Dr. Neal Houston, PHD
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Behavioral Therapy | Male

Dr. Neal Houston 3160 Route 611 Ste 200 Bartonsville, PA 18321 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

"I believe it is more important to know the patient who has the disease than the disease the patient has." - Hippocrates' precious advice from 2,500 years ago.

There are many kinds of psychotherapy. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. In addition, some therapies have been scientifically tested more than others. Some individuals may have a treatment plan that includes only one type of psychotherapy. Others receive treatment that includes elements of several different types. The kind of psychotherapy an individual receives depends on his or her needs.

I have used quite a few tools such as StressScan, Thinking Styles, MBTI, JTI, Birkman, Values & Motives, 15FQ, Belbin, MSCEIT, Bar-On EQ, and MMPI-2. Or models such as: NLP, GROW, Cognitive behavioral, Brief therapy, Egan, Psychodynamic, Complex theory, Solution focused, Positive psychology. 

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Biography

Adult Behavioral Health Specialist working primarily with people with serious mental illness or mental disorder who have associated significant levels of disturbance and psycho-social disability due to their illness or disorder. Commonly the people I work with have a diagnosis of a major mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, I also work with people with other conditions such as severe personality disorder, severe anxiety disorder, or those who present in situational crisis that may lead to self-harm or inappropriate behavior towards others. I work in various levels of severity of the disturbance and impairment. I also work with patients that have more than one disorder, they may be struggling with drug and alcohol related disorders (dual diagnosis). Through personalizing care, integrative medicine goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the causes of an illness. In doing so, the patient's immediate health needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psycho-social and environmental influences are taken into account. Another style of that I practice is Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral, which also incorporates a proven, evidence-based behavior change technique created from the latest research by Harvard psychologists. They are all useful particularly if used on a need to do and depending what suits the patient best. After 10 years of practice I do not think that "one model/tool suits all" is a viable approach and I also believed that the skill of the MentalHealth and Life Wellness Specialist needs to develop beyond the use of tools/models. Having said that, being skilled and knowledgeable in as many as possible provides a wider range of options and also develops one's perspective on what can be done and what is available in the market as well as how to evaluate and decide between them. One more thing is that I would rather use more than one tool, because "sampling" responses and reactions to several ways of tackling the same or similar issues, provides a rounder more informative and richer result to work with. In our society today we have patients who need and we have the tools to help them. Some of these tools are technical and specific (ie: medications/cognitive behavioral therapy), but these work best only in the context of a rich therapeutic relationship that is bases on all that makes us human. Integrative Healthcare Medicine is not the same as alternative medicine, which refers to an approach to healing that is utilized in place of conventional therapies, or complementary medicine, which refers to healing modalities that are used to complement allopathic approaches. If the defining principles are applied, care can be integrative regardless of which modalities are utilized.

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Dr. Houston's Reviews

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based on 11 total surveys (6 with reviews)
Dr. Houston Says:

" I appreciate your time in submitting a patient survey. If you received great service and attention, please tell a friend with whom our services my be a benefit. If you did not, please tell me or my staff. We are committed to providing you the best level of care."

Dr. Houston's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Reviews (6)
in Saylorsburg, PA |
Dr. Houston was very attentive, easy to speak with, and extremely knowledgeable about my procedure I will be having. His attitude was a blessing, being light, cheerful, and easy to crack a joke with. I will definitely be coming back to see him, and I will definitely be telling me family and friends to come to him.
in Bartonsville, PA |
Great appointment! I didn't want to go, now I can't wait to go back!
East Stroudsburg, PA |
It's unual to find a doctor who makes you feel so comfortable talking with them from the first conversation, but Dr. Houston is that doctor. I really enjoy our sessions and he's so incitful. I can literally talk about anything. I highly recommend him!
in Stroudsburg, PA |
By far one of the greatest Doctors I've ever seen. I would recommend him to anyone in need of what he specializes in.
in East Stroudsburg PA |
He's an awesome doc :) Fun to talk to and always cheers me up.
in East stroudsburg, pa |
Dr. Houston is by far the best life coach, counselor I have ever come into contact with. He is always willing to go that extra mile with his patients and is sincere with what he does.
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Dr. Houston says...

Adult Behavioral Health Specialist working primarily with people with serious mental illness or mental disorder who have associated significant levels of disturbance and psycho-social disability due to their illness or disorder. Commonly the people I work with have a diagnosis of a major mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, I also work with people with other conditions such as severe personality disorder, severe anxiety disorder, or those who present in situational crisis that may lead to self-harm or inappropriate behavior towards others. I work in various levels of severity of the disturbance and impairment. I also work with patients that have more than one disorder, they may be struggling with drug and alcohol related disorders (dual diagnosis).

