After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But, the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him (NIV, Genesis 8: 6-12).
Water, raging seas, storms, and floods are common themes in the Bible. It's no wonder as most all of us experience psychological floods at one time or another. Because we are living, we are going to run into problems and problems are going to run into us. Some tsunamis come out of nowhere, and we become tangled up in their wrath. Other times we bring them on ourselves, or we make them worse. Are you experiencing a flood of epic proportions in your life? Or, are you trying to ride out a storm? Many times storms linger and floods don’t just dry up overnight; therefore, getting through them is a process. With hopeful expectation, keep sending out the dove. Eventually, it will bring back an olive leaf to signal that the water is finally receding.
My name is Patty Hoban. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, and I see clients in the Houston/Memorial Area. It would be a privilege to walk alongside you as you navigate the storms and floods (past, present, and future) in your life. Unhealthy thoughts and emotions keep us stuck, and therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and others help to replace unhealthy thinking with the truth. Unhealthy thinking usually originates in the past; therefore, a psychodynamic approach is sometimes used to uncover unresolved issues, and shed light on them, but the goal is to move forward.
I may do psychotherapy or talk-therapy in two ways: (1) I may use my theological background to correlate these therapeutic approaches with Judeo-Christian principles and Biblical passages. (2) I am sensitive to those of you who might have different spiritual beliefs. In this case, I will use traditional psychotherapy with tested and proven modalities.
I believe that we all struggle, and each one of us is on a long and sometimes arduous journey. Yet, I am convinced that every person has inside of him/her the capacity to live a full and meaningful life, regardless of his/her circumstances. It is my goal to help you embrace that capacity by being an empathetic listener and insightful counselor. My hope is that you will feel comfortable and safe in a confidential setting, where you will be accepted and validated. Through our professional and therapeutic relationship, you can set goals for your life and devise strategies to implement them.
Common Issues: Anxiety--Depression--Bipolar Disorder--Relationship problems--Family of Origin issues Social Phobia--Loneliness Divorce--Suicidal Thoughts--Personality Disorders--Dissociative Identity Disorder--Caregiver Fatigue--Sexual Identity and Gender Confusion Anger Management--Job loss & Career Planning--Stress at the Workplace--ADD & ADHD--Life Coaching, Goal Setting & Planning--Communication Effectiveness--Self-Esteem & Self-Validation--Setting Boundaries
9575 Katy Freeway, Suite 294, Houston, Texas, 77024, 713-244-4898