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Emilio Gonzalez, Jr., MA, LPC
As we move through life there are times when our experience and resilience are challenged and we need someone in to listen and help us understand a different perspective. My mission is to assist adolescents and adults in regaining balance moving forward.
I have been an elementary and high school counselor for over 20 years as well as working with adults in an outpatient hospital setting. I have worked with children, teens and adults to help them with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts and self-confidence. My approach is cognitive-behavioral and believe in the connection between thoughts and feelings but understand that we have to be in the right place emotionally in order to process our thoughts and feelings. I am interested in and utilize strategies from theories of Existential, Positive Psychology and Brief-Solution Therapy.
I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas and moved to Austin to attend college and study art before relocating to Houston upon graduation in the early 1990’s. I have been married to a wonderful wife for over 25 years and we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I have worked and a bilingual/ESL teacher, art teacher and school counselor for 27 years. During that time, I have continued my artwork. I believe it is an excellent means to process thoughts, feelings, and work continually to grow in my understanding of people. I am constantly exploring researched, evidenced based strategies in Positive Psychology.
My education and credentials:
I have a BA and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
Areas: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal relationships, and Anger.