Catalyst Counseling

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

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 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".

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Julie Stryker, LPC