Serving the Greater Houston Area Since 1987

Ken Waldman, Ph.D.

“Love is a verb.” S. Covey

Karen Waldman, Ph.D.

My approach to helping

Whether working with individuals or couples, my goal is for every client to leave every session being glad they came, feeling both hopeful about a better tomorrow and empowered to make that happen.  I work collaboratively with clients to help them identify their values, goals, inner resources, and strengths.  I teach couples new ways to communicate effectively, to work together as

 

a team to generate win-win solutions, and to rediscover the emotional and/or physical intimacy that they once had.  I often use brief, solution-focused interventions and introduce Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a treatment that most clients quickly embrace.  I also have extensive experience with several other types of therapies, which I adapt in order to demonstrate a concept or clarify an issue.  This makes my therapeutic approach both eclectic and individualized to ensure that my clients experience effective and lasting positive changes in their lives, moving forward in the direction of their values.

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My areas of specialization

Couples counseling / Couples therapy

Marital counseling / Marital therapy

Relationship counseling

Individual therapy / Individual counseling

Professional consultation

Pre-marital counseling

Separation counseling

Divorce counseling

Remarriage counseling

Step-family counseling

Parenting education

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Clinical hypnosis

Guided imagery

Mindfulness / Meditation

Behavioral Health

Rehabilitation

Stress management

Pain management

Smoking cessation

Grief / Complicated bereavement

Veterans’ issues

 

Related concerns I help with

Infidelity

Trust

Communication

Conflict resolution

Fear of commitment / fear of intimacy

Financial disagreements

Extended family / family of origin issues

Adjustment to separation, divorce

Adjustment to remarriage / blended families

Depression

Anxiety

Anger

Addictions

Combat-related PTSD

Aging and caregiving issues

Adjustment to disability and/or chronic illness

Weight loss / healthy eating

Insomnia

GLBT issues

Chronic pain

 

Qualifications

I feel most fortunate to have had a wide range of professional experience, enabling me to work with a diverse group of clients having many different types of issues.  While in graduate school at the University of Houston, I served as the Director for the Center for Students with disABILITIES for six years.  This opportunity helped me learn a tremendous amount about Rehabilitation Psychology, adjustment to chronic illness and physical impairments, disability legislation, etc.  I then completed a one-year residency in Clinical Psychology at UT-Medical School, followed by a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric Psychology.  After earning my Ph.D. in 1995 and becoming a licensed Psychologist in 1996, I joined the staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here in Houston, where I worked for 18 years.  At the VA, I provided couples counseling and individual therapy, led a variety of psycho-educational and process groups, gained experience with GLBT issues, and trained/supervised Psychology students and Psychiatry residents from Baylor College of Medicine (where I held an Assistant Professorship).

 

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis,  Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological Association, National Register of Health Service Providers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” M. Gandhi

My approach to helping

I specialize in Couples Counseling and Marital Therapy, although I see individual clients as well.  My approach is theoretical and practical.  I utilize research findings about what works and doesn’t work in relationships.  My style tends to be active and directive, especially when seeing couples.  Most of my work is short-term.  I quickly help my clients improve their communication and conflict resolution

skills, both of which are enormously helpful in improving their relationship. Much of my work is psycho-educational in that I feel most people have had poor training in how to have a healthy relationship. I believe that with education, direct intervention, and practice, couples can achieve a happier, healthier way of relating to each other with the goal of achieving emotional intimacy.

My areas of specialization

Couples Counseling / Couples Therapy

Marital Counseling / Marital Therapy

Relationship Counseling

Individual Therapy / Individual Counseling

Professional Consultation

Pre-marital Counseling

Sex Therapy

Separation Counseling

Divorce Counseling

Remarriage Counseling

Step-Family Counseling

 

Related concerns I help with

Infidelity

Trust

Sexual issues of all types

Communication

Conflict resolution

Fear of commitment / fear of intimacy

Financial disagreements

Extended family / family of origin issues

Adjustment to separation / divorce

Adjustment to remarriage / blended families

Depression

Anxiety

Anger

Addictions

 

Qualifications

My Ph.D. is from the University of Texas-Austin in 1975, and I have been a licensed Psychologist since January 1977.  I spent most of my career working on college campuses, including 11 years as Director of the Counseling Center at University of Houston.  I am now in private practice full-time.  I am both a licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition, I have taught Marriage and Family Counseling classes, given dozens of workshops on relationships, and have trained numerous Psychologists.

 

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association (Spotlight Member - July, 2014), Houston Psychological Association, National Register of Health Service Providers  

 

 

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