8777 West Rayford Rd. - Suite 105, Spring TX 77389


Licensed Professional Counselor



  Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (CDBT) 

EMDR Treatment Certified Therapist (EMDRIA)


Helping people see hope through their windows of emotion, depression, fear, anxiety and trauma

Appointments and Confidential Messages

New Clients - Ages 14 and Older - Call or Email



Active Clients May Add, Check or Delete Schedule Requests

Client Portal

Approaches to Treatment

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing - EMDR


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is extensively researched and proven effective for treatment of trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, US. Department of Health and Human Services and others. EMDR is a non-drug, non-hypnosis therapeutic procedure to treat anxiety, depression, guilt, anger and post traumatic responses.

For more information about EMDR, please see the Treatment pull down menu atop this page, and black button below that will take you to expert testimony and resources. Check out Connections, also atop this page, and a Blog about What to Expect in an EMDR therapy session.

Find out more about EMDR Treatment

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT


Dialectical Behavior Therapy services are skill-based and therapeutic treatments used to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal effectiveness, increase awareness of physical and psychological influences. DBT promotes effective thinking, positively influencing emotions and behavior. When combined with Cognitive Processing Therapy and EMDR, these approaches help relieve emotions triggered by underlying trauma. 

For more information about DBT, please see the Treatment pull down menu section atop this page and black button below that will take you to expert testimony and resources. Check out Connections, also atop this page, a Blog about approaches to and experiences with DBT.

Find out more about DBT Services

Expert testimony on Treatment of Trauma, Self Destructive Behaviors and Abuse

Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP is a developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Linehan's contributions to suicide research and clinical psychology include evidence-based treatments for people experiencing trauma, self destructive behaviors and abuse, with high suicide risk and multiple, severe behavioral health challenges. 

"As someone once said to me, "Aren't these skills your mother was supposed to teach you?" I always say yes, but for many people their mother just did not or was not able to get around to it." (Linehan, 2015, p. vii)

Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy practitioner, consultant, speaker and trainer of more than 7,000 professionals. Dr. Pederson describes himself as a proponent of "a broader form of evidence-based practice that recognizes the importance of therapist experience and judgment balanced with client needs and preferences." (Pederson, 2015, fourth cover)

Recommended Reading




Licensed Professional Counselor

 Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (CDBT) 

EMDR Certified (EMDRIA)

VA Certified – Post Traumatic Stress

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 


Rob Benson


Personal Experiences

The focus of my Masters of Science from Concordia University was on the growth of the individual and development of the family. At the University of Michigan, I completed an Advanced Human Resource Executive Program and worked in related corporate areas for 30 years.

Outside counseling, I retired as a 37 year commercial airline pilot captain. A 10 year veteran of the US Air Force, I served as pilot of the C-5.


Professional Client Focus

Healing is possible through hopeful, future-oriented counseling. Client results emerge cumulatively, continuously. My practice is focused on treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma and instability in moods, behavior and functioning often associated with Post Traumatic Stress and Borderline Personality. 

Initially, my approach to psychotherapy is to work together with the client to find solutions that support client growth. Then, to select best practices in counseling theory. In my experience, DBT and EMDR are two of the most researched and helpful therapeutic resources in my practice. Through DBT, we work to relieve distress and dysregulation; and through EMDR, we are resolving emotional challenges associated with past crisis and trauma.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor working in Spring TX, my proficiencies include certifications from the Veteran's Administration to treat Post Traumatic Stress; the DBT National Certification and Accreditation Association; the International Association of Trauma Professionals; and, I am Certified by the EMDR International Association. . 

Professional Client services are available to individuals age 14 and older. 



In a peaceful, secure, comfortable setting focused on Client privacy and personal welfare assured through Informed Consent. Please ask about opportunities, benefits and risks associated with HIPPA-compliant video-based distance counseling from my office in Spring, TX to your home.  



Session fee: $130

I will provide a receipt for services if you choose to file out-of-network 

benefits with your insurance company.

Honoring Members of our Active Duty Military and Veterans, Altus accepts TriCare/TriWest insurance.

Payment Methods

American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa 

Important Forms You May Download and Print

As requested, please complete and bring to your session.  Interactive (pdf) forms may be filled out online using Adobe Acrobat Reader (TM), then printed and brought to your session; or downloaded, printed  and completed manually. Please hand sign documents where indicated.  

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Rob Benson MS LPC

Altus Counseling Services PLLC

8777 West Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77389 - Suite 105



Monday - Friday: By appointment


Recommended Reading for Clients Experiencing Trauma, Stress and Abuse

"The Best Drug I've Ever Taken Wasn't Even a Drug: It Was EMDR Therapy"

"The Body Keeps the Score - Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma"

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

"The Presence Process"

by Michael Brown

"Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disquise"

by Jane Middleton-Moz

"The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse"

by Ellen Bass and Lauren Davis

"Walking the Tiger- Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences"

by Peter A. Levine

"I Never Told Anyone - Writings of Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse"

by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton

"The Boy who was Raised as a Dog, and other stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook"

by Bruce D. Perry

"Looking at Mindfulness"

by Christophe Andre

Available in written, ebook and audio book formats


When we have learned in our hearts what fear and trembling means, we are safeguarded by any terror produced by outside influences

--Ancient Chinese Book of Changes