Marianela Dornhecker Bio

Psychologist I

Personal Statement:
I truly enjoy working with college students through counseling work. College can be an exciting and challenging time in someone’s life as they work to understand their identity and values. I like working through an integrative approach that emphasizes an interpersonal and relational-cultural perspective. I value providing clients with the opportunity to explore their multicultural context, and to pursue a life in which their values guide their choices. I believe in the power of a genuine relationship, and that those relationships are formed through the courage of being vulnerable and authentic.  I often strive to understand an individual from their perspective, and believe in the importance of understanding their worldview. Finally, I find incorporating a present-moment focus is effective in working in a therapeutic environment. I also enjoy providing outreach services to the campus community that focus on strengths and resilience. I believe resilience is important for academic success. On a personal note, I enjoy traveling, learning about different cultures, cooking and eating diverse food, yoga, running outdoors, and spending time with my partner and our four-legged babies.

Academic Training:
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Baylor University
Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service

Areas of Special Interest:
Resilience, Trauma Recovery, women’s issues, identity development, issues impacting undocumented students, issues impacting LGBTQ students, issues impacting first generation students, mindfulness and meditation, intersecting identities, acculturation process

Theoretical Orientation:
Integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal, relational-cultural, emotion-focused, humanistic/existential, ACT, and mindfulness approaches

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