We Teach Woodlands Family Institute

Joanne Parham, Ph.D., LPC, L.M.F.T.

Licensed 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 Interests:

  • Marital and relationship therapy (Gottman trained, Imago trained, Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Individually tailored Behavior Management Programs
  • PTSD/Trauma (EMDR certified)
  • Parenting skills and strategies
  • Coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Individual psychotherapy for:

  • Life Transitions
  • Existential Goals and Issues
  • Loneliness
  • Mood disorders
  • Mood stability
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavior disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Woman's Issues
  • Addictive issues

Professional Background:

I grew up in Florida and somehow knew in high school that I wanted to be a Psychologist. I am fortunate in fulfilling and living that dream. I completed my undergraduate work at Florida State University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from the University of South Florida and then worked in the Sarasota County school system for three years as a School Psychologist. Finally, I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Mississippi. In that same doctoral program, I met my future husband, which made all that work worthwhile. I have worked as a staff Psychologist for four different psychiatric facilities in the Houston area. The inpatient populations included adolescents, adults, and children with a wide variety of issues and diagnoses. I have been in private practice at Woodlands Family Institute since 1996.

Treatment Philosophy:

My treatment approach is very active and engaged. I like to tailor the treatment to the needs of my client. This means that the sessions can have many different faces, ie. Existentially based, Client centered, Emotionally-focused, EMDR intensive, Gottman inspired, Solution focused, or Behavioral, etc… Oftentimes, I use 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 40 years and counting…Steve and I have four children, all growing their own careers and families. I enjoy anything that has to do with my family being together, ie. board games, trips, and especially all the spirited discussions that evolve around the dinner table. Now that they all live in Texas, that allows us the time and opportunity to celebrate more times together. I spend lots of time with my grandchildren ( 6 and counting), which gives me great joy. Just seeing the world through their eyes is magic all over again. I love being an empty nester and pursuing classical piano, reading, music, movies, cooking, taking classes, going on photographic adventures with Steve, traveling the world, making new friends, and just being comfortable with old friends.

Contact Me

Contact me for a consultation, and take the first step towards better well-being and healing.

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