About Us

Premier Psychological Services for Women, Children, and Families.

Essence Psychological Health Services is a privately owned psychology practice in Houston, Texas. The mission of Essence Psychological Health Services is to provide premium psychological services that are sensitive to the needs of women, children, and families. At Essence Psychological Health Services we strive to provide an affirming environment that provides ethnically, culturally and gender-appropriate services.

Essence Psychological Health Services provides mental health services that support personal growth and change through an understanding of biological factors, sociohistorical influences, problematic symptoms, behaviors, and attitudes. Central to the mission of Essence Psychological Health Services is an emphasis on empowerment and social justice toward understanding and improving lives. Among the specialized issues addressed at Essence Psychological Health Services are trauma, reproductive issues, pregnancy loss, sexual abuse, and acute and chronic stress in women.

Why Women’s Mental Health?

“Women's health is inextricably linked to their status in society. It benefits from equality, and suffers from discrimination. Today, the status and well-being of countless millions of women world-wide remains tragically low” - World Health Organization, 1998

Women’s Mental Health focuses on how women’s status in society directly affects their mental health and well-being. “It is known that gender determines the differential power and control men and women have over the socioeconomic determinants of their mental health and lives, their social position, status and treatment in society and their susceptibility and exposure to specific mental health risks.” Women’s mental health is concerned with the unique cultural and social disparities (poverty, violence, sexual victimization, acute and chronic stress) that place women and girls at greater risk for certain mental health issues (such as depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and traumatic stress). Women’s mental health is inextricably linked to the intersections of other cultural factors such as race, class, educational status, abilities/disabilities and sexual orientation. Interventions utilized draw from research evidence on the prevalence and causes of mental health problems in women as well as on the mediating and protective factors for psychological wellness.

About Dr. Burton

portraitJasmine R. Burton, Ph.D., founder of Essence Psychological Health Services, is a licensed psychologist practicing in the greater Houston area. A native of the Bronx, New York, Dr. Burton loves the vibrancy and diversity of large cities. Dr. Burton’s approach to therapy and treatment is largely influenced by multicultural and feminist theories.

Dr. Burton has a strong passion for assisting clients on their journey for optimal mental health and wellness. Dr. Burton has extensive experience working with historically underserved groups such as women, ethnic and racial minorities, juveniles, the severely and persistently mentally ill, and incarcerated populations. She specializes in treating individuals across the life span facing such issues as adjustment/transitional difficulties, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, relationship issues, trauma/abuse and women’s mental health issues.

Dr. Burton holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and a M.S. in Counseling from the State University of New York, University at Albany. She is also a proud alumna of Union College where she studied Psychology, Sociology and Africana Studies. She has also trained in criminal justice settings where she provided assessment, individual and group therapy, and crisis services to the culturally diverse female and male inmate population.

Dr. Burton has published and presented on such topics, as women’s mental health, sexual scripts within Hip-Hop culture, multicultural theory, and racial identity development. Her clinical and research interests center on women’s mental health and sexuality, trauma and women’s reproductive issues. And her personal and professional aspirations are fueled by a desire to empower through psychotherapy as a tool for social justice.

Ethical. Empathic. Respectful.

Dr. Burton’s personal and professional experiences have taught her that people are largely defined by their experiences of connection to others. She believes that relationships can be the source from where psychological distress can arise and can be resolved. Given these beliefs, she has come to take a theoretical approach that incorporates theory and techniques from multiple approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, systems, multicultural and feminist theories, and selectively combine them into an existing conceptual model, interpersonal process theory. Using this approach, the relationship serves as the foundation on which to address behaviors, thoughts, feelings and interpersonal patterns that impede effective functioning.

A key component to Dr. Burton’s work with all her clients is a consideration of how each person’s layered cultural realities shape their experiences. As an African American woman that grew up in a low-income, ethnically diverse, urban area, Dr. Burton understands the ways that one’s racial and socioeconomic context can shape one’s identity, worldview, challenges, and avenues for change.  Her work is enhanced by her  growing understanding and acknowledgment of the interconnectedness of multiple cultural factors on mental illness and psychological wellness. In addition, awareness of her own biases helps Dr. Burton to work competently and provide care that is ethical, empathic, and respectful.

