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Robin's Unique Approach

Welcome! My name is Robin Exum M.Ed., LPC-S, LCDC, NCC, and I have been providing Psychotherapy services for over 25 years. I am pleased to have a very accessible office location in the Telemundo Building at 1235 North Loop West Suite # 919 Houston, Texas 77008. I also offer telehealth (Video) therapy services. Psychotherapy can be a very effective method for clarifying problems and goals, developing coping strategies, and learn more about ourselves and our interactions with others. I would describe my approach as down-to-earth and person-focused. I believe that psychotherapy is most beneficial when the client feels comfortable and supported, and I strive to offer this environment. I am comfortable working from cognitive-behavioral, goal-oriented, and interpersonal perspectives and modify my approach to best fit client needs. 

In my practice I typically work with adults individually as well as couples sessions. Many of my clients have experienced problems with Anger issues causing marital problems and separation. I especially enjoy working with individuals who are needing assistance with difficult relationships, transitional life issues, and stress management. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with clients who have addictive and co-occurring disorders.

I offer a relaxed setting , and my goal is for clients to feel comfortable and welcome. I am collaborative, and I strive for sessions to feel like an active partnership. I incorporate cognitive-behavioral principles in targeting specific client goals, but I tailor my approach on an individual basis.

Our Approach to Psychotherapy

Sometimes Trauma and adversity block your ability to express and enjoy the fullness of yourself.  This can manifest as anything from feeling stuck and unfulfilled to more serious emotional or behavioral symptoms.  At the Houston Center for Training & Supervision, Robin Exum allows you to resolve disturbing experiences and become present and open to your life.  Most people have a part of themselves that functions as a capable adult, and other parts that hold them back.  Therapy helps to shift your sense of self so that you can access your strengths, and heal the parts of yourself that are causing distress. 

Our Psychotherapeutic Methods

Below is a short list of some of the more common types of psychotherapy. This list is not comprehensive and many of these therapies are constantly evolving.  Some therapy techniques have been scientifically tested on a large-scale basis; while others are newer and often combined ​with more established psychotherapies 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioral therapy is a blend of two types of therapy: cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.  The premise behind cognitive therapy is to focus on a person's thoughts and beliefs, and how they influence a person's mood and actions.  The goal is to bring awareness to a person's particular type of thinking and guide it to be more adaptive and healthy.  Alternatively, behavioral therapy focuses on behavior.  By bringing awareness to a person's unhealthy behaviors, actions, or habits behavioral therapy can help to change behavior patterns.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of CBT developed by Marsha Linehan specifically to treat people with suicidal thoughts and actions.  In more recent years, DBT has since been expanded to effectively treat people with borderline  personality disorder (BPD).  DBT is structured to help clients gain insight and skills to manage their thoughts emotions and behaviors.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Interpersonal therapy is most commonly used on an individual basis to treat depression or dysthymia.  Interpersonal therapy focuses on a persons interpersonal relationships.  The treatment approach is based on the premise that improving communication patterns and the way you relate to others will will effectively treat your depression.  Interpersonal therapy helps you to identify when a behavior is causing problems, and guide you to change it.

Family Systems Therapy: This form of therapy is often called "couples therapy" or " relationship counseling".  Its focus is to work with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development.  This school of therapy views the couple or family as a single system, and treatment is accomplished by direct participation of all members in the therapy sessions.

Humanistic Approach: The humanistic approach to therapy views human nature as basically good, with a potential to maintain healthy, meaningful relationships and to make choices that are in the best interest of oneself and others.  The therapist is a guide to help clients free themselves from the assumptions and negative self perceptions.  The goal is to encourage growth, self-actualization and self direction.  For the humanistic psychologist, not being one's true self is the source of problems.  

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