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Sandy Clay, MA, LPC, LMFT, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Houston Texas 77024


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Sandy Clay, MA, LPC, LMFT, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
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950 Echo Ln
suite 200
Houston, Texas, 77024
United States
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Feel free to call 713 464 8501 or email lltsandy@hotmail.com to schedule a time or inquire about services from an experienced professional of 30+ years in counseling from a Catholic perspective integrated with some of the best mental health processes known.  

I have two locations now in Houston for your convenience as well as provide telephone and online HIPAA compliant therapy throughout Texas if appropriate to your needed level of care.

I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, since 1992, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist since 2010 and Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider as of 2019.  These specialized trainings assist greatly in addressing the whole person as well as the relationship dimensions in highly effective means.  As the clients is able and willing, we can address mind, body and spirit in identifying paths to mental health healing and growth. 

Discover ways you can heal from depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood abuse or relationship difficulties in a manner that incorporates potent practices of our faith from early Christian wisdom, with most effective psychotherapy practices such as Imago Relationship Therapy and Cognitive Therapy as well as the newest researched info on the effects of nutrition and mood.  With God's grace, we will find ways you can reconnect with what feeds vs robs your soul and move toward healing and growth. 

For the last 30 years it has been my humbling call to work and pray with those courageous souls who have come to my private practice for professional counseling, individual, couples or family therapy or vocational assessment and guidance. 

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Houston, TX. I was blest to be sought out with a fellow Catholic, male colleague, by a pastor of a large parish in Houston 20+ years ago to provide psychotherapy respectful of and integrated with our Catholic faith.

Relationship with Christ informs, enlightens and provides the impetus for my work and life. I believe each soul is a unique creation of our Loving God and therefore it is vital to individualize therapy to your specific needs.   

As St. Bernard of Clairvaux said, "The more surely you know yourself loved, the easier you will find it to love in return." 

When we meet, we have an initial session focused on respectful assessment to identify and clarify the specific presenting needs and develop an agreed upon approach.  I use as appropriate a variety of helpful counseling theories and techniques such as Cognitive Therapy, Object Relations Theory, Play and Nutritional information, Creative Arts therapeutic approaches, Imago Relationship therapy, meditative and contemplative prayer practices, as well as Hypnotherapy as needed and agreed upon by the client.

As a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist for 30 years, I find its theory and practice integrates extremely well with our Christian faith teachings on marriage and family and relationships and is highly effective. Additionally, I have been married 39 years to my one and only spouse.

If you have a desire to live in committed loving relationships and model that powerful way to love as Christ for your children, call or email me and begin or support further the journey.  

I also attempt to stay abreast of, and provide clients, current neuroscience research information as pertinent to our work such as certain kinds of prayer as well as nutrition, and its positive effects on therapy outcomes.  Exciting news that confirms what we knew by experience that the effects of meditative/contemplative prayer can change the brain in healthy ways.   Additionally, there is much 'good news' regarding our ability to improve mood and functioning by impacting food and other nutritional/physiological choices.

I continue to seek God personally in continual conversion of heart as a lifelong Catholic and Permanent professed Lay Cistercian/Trappist.  The guidance of Trappist monks for the last 19 years has been a great aid in my work as well.

I believe God has a path to help each of us heal and grow. As a Catholic and Licensed therapist, I believe it essential to listen well to the unique needs of each person to help them find the path and process that will aid him/her.  I seek to provide, ethically, the professional skills I have, as a conduit of God's love and mercy in action. 

 My website provides further information www.westhoustontherapy.com

Practice Info

Sandy Campo Clay is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 37 years experience working in our multicultural and ever growing city of Houston. She has been in private practice the last 30 years integrating the faith with therapy since the early days for clients who desire to do so. Prior to private practice she worked in local psychiatric hospitals 7 years beginning as a psychometrician, counselor and culminating in a position as Director of Vocational Services and as a contract psychotherapist. She continues to provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as vocational/educational and food/mood assessment and counseling for adults.

She is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a member of Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW), Imago Relationships North America (IRNA) and the local Houston chapter of Imago Relationship Therapists (HAAIRT).

She additionally is also a Certified Mental Health Integrated Medicine Provider (CHMIMP).

She was also accepted and listed on marriagefriendlytherapists.com

She is also a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) as well as serving for many years ongoing on council in a Lay Cistercian community affiliated with Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Trappist monastery in Conyers, Ga.