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Owner & Licensed Psychologist

Our Services

There are a number of psychotherapeutic services provided by Essence Psychological Health Services. During your initial intake session, you and Dr. Burton will work together to identify your needs and determine which service(s) is best for you.

Individual Psychotherapy

Clients work with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Sessions last 50 minutes.  Short term Individual psychotherapy- one to eight sessions | Long-term Individual psychotherapy- nine or more sessions.

Psychological Assessment

Psychological Assessment is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality and capabilities. Assessment sessions require at least two sessions: (1) four hour long testing session and (2) one hour long feedback session.

Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychoeducational Assessment is the process of testing used to analyze the mental processes underlying educational performance. Assessment sessions require at least two sessions: (1) four hour long testing session and (2) one hour long feedback session.

Group Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy in which a group of clients who share a common goal or issue, usually with the support of a trained therapist, work toward solutions together. Group sessions last 90 minute sessions with 8-10 group members.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Couples sessions last 90 minutes.

Family Therapy

A type of psychotherapy that works to address issues within family systems in order to improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy sessions last 90 minutes.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision is an important aspect of clinical training in which a clinical professional in training receives oversight by a more advanced, and usually licensed, professional. Supervision is most often used to discuss caseload and professional development issues. Clinical supervision is provided to doctoral level clinical and counseling psychology graduates working toward licensure in Texas. Sessions last one hour.

Concierge Services

Concierge services are psychotherapeutic services provided when you are unable to come to the office due to medical or caregiving limitations. Concierge services are ideal for individuals that are on bed rest, caring for young children or caregivers of home-bound loved ones. Services are available to a limited number of clients.

Specialty Services

Essence Psychological Health Services provides specialty services for women experiencing challenges related to infertility, complicated pregnancy and pregnancy loss. We are committed to helping and empowering women, children and families living through reproductive challenges and losses. Focus areas include abortion, complicated delivery and miscarriages, infant loss, infertility, postpartum depression, and related issues.

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“There is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou

Reproductive Trauma and Loss

Essence Psychological Health Services is very sensitive to the needs of women’s reproductive issues. In particular, Essence Psychological Health Services provides specialty services for women experiencing challenges related to infertility, complicated pregnancy and pregnancy loss. We are committed to helping and empowering women, children and families living through reproductive challenges and losses. Services are offered via individual and couples therapy as well as Reproductive Trauma and Loss Groups.

Specialty Issues Addressed

Abortion
Complicated delivery
Infant Loss, including Stillbirths & Sudden Infant Death
Infertility
Miscarriage
Postpartum depression
Premature births

General Information

Payments

The hourly rate for services is $150. Session payment is due at the time of service.  Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

Sliding scale: Essence Psychological Health Services will accept payments on a sliding scale for a limited number clients on a fixed income or those experiencing financial hardships. Adjusted rates are also available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Insurance

Essence Psychological Health Services is currently participating on the following insurance panels: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Health Care. For all other insurance companies,  services provided by, Essence Psychological Health Services may qualify for patient reimbursement under some insurance plans. Fees are generally considered to be within the acceptable range by most insurance companies, and psychotherapy is typically covered by insurance. Please consult your insurance company for details.

Session Cancellations

There may be a time when you will have to cancel a therapy session. If this occurs, please contact Dr. Burton 24 hours in advance (one business day), so that the appointment time may be offered to another client. A late cancel/no show fee of $50 is charged for late cancellations (those made less than 24 hours in advance) unless the cancellation is due to a true emergency. This charge will be added to the balance of your next visit.

 

 

Appointments

Use the button below to easily request an appointment! Dr. Burton will process your request and confirm your appointment via email or phone. Please note that appointments are not confirmed until you have spoken with Dr. Burton.

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FAQ

Deciding to seek professional mental health support is a significant step on the path to psychological wellness. Once you have made this decision many questions may arise. Your questions have been answered!

Insurance & Fees

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Costs vary by service. Please contact us for more information on our service fees.

