Overwhelmed, depressed, anxious?
Hurt by life experiences?
Abused as an adult?
Triggered, dissociating, freezing?
Seeking relief from PTSD
EMDR Therapy - DBT skills
Effective, research-based treatment
to relieve distress
If answering yes to one or more of these questions, then EMDR therapy and/or DBT skills may be an effective mental health investment in your life, and the lives of people around you. Don't let the past get in the way of your present and future.
Altus Counseling Services PLLC provides specialized licensed professional EMDR and DBT services convenient to communities of Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and adjoining areas.
Altus is Veteran-owned, specializing in post traumatic stress and trauma-related challenges.
24 random controlled trials, a gold standard in evidence-based treatment, demonstrated EMDR to be an effective trauma processing therapy
EMDR is a well-researched, effective, short term therapy to resolve and relieve disturbing events. Short term means fewer visits and less cost related to work with a therapist. Clients report significant relief from post-traumatic stress and other mental health challenges after one-to-three periods of EMDR treatment. Certified EMDR and DBT therapy targets and relieves distress associated with adverse life experiences; bodily disturbances; disturbing, intrusive memories; present triggers and potential future challenges. Effective EMDR treatment is intended to treat psychological disorders at their roots, to alleviate suffering, leading to an improved view of self and opportunities to live a life worth living.
CHANGE - NURTURE - GROW
"Patients who seek out EMDR. may be inspired by another source: “The Body Keeps the Score,” a seminal book on trauma that has stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 200 weeks. Bessel van der Kolk, the book’s author, touts the treatment as one of the most effective ways to combat PTSD symptoms. “It’s not really an innovative treatment anymore,” he said. “It’s something that’s very well-established.” "
(Article by Dani Blum, Published, updated 9/26/2022)
Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified EMDR therapy and DBT skills convenient to communities of Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and adjoining areas.
“Francine Shapiro’s discovery of EMDR is one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of psychotherapy. Having used it as part of my practice for the past 15 years, I, and many of my patients, still marvel at the depth and speed with which it can help heal and change the minds and brains, and even bodily symptoms of people who have been locked in, and suffering from trauma, often for decades” writes author Dr. Norman Doidge.
“I did what’s probably the largest NIH-funded study on EMDR. And we found that, of people with adult-onset traumas, a one-time trauma as an adult, that it had the best outcome of any treatment that has been published. . . . even in the most biased studies, the EMDR keeps coming up as this very effective treatment,” says Bessel Van der Kolk in a public radio interview in 2013.
Dr. Daniel Amen writes that “EMDR is one of the most effective treatments I have ever personally seen as a psychiatrist.” There is a great deal of research supporting the effectiveness of EMDR to improve symptoms from events that people experience as traumatic. The changes made by EMDR to the physical brain can be seen in a brain scan called, Single-Photon Emission Computer Tomography or a SPECT scan.
This SPECT scan uses a special camera to create a 3-D pictures of the brain that show how an organ such as the brain works, unlike other imaging techniques like X-ray that show the structures of our body. Dr. Amen goes on to write: “We have studied EMDR with SPECT imaging before, during, and after treatment. EMDR is brain treatment. EMDR changes brain function.”
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 EMDR experiences.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy resources and skills are tools used in many ways including EMDR to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal effectiveness, increase awareness of physical and psychological influences. DBT resources promote effective thinking, positively influencing emotions and behavior. When combined with 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 DBT experiences.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
EMDR Certified (EMDRIA)
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional
VA Certified – Post Traumatic Stress
The focus of my Masters of Science from Concordia University was on the growth and development of the individual and 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.
A 10 year veteran and Captain in the US Air Force, I served as pilot of the C-5.
Healing is possible through hopeful, future-oriented counseling that relieves childhood and adult trauma. Using EMDR Therapy and DBT skills, client results emerge cumulatively, continuously. My practice is focused on anxiety and depression treatment; and instability of moods, behavior and functioning often associated with post traumatic stress and life trauma.
My approach to psychotherapy is to work together through a variety of professional assessments to find targeted solutions that support client relief and growth. In my experience, EMDR and DBT skills are two of the most researched and helpful therapeutic resources available to clients seeking relief from the distress associated with life trauma. Through EMDR, we are resolving emotional challenges associated with past crisis and trauma. Through DBT skills training, we relieve distress and dysregulation that often accompany trauma.
As a trauma therapist 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 provided to individuals age 18 and older.
In a peaceful, comfortable, secure setting focused on privacy, confidentiality and your personal welfare.
Initial assessment: 60 minutes -$165
Treatment and ongoing appointments: 50 minutes - $150/session
I am a direct fee provider not working with insurance. You may want to talk with your insurance company to determine whether out-of-network services are available when working with Rob Benson, M.S., LPC and Altus Counseling Services PLLC.. If so, I can provide you with a statement to assist obtaining out-of-network benefits.
Payment accepted through American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa, Health Savings Accounts, Venmo, Cash App, PayPal, Cash and Check to "Altus Counseling Services."
Altus uses Square to process debit or credit payments.
8777 West Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77389 - Suite 105
Call for an appointment. Availability Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 9 am, throughout the day, ending at 7:30 pm.
After trauma, sometimes we believe bad things will keep happening so we stop trying to prevent them. In that avoidance, we can learn helpless behavior. But that doesn't mean we're helpless. Efforts we make matter. One tip - do something opposite the urge to avoid doing nothing. Opposite action is about learned industriousness, putting efforts into healing and recovery instead of avoiding.
In addition to effective therapy and resource of opposite action, boosting our immune system and paying attention to mental health in response to life's stressors, past and present, can lessen our avoidance of problems, increasing our capabilities and willingness to heal. Here are a few ways to control what you can control.
Immune system boosts
• Increase your physical activity and breath — use the gym and many exercise routines on YouTube, or jump rope, do jumping jacks, practice yoga.
• Introduce more fruits and vegetables (antioxidants) into your diet.
• Add in extra sleep.
• Consciously hydrate.
Mental and emotional support
• Establish new daily schedules and routines.
• Increase communication with family and friends.
• Get out in nature daily.
• Meditate, garden, read, cook, play a musical instrument — do something pleasurable, calming
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain
"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
"The Memory Illusion"
by Dr. Julia Shaw
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
Licensed professional Certified EMDR and DBT services convenient to communities of Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and adjoining areas.