She is currently a parishioner at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston, TX.
Hours of Operation
By appointment only Monday-Friday
Accepted Forms of Payments
Cash, check or credit card at the end of session.
Clients are given receipt with CPT and diagnostic codes at the end of the session should they wish to pursue insurance reimbursement for an out of network provider.
Credentials, Training, Qualifications:
Certification in "Imago Relationship Therapy" since 1991-1992 year long training and tape review by Master trainer Dr. Joyce Buckner, attended training in continued workshop or conferences with Dr. Pat Love and Dr Harville Hendrix.

Certification as Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH)- training from Dr. Richard Nonguard (2010)
Certification as Mental Health Integrated Medicine Provider (CMHIMP) with Dr. Leslie Korn(2019)
M.A. in Behavioral Science (specialty: Clinical Psychology) - 1985 from University of Houston Clear Lake City
B.A. Psychology Rice University 1982
Complete year and half long training 1991-92 culminating in being Certified as an Imago Relationship Therapist, and continued training in IRT.
Completed level one Gottman training and Trauma and Affairs workshop by the Gottmans in Houston in May 2017.
Most recently completed Mental Health Integrated Medicine training allowing integration of potent effects of attending to nutrition and other physiological and spiritual factors on mood.
Numerous other specialized trainings and workshops over the years in dealing with trauma, CBT, depression, anxiety, couples issues, play therapy, Jungian therapy, expressive arts, integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, and vocational counseling and assessment.

Formation ongoing for last 20 years from trappist monks as Lay Cistercian.
Homeschooled for 7 years while maintaining my practice, thus attended many homeschool workshops and conferences and am conscious of and attuned to issues homeschooling families face.
What licenses do you currently hold?:
Texas License as a Professional Counselor
Texas License as a Marriage and Family Therapist
Are you in private practice?:
Are you available to provide supervision services?:
Do you participate in any insurance plans?:
Telephone/Video counseling:
Please list all languages that you speak:
I treat the following:
Individuals Married Couples Children Adolescents Families Geriatrics Adult Children of Alcoholics Sexual Abuse Victims Depressive Disorders Anxiety Disorders Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Child Bearing Loss Post Abortion Syndrome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Scrupulosity
Other Specialties:
Addressing nutrition in developing comprehensive mental health and wellness plan
Homeschooling family needs,
Caregivers of elder family members
Work related issues such as job stress, communications challenges and vocational assessment of work related needs and values, personality style, abilities and educational skill level.
I use the following methods:
Expressive Therapeutics: Art/Music/Play/Etc Inner Healing Techniques Hypnosis Prayer Behavior Techniques Cognitive Techniques Career/Vocational Counseling R.E.B. (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Other
Please describe other treatment methods
Imago Relationship Theory and therapy, psychodynamic/object relations theory, cognitive behavior therapy, integrated medicine for mental health, Christian meditative and contemplative prayer practices that also have been shown to improve mental health
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Honors & Awards
Commendation while working in Psychiatric Hospital for development of comprehensive vocational assessment battery integrating cognitive abilities, educaitonal skill levels, personality styles and work related needs and values for psychiatric inpatients while serving as vocational counselor to adult and adolescents
Scholarships to attend Rice university, graduated summa cum laude

More About Sandy Clay, MA, LPC, LMFT, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Please browse westhoustontherapy.com, my website for more information on my private practice and to access my writings and free resources.   

For years, I also used "West Houston Counseling and Assessment Center" as my DBA and provided not only In the office psychotherapy but also offered seminars, workshops and educational talks to other counseling professionals, schools, and churches.   I am sincerely committed to maintain outreach to those who may otherwise never have an opportunity to enter counseling offices.  I find many read or attend seminars in their churches that are unable to make it to the therapy room.  When scheduled far enough in advance presentations can still be arranged for your organization for the same hourly fee. 

There is also a Facebook presence for West Houston Counseling and Assessment Center and free resources section on my website as an effort to assist the many who may never come to therapy.

As a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), Sandy is also able to provide support for integrating nutritional approaches and/or your spiritual practices into your mental health and wellness plan.  Her integrative medicine mental health certification is listed on https://www.evergreencertifications.com/evg/provider.

Sandy is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist,
and is listed in "Houston Imago Therapy"  website: http://imagohouston.com/

and is on www.imagorelationshipswork.com  (Imago North America)

Also listed with the "International Imago Therapy"  therapist directory:  www.gettingtheloveyouwant.com

and accepted onto and listed on 


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