About Dr. Guthrie

The Roots of My Work as a Therapist

Being a therapist was not my original career plan. I was very involved in band throughout junior and senior high school, and I entered college with the goal of becoming a music teacher of some sort. I realized early on that I was more interested in music as a hobby than as a career, and floundered around for a while trying to find a major that better suited me. My mom suggested that I consider being a psychologist because I was a good listener. I initially resisted this idea but, since I was having no luck coming up with a better alternative,went ahead and signed up for a psychology class. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made! I was totally hooked after that first class and knew I had found my career path. I received my Ph.D. in counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 2000, and have been licensed as a psychologist in Texas since 2002.

How Relationships Became My Specialty

I started my career in 2001 working as a staff psychologist at the Midwestern State University Counseling Center. The almost seven years I spent at Midwestern gave me invaluable experience working with all manner of people and problems, but I was especially drawn toward working with clients who were struggling with relationship issues. It was so rewarding and energizing to be able to help these clients that I knew this was what I wanted to do professionally. I left MSU in 2008 and opened my own private practice specializing in helping individuals and couples repair, restore, and recover from troubled relationships. One of the things I like best about my work is that no two relationships are alike and everyone has a unique story to tell.

Just Relationship Problems?

Absolutely not! I also work with individual adults and couples who are struggling with sexual problems, depression, anxiety, chronic health and/or medical conditions, grief and loss, and infertility and other reproductive health issues. One of the most satisfying aspects of my practice is providing mental health evaluations and counseling services for military veterans and active duty/reserve personnel. In addition to providing in-person and telephone therapy services, I provide educational and consultation services for communities and professionals. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, my practice has expanded to include a national as well as a local audience.

When I Take Off My Therapist Hat

I make it a priority to balance my professional work life and my personal life. I’ll be the first to admit this isn’t always easy but I am definitely a happier, more effective person when I maintain this balance. Spending time with my husband, our two daughters, and other extended family members is one of my favorite past times. I am also an avid reader (I especially love fiction) and am a die-hard Texas Rangers baseball fan.