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You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
- Brené Brown
Renee Villaneuva
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Adults, Couples, Teens, Youth

Renee Villanueva, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Profile

Renee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work from Texas State University. She has a trauma informed yoga certificate with a focus of integrating yoga into talk therapy. Her experience over the past 9 years include working with adolescents and adults for individual and couples counseling.

Renee also utilizes CBT, EMDR (trained), mindfulness techniques, Gottman theory and somatic work. Her interventions may include inner child work, setting boundaries, limiting thinking & behavior patterns, attachment theory, meaningful relationships, grounding techniques & self-compassion. Outside of work, Renee enjoys being lakeside, kayaking, hiking, traveling, reading, trying new things, and spending time with her daughter, friends & family.

Specialties

Abandonment
ADHD
Anxiety
Attachment
Caregivers
Chronic
Codependency
Depression
Transitions
Mood
PTSD
Panic
Parenting
Perfectionism
Relationship
Self Esteem
Stress
Substance
Trauma

Welcome

There are moments in life when we feel stuck and navigating life feels difficult. Therapy is a great tool to gain greater clarity & deep emotional healing. Together, we can uncover blocks that may be preventing you from living a life of authenticity, deep emotional healing & personal growth. I believe in a holistic approach and tuning inward with awareness and compassion.

My primary interests are working with individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma based symptoms & diagnosis, career and life transitions, balancing self care, parenting, healthy relationships and perinatal mental health. I am also interested in working with couples who have challenges related to communication, want a deeper connection or break free from patterns no longer serving them.

How I Work

There is no one path to healing and healing looks different for everyone. I work in collaboration with my clients, creating a safe space, towards their desired goals. My mental health training expands beyond the mind, incorporating breathwork, movement or yoga. Merging psychotherapy and yoga exposed me to somatic work, mindfulness techniques and trauma informed care.

I utilize interventions such as controlled breathing, visualizations, meditation, self regulation and positive thinking. I approach therapy through a strengths based perspective and meet each client where they are.

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I've enjoyed seeing the peace and healing mindfulness brings to clients when utilizing it in sessions. It's an honor to see people transform.
Therapist Spotlight

What made you decide to become a counselor?


I decided to become a counselor when I took a psychology course in college and realized things I thought were normal growing up, were not normal. The more I learned about myself through the lens of psychology, the more I opened up to truly work on myself. The process was hard but rewarding and once I started that path, I had a passion for helping others connect the dots, shed light on issues, and provide tools, resources, and education to others in hopes to empower them in ways I felt empowered.


If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?


Emotional regulation/emotional intelligence


Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?


Yes. I learned that I struggled with anxiety by not accepting what was out of my control and should have been focusing inward. I also learned that I carried a lot of trauma in my body that needed to be released by processing it through talk therapy and yoga.


If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?


Setting boundaries, find peace: A guide to reclaiming yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab


What inspires you to help others?


I believe we all have a unique purpose in this world & we deserve to be our best selves while doing so. Each and every one of us deserves to live an authentic, happy & fulfilling life.


Who is your ideal client?


My primary interests are working with individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma based symptoms & diagnosis, career and life transitions, balancing self care, parenting, healthy relationships and perinatal mental health. I am also interested in working with couples who have challenges related to communication, want a deeper connection or break free from patterns no longer serving them.


How do you personally practice self-care?


Completely disconnecting from everything and being fully present. When I do disconnect I enjoy being outside, hiking or doing water activities, this helps me recharge. Working out, running and yoga are big stress relievers for me and allow me to reset. Spending time with loved ones and meditating allows me to feel connected & helps me refocus. I also have learned to set boundaries with loved ones and get plenty of sleep- boundaries & sleep help me recharge, reset and refocus.


How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?


I relate to mindfulness by practicing it in my life personally. I have not always been great at it but once I focused on incorporating mindfulness in my own life, I learned to approach life differently and see the world from a new perspective. It brought me peace and happiness and is still something I'm consistently learning to incorporate. I've enjoyed seeing the peace and healing mindfulness brings to clients when utilizing it in sessions. It's an honor to see people transform. I utilize interventions such as controlled breathing, visualizations, meditation, self regulation, yoga, and positive thinking. I also meet clients where they are and discuss mindfulness actives that's realistic and catered to their interests and lifestyle.


If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?


My mother because she helps out so much with my daughter, her best friend Michelle because she's fierce and my daughter because she would be the life of the party. Between all of us, you have a group of bold, passionate women. 

 
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