Our Approach to
Psychotherapy & Counseling
Styles of Treatment

There is meaning in your suffering. We will meet you there, and restore you to wholeness and hope.

We all have unresolved tension in our lives. The longer we sit with pain and discomfort, the harder it can be to find relief. It can be a challenge to uncover and discover what’s at the root cause. But it’s never too late to get started.

We focus on helping you understand yourself, break destructive patterns, and identify areas of growth in a safe setting that allows you to be exactly who you are at this very moment.

Our Houston Therapists are trained in multiple disciplines so you will receive a personalized method that’s the best fit for you.

If you’ve been wanting to connect with someone and are ready to discover what life could be like without all of the weight you’re carrying, we’re here to help. We see you.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. ACT helps us approach distress in a different way, turning towards the struggle and finding our strength.

Steven C. Hayes, a psychology professor at the University of Nevada, developed ACT in 1986. Some important points to consider:

  • Psychological pain is normal, it is important, and everyone has it.
  • You cannot deliberately get rid of your psychological pain, although you can take steps to avoid increasing it artificially.
  • Pain and suffering are two different states of being.
  • You don’t have to identify with your suffering.
  • Accepting your pain is a step toward ridding yourself of your suffering.
  • You can live a life you value, beginning right now, but you will have to learn how to get out of your head and into your life.

Through our journey of development (which by its very nature included emotional, mental, spiritual, and-or physical wounding), we have all sustained injuries as a result of the fact that no one could have possibly met all of our needs at the precise moment we needed them met.

As we find ourselves adults seeking to repair our own wounds and reattach in relationships from which we feel disconnected, trust is required for mending. Such a large part of therapy is developing a weekly ritual for the purpose of reconnecting with a safe, accepting, trustworthy “other.” Within this ritual a container is established to invite you to reconnect with your Self, and to begin to see yourself as the wonderful person you were created to be. The Center for Healing Arts and Sciences provides Attachment work therapy in individual as well as couples & family counseling.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that, “Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.” Using this therapy, techniques are employed in order for the individual to change their relationship with these thoughts and behaviors.

Identify Symptoms to Reduce the Impact

There are various thematic symptoms which manifest in the human conditions of struggle such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, when an individual gets better at identifying these symptoms they also increase the probability that they will be able to shift the impact that these symptoms will have on their general sense of wellbeing. For example, an individual may be hard on themselves during times of distress where self-harming thoughts such as, “I am no good” tend to be more frequent. Through a CBT intervention, an individual with these thoughts will be more able to challenge these thoughts or beliefs and not be as identified with them.

Family Therapy is about building a Lifelong Support System. One predictor of success when navigating any suffering that we encounter through our lives is a system of support. The family can serve this purpose and it possesses power beyond what any individual would imagine while they are in the throws of distress or crisis. Working with our team can bring you much needed relief. Let us help you work together to solve problems, avoid blame, and minimize stress. Family therapy can increase your family’s flexibility, while establishing boundaries and routines that promote mutual respect and accountability.

All members of the family can be part of the solution. Family work can offer the laser focused attention to be taken off the “offending” member of the group. Through time the energy shifts from that of blame, fear and contempt to solution orientation, thus lifting the veil of shame, and making space for new perspective.

Family Therapy is a wonderful treatment for families who are experiencing recurring difficulties in relationships;

  • between parents and children
  • between siblings
  • blended families after a divorce and remarriage

After therapy, your family will have a deeper understanding for the roles they play in the larger family dynamic, and a better understanding how and why each family member chooses to act in the way they do.

Our relation to life has become ambiguous. Jungian Analyst Edward Edinger stated, “We have lost our bearing. Our relation to life has become ambiguous. The result is a pervasive feeling of meaninglessness and alienation from life. Whether or not a new collective religious symbol will emerge will remain to be seen. For present those aware of the problem are obliged to make their own individual search for a meaningful life. Individuation becomes their way of life” (p. 107, Ego and Archetype).

At a dark point in the life of Carl Jung, he questioned the meaning of his life and began asking the question, “What is my myth?” This started an endless pursuit of empirical truth and investigation of the psyche.

Honor the Journey and Discover Your Truth

Each of us is walking our own Hero’s Journey – and we all are, indeed, the hero, heroine, or star in our own personal story. The path of individuation is one of honoring your journey and discovering your truth as you become the unique you that you were created to become. This is one of the primary tasks of psychotherapy and analysis. To create the context for an individual to own what it is of themselves that is truly theirs so that the imposing voices of others can subside.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention – A Framework for Connecting to the Emotionally Injured.

Dr. Karyn Purvis and David Cross founded The Institute for Child Development and are responsible for developing Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), which is a framework for connecting with little ones and families who have been injured by experiences such as trauma, abuse or neglect.

