Rachael Saylor Garza, LCSW-S, LCDC
B.A., International Business, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
M.S., Social Work, University of Texas. Austin, TX
Rachael sees therapy as a process that develops out of a therapist-client relationship that allows people to gain insight through feedback and self-reflection. A clearer picture of oneself allows each person to make choices that align with his/her/their values and live at peace due to being rightly related to God, self and others. Health comes out of an integration of our whole beings and ability to use what is known about oneself, God and the world to make sense of the difficult realities that life brings.
Rachael’s background is in substance use treatment, family therapy, codependency, trauma, mental health and crisis management. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Rachael came to the field of social work after a career change from international business. She entered into the world of social work in Austin through an AmeriCorps placement at the Trinity Center, a day shelter in downtown Austin, where her compassion, curiosity, passion for serving others and ability to listen, all came together to start her career. Since that time, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings learning about and walking alongside individuals and families in their recovery journeys. Her training is in Systems Theory, Structural Family Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Relational-Cultural Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy which focus on developing coping skills for connecting thoughts, feelings, behaviors and consequences together for the purpose of being in control of one’s life. Therapy (and life) are not about “fixing” oneself or one’s world, but rather about identifying/regulating emotions, and communicating the thoughts and feelings that are revealed. One’s internal world provides valuable information via thoughts and feelings. If ignored, emotions and thoughts can be dangerous, as they can rule one’s life and relationships without one’s knowledge by coming out sideways. If used and communicated, thoughts and emotions build connection between oneself, others and God in order to build hope and growth. As Brene Brown says, hope is not an emotion, it is a cognitive behavioral process developed out of struggle and vulnerability.