Career Transitions
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Death & Dying
Depression/Low Mood
Divorce
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual Expression
Gender Identity
Grief & Loss
High Conflict Couple
Identity Development/Exploration
Imposter Syndrome
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Issues Related to Oppression
Issues with Parents
Life Transitions
Loneliness/Isolation
Low Self-Esteem
Neurodivergence (ADD/Autism)
Non-Monogamy/Polyamory
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Parenting
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Phobias
Pregnancy/Postpartum
Premarital Issues
Problem Thoughts
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Relationship Issues
Relationship to Food/Body
Spirituality
Sports Performance

Techniques & Experience

ACT - Values Based Therapy
Anxiety alleviation experience
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
Familiar with substance abuse
Focused on practicing skills
HAES/Intuitive eating
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Integrates art therapies
Mindfulness modalities
Practices from an anti-racist lens
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Trauma-focused

Qualities

Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Calm & slow-paced
Decades of life experience
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Familiar with military culture
Friendly & direct
Identity Affirming
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Lived experience/Identity affirming
Motherly
Nonjudgmental
Patient
Professional experience other than counseling
Social Media Savvy
Spiritually sensitive
Warm & caring
Youthful

ADDITIONAL INFO

Contact Tessa

512-201-4501 ext 333

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