Couples & Relationship Counselor
Meaningful connection is essential for every human being to belong and to feel safe.
It is with this connection that you gain the ability to find courage even when there is hardship.
When you start to lose this connection, you may start to feel the pull of your anxiety carrying you away in its wave of damaging and critical thoughts. You start to feel overcome with too many conflicting emotions that it becomes harder to make any decisions.
You may even feel disconnected with your loved ones, where you can no longer communicate, and you start to believe that you are no longer compatible, while still hoping and longing to be close to one another. It is an exhausting push-pull cycle.
In your therapy sessions with me, I will help you make sense of your emotions and identify the negative patterns of interaction where you get stuck so that you can move forward.
I have always had an interest in finding out how to make relationships successful and what can be done to make them last. I began this work in several research studies observing hundreds of recordings of couples in distress and coding their arguments at Baylor University’s Couple Conflict Research Laboratory. I continued exploring the dynamics of relationships while working at M.D. Anderson’s Health Disparities Department conducting interviews with breast cancer patients and their spouses to study the effects of stressful arguments on recovery and healing. My clinical experience also includes working with highly volatile couples in psychiatric hospitals in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Throughout my professional experience, I continue to recognize the power of closeness and meaningful connection, and how it can heal painful experiences related to loss, betrayal, and detachment.
I acknowledge that each client’s concerns are different, however, my main goals in therapy are simple – to ensure that you feel understood and comfortable and to help you find meaningful connection again.
What Clients Are Saying:
**The data below was obtained by anonymous client surveys and is reprinted exactly as stated with client permission. Detailed identifying information has been omitted to protect client confidentiality.**
“I have increased my self-esteem and confidence and am feeling much stronger than before. Completing interactive activities with Charisse during the session was very positive. I had a great experience.”
“Charisse helped our child learn skills needed to handle conflicts. We liked that our child was comforted in their approach to wellness.”
“Charisse helped me work through communication issues with my husband. She helped me to see things different, recognize emotions and try to solve a problems instead of avoiding them.”
“Going through a troubled and difficult time where nothing ever made sense, Eddins Counseling has a great structured way in assisting personal needs. I personally worked with Charisse and could not be more satisfied with my personal outcomes after a few sessions.”
“We had an excellent marriage counseling experience with Charisse. We discovered the root of our issues and emotions that manifested from them. We learned tools to help us escape an argument cycle. Charisse was great!”
“Charisse was an incredibly valuable asset for my life at a time when I needed some guidance. I never thought I needed counseling, but the tools I discovered will last a lifetime. It has helped my personal growth and growth in my relationship. I highly recommend scheduling time with Charisse.”
“Charisse helped my daughter and I communicate better with each other. My daughter worked with Charisse individually, felt very comfortable and opened up with her and I definitely see progress.”
“Charisse was very good at making an environment in which I felt comfortable and ready to discuss difficult issues.”
with Houston therapist, Charisse Ferrer.
Charisse is a Licensed Professional Counselor approved by the State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to practice psychotherapy in Texas. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Baylor University. She works with individuals (age 15+) and couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, along with Mindfulness and Meditation. In addition, she has received training in administering the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) for the use in identifying characteristics of clinical disorders and the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) for exploring relationship and attachment styles. She serves in the Publications Committee for Houston Group Psychotherapy Society (HGPS) as the Newsletter Editor and participates in ongoing consultation groups with Houston Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (HCEFT). In her personal life, you can find her enjoying nature and travel in the company of her husband and their Mini Australian Shepherd.