Our Mission

Healing Through Relationship

The doctors of the Family Psychology Clinic of Kingwood are committed to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art emotional and behavioral health care to the people of Kingwood and the surrounding communities. The foundation of the Family Psychology Clinic of Kingwood is relational and built upon three tiers: the Therapy Relationship, the Family Relationship, and the Community Relationship.

The Therapy Relationship

At the Family Psychology Clinic of Kingwood, the relationship established between our patients and providers is bound by respect, confidentiality, and a sound knowledge of our field and the standards of care for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment interventions. And it is within these bounds that healing happens.

Therapy works. It is a fascinating phenomenon this idea that people get better simply by talking to another human being and its more complicated than it seems. So what makes talking with a psychologist different from or any more effective than having a cup of coffee with a friend? Watching Dr. Phil? Reading a self-help book?

As researchers in the field of psychology and psychiatry have investigated the process of healing through talking it has been discovered that the power of therapy is found in the strength of the therapy relationship. It is now understood that the questions of how? and why? and for whom? therapy works have different answers for different populations, disorders, and even cultures. Thus, therapy is not a one-size-fits-all science, but rather a unique combination of events involving first and foremost a relationship or connection between the patient and provider. Within this context of relationship, therapy then consists of (1) accurate diagnosis and a thorough conceptualization of each patient that is based upon history, presenting concerns, and assessment of individual strengths and difficulties, (2) psychoeducation or the imparting of specific information relating to a patients diagnosis, treatment, or situation, and (3) the appropriate use of specific cognitive and behavioral interventions to help a person change thoughts, behaviors, or feelings. What the psychologist offers that a friend over coffee cannot is a conceptual understanding of what interventions have been shown to be effective in what situations and an ability to customize this general knowledge to the individual situation of each patient with whom he or she works.

The Family Relationship

While the individual bond between patients and doctors forms the heart of the therapeutic relationship, we recognize that all of our patients, regardless of age, exist within the context of their own relationships. As such, the healing, the strengthening, and the increase of connection found by focusing on family relationships for each of our patients is an integral part of all interventions.

The Community Relationship

In the end, the success of any therapy lies in the impact that the therapy relationship and its accompanying interventions and teaching ultimately has outside the therapy office. The goal of any therapy relationship is that it improve an individuals functioning within his or her communities, whether that be around school or work, recreation or sport, health, or faith. Helping patients understand the impact of their individual and shared communities upon their functioning and generalize what has been learned in therapy into an increased and strengthened connection within their communities is a third focus of treatment. Towards this end, we work in conjunction with other providers such as physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrist, educators, and speech/language pathologists, in order to facilitate continuity and comprehensiveness of patient care.