At enCOURAGE Trauma Center, we provide a safe haven for those who have experienced trauma to increase coping skills, understand the impact of their experience, and promote their capacity to heal. The programming is designed to augment safety and containment for people who are addressing their trauma in individual therapy.

Our collaborative approach makes working directly with traumatic experiences more manageable for the client/therapist dyad. This deep work on the underlying trauma makes it possible to move beyond recovery to thriving and flourishing.

A Trauma-Focused Intensive
Outpatient Program

“Understanding lies at the heart of treating trauma.”

Jon G. Allen, PhD

Dandelion Parachute Seed

Our program

enCOURAGE offers focused treatment for co-occuring diagnoses such as PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, and other mental health issues related to underlying trauma.

 

Our program is designed to support the therapist and their patient, so that trauma work can be done safely.

 

Our team supports participants and their outpatient providers, collaborating closely to ensure continuity of care.

Trauma Prevalence

Child abuse

Adverse Childhood Experiences affect nearly 2/3 of the population

(CDC and Kaiser Permanente)

Domestic violence

20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner every minute

(CDC)

PTSD

About 8 million U.S. adults have PTSD during a given year (National Center for PTSD)

Natural disaster

About 8 million U.S. adults have PTSD during a given year (National Center for PTSD)

Is Trauma Treatment Right For You?

The crux of trauma treatment is feeling, thinking, and talking about trauma.

In general practice, assessment is not adequate to identify trauma.  In an intake assessment, patients may be asked if they have trauma, with little or no further exploration.  We know many people are not aware that experiences they have had constitute trauma.  Or they may experience deep shame and be unwilling to discuss their traumas.

Fortunately, one important outcome of the development of trauma informed care is to encourage more careful assessments. We use an evidence-based structured clinical interview, standardized measures, and/or behavioral observations that have been designed to gather an in-depth understanding of the nature, timing, and severity of the traumatic events, the effects of those events, and current trauma-related symptoms.

What Our Patients Say

A poem by one of our wonderful patients, Jessie

There's a place in the heart of Houston

It’s a small little quiet powerful place

No one would be searching for it unless your first lost yourself 

A lonely little soul looking for just a little hope

A little hope to get by, you know

Even a little breath would feel better than the suffocating world in our head

The lies that smother any ounce of strength we have left

In the small chance we look up we see a glimpse of a little home

A lighthouse if you will among the stormy foggy waters

Guiding us to a safe haven 

A shelter in place until this one storm passes

A hand to grab hold when you are drowning

Like a lifesaver wrapping you in temporary safety 

This little place of normalcy in the chaotic waters of this soul

Someone to tell us its okay and I am here

On the contrary to someone not giving up something so precious as this little place

I want to scream from the rooftops about a place of courage

Drink of this water to revive you and to help you find yourself again

The strength of these patient warriors is unmatched

But these warriors want you to find the inner warrior in you

I will tell you of this little place

It’s a place that will guide you to no longer survive but thrive

Welcome to Encourage, your new temporary home

Meet the Founders

Theresa Fassihi, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Fassihi has been treating eating disorders and associated issues for 20 years. She worked inpatient and outpatient settings including The Menninger Clinic and Houston Eating Disorders Center, a partial hospitalization program she founded in 2010.

We Want to Help

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