Gus Alvarez-Olson, LPC, LMFT
Gus specializes in couples therapy. He incorporates the latest methodologies to help couples get stronger and heal from conflict. Gus has a grounding presence and brings a conscientious and insightful approach to therapy. His focus is in relationship health and has trained within modern therapeutic models that emphasize the latest research in the field. He is an Austin native and holds a Masters of Counseling from St. Edward’s University with a focus in Couples & Family Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He is dual-licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, reflecting his deep love for integrating individual and relationship work. He particularly enjoys building relationship and regulation skills through experiential practice. His approach is hands-on, collaborative, and encourages vulnerability within the process of achieving relationship goals.
Gus enjoys helping romantic partners, individuals, and families experiencing a wide range of concerns. He has trained for two years with nationally-known couples therapist John Howard, founder of Presence Therapy®, and works closely with John. Therapy with Gus often incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, and assertiveness work to foster personal growth, and he is well-versed in developmental disorders, having previously worked for several years with children with special needs in a variety of settings. Because people are unique and diverse, he emphasizes a client-centered approach to therapy, continually adapting sessions to best meet the needs of his clients. No matter the content or the process, Gus is committed to a framework that emphasizes respect, support, and cultural humility. He is LGBTQ+ affirming, and values working with clients with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.
When he’s not in the therapy space, you might find Gus hiking a new trail, playing tabletop games, watching bad movies with friends, or perfecting his roasted salsa recipe.