As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Gena has trained in systemic therapies, EMDR and play therapy, with an emphasis on personality theory and spirituality. After interning for the Veterans Administration, Gena completed her licenses and then served as clinical director in nonprofit counseling settings before receiving a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, Gena is involved in research to understand the process by which religious values are integrated with social justice values such as LGBT affirmation. She has published and presented at national and international conferences on topics such as family therapy techniques, attachment, trauma, multicultural competency, and cross-cultural empathy. In 2013, Gena helped co-found The Human Empathy Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Austin, Texas that exists to foster mutual empathic connection with 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