Name: Yvette LeBlanc . Home State: Texas . College: Austin College . Major: Psychology . Graduate School: University of North Texas . Degree: M.S. in Counseling . MBTI: INFP (The Poet)
Hey girls! So glad we’ve found each other. Here’s a little about me:
I was born in Houston and raised just outside of H-town in Spring, Texas. Which basically means that I have loved Beyonce since I was born. (So glad you asked.) My music taste does get pretty eclectic after Bey – but she still has my heart.
I grew up with an older brother and a younger sister, my mom and dad, plus a bunch of aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots of furry family members, too. I like to think my middle-child experience was the perfect prep for being a counselor and coach. I struggled with self-esteem, my own inner critic, and learning how to always play nice with others (I love my mom and my sister but sometimes it was tough!). While my childhood wasn’t perfect, I am so grateful for it, and I definitely learned a lot.
*Spoiler alert: All this stuff got better with time, learning, and some great coaches, counselors, and mentors along the way.*
I learn best and love to explore life through experience, and that has been a constant since I was young. After high school I found my way to a small, liberal arts school called Austin College in Sherman, Texas (not in Austin. That would be way too lucky). Although I enjoyed my studies in Psychology and French, my favorite parts of university were meeting great gal friends, taking on leadership opportunities, beginning my yoga practice, and studying abroad in Greece and Tunisia.
My college sorority’s motto is “So much to do, so much to be,” and that totally fit me. After I finished undergrad I was unsure of what the what I was supposed to do as an adult! I felt so in-between. I tried a lot of things (see above- learning best through experience!). I worked as an ESL teacher abroad in Mexico, worked for an ecumenical christian community in Scotland (all religions welcome here), volunteered at a low-cost medical clinic, worked as an executive assistant, and taught yoga, just to name a few. I discovered that while there was a lot I didn’t know about life and myself, my love for people, variety, helping others was as strong as ever. When I feel connected to the meaning behind what I am doing with my life, happiness abounds.
That’s still true for me today.
After my own therapy, (it’s the best!) and with my counselor’s encouragement, I decided counseling was a good fit for my career. I graduated from the University of North Texas with my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015, and directly after moved to France to pursue a lifelong dream of living and working in France and gaining some french language skills. I moved back to the USA in the fall of 2016, and currently work as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC Intern) specializing in utilizing expressive arts, play therapy, and yoga/mindfulness with my clients.
I’m Texan through-and-through, but my passport is never far. I’m an always-ready-to-go traveler, a strong feminist, and a colorful zen-lover. Yoga is a big part of how I stay grounded, and I’ll encourage you to find your own way to add zen to your life! I believe challenges and the toughest times in life are instances for us to grow deeper and understand and accept ourselves. My style is encouraging, positive, strengths-based, empathetic, and accepting. Life is so much better when have gal friend to support you: to celebrate the joys, to motivate positive changes, and to help you get encouraged, get grounded, and have perspective when you’re going through the tough stuff. I got you, girl!
Join today and hit me up! Let’s talk life – the good and bad.