I’m Rebecca. I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I love learning new songs on my guitar, birdwatching by the coast, traveling to both new or familiar places, exploring all that the city has to offer, cuddling my rescue cat Gabby, and spending quality time with my loved ones.

I received my Bachelors Degree from Reed College in Portland, OR with a focus in Cultural Anthropology. It was at this time in my life when I sought counseling to face my own personal challenges that my passion for mental health care emerged. Through my journey, I discovered the invaluable benefit of allowing another person to witness my struggle. The guidance and care I received from my therapist created a safe space for me to heal and grow.

What awoke within me was a personal passion for reducing the stigma of mental illness. In an effort to make behavioral health care more accessible, specifically for vulnerable populations to have high-quality, professional services regardless of their socioeconomic status, I pursued a career in Clinical Social Work.

During my tenure at the DBT Center of Houston, I learned the value of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as an accessible treatment for those suffering from chronic mental illness that are in need of practical coping skills to manage life’s stressors. I then provided psychoterapy services at an Acute-Care Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents, where I applied my DBT background to work with adolescents suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, and conducted individual, family, and group therapy. Following my time there, I transitioned to The Menninger Clinic’s wrap-around services program to offer intensive community-based treatment to vulnerable populations.

I treat my clients with great care, respect, and gratitude. I honor their courage in seeking support and their willingness to receive my guidance and care. I provide a safe, compassionate, empathetic, and strengths-based therapeutic space for my clients to heal and grow.

With years of experience as a family therapist and parent coach, I apply tools from DBT and Emotion Focused Family Therapy to help parents gain confidence and self-efficacy with the day-to-day challenges of parenting. Through my Parent-Coaching and Family Therapy services, I educate and support parents raising an adolescent struggling with mental illness.

As a non-binary, queer therapist, I am passionate about providing a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ clients to gain insight into their gender identity and sexuality.

Sometimes we cannot change the environment significantly, but we can perhaps alter the way in which we perceive it.

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD

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