As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Gena has trained in systemic therapies, EMDR, play therapy, Relational Cultural Theory, the Enneagram, and spirituality. After interning at the VA, Gena completed her licenses and then served as clinical director for community mental health agencies before receiving her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Gena has published and presented at national and international conferences on topics such as the reconciliation of LGBT affirmation with Christian beliefs, family therapy, attachment and trauma. In 2013, Gena helped co-found The Human Empathy Project, a nonprofit in Austin that exists to foster empathic connection with members of faith and LGBT communities.
BA, The University of Texas at Austin
MA, George Fox University in Portland, Oregon
PhD, St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX