Alex Quinn (he/she/they) MS., LPC-Associate, Supervised by Candice Holloway, LPC-S
A Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate, supervised by Candice Holloway, LPC-S. I received my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas - Houston.
Alex Quinn (he/she/they), MS., LPC-Associate, Supervised by Candice Holloway, LPC-S
My name is Alex Quinn, and I am a white, queer therapist living in Houston, TX. I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Before obtaining my Masters at UST, I received my Bachelors of Arts from Austin College, then went to law school in Lubbock, Texas. After a short stint in criminal defense, I realized my talents and interests laid in relationship building, cultivating vulnerability, and problem-solving, which led me to drop out of law school and enter the counseling field.
Upon moving to Houston, I spent two and a half years providing care at The Menninger Clinic, specifically in the Pathfinder Unit. There, I worked closely with young adults facing a range of mental health challenges, including depression, bipolar disorder,
anxiety disorders, trauma, addiction, and personality disorders. From this experience I developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health, as well as the importance of tailored, client-focused treatment.
Throughout my clinical internships and tenure at Pathfinder, I accumulated valuable expertise in working with LGBTQ+ clients. I’ve provided individual, family, and group therapy for those navigating their gender and sexual identities while also maneuvering the unique challenges faced by the queer community. I am dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for all clients, regardless of background or experience.
I see therapy as a collaborative effort. Two humans with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and beliefs work together to establish a direction for therapy that aligns with the client’s goals and evolving needs. This approach is most successful when both parties engage in sessions as genuine, authentic individuals. Consequently, I am committed to fostering a therapeutic environment that allows for open communication, trust, exploration, and growth.
When working with clients, I use a trauma-informed Gestalt and existential approach. Specifically, this means we focus on thoughts, feelings, sensations, behaviors, and images that arise in the “here and now” during sessions, discussing and acting them out in real time to see how past experiences influence the client’s current, day-to-day life. As difficult and painful emotions, memories, or sensations arise for the client, we work together to contain and process the experience, allowing the client to move into a more balanced, relaxed state of being. From here, the client develops a sense of understanding, meaning, and ownership over their history, which informs how they live outside the therapy room.
I am consistently improving and cultivating my therapeutic skills so I can provide the best possible care for my clients. This commitment ensures that my practice remains informed, effective, and responsive to the diverse needs of those I serve. Outside of my professional life, I enjoy a range of hobbies and interests that keep me focused and grounded, such as playing video games and board games, reading fanfiction, brewing and savoring different coffees, jogging at the bayou, collecting rocks, and watching Korean dramas with my wife and our 3 beloved kitties.
Beauty is about noticing what is, not what should be, and I think shame lives in should. I spent so much of my life being told what I should be, what I should do, what I should wear. All of that was other people's shame that they were outsourcing on to me. I think being alive is a rebellious act, different from existing. Being alive is about insisting that you're a soul first, and to live life soul first is to excuse yourself from other people's shame.
-Alok V. Menon