Rachel is a great therapist! Before diving into my issue, she took the time to understand my family tree, which included understanding my parents' upbringing and myself. I found this insightful because she took the time to understand where some of my current behaviors come from and how we can approach the root of the problem instead of giving generic advice to solve the surface level issue. Due to this, I have a stronger insight into who I am and how I can resolve issues in my daily life in a constructive manner. She is also kind, practical, and takes the time to respond thoughtfully. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone who is looking to truly understand their past and how they can live a better life for themselves and their own family."
Rachel Saenger, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Owner, Georgetown Counseling and Wellness
I am a licensed professional counselor/supervisor and a licensed marriage and family therapist/supervisor, specializing in couples counseling and counseling for depression, anxiety and trauma resolution.
As a counselor I create a warm, supportive, and safe environment in which my clients can move from feeling stuck, isolated or conflicted in some area of life to feeling more connected, joyful and successful. I specialize in relational and mindfulness/somatic therapies, and help my clients learn skills to improve relationships and achieve life goals. I offer counseling sessions for children and teens, adults, couples, and families.
When your vision of how you want your life to be doesn't match with your reality, we can work together to help you find new insight, hope and the tools to make positive changes in your life.
Some areas I specialize in working with clients on include:
Marriage and Couples Counseling
Wellness counseling, including: mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, yoga breathing techniques, tapping for emotional release
Grief, loss and trauma. EMDR-trained.
Family counseling for parents and children
Depression and Sadness
Court-related counseling services, including social studies, adoption studies and guardian ad litem work.
In my work with clients of all ages, I believe in giving my clients a range of tools to help create positive change in their lives and relationships. We set goals and then working toward these goals through deepening understanding of feelings in oneself and others, exploring new ways of thinking about yourself, understanding others' realities and learning better coping strategies.
My approach is uniquely tailored to each client or family; I provide support, acceptance, and encouragement to my clients, but also challenge mistaken beliefs about one's self and others that can hold clients back from feeling successful. My goal is to help my clients feel more confident, successful and connected to others.
I have been in private-practice since August 2008, and founded Georgetown Counseling and Wellness, a group counseling practice, in 2019. I work as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I also hold a Supervisor's license, to supervise LPC-Interns and LMFT-Associates working toward full-licensure. For the past eleven years I have had the wonderful experience of counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Since 2008, I have also worked as a guardian ad litem, and have done adoption studies in affiliation with the Williamson County and Travis County courts.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, playing the harp with the Williamson County Orchestra and spending time in nature exploring the Georgetown hiking trails as well as the TX State Parks.
I am a Board-Approved Supervisor with the Texas LPC and LMFT Boards. As a supervisor I provide a safe, supportive environment for my supervisees to learn, grow, and become more confident in their work. My goals as a supervisor are to facilitate my supervisees' discovery of their "true self" as a therapist, and to help my supervisees become more integrated and confident in their counselor identities and counseling approaches.
In my supervision work I draw from over 12 years of clinical experience in the Austin area working with individuals of all ages, as well as groups, families and couples to assist supervisees in deciding which approach/path to take with their clients, and working with a supervisees' theoretical approach. We also work together to develop treatment plans for clients with short-term and long-term goals, and track progress and outcomes. I love sharing, teaching and supporting other professionals in training, which is why I do this work.
We will also stay up-to-date on changes to Board rules and develop individualized learning outcomes to focus on clinical growth. I have used a variety of different orientations with in my various roles as a psychotherapist, including relational-cultural, CBT, Person-Centered, Adlerian, Mindfullness/MBSR, Family Systems and Psychodynamic.
I am currently taking a limited number of interns for supervision. At this time supervision is a combination of individual meetings once a month and group supervision once a month. Supervision takes place in my office. I do not supervise practicum students; only interns working toward full licensure with the Texas LPC or LMFT Board. Please contact me to schedule an in-person discussion if you are interested in my supervision services.
Requirements for Supervision
Masters or PhD in counseling or psychology from an accredited university and completed all coursework and practicum as required by the LPC/LMFT Board.
Completed and passed your national exam.
Have a place to provide counseling services.
Board supervision contract as well as individual contract with me, both signed.
Your curriculum vitae and 2 professional references including your practicum supervisor, current LPC supervisor, if applicable, and/or a professor from your program.
Release of information to consult with your previous supervisor, if applicable.
Obtain professional liability insurance for a minimum of 1 million/3 million coverage.
Complete and mail your application for temporary licensure, Practicum Documentation, and the Supervisory Agreement Form along with a copy of my supervisor’s license to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors or the Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Be prepared to wait four to six weeks before your application is approved and you can begin practicing.