Patrick Harris, LPC, PhD Candidate
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad" -Brian O'Driscoll-
Free 15-min Intake Call
Online or In-Person sessions
$120 per 50-min Session
Optum & United Healthcare Accepted
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
Life and Career Transitions
Chronic Health Conditions
Cultural Identity Formation
Thank you for stopping by! Seeking support is never easy, but you have already taken the first step towards your healing journey. Whether you are new to counseling or a seasoned pro, finding a therapist usually feels like a daunting task. We all have various degrees, weird letters behind our name, and use different language to capture what the therapeutic journey means to us. Nevertheless, ensuring a good fit is imperative to your positive outcomes in counseling, and worth the effort in the long run. Please take a moment to read through my bio and reflect on if my approach feels like a good fit for you and your current needs. If so, let's dive in!
How I Work
I have spent most of my adult life gaining experience, studying in higher ed, and taking every opportunity to grow as a clinician. My experiences working with people across the lifespan has left me with a unique clinical perspective, and the understanding that nothing happens in a vacuum. My style is rooted in solution focused strategies that are guided by non-judgmental exploration and emotional processing. That being said, I am not the all knowing expert in the room. You have lived your life and all its experiences, so you are the expert of your situation. You are the driver holding the steering wheel, I am simply the informed passenger holding one of many roadmaps that can help guide you to your goals. This lens is called person centered care, and it is my default approach to any problems or ailments clients bring in.
My theoretical perspective is informed by the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, known more commonly as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). My PhD work in mind-body medicine guides my holistic and integrated approach to seeking out meaningful strategies to help address even the most invasive of symptoms you may be experiencing. As I stated above, nothing happens in a vacuum, and that includes thoughts or emotions we carry with us. Our mental state impacts our physiology and vice versa, so it is imperative to take a look at the whole self to find sustainable change on your healing journey.
Patrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Texas State University, a Master's degree in Counseling from St Edward's University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with an emphasis in Integrated Mental Health from Saybrook University. He recently began writing his dissertation on "The Experience of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment Resistant Depression" and hopes to be completed by December 2021. Patrick also received a certificate in Tobacco Cessation from Rutgers University, a certificate in Laughter Yoga from Dr Madan Kataria, and certificate in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis from Saybrook University. During his tenure in the field of mental health, Patrick has worked with developmentally delayed infants, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community based mental health, and private practice. Patrick's current clinical focus is integrated mental health to treat chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and improving overall quality of life. Patrick has extensive training in therapeutic humor and is a graduate of the Healing Body Workshop from the Gesundheit! Institute under Dr Patch Adams (yes, THAT Patch Adams!). Currently, Patrick splits his time working in private practice and teaching undergraduate psychology at Huston-Tillotson University, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
In his spare time he enjoys playing with his pups, riding with his motorcycle club, humanitarian clowning, training in mixed martial arts, and indulging a mild pop-culture obsession.