Denis Flanigan (he/him/his)

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology 2011

I have 10+ years as a counseling psychologist, emphasizing clients' individual strengths and embracing clients' uniqueness,

Psychologist in Houston, TX

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

Everyone faces difficult life-changing events--marriage, break up, loss of trust, a move, loss of a loved one, or a change in their own identity. Whether desired or not, change can make us feel lost, stuck, or without direction—and sometimes even guilty about how we are feeling. I want to help clients adjust to the changes in their life and discover the best ways for them to move forward within an environment that is safe to be their true selves and explore the full range of their feelings.

My Background and Approach

I received my Ph.D. from a top-rated Counseling Psychology program (University of Florida) and was drawn to Houston for internship by the diversity of the population here. I am intrigued by other people’s struggles, particularly for those whose behavior or situation is outside the social norm. As a social outsider myself, I use the obstacles I have experienced in my own life to help me better understand the challenges that my clients face. The bulk of my clients come from under-served populations—ethnic minorities, sexual, gender, and romantic minorities, and religious minorities. An existential therapist’s job is to have clients move through their existential hells and emerge as happier and healthier. As such, I help clients learn how to recognize and take down their demons, to find alternative pathways to avoid their demon, and to help clients recognize when their demons are actually just illusions. I want to show clients what their life can be like if they look at it differently.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that anxiety and insecurities are the root of most of our problems. They are the source of the messages “I can’t” and “I’m not good enough” and “what if,” all of which can demotivate and paralyze us. They lead us to focus on the negatives in our lives, rather than the positives. While it is important to deal with negatives on our life, it is perhaps even more important to stop being trapped by imaginary negatives. The negatives will always be in our lives, but only by recognizing the positives can we find joy as well. Anxiety can also interfere with our finding meaning in our lives. Without realizing what we are capable of, we cannot realize our true potential and cannot find our purpose. Similarly, anxiety discourages us from doing what we enjoy in life—tells we shouldn’t or can’t, makes us feel guilty about doing it. Through confidence in ourselves and the world we can engage life in ways that allow us to both make a difference and pursue joy, what actually matters.

I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 13 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 195/session

Info

713-589-9804 Email Denis
2211 Norfolk St Ste 206
Houston, TX 77098-4030

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