Therapy for Adults
Adults often seek therapy after a difficult event (divorce, loss, life changes) or due to feeling anxious or depressed, sometimes for no identifiable reason. Therapy involves meeting the person where they are to determine what their unique needs are and then making an individualized plan for how we can best help them. At Psychology Houston, we use the most proven treatments available to assess an individual’s unique problems and to make a plan for moving forward in a compassionate and supportive environment. Our goal is to help our clients become their own therapists so that they can move forward in life with the skills necessary to function at the highest level possible.
Therapy for Adolescents
Working with adolescents is tricky and involves establishing good rapport and getting “buy in” from these oftentimes prickly individuals. At Psychology Houston, we focus on getting to know your teen and helping them to develop a solid sense of self, while allowing for self-exploration and developing social awareness and problem-solving skills. We want to help teens align with their authentic self and to feel confident with their ability to make decisions now and into their future.
Therapy for Children
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children is skills-based and solution-focused so that you can see results. CBT is different from talk and play therapy due to a focus on identifying specific goals in order to develop a targeted, time-limited intervention – and work towards results! At Psychology Houston, we individualize CBT for your family so that parents and their children can effectively learn to identify what may be contributing to the behavior or emotion and then learn skills to better understand and cope with difficulties. CBT is interactive and requires practicing skills and strategies between sessions so that we can problem-solve and work towards goals together.
Therapy for Couples
Couple therapy is helpful for treating and preventing relationship distress. IBCT is an evidence-based therapeutic approach for couples that focuses on facilitating change and acceptance based on the relationship’s needs. Couples will learn to recognize and understand their relationship through considering important factors, such as their differences, emotional sensitivities (or vulnerabilities), external stressors, and pattern(s) of problematic interactions. Couples who complete IBCT learn to make concrete behavioral changes to show greater emotional acceptance for one another and accommodate each partner’s needs. IBCT consists of two major phases, an evaluation/feedback phase and an active treatment phase. The typical course of therapy lasts between 6 and 12 months.
We provide comprehensive evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults to identify learning differences and appropriate academic recommendations to help them both at home and at school. Assessments typically include intellectual, academic, attentional, and psychological measures that are approved by most schools and standardized test boards (e.g., SAT, ACT, ISEE).
What to Expect
- Parent consultation for background information and educational history (25 minutes)
- Evaluation (typically 4-5 hours) – may be broken up into multiple days if needed
- Feedback (25-50 minutes) to review the results and recommendations with the evaluator
- We pride ourselves on being able to schedule assessments quickly and strive for a rapid report turn around.
The Birkman Method is a career and personality assessment used for individual career coaching. It looks at interests, motivations, and behaviors, providing a mulri-dimentional and comprehensive analysis of your personality, career/vocational interests, strengths, and goals. The Birkman Method is impactful if you find yourself looking to identify a career path, a college major, facing a career change, or wanting to better understand your current vocational performance. The Birkman Method can help align your passions and interests with the right career path, and/or major field of study, thereby increasing your current anf future career satisfactions. The Birkman Method is a positive psychology assessment helping align interests with vocational fit, and also providing important personalized insight on how individuals are likely to act, react and feel in various situations, based on their interests, needs, and behavior.
PEERS® Social Skills Group for Adolescents
PEERS® for Adolescents is a 14-16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school (ages 11-14) and high school (ages 14-18) who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills, are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities, and provided immediate, in the moment, feedback. At the same time teens are engaging in session, parents attend a separate parent session. During the parent session, parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. PEERS® may be appropriate for teens with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social and behavioral disorders. Parent participation is required. The groups are led by a certified PEERS® providers.
Teens learn how to:
- Use appropriate conversational skills
- Use appropriate humor
- Use electronic communication safely and appropriately
- Enter & exit conversations
- Join group conversations
- Understand if they are accepted into a conversation
- Be a good host during get-togethers
- Be a good sport
- Handle arguments and disagreements
- Change a bad reputation
- Handle rumors and gossip
- Handle rejection, teasing and bullying
Parenting is hard in the best of circumstances. Providers at Psychology Houston are trained in helping parents to develop appropriate structure in the home while providing reasonable expectations and consequences that teach children the value of cause and effect thinking, as well as responsibility. While parents are not the cause of their child’s behavior, they are almost always a part of the solution.