Alex Villarreal, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor #80925
Texas State Board of Professional Counselors

M.A. in Counseling Psychology
St. Edward’s University, 2018

B.A. Major In Psychology, Minor in Kinesiology
Texas A&M International University, 2015

My name is Alex Villarreal. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in Austin, Texas. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edward’s University in 2018. I began my work in community mental health in 2016 before opening up my private practice in June of 2020.

My clinical work focuses on guiding clients through healing from complex trauma, family of origin issues, complicated grief/loss, sexual abuse and/or negative religious experiences. Other areas of focus include stress-management, navigating relationships, self-esteem, sexuality or gender issues, complex family dynamics and mood disorders.

I have worked with community mental health in the non-profit sector, focusing on crisis services, criminal justice/mental health initiatives and leadership of clinical programs. Some of my work has included supervision and career development of mental health providers, provision of mental health training to law enforcement, and community-based crisis intervention.

IFS (Internal Family Systems) is the primary model I use to support clients in the healing process. I also incorporate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology) and Sandtray techniques. I’m experiential and collaborative in my approach and adapt therapy to individual and/or family goals.

EMDR Therapy Austin
Latinx Therapist in Austin

Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training
IFS Institute, 80 Hours

Utilizing EMDR Protocols with Sandtray Therapy
Presented by Marshall Lyles

Introduction to Creating Healing Circles: Using the IFS Model in Facilitating Groups
Presented by Chris Burris

Internal Family Systems Level 2
(In Progress)
Intimacy from the Inside Out

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Basic Training, 48 Hours

Emotional Transformative Therapy (ETT)
Level 2: Visual Brain Stimulation, 25 Hours
Peripheral Eye Stimulation (PES) Light-emitting device.

Emotional Transformative Therapy (ETT)
Level 1: Introduction, 25 Hours

Spectral Resonance Technique (SRT)
& Multidimensional Eye Movement (MDEM

Sandtray Therapy Protocols & Processes
Partnering with Parents in Play Therapy
Conducting Family-Based Sandtray Sessions

Dr. Marshall Lyles

Healing Cultural Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
PESI Training

Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) Program


Co- Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders
Centralized Training

“Shame dies when stories are told in safe places.”

Body-Based Therapies

Internal Family Systems

Interpersonal Neurobiology

Collaborative Family Therapy

Crisis Intervention Services

Parent Consultation

Expressive Work

Sandtray Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)


Emotional Transformative Therapy