About Christie Farris: 

Focus: I like to focus on what brings meaning to a person’s life and how best to fulfill that potential existence.  Sometimes that leads us to considering what is happening in life that blocks a person’s ability to have healthy relationships, self-acceptance, or life enjoyment.  I address past hurts, loneliness, and the need for healing and peace.  Family and couples’ relationships often have a huge impact on one’s sense of self, so we work together to address these relationships with authenticity.

Professional Background: I began my professional life as a high school teacher and loved the ever-changing, challenging atmosphere.  Even more so, I found myself drawn to the time after school when kids would come for tutoring.  It was then that I really got to know the students and would hear about their relationships and the issues that made their lives difficult.  My desire to better know how to help people led me back to graduate studies and my career as a family counselor.  I’ve since worked at a large church’s counseling center, at a psychiatric hospital, and in 2 group counseling practices before launching my independent private practice in 2016.

Personal Interests:  I love traveling just about anywhere!  Experiencing a different way of life is my passion.  When I’m home, I like to take trips in my head through reading or movies.  You’re likely to find me with a good cup of coffee chatting with my husband or with a great book.  I often seek out intriguing conversations and debates, sometimes with strangers I meet wherever!  I can be found listening to a huge variety of music and enjoy live music acts.  To the embarrassment of my children, I also love to dance! Family outings and laughing with my kids is the icing on the cake.

Licenses & Certifications:

LMFT–  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

LPC —  Licensed Professional Counselor

Texas Teacher Certifications:  English, Spanish, Speech Communications

Education, Professional Associations & Training:

MA University of Houston—Clear Lake in Psychology, Family Therapy

BA University of Houston in English, minor in Spanish

Member — American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

Member —  Texas Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

EMDR Trained  —  by Rick Levinson (Austin)

EFT Trained —  by Dr. Brent Bradley (The Couple Zone – Houston) and

Jeff Hickey (Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy)