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As a neuropsychologist, my approach to therapy is based on an empathic connection with clients and involves a holistic approach that integrates client’s unique backgrounds, family dynamics, strengths, and interests combined with a comprehensive understanding of brain functioning.

 

I draw from 18 years of experience in various mental health settings provide a collaborative treatment approach with unique brain-based interventions. I work with patients to identify recurring themes and patterns of thoughts, feelings, self-concept, relationships and life experiences with an emphasis on how past experiences contribute to recurring patterns of behavior and relationships. I also integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. 

  Specialties

Psychological Assessment

"Type A" Professionals

ADHD / Executive Dysfunction

Couples Counseling

Narcissism

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  THE TEAM 

Each of our therapists are highly skilled professionals with a variety of areas knowledge and expertise

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Shea McTaggart, Psy.D 
Neuropsychologist, Director of Assessment 

As a neuropsychologist, my approach to therapy is based on an empathic connection with clients and involves a holistic approach that integrates client’s unique backgrounds, family dynamics, strengths, and interests combined with a comprehensive understanding of brain functioning.

I draw from 22 years of experience in various mental health settings provide a collaborative treatment approach with unique brain-based interventions.  I work with patients to identify recurring themes and patterns of thoughts, feelings, self-concept, relationships and life experiences with an emphasis on how past experiences contribute to recurring patterns of behavior and relationships. 

Elizabeth Seabolt-Esparza, Houston Therapy

Sometimes in life we find ourselves feeling lost or stuck or maybe we have experienced a great loss or trauma. While friends and family can offer support and solace during these times, developing a relationship with the right therapist can offer a unique and safe space to work through these problems in a way that can’t always be done with loved ones.

I take an integrative and non-judgmental approach with my clients and create a safe and nurturing environment for my clients to explore and grow. I am also trained in DBT skills and specialize in providing EMDR for trauma and other issues.  

Kelly Birkhold, LCSW. Houston Therapy

I believe we all are inherently good people who face struggles in life that challenge our understanding of ourselves and others. In these moments, we have the choice to cling to rigid, limiting, outdated, or unfair thoughts about ourselves and others, or we can become resilient through our capacity to learn new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving in our lives that align with our goodness and goals. You can do it, and my job is to help you on that journey!

I have a dual master’s degree in social work and marriage and family therapy. I also have over 9 years of experience helping individuals and families. To be your therapist is a privilege, and I look forward to helping you accomplish your therapeutic goals

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The relationship we have with ourselves is the greatest we will experience throughout our lifetime. I believe therapy is an investment in that relationship. The therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to safely venture into self-exploration with curiosity, compassion, and understanding. As we begin to unveil the old patterns we have unconsciously been stuck in, we notice not only an increase in our own self-awareness, but we also feel empowered to make shifts in how we relate to others and engage in life. I work to create a space that encourages clients to bring all aspects of themselves because I know that true understanding and transformation begins when we give ourselves permission to fully feel and express ourselves.

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Jackie Perin, Houston Therapy

Reaching out for help when life gets overwhelming can be the hardest part of the therapeutic journey. I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment so that we can work together to find more helpful ways of coping with life’s struggles.  My hope is to help reduce all forms of suffering by helping my clients explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to gain more insight about themselves and to find more adaptive approaches to managing their lives and interpersonal relationships.

 

I work with adults, couples, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and family of origin issues.  

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My approach to psychotherapy is both client-centered and evidence-based. Using a collaborative processes, we may review and learn a number of tools and techniques  that can help with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, or crisis. I also engage many clients through depth work that may speak to the human experience in profound ways, including existential themes, values, meaning-making, and spirituality. My background in the Humanistic & Existential traditions often emerges early in our work, as we delve deep into your current concerns and your background.

I specialize in working with mens mental health issues and often work with clients in the legal, STEM, education, and medical professions, as well as athletes, creatives, and college or graduate students.

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As a compassionate therapist with a straightforward style, I am dedicated to guiding clients on their journey towards well-being. With expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal psychotherapy, and neurofeedback, I offer a well-rounded approach to mental wellness. My practice is grounded in integration, blending evidence-based techniques with a deep understanding of biological and brain-based processes. Together, we'll navigate your challenges, cultivate resilience, and uncover pathways to a fulfilling life.

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There are different therapy approaches that work well for different people. As such, my therapy approach depends on what the person wants help with and may be a good fit for them. Generally, my therapeutic approach emphasizes mentalizing, attachment, and psychodynamic principles. This means that I help you to understand how early relationships and experiences may have impacted your current personality, relationships, and problems in living. I frequently incorporate aspects of other therapy approaches (e.g., dialectical behavior therapy) that utilize skills or behavioral strategies.

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Claire Cooper, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My therapeutic approach is rooted in attachment and family systems theories. Understanding that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy, I will also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) when needed.

 Through individual, couple, or family therapy, I will support you in gaining a new understanding of yourself and your relationships. Together, we will create an individualized treatment plan that will guide our work towards achieving your, your significant other's, or your family’s goals.

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Brianna Dennis-McCrory
Administrator

I am currently attending a master’s program in clinical psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I help to support our therapist team, while also working to connect you with the right therapist to best fit your needs.

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