Houston Counselor for Individual and Group Therapy
Especially for Mothers
Are you struggling to find joy and meaning in your role as a mother? Do you feel like your only value is in what you provide for your family? Are you finding it difficult to get up and face the day without the weight of cultural, societal, family, and even your own expectations dragging you down? Do you smile and fight back tears whenever someone looks you in the eye and genuinely asks, “How have you been?”
You’re not the only one! Being a mother in today’s world of Pinterest and Instagram can be incredibly stressful, especially since many of us do not live in the same physical communities as our support systems (especially in a city like Houston). We can’t help but compare ourselves to others’ picture-perfect highlight reels while we are mired in the day-to-day of messy, smelly, sometimes chaotic real life as a mother. Reality is seldom like we imagined when we were kids, is it? It doesn’t have to be like this. Let me show you a different way.
In addition to mothers in all walks of life, I particularly enjoy working with clients for whom race, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other differences lead to questions of identity and belonging. More generally, I have helped many clients break past the anxiety and depression that have held them back from engaging fully with their lives. I have worked in a broad range of settings in Louisiana and Texas (psychiatric hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies, private practices, and mental health rehabilitation agencies), which means I have addressed a wide variety of challenges with people from many cultures and in almost every stage of life. I truly consider it an honor to be invited to share in someone’s journey and to walk alongside them as they discover their potential and grow to become their best selves.
When we meet, I will help you uncover your strengths and resources–the things that will help you as you work on overcoming your challenges. No two people are exactly alike, and I will honor your unique experiences and collaborate with you to develop goals and to create an individualized plan to work toward those goals. My goal is to nurture and support you as you become the person you long to be. I believe that you have within you the tools and resources to heal and to be your best self. I see my role as a support, guide, and facilitator to provide a safe place where you can share and process your thoughts and feelings and where I can help you uncover and utilize the tools that you already possess. I will also teach you new behaviors and thoughts that have helped others in similar situations (we therapists call these ‘evidence-based practices,’ because research has shown them to be beneficial). Between sessions, I often suggest ‘homework,’ which generally involves trying a new way of thinking or a new approach to a problem or situation that you have not yet resolved. Throughout the therapy process, we will openly discuss what is working and what is not working so that our time together can be productive and meaningful for you.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, but I completed my graduate education and began my counseling career in northern Louisiana. I grew up in the beautiful Fingerlakes Region of upstate New York (with a dairy farm in my backyard!), and I love to travel to New York and New England to visit family whenever I can. I enjoy laughing, word games, meaningful conversations, spending time with my kids, singing, corny puns, and learning almost anything (especially if it’s related to psychology or wellness).
with Houston Therapist, Diana Cabrera-Stewart.