The psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC provide evaluation and treatment of a wide range of anxiety issues including panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, social phobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Clients are taught to recognize, tolerate, and manage their anxiety by coping more effectively with situations that trigger anxiety, stress, and dysfunctional behavior.
The psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC provide in-depth assessment of anxiety-based difficulties in children of all ages. Difficulties include social anxiety, test anxiety, separation anxiety, and difficulties coping with life stress. Treatment involves tailored intervention through identification of maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, as well as parent training. Specific cognitive and behavioral skills are taught to reduce symptoms of anxiety and improve social, academic, and emotional functioning.
Child and Adolescent Treatment
Psychology Houston, PC provides cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents experiencing problems common to young people including hyperactivity, school refusal, shyness, oppositional behaviors, fearfulness, low self esteem, depression, nervous habits and tics, learning disabilities, sensory-based problems, problems with executive functioning, social skills problems, and others. This program offers opportunities for evaluation, school consultation, parent training, and family treatment.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The expert consensus guidelines for treatment of OCD is an intervention called: exposure and response prevention (ERP). This approach is a systematic intervention of working with a client on progressively moving up an exposure (facing the things that are feared) hierarchy while simultaneously restricting rituals. With support, clients are able to, over time, reduce ritualistic behavior and habituate to stimuli that were previously feared. It is a highly effective treatment when utilized with motivated and willing clients. All psychologists at Psychology Houston are trained in ERP.
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling) Treatment
State of the art treatment for trichotillomania, a disorder characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and other areas of the body, involves identifying all aspects of a person’s hair pulling behavior and creating a tailored treatment plan to address all internal and external triggers for pulling. The psychologists at Psychology Houston, PC are all trained by the TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors in this unique intervention. This treatment was developed by Charles Mansueto and his colleagues at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington and is referred to as the Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB). Therapy is geared to the specific needs of each individual, with special considerations given to family and parental involvement in treatment of children and adolescents.
Similar to hair pulling, skin picking (Excoriation Disorder) also is treated utilizing the Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB). Skin picking can involve a variety of behaviors such as acne picking, other body picking, nail biting, cuticle picking, nail picking, lip and cheek biting, lip picking, nose picking, and feet picking. The ComB Treatment involves identifying all aspects of a person’s behavior and creating an individualized treatment plan to address all internal and external triggers for picking. Therapy is geared to the specific needs of each individual, with special considerations given to family and parental involvement in treatment of children and adolescents.
Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Educational Testing
A full range of psychological evaluations is provided at Psychology Houston, PC to answer diagnostic questions, illuminate therapeutic recommendations, and/or aid in treatment planning. Evaluations can be comprehensive, or specifically targeted, and include cognitive, educational, personality, and achievement testing.
Houston Area Behavioral Institute for Tourette (HABIT) Clinic
The HABIT Clinic is housed in the same location as Psychology Houston, PC and offers comprehensive behavioral treatment for Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorders for children, adolescents and adults with these conditions. The HABIT Clinic is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, a designated Tourette Syndrome Association Center of Excellence (TSA-COE).
Grief and Bereavement
Assessment and intervention for people who are experiencing both acute and chronic grief following a wide range of loss and trauma. Treatment is offered in both individual and group formats, and often includes family-based treatment. Grief counseling is designed to facilitate adaptive coping and emotional healing after the death of a loved one. Grief-related issues are processed and addressed with care and compassion through an individualized treatment plan that takes into account the unique personality of the bereaved person and the specific nature and circumstances of the loss.
Executive Functioning Treatment
The understanding of inattention and poor impulse control in children and adults with ADD/ADHD has shifted from primarily “the inability to stay on task:” to a broader concept called executive function weaknesses. Executive functions are your brains tools for helping you plan and execute daily activities. These include planning, initiating, organization, time management, emotional control, sustained attention, and impulse control. Children and adults with deficits in executive functions have problems organizing materials and setting schedules. They misplace papers, reports, and other school materials. They might have similar problems keeping track of their personal items or keeping their bedroom organized. Psychology Houston offers an evidenced-based program to help children, adolescents, and adults with these types of challenges. Intervention is very individualized based on the individual’s specific executive function weaknesses.
The Social Skills Treatment is an evidenced-based intervention designed to help children and adolescents who struggle initiating and maintaining positive peer relationships. Social skills training includes, but is not limited to, skills such as starting a conversation, how to have back-and-forth conversations, asking for help, and how to share and take turns. Social skills training is provided in individual as well as group formats. The clinician will work with each family to determine which would be the best option.