Denise is incredible. She gave me hope during the darkest, deepest depression I had ever had. I highly recommend her.
Best Therapist Houston 2008 - Denise O'Doherty, L.P.C.
Psychotherapist Denise O'Doherty has all the right credentials: She's a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. Oh, and she's also a registered psychiatric nurse. She has a supportive, empowering approach. Have a problem with boundaries? Or maybe your self-esteem is low. No worries. O'Doherty has practical exercises for you that will take you from feeling helpless to feeling strong. Finally willing to face your fears and anxiety? O'Doherty will be there, guiding you every step of the way. Many of O'Doherty's clients come from the GLBT crowd; she's an advocate for gender education among the psychiatric community. And don't worry if you're not ready for weekly shrink sessions — O'Doherty teaches several workshops through Leisure Learning.
She is apparently able to hide how ineffective she actually is as a therapist. I guess anyone is bound to help someone given the ease in which the other is open to hearing themselves. I felt her Issues the moment we met and the "only" time we met. I received call after call wanting to know why I wouldn't return.. Really? Are you that much a narcissis that you need to call 4-5 times after someone sees you 1 time? Move on.... Go see Enod Gray she is a therapist that doesn't allow her patients to trigger her.
In my experience, Denise O'Doherty is a most effective and skilled therapist, and it seems natural she would repeatedly be honored as one of the best. Many of my friends in transgender support groups continue to recommend her for help with transgender, marriage, and substance dependency concerns.
After hearing many recommendations and then meeting her, I decided to see her for help with my own gender issues. I felt very nervous at my first appointment, but she quickly put me at ease with her gentle, supportive manner. She was soon able to reflect what I was feeling, including some things I had kept deeply hidden and needed to bring forward. Being comforted by her empathy and informed by her insight, it became possible to face issues together that I had not been able to handle by myself.
At the same time she was most interested in meeting my wife and hearing her side of everything. She too felt welcomed and supported by Denise's sincerity and understanding. Together, the three of us found a way forward to a much better situation for my wife and myself. Our marital relationship has only grown stronger over time. We couldn't have asked for better results, and I feel so much of it is due to working with Denise.
Therapy is intense work on difficult personal issues, so each client should choose a therapist they feel works the best with them. For myself and many friends who have found Denise, we feel very fortunate to have found someone so caring and so able to help us make the positive changes we needed.
My new therapist made me realize just how ineffective Denise was. I endured 3 months of weekly couple's therapy with Denise that went absolutely nowhere, except leading us to give up and part ways. She asked questions during our sessions but rarely offered any insight into our problems or tried to find the core issues. She found it easier to focus on my bf's drinking when i told her it was not the deal breaker. He constantly felt attacked by her. The time and $$$$ spent with her was absolutely worthless. My bf went one last time w/o me and he came back and told me that Denise said she didn't think I really loved him. What kind of professional says that???
In just one session, my new therapist was able to find the cause of my hurt and explain how it was affecting the relationships around me and, incidentally, he was able to tell me why the ex and I didn't work out without ever meeting the him. My new therapist also answers his phone during business hours (I always got Denise's VM and inevitably played phone tag with her) and he told me I could call him anytime if I had questions or need to talk. Denise was never open about her time.
My new therapist's name is Bill Ferguson. He is pricier than Denise, but in the long run, probably not if you're actually getting somewhere. I wish I would've found Bill in the first place. Makes me wonder if the situation would be different now.
This is the worst counselor on the planet!!! She did not get a waiver of liability from the wife of a man who she counseled to change sex while they were still married. She sent the man for hormone therapy. She had one consult with the spouse and told the wife that she was "closed-minded" because she could not accept her husband wanted to cross-dress and would not agree to a compromise on that issue. Hello, the woman married a man. So, the witch doctor O'Doherty advised this man to lie for 14 years of marriage, rendering a sex life almost null and void and the man infertile for periods of time. The man developed breasts which ended the marriage. How cruel of a person to do this as a counselor. This counselor is active in the trans/gay community in Houston and I am told is a lesbian. She obviously has a blind spot for those with traditional values that do not embrace alternative lifestyles. The witch doctor turned a father, husband with a career into a broke ugly woman who is facing homelessness. Great job, Ms. O'Doherty.
If your boyfriend is an alcoholic that is a core issue whether you admit it or not. Maybe your bad experiences is rooted in the fact that your boyfriend drank and you refused to see that. Most therapists don't answer their phone during the day because they are seeing clients, but good ones like Denise, always return your call in a timely manner. Denise would never presume to know how someone else felt. She is a very good therapist.