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Emma Barr, LPA
Licensed Psychological Associate

Therapeutic Approach

Many people start thinking about therapy because, emotionally, they don’t feel good.  Maybe your emotions end up taking you for a ride and you feel helpless to stop it.  Emotions come and go, but they can sometimes feel endless, especially if they are intense.  Or maybe you are struggling to get in touch with your emotions and you find it difficult to connect.  Either way, what ends up making it worse is the power struggle we get into with our own emotions.  We want to push away the ones that feel bad and force the ones that feel good, but that never works for long.  Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid the power struggle completely?


People get stuck when we start feel out of control and rudderless, unsure of how to even begin fixing the way we feel inside.

“Where do I direct my efforts?” 

“Why am I feeling this way?”

Over time, we become frustrated and self-critical.

“What is wrong with me?”

“Why can’t I just get my act together?”


Change becomes possible when we realize that our problems may not be our fault, but they are our responsibility to address.  We must forgive ourselves for being imperfect.  From a standpoint of self-compassion and nonjudgmental curiosity, we will begin our work together.


Emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are like cogs in a wheel, and we will work together to figure out where and how the breakdown is occurring.  My therapeutic approach is a combination of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and interpersonal psychotherapy.  I have a background in neurofeedback, so I also take into account biological and neuropsychological factors, such as


Imagine that there are two mountains side by side; you are climbing one and I am climbing the other.  From my vantage point, I can see your mountain differently than you do.  What I can offer to you as a therapist is my perspective, to give you my viewpoint from outside of your experience.  It's not that you can't handle the climb on your own.  My job is to provide that perspective in a way that helps you get where you really want to go. 



I am a licensed psychological associate and I received my masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Neuropsychology from the University of Texas at Tyler.

I am a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and serve as the Chapter Secretary for the Texas Medical Center/Rice University Chapter here in Houston.


I am also a BCIA-certified neurofeedback practitioner at Houston Neuroscience Brain Center.



  • Stress Management and Burnout

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Self-compassion and Self-Acceptance 

  • Life Transitions

  • First Responders 



$150 for 50 minute therapy session

$200 per hour for testing

The above rate is the full fee this therapist charges for a standard 50 minute session. However, we do not want cost to be prohibitive of people getting the help they need. All of our therapists provide a portion of their services for a reduced fee to help those who can benefit from psychotherapy but might not be able to afford their full fee. 

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