From Listening for a Story to Listening for Truth

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.  

White Branch


Dr. Theresa Fassihi

My Mission

"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."

About Me

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


I have been active in advocacy and volunteer work with the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and am a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists. Specialized credentials include the internationally recognized "Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders" and an IAEDP Eating Disorders Specialist Certification.  My special interests include body image in eating disorders, family involvement in treatment and healing trauma.

I am so pleased to announce that Dr. Czarina Azzam has joined my practice to complete her psychology fellowship.  She will be seeing patients in my practice for individual and group therapy.  She works with anxiety disorders, eating disorders and trauma. Learn more about her below.

About Dr. Azzam

Even in the most desperate of times when repair seems impossible, one thing that I have always known is that there is always hope and help. Personal and professional experience has taught me that deep pain and suffering can be alleviated with therapy. It is my privilege to be able to dedicate my journey to helping individuals heal through their trauma and live a valued life. 

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate Univ., a Master’s degree in Counseling from U of H, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My broad experiences working in correctional facilities, private practice, a psychiatric hospital, and child welfare agencies have instilled in me the competency, compassion, and evidence-based interventions for walking alongside and guiding individuals on their path of liberation. 

I am humbled and honored to have received training and supervision from leading experts in eating disorders, trauma, and various mental illnesses. My hope is to provide the much needed support and guidance to those seeking healing because we are not made to go through this life and its challenges alone.

Dr. Czarina Azzam