As we each navigate our lives, we make a series of choices that lead us to where we are right now. Sometimes where we are is far from where we thought we would end up, or worse yet, we are completely lost. Sometimes we need a guide to help find the right road to get us back on track.
Finding the right guide, or therapist, is sometimes the hardest part of the counseling process. The challenge of matching a therapist’s theoretical approach to counseling and their personality with a client’s needs can sometimes feel like trial and error, but is a vital part of the process. I believe that the start of any new relationship, therapeutic or otherwise, begins with building rapport and simply becoming comfortable with each other. Once established, the real work can begin.
My philosophy on life is that we all take the knowledge we already hold, from the many challenges we have overcome, and harness this to our advantage – returning to the truths we already know work for us.
Counseling is no different.Counseling and self-discovery can be seen as a simple two-step process. First we look for insight -- an understanding of why we do what we do, or why we feel what we feel. Once we have this insight, we can better decide what, if anything, needs to be done about it. Insight and implementation - is a simple two-step process. However, just because a thing is simple does not make it easy – this is where many find it helpful to seek out a counselor to assist in this process.
It is my passion and motivation in my practice to help people navigate this simple, yet challenging therapeutic process – to gain insight and obtain the tools needed to make the changes in their lives, moving each day toward their idealized self.
Ty began his clinical practice in 2009 after completing graduate work at the University of Houston Clear Lake. With experience in both private practice and agency work, he has a solid working practice spanning numerous treatment topics, with an emphasis on anxiety and work-life balance. He became a certified hypnotherapist (CHt) in 2007 and often includes trance work in his practice when appropriate. His public speaking engagements addressing psychological issues include the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, Egypt; The Jung Center (Houston, TX); various colleges, high schools and community centers; and several appearances on the KPFT 90.1 radio station. Ty is licensed as a supervisor for LPC-Interns in pursuit of terminal licensure and enjoys the mentoring process. He taught as an adjunct professor, and also consulted with academic counseling services to provide culturally competent holistic mental health care for students. Outside the clinical world, Ty is married and a father of two Australian Shepherds, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, sings professionally, stage manages, and is currently enjoying dance lessons.