Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience
- Jon Kabat Zin
Karla Corro, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Karla graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2009 majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Karla developed a strong passion to continue learning on the importance of mental health and decided to complete her graduate studies from Capella University.
She graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling and completed her practicum hours at a mental health hospital in San Antonio. Karla has been living in San Antonio for 5 years and has provided services to the following age groups: aged-school children, adolescents, and adults. Karla has experience and can provide services for the following: grief, transitions, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, attachment, relationships, and codependency. Karla has worked for two non-profit organizations in San Antonio, Texas offering virtual and in-person services to individuals and families. Karla has experience with outpatient services during her time at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center. Karla’s well-rounded experience has allowed her to make connections and provide services to people from all different types of backgrounds.
During her free time, Karla loves rescuing animals and spending time with her husband. She has three dog rescues that bring her all the joy and the stress that comes along with them.
It is my belief that the most important part of the counseling process is choosing the right therapist! I provide all of my clients with the opportunity to decide to stay with me after our initial intake. This allows for there to be a comfortable and safe approach with no added pressures. I invite all who are seeking services to give me an opportunity to guide them and learn from all of our own experiences in life. Counseling is the beginning of any journey and I welcome you to allow me to be a part of it.
How I Work
As a person-centered therapist, I allow for all my clients to lead the session by sharing the information firsthand and I follow by guiding the session. Let us think of it as I am the passenger of the vehicle you are driving. I incorporate a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach which allows for an individual to be aware of one’s own thoughts and how it influences a behavior. I also have experience with Cognitive Processing Therapy which is utilized for individuals who are struggling with post-traumatic stress. I also provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which is utilized in distress tolerance, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness and emotion regulation. As a therapist here at the Austin Mindfulness Center, I believe that remaining present in the moment allows for there to be a space for growth and introspection.
My ultimate goal is to work alongside with my clients and establish a healthy therapeutic alliance to build upon their inner strengths.
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I decided to become a counselor after learning how to manage my own mental health and wanting to help others along the journey of life.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I would teach one the skill of patience. Patience is a virtue and I believe it has been difficult to obtain in a fast-paced world. However, with patience, comes an opportunity to grow.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
As my clinical supervisor would say, “Every helping person needs another.” I sought out to learn more about myself and the experience was life-changing.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
I would recommend “Who Moved My Cheese” as we are all coping with changes everyday of our lives.
Who is your ideal client?
I do not believe there is such a thing as an ideal client. We are all imperfectly perfect beings. A client who is willing and ready to make a difference in their life is what matters most.
What inspires you to help others?
I receive all my inspiration from the individuals I serve. I feel blessed to be allowed to enter people's intimate lives and provide guidance and support.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I enjoy spending time with my three dogs and husband, going out on hikes and going on road-trips!
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?
My grandma and grandpa, because I miss them, and Jesus Christ. Religious beliefs aside, I would love to hear what that guy has to say about pretty much anything.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
Mindfulness is a big part of my life and something I strive to practice daily. Sometimes through meditation, sometimes by taking time to think before I respond, and sometimes by doing a quick body scan and taking a few deep breaths. I incorporate mindfulness into my sessions through discussion and introducing different tools so clients can decide what feels helpful and works for them.