Ehrin Weiss, Ph.D.
I believe everyone has the right to live a happy, fulfilled life, and that given the right tools, people have the ability to make their lives better, no matter what their situation. These tools are not taught in school. For most people, they are not intuitive and do not come naturally. But they do exist, and I have dedicated my life to learning these tools and working collaboratively with people on how to apply them to greatly improve their lives long term.
I chose to be a Psychologist over 17 years ago, and since then I have had the privilege of working with 1000s of people across every type of issue imaginable. As a parent, I also understand all the pressures and fears that can come with raising children. I chose to offer therapy for children, adolescents, and parents because I know that early intervention can make a lifelong difference. I chose to work with people struggling with anxiety and insomnia because I’ve had personal experience in these areas, and know just how transformative and empowering the tools learned through anxiety therapy can be.
Based on my experiences as an adolescent, both personally and with friends, I found early on that I liked helping people and was good at working through difficult times. By the time I finished high school, I was lucky enough to discover a field I love, allowing me to make the most of my higher education. I’m thankful that I discovered my passion for helping people early and that it has allowed me to continue learning and growing, not only as a professional, but also as a person. Even today, I am constantly learning new methods and staying current with new research. This allows me to provide the most tailored counseling services possible and achieve positive outcomes for the people who choose to work with me.
My Approach to Therapy
I am a non-pathologizing psychologist. I believe most of what we label “symptoms” are understandable reactions to our past experiences. However, these reactions are no longer serving us well, and may be getting in the way of living a full life now. When we meet, my goal is not to evaluate your symptoms to provide you with a label; instead, I seek to understand and help you gain a better understanding of your unique experiences and what can be done to improve your life going forward. There may be times when discussing your experiences in terms of a diagnostic label becomes helpful or necessary; however, treating a label is never the focus of my work.
My training was primarily as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT), and I integrate teachings from other therapeutic approaches as appropriate. CBT has shown to be the most effective in supporting positive, long-term change. It teaches people to take an objective view of their interactions to better understand what they are experiencing and thus improve how they respond to difficult situations.
Since feeling understood by your therapist is one of the most important components of effective therapy, I strive to be warm and understanding, and encourage you to provide feedback and whether your goals are being met . In addition to creating a safe environment for you to explore your experiences, I know several very powerful techniques that can help you transform your life, if you are interested in learning them. I see therapy as a collaborative process in which we work together using your knowledge of yourself and my knowledge of psychological principles to find ways to improve your life, just like a coach helps you improve your skills.
Ehrin Weiss, Ph.D., is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Texas and New York and is a registered provider with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at St. Bonaventure University, she earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Houston. She has also completed a year of training at The University of Texas-Health Sciences Center and two years at The University of Rochester. She has provided counseling services in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, schools, inpatient units, and outpatient clinics. She has taught undergraduate classes at the University of Houston and has been an invited speaker for many groups around the Houston area. Dr. Weiss has appeared as an expert on the evening news and has written several articles for Houston Family Magazine and Midland Times magazine. She is the “Ask the Psychologist” expert for the Mobile Math Lab blog and her practice has been a “Featured Business” in the Houston Chronicle.