Psychotherapist / Yoga + Meditation Instructor
I have always felt a strong connection to the process of helping through being a receptive listener. Even as a young girl, I always felt drawn to knowing about how other people's minds worked, finding myself intrigued by the stories of others and how the human mind and heart worked. In 2010, I entered my Master's program knowing that this was my rightful path: to help others through compassion and openness. I feel a great deal of honor when someone chooses to share about their life with me, especially the tender and difficult moments. I personally know how difficult and scary it can be to trust someone with such vulnerable pieces of yourself, and I see my role as a helper as one of incredible value. I became a counselor with the intention of providing a path to healing, and to offer love, compassion, and an open ear to those who may have never encountered such. I believe my journey as a therapist is my most important path to walk, and that through helping others, I experience my own healing and fulfillment.
My second passion came to light when I was making some big transitions in my personal life. I truly dove into the yoga experience in 2008, right when I moved to Austin and was experiencing big (and sometimes difficult) transitions. I found my voice and strength in vinyasa yoga, and was immediately drawn to the fluid practice. Its healing benefits extended past the physical, bringing peace and calm to an anxious mind, and taught me how to use my breath and body to cultivate more acceptance and self-awareness. Yoga showed me how to let go of fear, and how to embrace, trust, and send love to every part of myself. My classes combine the fluidity of vinyasa yoga with meditative elements. I strive to offer my students the experience of both yin and yang, helping them find strength as well as peace within their practice. Expect a playful approach, infused with powerful movements, and a focus on internal body awareness.
It is my hope that through personal exploration, facing our fears, value-based behavior, and a heavy dose of self-love, I can help guide others towards a more wholehearted and authentic way of living. And hopefully make their journey through life a bit more light-hearted.
Education + Training
Fernanda specializes in ACT and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, working to link the mind and body throughout the healing process, while infusing her therapeutic work with the healing aspects of meditation and present-moment awareness. She focuses heavily on self-compassion, and on co-creating an authentic and value-focused life with her clients.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UTSA, and her Masters in Counseling at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She has gone on to build her private practice at Austin Mindfulness Center, where she has been seeing clients since 2013.
She completed an ACT II weekend-intensive training led by Steven C. Hayes in 2015, and completed a Compassionate Mind (CFT) training led by Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD and Dennis Tirch, PhD in July of 2017. She is grateful to her supervisor and founder of Austin Mindfulness Center, Jiovann for his years of active guidance within the ACT modality and framework.
Fernanda is also an RYT-200, certified through the Wanderlust Teacher Training program, a Yoga Alliance approved program. She specializes in vinyasa flow, with a love for mindfulness meditation, creative sequencing, and dynamic movement.
In April of 2016, Fernanda completed a 100-hour training / immersion with Janet Stone in Ubud, Bali, where she continued her education on vinyasa sequencing, alignment, mantra and kirtan, meditation, and Ayurvedic practices. She continued her education with Janet in November of 2016, attending a 50-hour training focused on the Five Elements and Sadhana in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Currently, she teaches public classes at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, as well as multiple group and private classes around the Austin area.