Dr. Kathryn Oden

(PhD, LP)

About Me

Hi! I am Kathryn (Dr. Kat) Oden and I have worked with many types of people over my 30 years of practice. Because of my life experiences, I am particularly excited to work with those who are doing a surgical procedure to improve their lives, like a plastic surgery, weight loss surgery or others. I will work with a couple to help deal with the relationship changes created by such surgeries but I prefer to see them individually, to avoid hurting feelings.

I started as a Master’s level counselor and did diagnostic and support work for newly incarcerated individuals in the Texas prison system. From there I went into other diagnostic areas (from intellectual issues to neurological ones) and I worked at the Texas Prison System Psychiatric hospital. I have always been a strong advocate for the needs of patients/clients, from demanding appropriate foods to break the daily Ramadan fast for Muslim patients to insisting on various therapies (e.g. music and occupational) for my imprisoned ones. I am still a supporter of a former patient who was on Death Row and has been exonerated.

While working on my Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology (Brain Science basically) I developed a belief that I know very little about an individual person although I have studied and worked with lots of different groups. Neuropsychology tells me something about your hardware, but your software is all you. I will need to get to know your story (Narrative Therapy for those who like labels) as well as that of your Family of Origin (siblings, parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts). That is the only way I can offer therapy custom fitted to your strengths and needs. If you are a reader, I may suggest a book or audiobook you might learn from. I even suggest movies sometimes that touch on themes similar to your life issues. I have always been interested in the stress points in “normal” human development, times of change when we can choose excitement or anxiety about something new.

I was trained to work with children and adults who have or had cancers of the blood and nervous system as well as those who have suffered strokes, trauma to the head/brain, and other neurological disorders. Getting them back to the life they enjoy after the event or diagnosis is my highest goal for each patient/client. I also work well with those who have mood and adjustment issues regarding life changes or disappointments. I personally have many friends and relatives with LGBTQ issues and work with this group by choice, believing that their differences from others are just a small part of who they are.

I respect your Truth regardless of whether we agree and I try hard only to give “advice” when asked. Join me on the path to discovering your best self and life. See you there!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Sleeping disorders
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


Psychologist #2-6605 (Expires: 2021-11-30)


Written by C.O. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling with Kathryn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I’ve only been with her a short time but we’ve clicked really well. I think she’s going to be able to help me

Written by J.E. on Jan 30, 2021 after counseling with Kathryn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

I have grown a tremendous amount and feel like a much stronger person since working with Dr. Oden. She has allowed me to open up and share my true feelings where many other therapists have never been before. Highly recommend her your life will be changed for the better!

Written by A.S. on Jan 06, 2021 after counseling with Kathryn for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Working with Dr. Oden has allowed me to propel into my higher self/purpose. I struggled with PTSD from child and adulthood trauma and needed assistance understanding how to build boundaries in relationships. By fully immersing in therapy, while taking the time to understand the tools she provided during our sessions, it's allowed me to make an extreme amount of progress in such a short amount of time. I was a bit anxious initially and worried if we'd be able to connect, being that I originally was in search of an African American therapist. However, Dr. Oden was exactly what I needed and was right on time. I am very proud of the progress we've made together and I'm very thankful I was able to work with her to achieve it.

Written by R.A. on Dec 28, 2020 after counseling with Kathryn for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

I LOVE Dr. Oden. I feel heard every time I speak with her. It also is very obvious how much she cares. She guides me to make my own realizations and never pushes her opinion on me. She’s very insightful and always has a plethora of resources available. She has helped me so much and I couldn’t be more thankful to have her.

Written by T.R. on Oct 25, 2020 after counseling with Kathryn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Dr. Oden is a miracle worker. She's a true expert in her field and she takes the time to understand the real issues at hand.

Written by B.R. on Oct 25, 2020 after counseling with Kathryn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Dr.Oden is very kind. She is helping me through the harsh edges of my life while being supportive and correcting me when my behavior is incorrect. She is not overly pushy with her advice. Her method is more of 'here are the tools you need' and then she explains how to use them. And I like this method a lot.