See the “Real Child” Behind the Behavior

Through this work, we have seen many firsts. The first time that a family has seen a child not tantrum when triggered. The first time that a child has tears instead of anger. The first time a child reaches out in love, as opposed to pushing others away.

TBRI helps us develop skills needed to stay present with the child when their behavior tends to result in us wanting to walk away. It is the work of “seeing the real child” behind the behavior, thus facilitating a deep bond of connection needed for them, and our relationship with them, to heal.

Connect with Kids Through Art and Engagement.

Art therapy can be an effective tool in the mental health treatment of children. It is also a lot of fun and builds connections as children reveal themselves through their art. Art is an expressive medium that helps our young clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities. Children often do not yet have the language needed to articulate what they feel so art is a beautiful way to help them share what they are feeling on the inside. The Center for Healing Arts and Sciences provides art therapy and child counseling in a safe, open and healing environment by licensed therapists who care.

What Is It?

Art therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being. Children and teens do not need to have artistic ability or any special talents to participate in art therapy, and people of all ages, even adults can benefit from this therapeutic technique.

The Connection Kids Really Need

While it may look like your child is “just playing,” we assure you there is much more going on. Often, after a child has worked with one of our professionals, a kiddo who had never sought healthy touch from their caregiver, begins to ask for a hug. Kids whose engine never seems to stop running, begin to slow down as they learn to take deep, full breaths. Kids who have refused to make eye contact, seek the gaze of a trusted other. Kids who were once terrified of trying new things, begin to come out of their shell.

Not only is there not a need for the perfect parent, it would be detrimental to the mental-emotional well-being of our children (not to mention ourselves) if we were flawless – or even portrayed an image of flawlessness to our children.

It’s okay that you do not have all the answers and don’t always make the “right” parenting choices. We are here to help both you and your children discover what goes on in a rough patch and collaborate with you to move through it together.

Child Therapy can be very beneficial when your child is experiencing challenges such as behavior problems, emotional difficulties, ADHD, impulsivity, and other developmental issues. Our experienced staff of child therapists can handle any of these situations with sensitivity and competence in a safe, open, and healing environment.

We use play therapy for younger children and other age-appropriate modalities for adolescents to help them express what’s really going on in their hearts and minds. Important to note, we have experience working with adoption-based concerns, as well as with “kids who come from hard places.” These are children who have endured abuse, trauma or neglect at an early age.

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Are you and your partner constantly arguing over the little stuff with no resolution in sight? Is communication difficult? Walking on eggshells? Was there a break in the fiber of trust within the relationship? Do you find yourself wondering what happened between now and when you used to be great friends?

There is hope. There are answers for you if you have the willingness to show up honestly for yourself and with your partner. There are ways to overcome these problems within the relationship with help. We will, without judgement, walk with you and your partner as you seek to move through relationship struggles, as you deepen the bonds of your partnership, or even as you consciously move through separation if that decision has already been made.

The conflict in our relationships is usually the discomfort of an emergent, developing consciousness. The pain is usually the protest of the older consciousness as it’s reign is being challenged. This obstacle is the opportunity for you to part ways with the agenda of the existing consciousness and open to a new one, which will likely be in service to your greater path together. Emerge from the discomfort and discover that there is meaning in your suffering.

Blessed are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall be Comforted

While loss is a part of our lives, this does little to reduce the suffering of grieving that loss. No one can bring back what is gone, although we can discover a road on which to travel, to heal, and to grow from our loss.

Grief counseling will help you cope with the sense of devastation that follows the loss of a loved one as well as issues that trigger feelings of grief, like stress. We provide a space for you to work through and process these complex emotions surrounding your loss. Healthy grieving results with you remembering your loved one with a newfound sense of peace and resolution.

We Can’t Bring Them Back But We Can Help You Heal and Grow

One of the great tasks of mourning is to find a way to assimilate the content of what was being carried by our lost loved one. Tribes believed that the souls of the departed joined the stars and watched us. Religious traditions give us examples of “knowing” that your lost friend was there with you all along. Gone from the modern world are many of the rituals which would give us more of a context for the grieving process.

In reference to therapy, Carl Jung stated, “It is a matter of saying yea to oneself, of taking oneself as the most serious of tasks, of being conscious of everything one does, and keeping it constantly before one’s eyes in all its dubious aspects-truly a task that taxes us to the utmost.”

Myths, Stories, Symbols, Imaginations, and Dreams

Psychotherapy from the Jungian lens involves myth, story, symbol, active imagination, and dream work. At its core it is adopting an operating worldview which allows an individual, with the support of the trained therapist, to take a look into the interior world of the person, the psyche. What can result is a new way of seeing within and without, thereby inviting meaning to manifest where one may have been blinded to it before.

The meaning referenced here is a living meaning that gives an individual a connection to their experience, a deeper relationship with both their larger self and the cosmos.

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