About Dr. Fassihi

Dr. Theresa Fassihi has been treating eating disorders and associated issues for 20 years.  She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings including The Menninger Clinic and Houston Eating Disorders Center, a partial hospitalization program she founded in 2010.  This program is now part of Eating Recovery Center.  


She has been active in advocacy and volunteer work with the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and she is a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists. Specialized credentials include Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders and she is an IAEDP Certified Eating Disorders Specialist.  Special interests include body image in eating disorders, family involvement in treatment and healing trauma.

"Life can be challenging, painful, and difficult.  My goal is to help my clients take agency to make changes that will increase their well-being."


My mission

For about 10 years, I worked as a newspaper reporter, interviewing a wide variety of people and writing news stories.  I loved meeting people from all walks of life and learning about them, but I discovered that talking to people to get a good story was not what I really wanted to do. 

So, I left journalism to become a psychologist, and I’m so happy I did.   The relationship between a therapist and a client is such a powerful thing, a tremendous responsibility and an honor for the therapist, and such a vulnerable, courageous choice for the client.  

As a reporter, I listened for a story.  Now, as a psychologist, I listen for my client’s truth, their values, and their opportunity for healing, growth and greater happiness.  At times, life can be challenging, painful, and difficult. 


My goal is to help my clients take agency to make changes that will increase their well-being. 

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

  • BA in Economics and Communication,  Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • 2016 - CURRENT | Private Practice

  • 2015 - 2016 | Executive Director, Eating Recovery Center of Houston

  • 2010-2015 | Executive Director and Founder, Houston Eating Disorders Center

  • 2004 - 2009 | Primary Therapist, The Menninger Clinic

  • 1999 - 2003 | Therapist, National Health Service, United Kingdom

  • 1996-1997 | Psychology Intern, Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center

Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor, International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals

  • National Eating Disorders Association

  • Houston Group Psychotherapy Society

  • Center for Psychoanalytic Studies of Houston

  • Co-founder, Past President and Executive Board, Houston Eating Disorders Specialists

Let us help you get on the path to recovery. 

© 2019 by Dr. Theresa Fassihi