 

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Essence Psychological Health Services is in network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare and United Health Care.

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In some cases, clients that are unable to afford the standard Essence Psychological Health Services session fees may qualify for sliding-scale fees. Sliding scale fees are based on need and annual income.

Sessions

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New clients are encouraged to print off new client paperwork from the website and submit it prior to coming in. Otherwise, new patients need to arrive at the office at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment to complete the paperwork. If a new client’s paperwork is not completed in a timely fashion upon arrival, we may need to accommodate other clients who arrive on time.

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Therapy involves the development of a helping relationship that is established with the primary goal of exploring your concerns, promoting understanding, helping you to chart a new course, and working toward positive change. Therapy often involves engaging in discussions, activities and skill building.

The goal of early sessions is to learn more about you and the problems or issues that brought you to therapy. Initial sessions are typically structured with information about the therapy process and questions, which assist in gathering information.

During middle sessions, you and the therapist will continue to explore your concerns and work toward growth by addressing your personalized treatment goals. At some point, the therapeutic process will end. The end of therapy is often referred to as termination. The goals of the termination phase of therapy are to explore your feelings related to ending therapy, discuss how you can maintain gains and deal with setbacks, and identify other sources of support.

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Essence Psychological Health Services adheres to laws and ethical guidelines of helping professions, which require helpers not to reveal client information and statements to other people without your written permission. Any information obtained from you, or gathered about you (i.e. notes, testing results), is kept confidential to protect your privacy and foster trusting relationships.

Please be advised however that our commitment to confidentiality has limits and exceptions, which are defined by law. For example, we are required to disclose 1)if clients are a serious threat to themselves or others or 2)if clients report abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults.

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Research has shown that most people experience positive changes through treatment. Some common changes are reduced stress, better coping, improved relationships, reduction in painful feelings, greater self-awareness, and better day-to-day functioning. Personal improvement will vary from person to person and is based largely on your unique treatment goals.

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Session length varies. A typical individual session last from 30 to 50 minutes. Group and couples/family sessions are 90 minutes long and assessment sessions are a minimum of four hours.

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There may be times when it is beneficial to the therapeutic process to invite significant others to a therapy session. Dr. Burton will work with you to determine the value of inviting a loved one to a session. In cases where issues with your loved one are central to your treatment and overall wellness, then couples or family therapy may be recommended.

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There may be a time when you will have to cancel a therapy session. If this occurs, we ask that you please contact the office 24 hours in advance (one business day), so that we can offer the appointment time to another client. A $50 fee is charged for late cancellations (those made less than 24 hours in advance) unless the cancellation is due to an emergency. This charge will be added to the balance of your next visit.

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If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment you will be asked to reschedule. This is to ensure that the patients who arrive on time do not wait longer than necessary. You may be given the option to wait for another appointment time on the same day if one is available. We will try to accommodate late‐comers as best as possible, but cannot compromise on the quality and timely care provided to our other clients.

General

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Dr. Burton will work with you to determine if you could benefit from psychotropic medication interventions. If so, referrals can be made to prescribing practitioners, usually psychiatrists, in your area and/or insurance network.

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Essence Psychological Health Services will only share information with other care providers with your written permission. If permitted by you, we will share treatment information with your treatment providers at your request.

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In many cases, the information derived from psychological examinations can provide useful information that can guide treatment and discharge planning. While useful, a psychological evaluation is not required in order to have an effective psychotherapy experience.

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Essence Psychological Health Services serves children ages five and above and women and men of all ages.

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In instances where you require assistance from other professionals, we will gladly make referrals to appropriate services. You are free to contact any of our referral partners on your own. However, we require your written permission to contact referral partners on your behalf.

Educational

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Psychologists are doctoral level helpers who conduct research, perform testing and evaluate and treat a full range of emotional and psychological issues. Psychologists work with a wide range of people, from those experiencing problems with adjustment to those living with serious mental illness. Psychologists in a growing number of states are able to prescribe medication.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have obtained additional training in the treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication.

Psychologist and psychiatrist work in many different settings. Very often psychologist and psychiatrist collaborate to provide care to clients.

 

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