Houston OCD, Trauma & EMDR Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Do things seem overwhelming? Are you uncertain? Do you have doubts? Does your mind torment you? Are you confused or even scared? Suffering? If so, you have found the right person. Things can get better. I am here to help you regain a sense of control over your life, build coping skills, and assist you in making the changes you desire. I would be honored to journey with you, offering you a safe space to tell your story and sustained compassion along the way.
I have a particular fondness for working with OCD and its sub-types (harm, aggression, sexual, religion, contamination, illness, etc). Many people with harm and other obsessions believe that their intrusive thoughts are evidence that they are dangerous to others. This quest for certainty can leave them feeling exhausted and depressed when another doubt inevitably pops up. But, these obsessions and other forms of OCD are highly treatable, and clients who successfully incorporate certain interventions often experience total symptom relief.
I also specialize in religious/spiritual trauma and those who are struggling with doubt and uncertainty around spirituality. During times of crisis or deep suffering, many individuals find themselves questioning their faith. They often begin a “deconstruction” process by which they slowly let go of a belief system that no longer seems right. This can be a terrifying experience, shaking the very foundations of one’s life, since religious beliefs can offer safety, support, and a sense of belonging. However, clients learn to work with doubt and uncertainty to “reconstruct” their faith through a new spirituality. They often describe the new spirituality as true freedom, finding one’s True Self, and/or recognizing one’s inherent belovedness for the first time.
While the OCD and spiritual trauma populations are well-suited for my practice, a large part of my work is with more generalized issues. Most individuals seeking counseling are suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, stress, self-harm, and/or personality disorders. In fact, many of the clients who seek help for OCD and/or spiritual trauma also find that they struggle with depression or anxiety or self-harm, or a combination. The treatment issues are often related to each other or connected in some way.
As clients work with me, they discover that they are loved, they regain a sense of dignity and self-worth, and they feel hopeful about the future. They become less fearful and more confident. They experience joy and peace where they once felt distressed. Mental and emotional pain is agonizing–perhaps the worst pain a human being can experience. But, it doesn’t have to be permanent. Change, healing, and freedom are yours for the taking.
What Clients Are Saying:
I have been seeing Kristen Gallien for a few months and she is wonderful! She makes me feel heard and understood and has been wonderful support! I’m so grateful I found her!
Kristen has been very adaptive to my state of mind during our appointments. My general anxiety has been reduced.
Kristen is amazing. She really gets me and is the first therapist I have been able to connect with on the first session. I felt like she completely understood what I am going through.
Kristen is a great match for me. She makes me feel comfortable and heard. I really like and appreciate her.
I feel like I’m making a lot of progress with Kristen.
Kirsten has been wonderful. I’m so happy with you guys. I’ve been recommending EMDR therapy to everyone. I’ve only had a couple of sessions of it, but I feel like it has helped me so much already. I’m so happy!
with Houston Therapist, Kristen Gallien, LPC.