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  Addiction / Substance Abuse  Adolescents
 Adoption  Anger Management  Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Asperger's Syndrome  Family Conflict
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Bicultural Difficulties  Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Children's Counseling  Chronic Illness
 Couples Therapy  Depression  Divorce
 Domestic Violence  Eating Disorders  Educational Therapy
 EMDR Therapy  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Grief and Loss  Group Therapy
 Herpes and STD Counseling  Hypnotherapy  Learning Disabilities
 Life and Wellness Coaching  Life Transitions  Loneliness
 Marriage & Family Therapy  Marriage Counseling  Men's Issues
 Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Pet Therapy  Play Therapy  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Premarital Counseling  Problem Gambling  Psychoanalysis
 Psychological Evaluation / Testing  Psychopharmacology  Relationships
 Religious Counseling  Self Esteem Issues  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Sexual Dysfunction  Stress Management  Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues  Work and Career Issues
 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.
11551 Forest Central Drive
​Suite 202
DallasTX 75243
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