Avery Neal, MA, LPC
I have always been fascinated by human behavior and I have been fortunate enough to listen to people share their stories with me for over ten years. I can wholeheartedly say that it is quite an honor to be trusted with someone’s deepest sorrow and pain, their struggles, worries and dreams. And, the satisfaction and joy that comes as as a result of true emotional healing is incredibly gratifying to witness.
I feel that one of the most important parts of my job is to give people space to express themselves. Most of us have never experienced this process. Many of us do not have the habit of talking about our feelings. We store our feelings, swallow our feelings, or ignore our feelings, all in an attempt to avoid the pain or discomfort those feelings may cause. This tends to backfire and typically causes us 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 struggling with depression or anxiety. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, those who have been through the trauma of an emotionally or physically abusive relationship during childhood, in a marriage or partnership, or another primary relationship, as well as women going through the divorce process or who are recovering from it. I also have extensive experience working with women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety, depression/anxiety during pregnancy, and miscarriage and loss.
I have earned both my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree in psychology. In 2007, I began a private practice in Denver, CO and later 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 design.
Avery is the author of If He’s So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad?: Recognizing and Overcoming Subtle Abuse, released April 2018. Her articles have been published by Oprah.com, Best Self Magazine, Hitched Magazine, and PKWY Magazine. In 2017, the International Association of HealthCare Professionals nominated her as one of the top psychologists in Houston.