Joanne Parham, Ph.D.

Credentials: Certified Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified School Psychologist, Certified EMDR trauma focused therapist.  Member of American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, Attention Deficit Disorders Association, EMDR International Association.

Professional Background: I grew up in Florida and somehow knew in high school that I wanted to be a Psychologist. I was fortunate in fulfilling that dream. I completed my undergraduate work at Florida State University, received a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from University of South Florida. Worked in the Sarasota County school system for three years as a School Psychologist before getting my doctorate at the University of Mississippi in Counseling Psychology. I have worked as a staff psychotherapist for four different psychiatric facilities in the Houston area. The inpatient population included adolescents, adults, and children with many different issues and diagnoses.

Clinical Focus: My clinical focus is one that provides awareness of how an individual responds to, and functions within their environment. This approach incorporates marital, family, individual, and group therapies with adults, teens and children. My interests are varied and include: marital and relationship problems, anxiety and depressive disorders, life transitions, women’s issues of all kinds, parenting skills, socialization skills, assertiveness, ADHD, behavior management, self-esteem building, trauma and existential conflicts. My approach takes into consideration the developmental level of the individual/family in order to address issues that are tailored to the specific needs of the client. My therapeutic goal lies in working toward improving personal relationships and personal esteem by teaching skills to help my clients overcome major/minor obstacles and move toward being able to maximize their potential and live the fulfilling life they desire.

Treatment Philosophy: My treatment approach is very active and engaged. It is generally a Cognitive-Behavioral model, which incorporates a teaching paradigm that helps clients with problem-solving strategies and effective coping skills for working through depression, fear, grief, anxieties, and many other life conflicts. Sessions emphasize the understanding and modification of patterns of thinking and behavior to enhance personal growth and insight as well as improving quality of life. I enjoy teaching effective communication with partners/spouses, children, parents, families, peers, and colleagues. I truly consider it an honor to be invited into a person’s life and to be able to join in their journey of growth in self and relationships.

Personal Interests: Happily married for 30 years and counting…Steve and I have four children, one is still in college and another is about to go to Medical school. Having been raised in a large Italian family, I enjoy anything that has to do with my family being together, especially trips, board games and all the great discussions that evolve around the dinner table. While our children are discovering their own paths in life, I am rediscovering my own joys and find myself returning to passions I once held dear i.e. playing classical piano, reading good books, listening to music, going to movies, cooking, going on photographic adventures with Steve, and just being with good friends.

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