Georgetown Counseling and Wellness is a multi-disciplinary group counseling practice in Georgetown, TX. Using proven techniques, we strive to provide well-rounded and high-quality counseling services to children, adults, couples and families in the Georgetown and surrounding communities. Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and areas of interest and experience.
Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues. We are always learning and growing through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients thrive. We are extremely proud of the important work we do with our clients, and in the wider community; none of which would be possible without our dedicated and passionate therapists.
In the second of a two-part question and answer series, we sat down with Kristie Lensing to find out about her therapy specializations and more.
What Ages Do You Work With?
Right now, I’m working with individual adults and children aged 7 and up to include teenagers. I really enjoy working with people of all ages. I also have a background in teaching special education and being a school counselor. As a school counselor, I worked with children and families of elementary and middle school students so I continue my interest and work with children and families at Georgetown Counseling and Wellness.
Who Else Do You Enjoy and Feel Confident Working With?
I enjoy and feel confident in working with women from young adults who are just starting out in life to women who have many life experiences and rich life stories. I have a particular interest in working with women who have experienced attachment, relational, and developmental trauma. I was privileged to work with women who experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression related to complex trauma while I was a counselor at the YWCA Counseling and Referral Center in Austin.
Trauma shows up in many ways in our lives and is relative to the person having the experience and many people have had experiences related to conflicted relationships with caregivers, the effects of family illnesses such alcoholism, and abandonment in important relationships. These complex traumas are opportunities for transformation and I enjoy working with women as they see their own resilience.
What Is Your Clinical Approach?
The mental health field is an exciting place right now because there have been so many advances in incorporating the whole person in the counseling process with mind, body, and spirit. My interest is in using mindfulness collaboratively with clients to bring awareness to these aspects of the self and how they impact different parts of our lives. I will be starting an advanced clinical training in January 2020 that I am really excited about called the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) created by Dr. Laurence Heller, Ph.D. that is a gentle approach to working with complex trauma.
What Can a Client Expect If They Work With You?
Creating a sense of safety is one of the most important aspects of my work with clients. A sense of physical and emotional safety is essential in the healing process. Creating a space of respect, unconditional acceptance with no judgment and empathetic listening help build a healing, safe place for the client. I also work collaboratively with clients and at their pace. Healing happens differently for each individual and learning to listen to the self is part of that healing process. There are times when we want healing to come quickly and at the same time slowing down the process can allow for great insights, awareness, and healing – sometimes we slow down to speed up.
What Do You Like About Being a Counselor?
I feel very humbled by this work. Human beings are amazing in their capacity to heal and to recognize the strengths, gifts, and resources that they already possess. I feel very honored to be able to be present with others as they commit to themselves through the counseling process. I also have a great respect for the work clients’ do on their journey having also experienced counseling myself. I have found great comfort in having a safe place to explore my own journey and healing and want to help provide that same safe place for others on their journey.
Can You Tell Us a Unique Fact About Yourself?
I have a fascination with and find great inspiration in first cultures like the Maya from ancient Mexico and Central America and the Inca, Aztec and Native Americans. I love to travel to New Mexico and have a dream of traveling to the Yucatan and Peru to explore the places that these first cultures called “home” physically, spiritually, and creatively. I travelled to Chaco Culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this past summer in North Western New Mexico. I was awed by the vastness of the landscape and the strong, peaceful presence still evident of the people who called the canyon home.
Thank you, Kristie, for taking the time to answer our questions!
At Georgetown Counseling and Wellness we provide treatment for the mental health and wellness of our community. We treat a range of issues across the lifespan, including anxiety, depression, trauma and enhancing relationships. If you would like to book a therapy session with Kristie or learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to reach out on (512) 400-4247.