Counselor / Therapist in Houston, TX

Tamara Clarkson, LPC

Tamara Clarkson, LPC photo
Counselor for Life + Career
There’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect college major and career.
And of course, everyone has advice:

“Don’t major in that. You’ll never get a job!”

“If you study this in school, you’ll make lots of money.”

“You work there?! What are your long-term plans?”

You’re tired of this unwanted advice, but at the same time, you lack direction and dread choosing the wrong path.

I understand because I’ve been there. I’m a first-generation college student who changed majors several times. Indecision, lack of direction, and fear of failure have been close friends of mine. Despite my winding path, I have found a profession that excites and fulfills me.

A sense of purpose in work is inextricable from our personal fulfillment, and I can provide actionable strategies to help you identify what will bring you meaning and satisfaction to thrive. I’ve worked at distinguished institutions like Rice University and Purdue University for over nine years, partnering with students and young professionals as they strive to understand their interests and abilities, explore college majors and potential careers, and make a strategy for flourishing in the working world.

Often when exploring college majors and careers, we feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities and trying to find that “perfect” fit. At the same time, it’s difficult to put the opinions of others and the pressures of the outside world on hold. That’s what I offer. You can walk through my door, put the “you should” and “you shouldn’t” messages on hold, and explore who you are and who you want to become.

My areas of expertise include
Job Search Strategy
Resume/CV Development
Improving Work-Life Balance
Career Exploration
Salary Negotiation
LinkedIn Strategy & Profile
Career Transitions
Meaningful Networking
Workplace Burnout
Re-entering the Workforce
Cover Letter Development
Interview Preparation
I’ve partnered with adults, parents and teens over the past 9 years to process their life experiences and unpack the “I should be” or “I can’t be” messages they’ve lived their lives by.

The clients who have most benefited from my work would describe themselves as kind and as people who would do anything for those they love. They’d say they have perfectionistic tendencies and strive to be high achievers. But they ultimately carry feelings of inadequacy because they feel like they’re either not enough or they’re disappointing those they love most. This struggle tends to be one they keep to themselves as they don’t want to bother those around them with these complicated feelings.

I’ve found that people naturally undervalue their strengths and accomplishments, and this prevents them from recognizing their true value. The good news, though, is that these are only stories, and stories can be rewritten to help us grow and flourish personally, professionally, and creatively.

How do I know? I’ve had to rewrite my story and disregard the false messages I was taught at a young age. When I finally stopped, looked inward, and experienced good therapy, I saw how much grit I possessed. I found that I could break through old patterns and learn new things: how to communicate, how to deal with conflict, and how to allow myself to be seen and loved.

I offer judgment-free counseling that aims to inspire and develop rather than shame and impose. I view the counseling experience as a partnership and an alliance. I will respect and honor your disclosures and help you work toward developing tools and strategies to take control of your narrative.

I utilize a number of counseling modalities, including Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness. Above all else, I will listen to your story and provide counseling that is best suited to you.

Those who have partnered with me leave feeling empowered in who they are, understanding that they are worthy of love and this life they’ve been given. They throw away the “all-or-nothing” mentality, and become more resilient human beings.

Counseling is not just about resolving the now. It’s about helping you create your forever. If you are ready to begin writing the next chapter of your life story, book an appointment today or schedule a free consultation call. I can’t wait to meet you.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Adoption  Men's Issues
 Anxiety and Panic  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Body Image Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationships
 Depression  Religious Counseling
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Life and Wellness Coaching  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Training and Experience:
Eddins Counseling Group | Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate | Houston, TX
Rice University | Associate Director for MBA Career Development | Houston, TX
Purdue University | Career Services Professional | West Lafayette, IN
O. Henry Middle School | Practicum Internship | Austin, TX
Counseling Center | Trainee in Practicum | Texas State University | San Marcos, TX

Licensure and Certification:
License # 81780 | Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) | Texas Health and Human Services
License # 299240 | National Certified Counselor (NCC) | National Board of Certified Counselors
Certificate | Telemental Health | Person Centered Tech
Certificate | MBTI Myers-Briggs Type Indicator | GS Consultants
Certificate| Strong Interest Inventory | GS Consultants

M.A. Professional Counseling | Texas State University | San Marcos, TX
B.A. in Art History | Texas State University | San Marcos, TX
Payments Accepted
I am an out-of-network provider and don't bill insurance for treatment.
Hours:9:00 am-4:00 pm
HoustonTX 77027
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