Harriet Stares, Psy.D.

Harriet Stares, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Supervised by: 

Inbal Kleinerman, Ph.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Harriet, and I am a therapist and postdoctoral fellow here at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy.

I aim to work collaboratively with my clients in creating treatment goals that align with their most salient values. I enjoy helping my clients access curiosity about themselves, others, and the world. I have a depathologizing, trauma-informed approach to treatment, in which I assist my clients in understanding the various ways they cope with pain before building new coping behaviors together. I also focus on helping my clients develop insight about interpersonal and intrapersonal patterns. Said another way, we will explore the ways in which you relate with yourself and other people in your life. I believe that with new understanding we give ourselves the permission to have new experiences which often challenge these patterns and can lead to transformative change. In this way, I find the most important aspect of healing to be the therapeutic relationship and I strive to create an affirming, compassionate, and brave space for us to engage in therapy together. I will meet you where you are on your journey and we will work closely together to take steps towards healing. I believe that you are the expert in your own life, and that you already have the answers to your questions. I am here to help facilitate this exploration while drawing upon psychodynamic, experiential, and emotion-focused approaches.

Areas of Clinical Interest:

Trauma-Related Disorders

I understand the impact experiences of trauma have on the mind, body, and heart. I am passionate about treating trauma and have specialized training in doing so. Trauma is often defined narrowly in psychology, so I expand my view of trauma to include minority stress, cultural dysthymia, and developmental/attachment trauma. I utilize an array of trauma-informed treatment approaches, including experiential therapies, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and parts work. We will move at your pace and adjust approaches as needed along the way.

LGBTQIA+ and Gender Expansive Folx

The field of psychology has historically been discriminatory and exclusionary towards sexual and gender minorities. With this fact in mind, I aim to foster an affirming and brave space for you to identify and heal minority stress and discriminatory trauma. I also take an intersectional approach, meaning that I recognize that your sexual and gender identities are interconnected with other important aspects of your whole self. I enjoy facilitating the exploration of my clients’ identities and helping my clients to get connected to additional affirmative spaces.

Drug and Alcohol Use

Treatment for drug and alcohol use can often feel dizzying. There are a variety of approaches with a multitude of different goals such as total abstinence versus reduction of use. Consistent with my practice philosophy, I do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to substance use treatment. I think there is value to most treatment approaches, but that does not mean every approach is a good fit for you. I will work with you to develop goals consistent with your values, and help you access a better understanding of the function and purpose of your drug and alcohol use. I believe that drug and alcohol use is often a symptom of relational trauma, and I utilize our therapeutic relationship as a model of healthy attachment to assist you in getting your needs met in your relationships rather than through the use of substances.

Other Areas of Interest:

Mood and anxiety management

Adult Children of Parents with Substance Use Disorders

Emerging Adulthood and Identity Development

Self-Esteem and Mindful Self-Compassion

Boundary Work and Interpersonal Effectiveness

The Use of Humor in Psychotherapy

About Me:

I was born and raised in Wiltshire, England and relocated with my family to Dallas, Texas during grade school. I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in substance use prevention and interventions from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. I recently graduated with my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the APA-accredited Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California. During my graduate career I provided therapeutic services for survivors of abuse and neglect, incarcerated men at a re-entry program, and college students. I completed my APPIC-accredited internship at California State University’s Student Health and Counseling Center in San Marcos, California.

I recently moved back to Texas with my beloved partner and our two pugs to complete my post-doctoral training. In my free time, you’ll find me playing and cuddling with my pups, enjoying the company of my loved ones, reading, dancing, and watching entirely too much reality television. I approach my life with pinches of curiosity and humor, and I find pockets of joy wherever possible.

If you feel moved to reach out to me and begin our therapeutic relationship, I encourage you to do so and I look forward to meeting you soon!