Claudine Lucena, MA
Claudine holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from St. Edward's University, with a dual concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, volunteering during her last year with the Texas Families Project, examining the impact of divorced mothers' reinvention efforts on their relationship with their children. Claudine has additional background with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, having worked as an ABA Therapist in the Austin area for five years. Claudine has received advanced training and experience from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as a part of the Minority Fellowship Program.
Claudine enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families of all ages and presenting issues. She has a passion for working with multicultural concerns, women's issues, depression, relational conflict, young adult issues, life transitions, chronic illness or medical issues, and couples and families impacted by autism.
Claudine approaches therapy with the aim of building an atmosphere of trust, safety, and non-judgement. Believing that the client is the expert on their own lives, Claudine's hope is to explore their story, delve into emotions that may be lying under the surface, and foster an authentic connection. Working in collaboration with her clients, Claudine seeks to offer a space where individuals, couples, and families may better understand the patterns that reverberate throughout their lives and in their relationships. While validating their experience and encouraging their strengths, Claudine hopes to partner with clients to help them work through the obstacles they face.