Barbie Atkinson, LPC

Barbie Atkinson's philosophy is inspiring change in honoring autonomy while enhancing strengths. Helping with ambivalence regarding changing behaviors and tapping into your own wealth of inherent motivation.

Barbie Atkinson is a bilingual psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor. She founded Catalyst Counseling to offer clients a chance to really feel seen, heard and ask them questions they hadn't considered before. Not your Mama’s therapist. Her One-Size-Can't-Possibly-Fit-All approach is refreshingly human and personal. She brings curiosity to each assessment and has helped a wide breadth of clients. She enjoys working with tweens, teens, young adults, adults, couples and families. 

For over 15 years, she's helped clients in such places as Baylor and University of Texas community clinics, probation offices, various community agencies and schools, research studies through Human Behavior and Research Institute at University of Texas, University of Houston's Center for Latina Maternal & Family Health Research, online, and in private practice.  She holds an M.S. with dual specializations in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Barry University and a B. A. in Psychology from Florida International University.

The theories that inform her group practice include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the TransTheoretical Model (TTM). TTM is a process by which she assesses the client’s readiness to change, provides strategies to move forward, and guides the client through the inevitable trials and errors of getting out of their comfort zones and approaching the same old problems with new solutions.  All within the comfort and confidentiality of her office.

With Barbie, you don't have to come with your ducks all in a row, she will meet you exactly where you are, even if that means duck-less.  This kind of therapy is much like pistachio ice cream, for the people who love pistachio, nothing else will do, and those are the people she serves best. 

"You are the expert of your own life and with that, you and I create a partnership and it is the foundation of our therapeutic alliance".

Julie Stryker, LPC

Are you a woman who feels like something's missing in your life, or in you? Do you sometimes put your needs last or minimize your problems? Maybe you're hard on yourself too. Do you treat your friends better than yourself?  Do you consistently get in your own way?  Drinking too much, eating too much, not sleeping enough? You feel like you SHOULD be happy because you’ve got it all in life – the job, friends, and family - but still feel like something is missing?  Are you tired just going through the motions and not really feeling here?

Do you ever feel that somewhere along the parenting path you lost yourself? Maybe your relationship has suffered? Or you find yourself feeling resentful, short tempered, distant or just plain tired?!

Whatever brings you to counseling, Julie Stryker will work with you one-on-one to support you in feeling better. This is about your life, your story and your path to wellness.

Julie enjoys working with women going through difficult life transitions – new job, baby, partner, living arrangements, loss, etc.  She wants to listen and help you sort through the muck. She helps women become more present and powerful in their lives.

Julie Stryker is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Liberal Arts Degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Texas.

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“…for those of you seeking clarity, I would be honored to help you navigate the path back to you.

You deserve to recognized and love who you see in the mirror.”

Collaborative, compassionate, confidential, and curious approach to working with behaviors and perceptions that keep you from what you want.