Shirley A. Beyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual and couples therapy, and maintains a private practice in the Upper Kirby area of Houston, TX. (77098) Her location is easy to access and clients travel from all locations in the Houston metropolitan area to this area.
With over 22 years experience in professional counseling, and as a graduate of the University of Houston specializing in working with individuals and couples, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Prior to January, 2013, Shirley served for 8 years as the Executive Director and a clinician at Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers. She was affiliated with Interface-Samaritan overall for 18 years, serving on the board of directors as well. She understands nonprofit organizational leadership and systems. Among her areas of expertise are couple/marriage issues, life issues for individuals, resolving issues related to trauma and abuse, helping people deal with grief and loss, and guiding people through any type of life change they are facing.
Shirley develops a trusting relationship with her clients and is interactive with the process of their healing. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Shirley co-developed a premarital program for a local church 18 years ago, co-presented that program for 7 years, and has solely presented this program in full for the past 5 years at another large Houston church. She also has worked with many stepfamily issues, predominately with the couple.
Shirley is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma resulting in PTSD. EMDR also works successfully with many other disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, stress reduction, addictions, disturbing memories, sexual and/or physical abuse, phobias, and acute trauma (such as witnessing something very traumatic or being involved in an intensely frightening situation). She has done extensive additional training with master trainers such as Laurel Parnell, Craig Penner, and Ana Gomez, Sandra Paulsen.
Shirley is married, has one adult son, two biological grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, and three step-grandchildren. She is a long-time Houstonian.
Education: BA in Psychology, University of St Thomas, Houston (1993)
Masters of Education (counseling track), University of Houston (1996)
License, Certifications & Awards: Texas LPC. Certified in EMDR in 2011.
Additional Training: Systems Centered Theory training group (5 years), Gottman training for marriage systems, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy training, EMDR ongoing deepening of skills via training. Grief training resulting in certification as a grief specialist.
Professional Activities and Memberships: EMDRIA, Houston Group Psychotherapy Association; Houston Marriage and Family Association.