Engracia Gill has been a psychotherapist in West Lake Hills, Texas since 2001. Her deep and varied experience makes her uniquely qualified to bring warmth and insights to couples counseling.
In her twenties, she earned an MBA from The University of Texas At Austin. Engracia quickly found that she was in the wrong field and vowed to return to her first love, the study of the human psyche. She was thrilled when accepted into the clinical social work program at NYU in New York City. Transferring back to the University of Texas, Engracia completed my MSW in Austin. Eager to put into practice the theoretical knowledge that NYU had instilled in her. To that end, Engracia studied with one of the most learned psychotherapists in Austin, Arlene Montgomery LCSW, Ph. D., honing her skills to better integrate the intuitive with the theoretical.
Engracia is a licensed clinical worker (LCSW), licensed by The Texas Board of Social Examiners, License #36536. Engracia trained and worked at North Austin Medical Center, where she was exposed to a great variety of situations, disorders, and populations.
While doctors and nurses tended to the physical aspects a patient’s needs, Engracia loved contributing to the patient’s healing process by advocating for his/her psychological well-being.
She also trained and worked at Capital Area Mental Health Center, where she was exposed to diverse individuals and a wider range of psychological issues. Deeply convinced of the clinical benefits of support groups, Engracia piloted a support group at this institution to allow for better integration of the skill learned in individual psychotherapy.
As a school counselor in a private school, Engracia worked with children from kindergarten through 8th grade. This experience taught her a lot about receiving back love as a reward for authenticity, firmness, and playfulness. Personally, affected by the war and trauma in her early childhood, she became fascinated with the healings effects of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a specific mind/body therapeutic tool that addresses aspects of psychoneuroimmunology in the healing of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Five years ago, Engracia trained in EMDR and has had great successes utilizing this technique with a variety of clinical presentations.
Engracia continues to explore other mind-body techniques through the use of color therapy. She has completed four levels of training in Emotional Transformational Therapy (TM), a therapeutic intervention tool that combines the psychological benefits of exposure to light therapy with psychological benefits resulting in enhanced psychological and physical well-being.
ENGRACIA CAN CONDUCT SESSIONS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, AND FRENCH UPON REQUEST.
Drawing from years of experience in the field of substance abuse and chemical dependency, Engracia continues to bring support and hope to the adolescents, individuals, families, and couples affected by the ravages of drug and alcohol dependency in an outpatient setting. To that end, she has studied the works of Pia Melody, John Bradshaw and Patrick Carnes, all specialists in the study of compulsive behaviors. Engracia conducts couples therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, and individual therapy sessions.
Because of her love for the human psyche and her fascination with its great healing powers, Engracia continues to deepen her understanding of recent discoveries in the field of neurobiology through literature review courses.