Hi I’m Adrienne Clements, MA, LMFT-A - Integrative Psychotherapist + Relationship Counselor.
Are you looking for a counselor who understands what you are going through and the pain you have experienced? Are you seeking someone to help you navigate these challenges with more confidence and resilience? Reaching out for help when we are struggling is really difficult. Maybe you have been trying to DIY (do-it-yourself) it for a while, but things just don’t seem to be changing and you are feeling stuck.
Welcome to my practice, I am glad you found your way here. And I am here to tell you, that no matter what you are struggling with in your life or relationship right now – it CAN change and get better.
Together, we can create an integrative plan to help you heal from the past and create a more resilient future. Therefore, not only will we design a plan to help you relieve your distressing symptoms, but we will create a plan that increases your natural resilience and fosters long-term healing and growth.
While I have a Masters in Counseling, I like to joke that life granted me an honorary doctorate in resilience. You see, I have been humbled by life quite a bit, and have had to navigate many challenges which deepened my sense of empathy and compassion. For in my life I have been through major stress, illness, trauma, and loss myself. I understand how the complexity of stress and circumstance can influence our relationship with our self and others. And in a way, my experiences have given me a gift, for I can deeply connect and relate to others and their challenges.
They say in school you learn a lesson to pass a test, and in life, you are given a test to learn a lesson. Well, I certainly have been given a lot of tests and learned a lot of lessons over my life. And one thing I know for sure is that change and healing are possible. It happened for me, and it’s possible for you too. You can create the life and relationships you desire in spite of your past or your circumstances if you are willing to embrace the process and do the necessary inner and outer work to get there.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. – Joseph Campbell
How would I describe my style as a counselor and therapist? Client-centered, collaborative, accepting + non-judgmental, integrative, compassionate, active + educational, with a touch of tough love and a dash of levity, for I believe humor can be healing.
I specialize in supporting teens, adults, and couples to heal relationships on all levels. Including relationships with stress, illness, and trauma. Combining research informed practices with revolutionary brain + relationship science, I work from an integrative “head + heart” approach that incorporates mind, body, and spirit to help you increase resilience, release emotional baggage, and ignite holistic healing. Hence, Head + Heart Integrative Psychotherapy. For I believe that only by working from a holistic perspective can we truly experience deep healing and lasting change.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all – Aristotle
I also believe that we all have an innate ability to help ourselves heal and to heal our relationships. But sometimes life gets really difficult, and we need some support to strengthen that self-healing muscle. And building muscles takes practice and exercise. Therefore, I assign my clients “homework” to generalize their experience in therapy to their daily lives – where the real change and muscle growth happens!
Science shows us that relationships are one of the most powerful tools for igniting healing and cultivating resilience. And as a person-centered therapist, my focus in my therapeutic relationships is to provide a safe, compassionate, and nurturing space for fostering empowered change in my clients and their relationships.
My practice of psychotherapy and counseling is research and trauma informed and integrates Relationship Science (Attachment Theory, Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Relational Life Therapy), Interpersonal Neurobiology, Systems Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Somatic therapy, EMDR therapy, depth psychology and parts work, and trauma-informed interventions.
MY BACKGROUND + QUALIFICATIONS
I am a licensed Psychotherapist and Relationship Counselor. I have a Masters in Counseling from St. Edwards University with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy, which means that I trained in Family Systems and am very relational in my work. So, when I work with clients I often explore the relational experiences and influences in their life. As a practitioner of attachment theory, I believe this is essential in our work together. For research has shown that much of our relational experiences as an adult can be tied to our experiences in childhood. But good news is – research also shows us we can re-wire these patterns and create positive relationship attachments, even if we never had that before. And that is exactly what a great therapeutic relationship and space can provide.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Texas (License #: 202879), and I am supervised by Patricia Koch, PhD, LMFT-S. In addition to my degree, I am a lifelong learner and am actively engaged in research informed professional development. I have received training in Systems Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, EMDR, Trauma Informed approaches, Mindfulness, Somatic Therapy, NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
I typically like to meet with my clients on a weekly basis and reserve a specific weekly time slot for them. The reason for this is the more consistent the therapy, the more effective the results. Once we both feel you have made sufficient progress we may move to bi-monthly sessions if needed. I am not a therapist who will try to keep you around longer than you need me. You can expect regular check-ins about progress so we can together assess and adjust in order to get you to your goals in a timely manner.
In our intake session we will get clear on what you want to work on and we will begin to design a road map as to how to get there together. This will be a “living” road map, as we will adjust as necessary.
In session you can expect a safe space where you can bring your current concerns and past hurts and express them without judgment. You can expect an empathetic and compassionate ear combined with actionable tools and strategies for empowering you towards growth, healing, and connection.