New Member Spotlight

Andrea Gaspard, MEd, LPC-Intern

Andrea-GaspardAndrea Gaspard is a licensed professional counselor intern supervised by Rebecca Compton, MEd, LPC, CGP and Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and completed her Master of Education degree in Counseling at the University of Houston.Andrea’s professional experience includes working with children and adolescents who have been victims of abuse and neglect.  She also has experience working with adults with severe mental illness, anger management problems, substance abuse issues, and those that have been victims of domestic violence.   In addition, Andrea has facilitated grief and bereavement support groups specifically for children as well as for families that have lost a loved one.

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Andrea’s interest in eating disorders led her to undergraduate studies in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University.  During her time there, she became interested in the psychological aspects of eating disorders.  Consequently, she chose to pursue her master’s degree in counseling in order to suffering from these illnesses.  Andrea’s desire to utilize her knowledge of both the nutritional and psychological dimensions of eating disorders brought her to The Woodlands Eating Disorders Center so that she could pursue specialization in the area.

Andrea provides individual counseling to children, adolescents, and adults.  She also conducts family and group therapy.  Andrea is a member of the Houston Counseling Association and the Texas Counseling Association as well as HEDS.

Heather Murphy, MA, LPC-Intern

heather-murphyHeather received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  Heather began treating eating disorders in 2007 while working with The Menninger Clinic’s Eating Disorders program.  She has experience working with eating disorders on an outpatient basis as well.

Heather has extensive experience with group psychotherapy, but also sees individual clients on an outpatient basis. She works with adolescents and adults with many diagnoses, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, and the illnesses that often co-occur with eating disorders like mood disorders, anxiety and trauma, and personality disorders. In addition to treating eating disorders, Heather sees clients who may be struggling with disordered eating and body image issues, but do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis.

Heather enjoys helping clients find creative ways to express their emotions, employing many art therapy techniques. Her goal in working with clients is to guide them in working towards living their lives according to their values. She uses an eclectic approach to treatment, which is influenced by many types of therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Positive Psychology.

Heather is a member of the Association for Contextual Psychology, Houston Eating Disorders Specialists and the American Counseling Association.