About Denise

Bio headshot for Denise Pounds, Amarillo Therapist | Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, EMDR, Trauma Counseling & Emotionally Focused Therapy | Amarillo, TX 79121Denise Pounds, Amarillo Therapist

Hi, I’m Denise Pounds and I’m excited you have found my page. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Amarillo, TX and I love working with individuals and couples and helping them transform their lives.  I realize it takes a great deal of courage to decide to begin the counseling process, to walk into my office, and to explore difficult issues.  I hope to make the process as comfortable as possible for you.

When I started working as a therapist in Amarillo 25 years ago, I mostly worked with children and adolescents. I worked with them in both outpatient and  inpatient therapy settings including addiction recovery centers, juvenile probation, and the juvenile detention center. I found that many of the issues they faced were a result of their home environment. It became very clear to me that stabilizing the marriage helps everyone in the home, not just the couple. So, around ten years ago, I shifted my counseling focus to include more couples therapy. It is rewarding to watch couples reconnect after they have been struggling and see the entire family stabilize. I have found that relationships  are the most powerful connection we encounter in our lives.  It is in our relationships that we are most hurt, but is it also where we heal.  I am committed to helping people heal their relationships and their own hearts.  I’ve worked with several different types of marriage therapy, but I am most excited about Emotionally Focused Therapy. It provides an experience that increases understanding of each individual and their protective behavior, and in doing so, creates a greater emotional connection for the couple.  No one is the “bad guy”.  Both sides of the couple’s story is of equal importance.

Through my work with marriages, I have found that sometimes couples are “stuck” because one of the spouses is dealing with trauma.  Out of a need to help resolve trauma more successfully, I began Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR training.  I am excited about the changes I see in the lives of people after experiencing EMDR therapy.

I provide a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for adults struggling with a variety of issues.  You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or trauma.  During the fast pace of life, it is sometimes challenging to find someone who will just stop and listen.  As I listen to your story, I will help you slow down and connect with your thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns that may be affecting your daily life in a negative way. This helps you be able to connect to your own emotions and become more connected in your relationships.

Professional Background

  • Licensed Professional Counselor      1997-current
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor    1997-2010
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional   2018-current
  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Processing (EMDR) trained.
  • Member of the EMDR International Association, (EMDRIA)
  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Member of the Texas Counseling Association

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