Patrick Harris

Patrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Texas State University, a Master's degree in Counseling from St Edward's University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with an emphasis in Integrated Mental Health from Saybrook University. He recently began writing his dissertation on "The Experience of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment Resistant Depression" and hopes to be completed by December 2021. Patrick also received a certificate in Tobacco Cessation from Rutgers University, a certificate in Laughter Yoga from Dr Madan Kataria, and certificate in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis from Saybrook University. During his tenure in the field of mental health, Patrick has worked with developmentally delayed infants, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community based mental health, and private practice. Patrick's current clinical focus is integrated mental health to treat chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and improving overall quality of life. Patrick has extensive training in therapeutic humor and is a graduate of the Healing Body Workshop from the Gesundheit! Institute under Dr Patch Adams (yes, THAT Patch Adams!). Currently, Patrick splits his time working in private practice and teaching undergraduate psychology at Huston-Tillotson University, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

Patrick’s experience working with clients throughout the lifespan has allowed him to craft an integrated and trauma informed approach to healing that puts the individual right in the driver’s seat of his client centered care. Patrick’s PhD work in mind-body medicine is at the foundation of his systemic approach to counseling that incorporates perspectives such as CBT, ACT, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Patrick’s understanding of the body’s natural inclination to heal itself puts great emphasis on taking a holistic look into one’s life. Sleep, diet, and general lifestyle are all relevant, yet vulnerable topics, but offer great wisdom into an individual’s mental health. Patrick takes a delicate and non-judgmental approach to exploring all domains related to mental health guided by an unconditional positive regard for all clients. This is accomplished by a therapeutic humor lens to build rapport, foster trust, and practice with authenticity.