Through personalizing care, integrative medicine goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the causes of an illness. In doing so, the patient's immediate health needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psycho-social and environmental influences are taken into account.

Another style of that I practice is Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral, which also incorporates a proven, evidence-based behavior change technique created from the latest research by Harvard psychologists.

They are all useful particularly if used on a need to do and depending what suits the patient best. After 10 years of practice I do not think that "one model/tool suits all" is a viable approach and I also believed that the skill of the MentalHealth and Life Wellness Specialist needs to develop beyond the use of tools/models.

Having said that, being skilled and knowledgeable in as many as possible provides a wider range of options and also develops one's perspective on what can be done and what is available in the market as well as how to evaluate and decide between them.

One more thing is that I would rather use more than one tool, because "sampling" responses and reactions to several ways of tackling the same or similar issues, provides a rounder more informative and richer result to work with.

  • In our society today we have patients who need and we have the tools to help them. Some of these tools are technical and specific (ie: medications/cognitive behavioral therapy), but these work best only in the context of a rich therapeutic relationship that is bases on all that makes us human.

Integrative Healthcare Medicine is not the same as alternative medicine, which refers to an approach to healing that is utilized in place of conventional therapies, or complementary medicine, which refers to healing modalities that are used to complement allopathic approaches. If the defining principles are applied, care can be integrative regardless of which modalities are utilized.

Dr. Houston's Care Philosophy

"I believe it is more important to know the patient who has the disease than the disease the patient has." - Hippocrates' precious advice from 2,500 years ago.

There are many kinds of psychotherapy. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. In addition, some therapies have been scientifically tested more than others. Some individuals may have a treatment plan that includes only one type of psychotherapy. Others receive treatment that includes elements of several different types. The kind of psychotherapy an individual receives depends on his or her needs.

I have used quite a few tools such as StressScan, Thinking Styles, MBTI, JTI, Birkman, Values & Motives, 15FQ, Belbin, MSCEIT, Bar-On EQ, and MMPI-2. Or models such as: NLP, GROW, Cognitive behavioral, Brief therapy, Egan, Psychodynamic, Complex theory, Solution focused, Positive psychology. 

Dr. Houston says...

  • Teaching new skills, and guide clients toward greater independence. Individuals learn the value of listening to their inner self, gain a greater appreciation for their own abilities, and increase their self-confidence. They begin to see how behavioral changes result in new opportunities. 
  • Integrative medicine - restore and maintain health and wellness across a person's lifespan by understanding the patient's unique set of circumstances and addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health.Through personalizing care, integrative medicine goes beyond the treatment of symptoms to address all the causes of an illness. In doing so, the patient's immediate health needs as well as the effects of the long-term and complex interplay between biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental influences are taken into account.

Dr. Houston says...

  • They are all useful particularly if used on a need to do and depending what suits the client best. After 10 years of practice I do not think that "one model/tool suits all" is a viable approach and I also believed that the skill of the Mental Health and Life Wellness Specialist needs to develop beyond the use of tools/models.
  • Having said that, being skilled and knowledgeable in as many as possible provides a wider range of options and also develops one's perspective on what can be done and what is available in the market as well as how to evaluate and decide between them. One more thing is that I would rather use more than one tool, because "sampling" responses and reactions to several ways of tackling the same or similar issues, provides a rounder more informative and richer result to work with.

Dr. Houston says...

" I appreciate your time in submitting a patient survey. If you received great service and attention, please tell a friend with whom our services my be a benefit. If you did not, please tell me or my staff. We are committed to providing you the best level of care."

Dr. Houston's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Behavioral Therapy
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Addiction
  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depression Relapse
  • Emotional Stress
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress

Education

  • Medical School
    Philadelphia Degree College

    Graduated in 1997

  • Internship Hospital
    Philadelphia State Hospital-Byberry (Clinical Mental Health Internship)

    Completed in 1986

  • Residency Hospital
    North Canterbury Hosp

    Completed in 2010

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Harvard Medical School-Institute Of Coaching Professional Association

    Completed in 2012

  • Undergraduate School
    Pennsylvania State University / College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Other Education
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    Completed in 2014

    St. Louis University School Of Medicine

    Completed in 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Addiction Psychology
  • Adult Development & Aging Psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Counseling
  • Depression
  • Health Psychology
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Integrative Psychiatry
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health
  • Psychosomatic Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Grief Therapy
  • Integrative Behavioral Health Care
  • Life Coaching
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Wellness and Integrative Medicine