Holistic Therapist // Yoga + Meditation Instructor
A Little About Me
Hi, friend! My name is Fernanda (Ferny, for short) and I have been a practicing therapist in Austin, Texas for about five years now, and have called this incredible city my home for over a decade. I have always felt a strong connection to the process of helping others through authentic connection and conversation, and I became a counselor with the intention of providing those in need with just that — a space to connect, be fully heard, and a chance to dig into their inner landscape. I also believe my journey as a therapist is one of my most important paths to walk (my dharma, if you’re into yogi-talk) and that through helping others, I experience my own healing and fulfillment.
Yoga, my second passion, came to light 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 of connecting breath with the body. Its healing benefits began to extend way past the physical, bringing peace to an anxious mind and teaching me how to cultivate more self-acceptance and self-awareness. Because of this, I started down the road to become a teacher myself, and keep spreading this incredibly healing practice to others.
My personal mindfulness practice has taken many forms over the years: meditation, reading, journaling, ritual, retreats, trainings, and of course, yoga -- all of which have served me in indescribable ways. I created Mind Body Peace to help others find deep healing, transformation, and growth through the practices of therapy, self-compassion work, mindfulness, and yoga. It is my hope that through personal exploration, facing our fears, value-based behavior, mindful practices, 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
I specialize in ACT and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, working to link the mind and body throughout the healing process, while infusing my therapeutic work with the healing aspects of meditation, present-moment awareness, yogic philosophy, spirituality, and somatic experiences. I focus heavily on self-compassion, discovering and honoring your personal truths, and on co-creating an authentic and value-focused life with my clients.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UTSA, and my Masters in Counseling at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. In 2013, I went on to build a private practice at Austin Mindfulness Center, where I began specializing in ACT therapy and received years of active guidance within the ACT modality and framework. I completed an ACT-intensive training led by Steven C. Hayes in 2015, and a Compassionate Mind (CFT) training led by Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD and Dennis Tirch, PhD in July of 2017. In January of 2018, I opened the doors to my own private practice, Mind Body Peace, which is where I see clients today.
I am also an RYT-500, and was certified through the Wanderlust Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training program in 2014, and earned my 300-hour certification through the Janet Stone School of Yoga in 2018. I specialize in teaching meditation and vinyasa yoga, with a love for mindful flows, ritual, creative sequencing, and dynamic, intuitive movement.
Alongside my 500 hours of training, I completed a 100-hour training / immersion with Janet Stone in Ubud, Bali, where I continued my education in vinyasa sequencing, alignment, mantra and kirtan, meditation, and Ayurvedic practices. I continued my studentship with Janet in November of 2016, attending a 50-hour training focused on the Five Elements and Sadhana in Los Cabos, Mexico, and as of January 2018, I completed Janet Stone's 25-hour Intuitive Sequencing training. I have also trained under, learned from, and been inspired by many local Austin teachers, of which I am especially thankful to Gioconda Parker, for giving me my first meaningful introduction to yoga and for her heartfelt guidance throughout my journey. Infinite bows and thank you's to all of my amazing teachers. Jai guru deva!
Currently, I teach public classes exclusively at Wanderlust Yoga Austin.