Karina Samaniego Estrada, PHD

Karina Samaniego Estrada, PHD photo
Licensed Psychologist
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)
Specialties: As a generalist psychologist, I provide counseling and psychological testing services to adults, children, and adolescents. I utilize a variety of modalities including: individual, group, and couples/family therapy to treat a wide-range of concerns, such as: daily stressors, emotional distress, behavioral problems, issues related to trauma and abuse, interpersonal conflict, etc.

Given the many different therapeutic approaches/treatments that exist, as well as the limited research to support many of those approaches’ effectiveness, my goal is to provide high-quality services utilizing evidence-based (when available) or empirically-supported interventions specifically designed for the presenting issue, while considering the unique needs and preferences of each client. Thus, I continually seek education and further training in relevant treatments and methods to benefit my clients.

I obtained my doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology through an APA-Accredited program at the University of Northern Colorado. My training and experience include providing psychological services primarily using approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and others as deemed appropriate for each client. I believe in a client’s right to be informed about their treatment options before allowing professional intervention, and will strive to guide each client in making that decision.
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, type of insurance, credit cards.
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DallasTX 75243
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