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Nirmeen Valiani Therapist in Houston Mindfulness Houston Psychologist Heights Counseling Anxiety Depression

"I see myself as the fellow traveler, walking next to you, and all it takes is exploring with openness, compassion and non-judgment to help your begin to discover all the strengths and parts of yourself that have been there all along."

The story.

I first got into this field because I felt stuck in my own life path. My story includes a lot of expectations that were placed on me and which left me feeling trapped in a box of someone else's creation. I originally chose this path as a therapist to gain insight into myself with the hope of passing on this wisdom to others. I had no idea how much my own personal transformation would impact my work and help me support others in such a tremendously deep and authentic way. My work and life journey makes me feel so deeply connected to the world. I love listening to peoples stories and knowing that we all share these common universal emotions. I thrive on inspiring others on how to engage with their life and live from a place of happiness, it makes me feel grounded and a part of something much larger than myself. I'm a true Houstonian. With a South Asian background, my experience has given me a multicultural perspective that enables me to provide the space to understand the complexities of being a part of multiple cultures. 

As someone who values the time that we have on this earth, I place a lot of focus on living in the moment and finding joy in the small things of life. I was very intrigued by the idea of bringing Mindfulness into the therapy room. In order to fully experience Mindfulness and further my training, I attended numerous Mindfulness retreats while also fully immersing myself in a formal Mindfulness Meditation practice.  

My specialty.

I specialize in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) all of which are evidence based therapies and have several studies that show positive results.  MBCT has been specifically designed for depression and I did my training at a 7 day retreat in San Francisco with master therapist and experts Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, the people who created it! Most recently I have been honing my skills of Mindful Parenting and helping parents with being flexible as they learn to adapt to the changes of being a new parent. Being a mom has opened me up to new ways of deepening my practice in mindfulness and I've seen firsthand how it has impacted my ability to maneuver the challenges that come with raising a little human.

I am also very passionate about Brene Brown's research on shame and vulnerability.  I have seen the first hand positive effects of being vulnerable in my own life. Vulnerability allows you to put your walls down and strengthen relationships in a profound way. In therapy, I dedicate myself to understanding my client's story and often conceptualize from a psychodynamic perspective as I weave in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, self compassion, and other evidence based strategies that assist with experiences of anxiety, depression, trauma, and life. Although I work mostly with people dealing with life at Modern Therapy, I have additional background working with complex mental health issues (including a partial hospitalization program) that has equipped me to handle any situation!

My commitment.

I believe that it is my job to understand my client's perspective. Sure, I have a TON of training, but it's worthless unless I truly understand your journey, where you've been, and where you want to go. I see myself as the fellow traveler, walking next to you, and all it takes is exploring with openness, compassion and non-judgment to help your begin to discover all the strengths and parts of yourself that have been there all along.