About Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, LPC-S
I received my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed my internship in the Psychological and Social Services Department at Dallas Independent School District. I earned my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with training and experience with individuals, couples, families and adolescents in both community and school settings.
I feel privileged to be part of a profession committed to promoting health and positive change. I bring experiences of working with clients at community agencies, higher education settings and rural and urban school districts from varied cultural and social backgrounds. My passion is working with adolescents, couples, and families. Teens, specifically, are in a distinct phase of development. Their perspectives are often both strong and evolving and can be mis-characterized in our adult world. Although they are often the protagonist in their life story, they are rarely the author. I also incredibly enjoy the dynamics and energy of working with couples and families.
In our lives, each relationship develops its own patterns and idiosyncrasies that, in many ways, do not fit into the dominant social narratives of couple and family life. Each story is distinct in significant ways, so the paths to relationship healing and/or repair must also be sensitive to each relationship or family. Additionally, the life transitions we experience in adulthood can be overwhelming at times, even with the support of family and friends. These stressors can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, or just the feeling of being “stuck” in ways that seem too difficult to move through on our own. In these times, we need to reach out. Finding the right therapist can be an important part of that journey.
My Therapeutic Approach
My therapeutic approach integrates Narrative, Solution-focused, and Relational approaches in a competency-based, culturally responsive framework. My style with clients is collaborative, focusing on client strengths while placing the client-therapist relationship central. We all posses certain strengths and competencies, which can be obscured by the current problems and difficulties that impact our lives. In building an authentic therapeutic relationship with clients, I work to collaboratively assist clients in finding or rediscovering their distinct competencies. Each person is unique. I honor that. As such, you, your child, your family and I enter this journey together mindfully tailoring my approach to fit your particular needs and goals. I’m passionate about this work and committed to helping you live your best life.
Areas of Specialization
- School/Work Stress
- Adolescent Development
- Relationship Difficulties
- Strained Family Dynamics
- Couples & Family Therapy
- Life Transition Issues
- Cultural Identity
- LGBTQ Identity
- 1995- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Notre Dame
- 1997- M.S, Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy Track, Our Lady of the Lake University
- 2005- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor (#60524)