Locke Curfman, M.A., LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas in private practice in Longview, Texas. I graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelors in Psychology with Departmental Distinction. I was a research and teaching assistant during college and assisted with several research projects that later went on to be published by my lead professors. I then completed my Master of Arts in Counseling from Amberton University in Dallas, Texas while working full-time in the financial services industry. During both my undergraduate and graduate training, I worked at several adolescent treatment centers
I moved to East Texas in 1996 to complete my Master’s program practicum and served as a Chaplain with Marketplace Ministries, assisted a local church with pastoral counseling, and worked with a local psychologist doing adolescent counseling. I then took a hiatus from the human services field to work as a pharmaceutical sales representative for almost ten years. During that time, I was with several companies, earning top awards and honors for leadership and sales performance. Having experienced success in sales, I determined it was time to return to counseling, my first love. I completed my internship at the Bradshaw State Jail in correctional counseling and worked for three years on staff before leaving to join Winsted Psychological Services. Prior to working in private practice, I was part of the LeTourneau University faculty as an adjunct instructor. I continue to teach courses in counseling and psychology when available.
My core philosophy in helping others is my belief that clients can best be guided on their healing journey by truly listening, without judgment, and by offering direction informed by research, clinical practice, and the client’s needs and motivation to heal. I provide individual counseling for adults 21 years old and up. My passion is working with adults that have been victims of trauma (e.g., abuse and neglect). My specialty therapy is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and many other international health agencies. This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
I have experience counseling male and female adolescents in Special Education programs, adolescents placed in residential treatment facilities, adolescents and adults served by MHMR, couples desiring pre-marital counseling and marital enrichment counseling, individuals with varying mental health disorders, and adult males in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Bradshaw State Jail). In the past, I have seen adolescent and adult clients referred by such diverse sources as self-referrals, local physicians and psychiatrists, Family Protective Services (FPS), the Martin House, DORS, and the Texas Crime Victims Compensation program. Currently, I work primarily with private practice clients.
My wife, Kara, and I have been married for twenty-nine years and have six children ranging in age from 23 to 7 years old. Three are biological and three are adopted from our seven years as foster parents in Gregg County. But ALL of them are "our children." Having fostered and adopted children of various ages and races, we are very involved in the realities of being a trans-racial family. As a counselor serving a large client population that includes biological parents with children in Family Protective Services custody, I have a unique perspective to offer these families as I have been involved with FPS from the foster/adoptive parent viewpoint and understand the unique challenges that parents involved with the system face. As the husband of a case manager for a post-adoptive services organization, I am reminded daily of the special needs that both adopted children and their adoptive and biological parents have.
I am a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, EMDR International, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
I am actively involved in a local church and with various community services.
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