For more than 20 years, Dr. Matthew Housson and the clinicians at The Housson Center have provided exemplary care grounded in mind-body connection, science, and evidence-based practices. Treatment is personalized to the individual, and based on your individual assessment.
Individual & Family Therapy
Clinicians at The Housson Center treat children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of diagnoses and challenges. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and play techniques are primarily utilized to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, learning, behavioral, and socio-developmental disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. When appropriate, our clinicians work in collaboration with the individual’s parents, family, and educational institution to ensure continuity of care and support.
The Housson Center offers family therapy to help members of the family cope with differences and recognize each other’s strengths. Our clinicians teach family members to appreciate each other’s perspectives by engaging in productive conversations and positive interactions.
Parenting the ADHD Child Group
“Parenting the ADHD Child” is a psychoeducational and process group that informs and supports parents who have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD. Parents will learn to identify and respond to problematic behavior that may be impacting their child’s academic achievement, social acceptance, and family functioning.
The group provides the opportunity for parents to openly discuss their journey and learn cognitive-behavioral techniques to help them manage their child’s ADHD symptoms. Parents will also be educated on executive functions, a set of processes that help an individual to manage his/herself in order to achieve a goal. These skills include organization, planning, self-control, emotional control, working memory, and self-monitoring skills. Sessions are one hour in duration and occur over a period of four weeks.
Social Skills Groups & Lego Club
The Housson Center offers social skills training and specialized groups for children struggling to connect socially, regulate their emotions, and control their impulses. Children are grouped based on age and individual needs.
Our groups combine treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral modification techniques, and evidence-based social thinking curricula to teach students social skills and behavioral regulation in a group setting. Specifically, students learn skills to support their ability to maintain appropriate eye contact, keep their body in the group, initiate conversation, increase flexibility, and modify their behavior. They will discuss socially and behaviorally challenging situations that occur in their daily lives and discover “hidden social rules.”
Preschool & Lower Elementary
We offer groups for preschool and lower elementary school students that focus on teaching and reinforcing listening skills, self-control, and social skills such as greetings, eye contact, sharing, turn taking, and conflict management. Specific skills may include:
- Listening with your whole body
- “Thinking with your eyes”
- Turn taking
- Initiating group play
- Interacting with others
- Support/encouragement of peers
- Conflict management
Upper Elementary, Middle & High School
Groups for older students are tailored to reflect the specific needs of the group and are generally more discussion based. Group members discuss specific social scenarios and are taught specific skills for handling challenging situations and coping effectively. Specific areas of focus may include:
- Building and maintaining friendships
- Assertive communication
- Non-verbal communication
- Unwritten or “hidden” social rules
- Social anxiety
- Academic stress
- Stress management and healthy coping
- Conflict resolution
Executive Function Counseling and Training (EFCT)
The Executive Function Counseling and Training (EFCT) program is a curriculum designed for children in elementary and middle schools to bolster their executive functioning skillset. Children with ADHD, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, and anxiety and depression experience weaknesses in their executive functioning. Recent research reveals up to a 30 percent developmental delay in the executive skillset of children diagnosed with ADHD.
Skills for self-awareness, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organizing, task initiation of work, shifting attention, self-control, and emotional control are divided into individualized sessions tailored to each child. The basic treatment program includes five sessions targeted to address the child’s top executive needs, which are determined from a screener that is completed by the accompanying parent or caregiver during the initial session.
These executive function skills are introduced in a fun and engaging way by a trained and licensed therapist, who will also debrief parents on the insights and strategies discussed in session so that there is a comprehensive approach to improving these skills. Collaboration between parents, child, and teachers is essential. Parents will receive informational flyers and children will develop a “Toolbox” to organize the materials they use during EFCT.
CogMed® Memory Training
Cogmed® Working Memory Training is a computerized, five-week training program designed to improve working memory (the ability to keep and manipulate information in mind), which may be helpful to students with working memory difficulties. Working memory is essential for maintaining attention and staying on task. Cogmed® helps individuals improve their attention by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Rigorous clinical studies have shown that 80 percent of participants significantly improve their ability to concentrate and use complex problem-solving skills after completing the Cogmed® training.
Cogmed® users range from young children to senior adults. The training takes place at home using a PC or iPad for 30-45 minutes per day, five days per week, for five weeks. The trainee is guided by weekly coaching sessions that are conducted over the phone. Upon completion of the training program, trainees are offered the opportunity for extension training at no additional cost. Through extension training, trainees can continue their training with 100 sessions available over the next year.
To learn more about how to enroll in a Cogmed® treatment program, please contact our office. Our Cogmed® coaches can provide additional information and schedule a free screening interview to see if you and/or your child might benefit from the program. If you decide to participate, a start-up session is scheduled. At that time, your Cogmed® coach will review the program with you and provide the appropriate software for you and/or your child.
Cogmed® was founded by neuroscientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2001. Original research was conducted in Sweden, and ongoing research projects are being carried out by independent teams at leading universities such as Notre Dame, New York University, Harvard, York, and Stanford. For more information about Cogmed® Working Memory Training, please visit www.cogmed.com.
In addition to traditional in-person therapy, The Housson Center offers HIPAA-compliant teletherapy services that protect the privacy of patients and the confidentiality of protected, personal health information.
Teletherapy allows patients to have increased access to mental health treatment services by overcoming barriers that typically preclude an individual from seeing a clinician in person. This includes, but is not limited to, busy schedules, mobility restrictions, illness, childcare limitations, proximity to clinicians, and transportation difficulties. Additionally, some patients find that the video medium allows them to explore their challenges and issues more deeply.
Due to ethical and governing reasons, teletherapy services are limited to Texas residents.
In order to ensure continuity of care, your clinician will coordinate treatment specifics with you.
Fees for teletherapy services are billed the same as they are for in-person counseling services.
For more information about teletherapy services, please contact our office directly.