Ali Lichty, MA, LPC, RHC

 

Credentials: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), having obtained my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. I am also a Registered Health Coach (RHC) through the Health Sciences Institute. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Houston LPC Association.

Professional Background:  Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to work in a field that focused on the mind. It was not until I took psychology courses as an undergraduate that I realized that I wanted to study psychology and become a therapist. During this time, I had the pleasure of working to help open the National Dating Abuse Helpline as an advocate and crisis counselor. This work further solidified my goal; I wanted to help facilitate positive change in other people’s lives.

In Denver, I worked at Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center treating substance abuse and dependence in adults. I completed my internship for graduate school at Maria Droste Counseling Center, where I worked on treating adults and children's various mental health needs.

Since graduate school, I have worked in a variety of mental health outpatient settings, including as a Therapist at IntraCare Behavioral Health treating Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Use Disorders. Most recently I worked as a Program Therapist as part of the Wellness Department at Memorial Hermann, focused on improving employee mental health and facilitating the weight management program. I currently work part-time as a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center in The Woodlands. As a native Houstonian, it feels good to be back home and serving the community I grew up in.

Clinical Focus: I use a variety of different methods that are individualized to meet the need of each client. My therapeutic techniques are primarily based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a short-term, goal-oriented therapeutic style that is focused on changing thought patterns or behaviors in order facilitate change. I also use a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of obstacles, including: anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, anger, relationship issues, communication issues, work and school-related problems, stress, obesity, food addiction, eating disorders, life transitions, and grief/loss.

Philosophy: I believe that every individual is capable of making positive changes to improve their lives. Some changes can be more difficult than others, and I believe therapy can help individuals navigate through difficulties and other stressors. My goal as a therapist lies in working to help my clients overcome obstacles and life stressors by teaching skills to improve thoughts, overall mood, and move towards healthier behaviors in order for them to meet personal goals and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Personal Interests: I love using my free time to be with my friends, family, and my dog, Lola. I enjoy spending time outside on a beautiful day, going on walks with my dog, picnics in the park, exploring new museums, and playing sand volleyball throughout the week. I also enjoy traveling, food, live music, movies, and art. I am always looking forward to my next adventure!

Contact: Ali Lichty