Vanessa Gallagher is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, TX and sees clients virtually throughout Texas. Vanessa cultivates an inclusive, relaxed and welcoming environment that makes it comfortable to take a deep breath and explore the places where people feel stuck. Vanessa works with adults dealing with difficult transitions, grieving losses and working through depression or anxiety with a particular love for helping people find healing from traumatic or distressing childhood family dynamics. In her work with romantic partners and parents, Vanessa supports others to develop healthy dynamics, repair communication and connection breakdowns and figure out what couples want and need in order to move forward. Vanessa's consulting work with organizations allows her to offer a unique perspective to individuals dealing with work related stressors or growth goals.
Vanessa’s therapy style draws from the Gottman Method with couples, which is a popular approach to helping partners understand each other’s emotional reactions to conflict. This type of therapy is helpful for those who are about to get married, those who are going through divorce, or those who feel a sense of chronic conflict with their partner. Vanessa also uses elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with all of her clients, emphasizing the interconnected roles of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In a session, Vanessa may use relaxation or mindfulness activities to guide a client through periods of high stress.
Vanessa earned her Masters degree from St. Edward's University. She also works with companies and organizations to support the wellness of employees. Vanessa is an ally for LGBTQIA clients and has over 25 years of experience working with people.
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
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Years of Experience: 27 years
Gallagher Counseling , Owner/Psychotherapist , 2010 - Present
Resources For Living , Director - Disease Management Division , 2001 - 2001
Buckner Children and Family Services- Burnet, Director- Community Services, 1996 - 2001
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Investigator & Community Liaison , 1992 - 1995
Travis County Juvenile Justice , Residential Treatment Officer , 1990 - 1992
St. Edward's University , Master of Arts, Human Services , 1995
St. Edward's University , Bachelor of Arts, Economics , 1992