As a therapist, I believe in helping clients find and live their best life. Each person is on a journey and each journey is different. At times, our journey may be interrupted by distress and suffering. Distress and suffering can take many forms, in any form, they can lead us to living a compromised journey. Utilizing evidence based therapeutic tools, it is my goal to help each client return to living their best life. As a seasoned treatment provider, I know that each person is impacted differently by distress, anxiety, depression, OCD, etc and that working together we can identify the treatment tools that will help you get back to your life.
Since beginning as a therapist, I have focused on combining warmth and acceptance with directness. I have extensive experience working with anxiety disorders, including: OCD, Tourettic OCD, panic attacks, specific phobias (medical, needle, bugs), social anxiety, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (excessive anxiety or worry), and depression.
I earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, completed a graduate internship at the UHCL on-campus clinic and the Houston OCD Program. I completed my licensing internship at the Houston OCD Program. My undergraduate studies were completed at the University of St. Thomas, where I graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in psychology.
Since graduation, I continued work at the Houston OCD Program as a Behavior Therapist. I worked with individuals and families as part of the intensive and residential treatment. On an outpatient basis, I worked with individuals, families, children, teens, and adults with OCD and various other anxiety disorders. As a professional, I have continued to pursue training by attending the International OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), in an effort to continue perfecting OCD treatment skills. Additionally, I have completed two levels of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training, with a third to be completed in October 2017. I am a member of the IOCDF, ADAA, TCA, have served on the OCD Texas board as secretary, and am currently on the Board of Directors for OCD Texas as acting co-president.
Feel free to visit my website for additional information about my practice.
or Call Christen Sistrunk, MA, LPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 28422
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Everyone experiences times of anxiety, low mood, and general life distress; when you are in one of these moments it can at times be difficult to assess when seeing a professional would be helpful. If you are concerned about behaviors, feelings, or something else that you have been doing it may be time to reach out for professional help. If you have tried to manage behaviors and symptoms on your own and things have not been getting better over time or you were improving for a while but are now stagnant. If your friends or family members have mentioned noticing changes in your behaviors or if they frequently do things to help accommodate your anxiety. When your daily life, either at work, home or your hobbies have been impacted; it is likely time to reach out for professional support.
If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me and go through a free phone consultation to find out if therapy could be helpful for you.