Licensed Professional Counselor


Spencer Guthrie, MA

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping clients to create changes that will lead them to a more fulfilling and healthy future. I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. I have had varied counseling experience working with inmates in a county jail, working for a non-profit agency that helps victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and now in private practice. During my time working in private practice, I have worked with children, teens, and adults on various issues. Some things I commonly work with clients are coping skills for stress, Anxiety, and Depression, marriage and family issues, self-harm and suicidal ideation, body-image issues, personality and career, and taking control of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


In addition to my counseling experience, I have more than 18 years of experience as a competitive gymnast, including a collegiate career at Texas Woman’s University. My time as an athlete helped me to realize that I could control a lot of the outcomes of my performance by making changes to my mindset and by regulating my emotions. These lessons have been pivotal not only in my athletic career, but in my professional and personal pursuits as well. I am a firm believer that mental and physical health are equally important in our development as people and that we all have the abilities within us to make the changes we need to have a happier and healthier life. I hope to be a resource that will help clients to discover their inner strength.

I enjoy working with individuals and families who want to improve the quality of their lives or are in need of someone to walk with as they overcome challenges managing or coping with daily life. At Inside Fitness Professional Counseling & Life Coaching we want to help you and your children and teens find ways to enhance your relationships and make this stage a smoother life transition.

I believe we are all unique individuals worthy of receiving unconditional love. I will be honored to walk with you on your unique journey towards wholeness, and becoming your authentic self.

In addition to Professional Counseling, I am a Certified Life Coach for teens and young adults needing an accountability partner as they seek clarity, overcome challenges, and setbacks to work towards their life’s goals.

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How I Can Help

Client Focus

  • Children (5 to 10)

  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

  • Adults


  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Eclectic

  • Family Systems

  • Person-Centered

  • Positive Psychology

  • Play Therapy

Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders

  • Thinking Disorders


  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Management

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Career Counseling

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Obesity

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Oppositional Defiance

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Sports Performance

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Teen Violence

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Weight Loss

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Spencer Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

What is your preferred style of counseling / coaching?

I prefer to customize my Counseling style to each individual client. I enjoy connecting current issues your facing to your lifetime experiences in order to get a full picture of the problems you’re facing and how to overcome them. I’m not one to solely give you advice, but rather to brainstorm solutions with you and empower you to make the decisions that are best for your life moving forward. I use educational mental health resources that I have and teach you proven tools that have been successful in counseling and coaching.

How should I prepare for my first session?

Thoroughly filling out the intake form is extremely helpful for me! The intake form provides me with the first snapshot into what’s going on with you. It gives me a little glimpse at who you are and how to work with you individually. I advise that my clients take some time before the session to reflect on their goals for therapy. If you don’t have specific goals outlined yet, then think about what you’d like to get out of therapy.

What should I expect in my first session with Spencer Guthrie?

In the first session, we will go over Informed Consent and Confidentiality as well as the logistics of therapy. I will typically ask a lot of questions in the first session so that I can get to know you! I know it can be scary meeting with a total stranger and sharing deeply personal information with them, so feel free to come with any questions you have for me about myself as a therapist or the process. I’m happy to clarify anything that I can!

My child (under 18 yrs) will be seeing Spencer Guthrie for therapy / coaching, as the parent, what is expected of me, what can I expect from you, and how can I be updated on treatment and progress?

With parents, I will usually ask that they sit in for a bit on the first session. We will go over confidentiality and expectations and I will collect any information that would be helpful for me to know about your child for our work together. Parents are welcome to meet with me briefly before or after a session anytime they have a concern or would like an update on progress. I can also correspond via email. My expectation of you as a parent is that you be open to feedback if I believe it would be helpful to your child. Children often need the help and support of their parents in order to grow from therapy. There may be times when I feel there is something specific you can do as a parent to help your child and I ask that you be open to those suggestions.

I'm a new client, how often do you recommend we meet?

I typically recommend to any client I’m first meeting with that we meet on a weekly basis to start. It takes time to get to know you and your specific needs and in order for us to come up with a game plan, we need to meet fairly often in the beginning. If you’re in a crisis situation or struggling a lot, we can meet up to twice a week. Over time, if I feel that progress is being made, I’ll check back in with you and we can decrease meetings to bi-monthly session or monthly check-ins. I’m always open to your own feelings about how often to meet, so please let me know if you feel like we need to meet more or less often.