Denis Flanigan (he/him/his)

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology 2011
Accepting Clients

I have a reputation for being action oriented and for relating to people who have struggled to feel seen by other therapists.

Psychologist in Houston, TX

About My Clients

I specialize in working with people who desire recognition by and a connection with their therapist and who seek the encouragement and support to challenge themselves to grow. I have been active in the LGBTIA+ community for over 30 years and have worked with kinky, non-monogamous, pagan, and neurodivergent clients for over 15 years. Clients often come to me when they feel stalled with a therapist and need a fresh perspective or a renewed motivation to continue changing.

My Background and Approach

After double-majoring in Psychology and Multi-cultural Studies at the University of Maryland I went on to receive my Ph.D. from a top-rated Counseling Psychology program (University of Florida) and was drawn to Houston for internship by the diversity of the population here. I am intrigued by other people’s struggles, particularly for those whose behavior or situation is outside the social norm. As a social outsider myself, I use the obstacles I have experienced in my own life to help me better understand the challenges that my clients face. I use a mix of cognitive-behavior, humanistic, and existential theories and techniques. I will provide a safe space for you to be yourself, so that you can question assumptions, explore your challenges, gain insight and discover new ways of thinking, and identify and find ways to navigate around your obstacles. I will stand with you as you face and overcome your fears, and we work to restore your hope.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that some people do actually have it harder than others do. I believe that everyone deserves to be cared for. I believe that that joy is available to everyone regardless of how much life is stacked against them. I believe that it is each person’s responsibility to find or create that joy. I believe that accessing that joy can sometimes be very hard. I like helping people find and create their joy. I also believe that life is inherently challenging, but that our anxiety and insecurities and our unwillingness to challenge our own thinking are what most often get in the way of our joy. They are the source of the messages “I can’t” and “I’m not good enough” and “what if,” all of which can demotivate and paralyze us. Through clearer understanding of ourselves and our world we can dismantle and disempower these thoughts. With clearer thinking we can make better choices that help us find our joy.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 17 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 215/session


713-589-9804 Email Denis
2211 Norfolk St., Ste 206
Houston, TX 77098-4030

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