We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Andrews Duarte, BS, MSW, LCSW-S and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Regina, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
As a 63 year old clinician, the plan is to work until unable to do so. The future dream plan is to open a business with my two adult children. Nicole and Christian are pursuing careers as psychotherapists. We want to open a business that will enhance personal, physical, emotional and thought, growth and development for others. We want to help people to “feel better”.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Regina Andrews Duarte LCSW-S, is an outpatient private practice psychotherapist, addressing the needs of people struggling with a wide range of concerns. These include transitions, grief due to death and dying, chemical/substance abuse, physical and emotional abuses, personality disorders, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder and marital discord, to name a few. These services come with over 40+ years of experience. Spanish speakers are also invited to seek services. At the same time, the different modalities provided involve individual, couple, family and group work. It has been and is an honor working with people over the life span of 40+ years. It speaks to feeling passionate about the job at hand. Thinking about how to help people feel better by using analysis, or different evidenced based treatments is a positive challenge. It is an inherent part of being a therapist which is valued and appreciated, today. Over the years, this gift was not always understood by family members and friends alike. Coming to terms with this identity and learning to manage the truth has been a life long process. As a result, being sensitive emphasized a sense of empathy for others while remaining accepting and non judgmental of differences. In addition, helping people to make the necessary adjustments towards handling being different, remains exciting and dynamic. This job is my passion. As it turns out, my future dream job will be to work with my two adult children. My daughter and son have decided to pursue careers as psychotherapists. Our plan is to open a private practice together in order to expand on services. All services will be provided in Spanish and English, incorporate self care businesses and continue to help people feel better.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston is an exciting and growing city. There are many hotspots like Galveston, NASA, Kemah, Lake Conroe, the Woodlands, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, The Children’s Museum, Natural History Museum, Herman Park, The Holocaust Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, downtown Houston, Houston Dynamo, Astros, Rockets, Augusta Pines Golf Club, Memorial Park Golf Course, Rice University, University of Houston and many bars and restaurants. At the same time, Texas draws people to Austin for it’s music and alternative lifestyle, San Antonio for the River Walk or Fredericksburg for another short get away. Favorite restaurants include Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi, or Uchi, How about Brennan’s, Nancy’s Hustle and Squable. The BBQ is terrific at Killen’s and let’s add Killens Steak House as another favorite.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A Shout out goes to many people and organizations that have contributed to my growth and development as a psychotherapist over the last 40+ years. Through the years each school mate, friend, mentor, coach, job, internship, client, professor, supervisor, boss, colleague and/or field encounter left me with a lesson or a message. These gifts range from remaining sensitive towards others to setting limits and boundaries or even creating a self care life style. Clients stand out as each person, family, couple, group allowed themselves to take a risk and expose personal aspects of themselves. According to Webster dictionary, 1.) a client is one that is under the protection of another, 2.) a person who engaged the professional advice or service of another. It’s an HONOR to be visited by a client seeking guidance, respect, objectivity, understanding and a desire to feel better. People are resilient at all ages. Seeking honesty and authenticity can be a process which brings up many emotional and thought provoking perspective, It takes courage and strength to explore the inner workings of ones self. May each person, YOU, know your importance, effects on others and your personal worth. A great big Shout out goes to “YOU”, the client, human being, for bringing those invisible internal workings out into the open. It is “YOU” that deserves recognition and acknowledgement. Thank you for being “YOU”!

Website: www.therapybyregina.com
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Other: Facebook group administrator for two Private support groups: 1.) Personas Afectadas/os Por El Narcisismo Y Relaciones Toxicas/os. 2.) Medical School Support Group

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Regina Andrews Duarte LCSW-S

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