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Stephanie Ellis, Ph.D
Counseling Psychologist (TX 34722)
My Mission: I believe, as Carl Rogers says, that we are each already in the process of becoming who we are. My mission is to co-create a space with you where you can freely get in touch with the real you, examining even the parts that are difficult or undesirable, and create a life and self that is authentic and valuable.
I serve individuals (age 12+), couples, and groups. I see clients for all sorts of concerns –anxiety, trauma, depression, loss, ad/hd, relationships, sex, identity, self-image, addiction, career, parenting, and more. I believe it’s critical that people who work in mental health take good care of themselves, so I especially enjoy working with therapists and counselors-in-training. While every therapy experience is different, some of the most common benefits are deepening self-understanding, increasing the sense of power in your life, building on your personal strengths, developing new strategies for coping and problem solving, strengthening relationships, clarifying values, and finding meaning/purpose.
- Over 10 years working therapeutically with individuals, couples, families, and groups
- Over 5 years training counselors as a professor and clinical supervisor at Houston Baptist University
- Member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Fort Bend Counseling Association
I’m trained in most of the research-supported therapies – cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, narrative, solution focused, family systems, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment, psychodynamic, Gestalt, and more, including some specific techniques like diagnostic assessment and hypnosis. Every client is unique, and deserves a tailored approach to counseling, so therapy with me is usually a blend of different kinds of therapies that we create together, based on your needs, values, and preferences. My favorite kind of work is deeply person-centered and experiential – that means that we build a relationship of trust and a space for exploring the authentic you, in the here-and-now, because you are a process, not a diagnosis.
I am a native Houstonian and graduated from Texas A&M University. I live in the Houston area with my amazing husband of fifteen years and two unbelievably cool, wise daughters. In my free time, as nerdy as it sounds, I’m usually reading books by the founding fathers (and mothers!) of psychology and psychotherapy. I also love ballet, yoga, mindfulness, sci-fi, college football, and dressing up for Halloween.
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2009, Louisiana Tech University
M.A., Counseling & Guidance, 2007; Louisiana Tech University
Certified by American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
Gottman Couples’ Therapy Level I & II
Areas of Specialty: Therapy for Individuals, Couples, Groups; Hypnosis; AD/HD assessment