Tina Rix, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas LMFT Board Approved Supervisor, Master Healer
Entertainment Industry Therapist, Spiritual Warfare Warrior, Narcissistic Abuse,
Domestic Violence, Workplace Bullying, and Adult Bullying Survivor
Hello, thank you for visiting Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC. As our sessions will not be focused on me, of course, I wanted to take time to share a little about who I am. Gone are the days when you go see your therapist/counselor/life coach and you know little to nothing about their life and who they are. I believe that it is healthy to know a little about the professional you will be sharing the delicate aspects of your life with. Knowing a little bit more about your mental healthcare provider helps to break the ice, so to speak, and lets you know we are all human with life experiences, challenges, hard falls, and triumphant victories. As the owner of Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, I want you to know I care very much about you and your family's needs and am passionate about what I do daily as a therapist, counselor, and coach.
Learn More About My Story and Why I've Transformed Our Clinic to Focus on Healing the Populations of the Most Severely Abused and Neglected in Society
My areas of Specialization:
Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Clients (Men, Women, Teens, Children, and Families. 2). Musicians, music industry professionals, film industry professionals, and their families. I saw all types of clients for years, but at this point in my career, I find it important to specialize. I'm a Nigerian American psychotherapist, award-winning film director, and producer (@musicandmentalhealthdoc on Instagram), who uses the arts to heal and help others. I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist/Mental Health Professional. My official licensed title is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am based in Austin, TX, which has a culture that welcomes self-awareness, healing, growth, and individuality, hence the catchphrase, "Keep Austin Wierd," lol. I am an artist that creates what I like, different sounds, different styles of singing, and I rap as well. It is a place where I get to play. I didn't have a healthy childhood and have survived multiple rounds of narcissistic abuse, from church settings, workplace, family, and 2 marriages I had to walk away from to keep my sanity. Through it all, I have worked on healing myself (without anyone holding my hand along the way), breaking down the stereotype of a strong black woman who feels no pain and can make it through anything and saying... "NO...I'm Broken... I Need Space to Heal... You Need to Heal Too... Healing is Honorable... Healing is Transformative... Healing Should Not be Stigmatized. Our new motto is, "Your Trauma is NOT DRAMA!" Through music, theatre, place, writing, painting, and sharing your story. Better Path family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC is a safe place to share your story, educate yourself, learn what parts of yourself have unresolved/unhealed deep-rooted trauma, and gain the skills to fight with facts, knowledge, awareness, and nonreligious spirituality. I share and went on my deep healing journey after coming out of a severely damaging marriage to a Covert Narcissist. The damage was tremendous and I realized I dies but was still alive. Completely wrecked and isolated with newborn twin girls and having the police called on me for asking my personality disordered spouse if the twin he was holding was okay because she cried so loudly and I had not realized she has colic. I knew I was not living in a real-world... I had to have been in some type of prison because my good nature and kind heart were not translating into anything positive in my husband's life. All I encountered was humiliation, disrespect, confusion, accusations, triangulation, lies, smearing, harassment, financial abuse, abandonment, noncommitment, slandering, false allegations called into the police, and living in opposites day every day. In this marriage, everything I did that was healthy, peaceful, and good-spirited was deemed wrong, stupid, nonsensical, and shameful... this is just the tip of the iceberg. What was done to me was criminal. The effects of the wreckage showed up in my mental, physical, emotional, and psychological health. I share my story while encouraging others to share their story, advocating for mental health, and being an example of a woman that may have figuratively and literally been pulled down while up, kicked while down, suffocated in toxicity to a fault where from the outside no one can tell who is the perpetrator and who is the victim, underestimated, and mocked all her life but refused to give up! People like me (sexually abused as a child, scapegoated in the family system for whistleblowing, foster teen, teen pregnancy, deadbeat dad of a child, all romantic relationships turned out to be narcissistic and sadistic psychological and emotional torture)... yea... people like me don't come this far, and that is why I have to stay the course and spread the importance of mental health awareness, emotional abuse, suicide awareness, transphobia (their lived matter... getting their pronouns correct matters), continued discrimination of the LGBTQA+ community. A lot of people belonging to these groups heal through the arts, and this is why advocating for the importance of supporting independent artists of all types is vital to my purpose as an artist with a well-established career in mental health and marriage and family therapy. Independent artists provide us the tools we need to heal, you know, the picture painted through emotions, lyrics, rhythms, and the sound uniquely created by their instruments... artists are needed, healing from devastatingly dark and inhumane emotional and psychological abuse is needed (the invisible wounds), adult bullying awareness is needed. Healing is integral for us to prevent more suicides and create a universal psychosocial awareness of the importance of treating other people with respect and room to discover themselves, heal, and grow. You are needed, your art is needed, your healing is important, sharing your story saves lives, and breaks generational curses of misplaced and unprocessed trauma. I want you to know that anyone who has experienced complex trauma... the healing journey never ends... you have the right to stay in therapy as long as you want. If you decide you are doing well and feel pretty stable, then decide to return to therapy for more support later on down the road, please feel free to do so. With deep-rooted trauma, dysfunctional and diabolical families of origin, abusive ex-partners, smear campaigns causing multiple rounds of social rejection throughout life, it is normal to have relapses... we are not judging... we love you, I can relate, and I understand, can empathize, and help you with all hell you have been through... you are strong... you are a fighter, and that is why you are reading this right now. You want a better life. You deserve a better life.
I graduated in 2006 with a Masters of Human Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (4.0 GPA)
I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Foods and Nutrition
I have 17 years of experience in the field of mental health, therapy, and the social sciences/services
My private practice was established in 2011
Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC was established in 2016.
