Avery Neal, MA, LPC
I have always been fascinated with people’s behavior. And now, as a practicing psychotherapist, I get to use my life-long interest to help people improve their lives. I do this type of work because it is rewarding to make a difference. I get so much joy knowing that I am helping someone work through a difficult time. Seeing a change in people, and witnessing the life changes they choose to make after we’ve been working together, is incredibly gratifying.
I feel that one of the most important parts of my job is to give people space to express themselves. Often people have never experienced this process. Many of the people I see do not have the ability or habit of talking about their feelings. They store their feelings, swallow their feelings, or ignore their feelings, all in an attempt to avoid the pain or discomfort those feelings may cause. This tends to backfire and typically causes people to become depressed, anxious, addicted to substances, or to turn to other self-harming behaviors. I try to help people learn how to talk about their feelings. This seems so simple, and yet, most of us have never learned the skills necessary to talk about our feelings in a helpful manner. Talking about our true thoughts and feelings alleviates current problems, and it gives us necessary skills to work through psychological and physical distress in the future. When we have the freedom to explore our feelings in a safe environment, we are often able to get to the root cause of whatever is troubling us. With support and encouragement, we can then make changes, if necessary.
My passion is working with women who are dealing with infertility, miscarriage and loss, depression/anxiety during pregnancy, and postpartum depression/anxiety. I also love working with women who are healing from a physically or emotionally abusive relationship, or who are recovering from a divorce.
I have earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado with a major in psychology. I then went on to complete my Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. I interned with Denver Family Therapy Center, and later opened a private practice in Denver and then in The Woodlands, TX. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to open a clinic for women. And now, I am so happy we have a practice committed to helping women. I currently hold a license in both Colorado and Texas. In my spare time, I love spending time with my daughter and writing. I enjoy hiking, biking, and yoga. I also love traveling, painting, and interior decorating.