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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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Chris Merchant

Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC (he, him)

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493
Let's Connect (832) 937-9952
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Above everything else, let me first congratulate you on taking the first step towards improving your mental health, relationships, and your life! As someone who has managed his own mental health most of his life, I know how incredibly challenging taking this step can be! However, let me assure you, getting the ball rolling is usually the most intimidating part of this process. Therapy should be the place where you can be your most authentic self, and as a BIPOC, an LGBTQIA+ ally, an immigrant, and therapy client myself, I strive for you to embrace every unique part of you!
As a therapist I want to create a space for all of us who have ever felt like “we don’t belong”. Therapy should never be that way! It is my goal for people like you and me to have empathetic, caring, and accepting access to mental health. My practice affirms and welcomes ALL, including the LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, kink, and alternative lifestyle communities.
I believe you have the capacity to make all the changes you wish to see in your life, and I am deeply honored to join you in finding your voice and your power. If you’re ready to challenge yourself, and you are looking to have a knowledgeable ally with years of experience working with people from ALL walks of life, I am ready to start this journey with you!
Call or Chris Merchant now for a free 15 minute consultation - (832) 937-9952

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Polaris Behavioral Services

Katy, TX 77493

(832) 937-9952
I offer virtual sessions via zoom for the entire state of Texas. I am accepting clients for morning and afternoon sessions Mon - Fri.
I specialize in Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders and LGBTQ+ 
$160 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and groups  
Let's Connect (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Polaris Behavioral Services

Katy, TX 77493

(832) 937-9952
I offer virtual sessions via zoom for the entire state of Texas. I am accepting clients for morning and afternoon sessions Mon - Fri.
I specialize in Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders and LGBTQ+ 
$160 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and groups  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $160
  • Couple Sessions $180
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna and Evernorth
  • GEHA
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
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I am in network with multiple insurance carriers, and I also provide superbills for reimbursement if you have out-of-network benefits. A sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis for clients with financial needs.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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I am in network with multiple insurance carriers, and I also provide superbills for reimbursement if you have out-of-network benefits. A sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis for clients with financial needs.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of Texas / 84466 Chris Merchant
  • In Practice for 5 Years
  • License: Licensed Psychologist. Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico) 8300199 / 2013
  • Membership with Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology 2016
  • Attended Houston Baptist University, Master of Arts Counseling Psychology, Graduated 2017
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I am an internationally credentialed (USA/Mexico) Professional Counselor, with over 15 years of professional experience, and multiple honors such as: Lifetime Membership to Psi Chi, the CENEVAL medal for outstanding academic performance, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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I am an internationally credentialed (USA/Mexico) Professional Counselor, with over 15 years of professional experience, and multiple honors such as: Lifetime Membership to Psi Chi, the CENEVAL medal for outstanding academic performance, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • LGBTQ+

Expertise

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Kink & Fetish / Alternative Lifestyles
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Personality Disorders
  • Polyamory / Ethical Non-Monogamy
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Transgender
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My goal as your therapist, is to create a space where you can be the most authentic version of yourself, a safe and affirming place where you can openly express your thoughts, feelings, and needs without judgement. You can expect our sessions to be candid and compassionate yet challenging enough to push you to achieve your goals.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
"
My goal as your therapist, is to create a space where you can be the most authentic version of yourself, a safe and affirming place where you can openly express your thoughts, feelings, and needs without judgement. You can expect our sessions to be candid and compassionate yet challenging enough to push you to achieve your goals.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
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Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC

2 Endorsements

Anita Webster
Anita Webster
Clinical Social Work/TherapistLCSW
Chris is an empathetic and skilled clinican. Working with Chris you will feel heard and validated and you will gain new insights and skills to move you forward in life.

Client Focus

Age

Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Group

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Transgender Allied

I also speak

Spanish

Age

Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Group

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Transgender Allied

I also speak

Spanish

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Gottman Method
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
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Therapy should never feel like a one size fits all. You are unique, your challenges are a personal experience, and your therapy should be tailored to fit YOUR needs. As your therapist, I will use a variety of approaches to find effective solutions from the start, while we continue to explore the roots and create meaningful and long-lasting change!
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
"
Therapy should never feel like a one size fits all. You are unique, your challenges are a personal experience, and your therapy should be tailored to fit YOUR needs. As your therapist, I will use a variety of approaches to find effective solutions from the start, while we continue to explore the roots and create meaningful and long-lasting change!
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC

Location

Primary Location

Polaris Behavioral Services

Katy, TX 77493

(832) 937-9952
"
I offer virtual sessions via zoom for the entire state of Texas. I am accepting clients for morning and afternoon sessions Mon - Fri.
Call for a free consultation now - (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
"
I offer virtual sessions via zoom for the entire state of Texas. I am accepting clients for morning and afternoon sessions Mon - Fri.
Call for a free consultation now - (832) 937-9952
Photo of Chris Merchant, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Chris Merchant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC