Stephen Parham, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Focus: Passions for living, issues of the heart, tough life decisions, easing human sadness and loneliness, fostering peace for adults, adolescents, parents, and marriages.

Approach: Weaves stories, humor, and acceptance throughout sessions to forge connections of awareness, forgiveness, confidence, and healing. With a collaborative, conversational style, blends current research findings and theories with the uniqueness of each person’s goals. Uses Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Client-Centered, Mindfulness, and Meditation approaches. Certified EMDR Therapist.

Interests: Life with my spirited, knuckleheaded grandkids; baseball; old cars; travel; flamenco, classical, and blues guitar; photography; nautical stuff; quiet time with my lady over a cup of coffee; drives in the country in my old pickup truck; the Zen art of old engine repair; philosophical discussion…

Professional Background: Curious about human thought, feelings, behavior, and relationships since childhood, became a professional therapist via a circuitous route through two degrees in History, a doctorate in Psychology, careers in the US Navy and as a Professional Photographer. Lived in various locales around the world, including Saigon, Southern California, Mississippi, and Texas. After completing clinical internship in a private psychiatric hospital, worked two years in the Texas prison system before entering full-time private practice in 1984. Assembling a team of dedicated therapists, formed Woodlands Family Institute and serves as Executive Director while maintaining full caseload.

Credentials: Certified EMDR Therapist, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Listed in the National and State Registries as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Member of the American Psychological Association and the Texas Psychological Association.

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