Charlotte Parrott, Ph.D.

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I am a licensed psychologist who treats adolescents, adults, families, and couples who suffer from a variety of problems and difficulties. My approach is Evidence Based, which means I use scientifically-tested strategies to help you understand your problems, improve your quality of life, and maintain your motivation for change.
 
Therapy can be a lot of things: it can be a way of addressing a specific problem or event, or dealing with longer-term issues that may be disrupting your life. More than that, it is an investment in your personal growth and well-being. Therapy can provide support and perspective, help you identify problem-solving strategies or coping skills that fit your life, and offer real strategies for making positive change. When treating individual clients, I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a present-focused therapy that has been shown to help many different problems including anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anger, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and insomnia. CBT helps you find ways to change patterns in your thinking and behavior that may be holding you back or contributing to your problems. I also use mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques that help you get unstuck from unhelpful thoughts and help you feel connected to your life in the present moment. These approaches can help you change problematic behaviors and build a life worth living. 
 
I enjoy working with married and unmarried couples of any background. Couples therapy can be helpful when preparing for a big change, dealing with a crisis, or in addressing problems that have been simmering for years. When treating couples, I use The Gottman Method, which seeks to increase genuine affection, closeness, and trust between partners. It also helps you and your partner approach conflict differently, learn how to make up after a fight, and how to overcome persistent gridlock in your relationship so that you can build a happy and stable future together. Couples therapy can be a great place to build upon your history together and strengthen and repair your connection to each other.
 
Another speciality of mine is addressing insomnia and sleep problems in adults and children through therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is an incredibly effective way of addressing the thoughts and behaviors that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. CBT-I is generally very brief and can help reduce the anxiety and negative emotions that often accompany poor sleep. 
 My approach is warm and informal and I want to tailor your treatment to you, making sure that what we work on in session fits with your specific problems, your life, and your personality. I want my clients to feel heard and understood every time we meet. You are the expert in your life and I have skills that help people make positive changes – by working together, we can improve the quality of your life and help you reach your goals, whatever they may be. 

I earned my Master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. I completed my internship at Baylor College of Medicine and have had the privilege to work in many different hospitals and clinics in Houston, including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Area Women’s Center, DePelchin Children’s Center, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. For my undergraduate training, I attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where I graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 


If you've been thinking about beginning therapy, I hope you'll give me a call. It can be hard to choose a therapist and I am happy to talk with you on the phone or to schedule a free, brief introductory session so that we can get to know each other.


Dr. Charlotte Parrott Reaches

Houston TX