KATHY GRAY MA, LPC, LMFT, OTA
Certified EMDR & Imago, Sensory Process Specialist, Houston Eating Disorder Specialist
Mission Statement: My purpose is to walk with clients through their journey, to help them rewire and form new euro pathways to decrease their anxiety, depression and fear. This includes helping clients identify new coping and communication skills, that helps them achieve a long lasting happiness with meaningful relationships as an end goal. I am a Certified Imago & EMDR therapist, specializing in Sensory Processing/Self-regulation: Trauma, Disassociation, Eating Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Learning & Emotional Disturbances, PTSD, PDD, OCD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and many other difficult diagnoses. Houston Eating Disorder Specialist, IMAGO relationship and couples therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b).Learn More
SPD is recognized as a major cause of impairment of self-regulation in children, teens, & adults. It presents as a behavioral or emotional conditions such as Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD/ADD, anger /tantrum outburst, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Attachment Disorders, and many other conditions that have been treated solely as behavioral problems. SPD is now considered by many to be the cause of many misdiagnoses.Learn More
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.Learn More
Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is usually provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker or licensed therapistLearn More
Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or going your separate ways.Learn More
Many students are diagnosed with learning disorders with no appropriate remedy. ... Learning issues that we address include: ADD; ADHD; Dyslexia; Dysgraphia; Dysgraphia, lack of focus in school; poor spelling, handwriting, oral and reading skills; and perceptual/auditory deficiencies.Learn More
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Meditation begins and ends in the body. It involves taking the time to pay attention to where we are and what’s going on, and that starts with being aware of our body.Learn More
The scientific term is “sensory-processing sensitivity" (SPS). People who are highly sensitive are born that way; it is not something they learned. As children they might be described by teachers as shy or inhibited, especially in Western countries. As adults, they might be described as introverts. It is important to note that not all sensitive people are shy or introverts. In fact, 30% of HSP are thought to be extroverts. Your trait is normal. It is found in 15 to 20% of the population–too many to be a disorder, but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around you.Learn More
Eating disorders are a group of conditions marked by an unhealthy relationship with food.Disordered eating refers to a wide range of abnormal eating behaviours, many of which are shared with diagnosed eating disorders. The main thing differentiating disordered eating from an eating disorder is the level of severity and frequency of behaviours.An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone's life. It’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and this number is increasing. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. Eating disorders can take many different forms and interfere with a person’s day to day life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) recognises four eating disorders: Arfid Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Binge Eating Disorder Other Eating Disorders
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Definition of Telehealth: Telehealth involves the use of electronic communications to enable Kathy Gray to connect with individuals using live interactive video and audio communications. Telehealth includes the practice of psychological health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, referral to resources, education, and the transfer of medical and clinical data. I use ZOOM which is a HIPPA compliant service.Learn More
The ultimate goal of Imago therapy is to assist partners develop a conscious, intimate, committed relationship that provides each other the connectedness and love that have always wanted. It is only in this conscious state of a committed love relationship that partners can bond securely and healthy enough to establish the connectedness necessary for healthy parenting . Our families struggle because as parents we have tried to raise our children with our own defects in understanding how to have a long-term committed love relationship. The healthy communication dialogues help develop trust and safety allowing for a strong connection. This is true for partners, siblings, children/parent and over all develop healthy boundaries and connection for a new beginning.
ADVANCED EMDR TRAINING The Integrated Pathways Model introduces for the first time the power of Occupational Therapy’s Sensory Modulation when combined with EMDR, Imago, and Attachment Theories. Processing the negative messages from the past allows for healthier behaviors into the present, and effectively processing the bombardment of sensory input, as well as the reconnecting or attaching to ourselves and others allows a broader range of recovery. This Integrated Pathways Model is for all treatment diagnoses, for example, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Addictions, Depression, Autism, Attachment Difficulties, Learning difficulties, trauma, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and more. Participants will learn and personally experience the Integrative Pathways Protocol, which allows clients from the first session to begin self- regulation and to develop an openness that reduces anxiety, not otherwise present.
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
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LPC, LMFT, OTA
I am a Specialist in Sensory Processing and Eating Disorder in the field of Occupational Therapy for 28+ years. I am also a Certified EMDR & Imago Relationship/Couples Therapist.
NCC, LPC, LMFT,
Saundra Dickinson is a LPC, LMFT, NCC in private practice in the Houston area at Alternatives for Family Crisis. She specializes in family therapy, couples therapy and individual work in relationships.