I have a natural love for humanity and a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families
I launched the company Tina Rix Music and Film, LLC and Thought Positive Media, LLC in 2020, with a goal set to bring the community together through music and mental health. I'm an executive producer and Film Director of an Award-Winning (over 45 awards) 9 episode Docuseries titled Music and Mental Health. You can find more information on our homepage. I am a music artist, releasing a full-length music album in summer/early fall 2022, which has been a labor of love. The music, arts, film... they are all part of me, and I killed those parts of me to fit in and be accepted by society through different parts of my life. After the marriage straight from HELL, my spirit sent me back to the music and film world. These 2 projects are symbolic of me returning to listing to my inner man and trusting my gut once more. No more submitting to and following a dark-spirited demented and tortured soul of the Narcissistic spouse. I divorced him after filming and it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made in my life. I am happy to share it with the world. I am living in my calling and expressing myself in all forms possible with the desire to connect with my truest self and embrace the many different layers and personas I embody. "I'm Every Woman...It's all in me..." like Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston sing it! I'm Tina Rix, MS, LMFT, Master Healer, Narcissistic Abuse Survivor, Scapegoated Child Abuse Survivor, Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor, Teen Pregnancy Survivor, Church Hate and Judgment Survivor, Workplace Bullying Target, Spiritual Warefare Warrior, Mental Health Coach, Award-Winning Film Director, Music Recording Artist, Supermom, and Nutritionist. Guess what I love myself so much and realize I am enough. I want you to discover who you really are, learn who you are, and heal all the wounds. Start your healing journey today! Warmest Regards
More About Tina Rix
I live by the motto of Better Path Family Counseling, which is "Your Trauma is NOT DRAMA." You have a story, you deserve to be able to share it without being judged, looked down on, or shamed. I am focused on higher consciousness, career, parenting, my faith, and choosing to be positive. I also love volunteering and/or giving back to the community.
I am a current Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy Student program at Loma Linda University.
I love spending time with my family, researching, leisurely reading, attending church, writing music, singing, and traveling.
I'm a film director and producer. My first project was filmed January through Mid March 2020...picked back up in the summer of 2021, called Music and Mental Health
I love to work out with outdoor walks in nature and try my best to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
I love learning and am a big nerd
I am demisexual, which gray asexuality or gray-sexuality. What is that you ask? It is the spectrum between asexuality and sexuality. Individuals who identify with gray asexuality are referred to as being "gray-A, or a gray ace", and makeup what is referred to as the "ace umbrella" (LGBTQIA2s+).
More on the Demisexual Orientation:
According to the Demisexuality Resource Center, a person who is demisexual will feel sexual attraction and desire to engage in sexual activities far more rarely than the general population.
For example, most people can feel sexually attracted to random people whom they meet in public or at work or school. In some cases, this is based purely on physical attraction and comes from simply seeing the person.
In contrast, a demisexual will only feel sexual attraction toward a person once they have had the chance to develop a strong emotional bond with them. If they feel a sexual attraction toward a person, they may choose to engage in sexual activity with them, but the urge is often weaker. In some cases, it may never develop, despite the emotional connection.
In other words, an emotional bond does not guarantee that the person will have any sexual desire, but it is necessary for them even to consider t sexual activity.
Why does demisexuality need a label?
Putting a label on a certain sexual identity can help people feel included and realize that they are not alone. By choosing the label of demisexual, a person can join a larger community of people who also identify as demisexual. Doing this may help them feel supported, support others, and find acceptance.
Do demisexual people have a sexual desire?
Sexual acts and sexual attraction are separate entities.
A person who identifies as demisexual may feel sexual attraction to a person with whom they are close, but they may not have a high sex drive or desire to engage in sexual activities with the person.
Just like other people, those who identify as demisexual can have different levels of sex drive, but generally, demisexual people do have the capacity to desire sex.
Is it normal to want sex only after getting to know someone?
Most people can feel sexually attracted to a few different people at any given time, regardless of an emotional connection or degree of familiarity. A person’s desire to have sex with others does not necessarily remain limited to those they know well.
Though some people may choose only to have sex in an established relationship, others may desire to have sex with someone they just met. Both approaches toward sex are completely normal.
A person who identifies as demisexual will only develop sexual feelings toward a person if they have a close emotional bond with them.
Gray- Asexual: Gray-asexuality
Gray-a or gray asexuality, like demisexuality, is on the asexual spectrum. Unlike demisexuality, though, a person who identifies as gray-a experiences infrequent or less intense sexual attraction or desire to engage in sexual activities.
According to GLAAD, an organization that works to promote transgender acceptance and rights, a person who is gray-a may feel sexual attraction due to any number of different circumstances.
People who identify as gray-a may:
experience sexual attraction infrequently, but it does occur sometimes
experience sexual attraction but have a low sex drive
have specific reasons why they feel attracted to and enjoy sex with others
While gray-asexual and demisexual people both experience sexual attraction infrequently, the key difference here is that gray-asexual people do not necessarily require an emotional bond to feel sexual attraction.
Gray-a is a very inclusive sexual orientation, meaning that there are a lot of ways in which a person could identify themselves as gray-a. According to the Demisexual Resource Center, a person can define gray-a however they choose.
Sapiosexuality (Not part of LGBTQIA2s)+ vs. Demisexual: What's the Difference?
Demisexuality is also similar to sapiosexuality in some ways. The main similarity is that a person who identifies as sapio has a limited number of people to whom they may be attracted, as does a demisexual person.
The major difference, however, is that a person who identifies as sapiosexual is attracted to intelligence or the mind of the other person. Here, the emotional bond is not the crucial factor.
The authors of a recent study that investigated whether IQ specifically was the most attractive trait for sapiosexuals concluded that it was not the most important factor. According to the findings of this study, subjective intelligence seemed to be more important than objective intelligence, which is what an IQ test measures.