Dr. Grace Chew Graham, Review

Dr. Grace Chew Graham, Review

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Best Christian Psychologist in Plano, Texas
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by KL1243, May. 30, 2013

I cannot recommend Dr. Grace Graham more. She is warm, kind, funny, and a true Christian. She is a good listener and very accepting. I especially appreciates the fact that she is personal and practical.

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Very disappointed
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by smartone, Feb. 03, 2011

We went to see Grace Graham for marriage counseling. After 17 years of marriage we were struggling with some mid-lifecrisis issues and needed help with our relationship. Grace spent the first 15 minutes talking about mu husbands company stock. Then told me I needed a better job just in case my husband leaves me. She got side tracked when I mentioned that my daughter doesn't keep her room clean and went on about my daughter and how she should come in for counseling. In the end she recommended a book about being a millionaire. I left her office and cried because we didn't get the help we needed. I'm looking into another counselor now. I would run the other way if you're seeking marriage counseling.

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by DrGraceGraham 2011-02-19 17:48:16
Unfortunately, without written consent, I am unable to confirm or deny whether the above commenter is indeed a patient of mine. However, it is highly unlikely that I will spend 15 minutes of any patient’s 45 minutes therapy session talking about anyone's company stock. After all, I am not a stock broker or a certified financial adviser. If I made any comment about any patient's company or job, it is usually brief and mainly for the purposes of building therapeutic alliance and rapport.

Common issues married couples struggle with are: 1. Money (management, life styles, etc.); 2. Parenting (disciplinary issues, handling of children with psychological/emotional problems or special needs, etc.); 3. Sex (intimacy, affairs, etc.); 4. In-laws (enmeshment, interference, etc.); and 5. Communication (lacking of time, opportunity, or conflict resolution skills).

When it is apparent that a couple’s child/children might have significant behavioral and/or emotional problem, I typically would suggest that the child/children be seen separately for individual play therapy or behavioral management treatment.

If there are notable financial problems, and/or if the income producing partner was uncertain about his/her commitment to remain married, I usually will advise the unemployed or under-employed spouse to seek out better job opportunities so as to become more financially self-sufficient, just in case. This is especially so when a couple’s child/children is/are older (in school and/or grown).

I sometimes recommend books to help couples build common vocabulary and understanding of the ideas or concepts that might be very important to their disagreement. Sometimes while the financially more responsible partner might be emotionally insensitive, the other partner, who might be  very concerned about the lack of emotional intimacy or agreement on parenting issues, might be unrealistic or irresponsible in money management. I sometimes recommend such couple to take turn reading books about what bothered the other partner so that he/she will gain insight to what makes his/her partner upset. It is not unusual that I will recommend the financially “unaware or irresponsible” partner to read books on money management (such as “the Millionaire Next Door”, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, etc.) while having the other partner read relationship building books ( like “Getting the Love You Want”, “His Needs, Her Needs”, “The Love Language”, etc.)

Professional counseling will only help those who truly want feedbacks for personal growth. It is a highly spiritual process that sometimes involves pain. Truth hurts. Those who resist it will carry on making the same mistakes in life repeatedly. However, for those who embrace it, they become healthier and happier. They eventually will learn how to “Live well, Love better, and Laugh often”.

Hopefully this helps.

Grace C. Graham, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist #24701
Fantastic Counselor and True Human Being
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by amre, Oct. 20, 2010

Dr. Graham was hired as the professional psychologist and evaluator in our child custody case.  Her role was to interview all parties involved (including my 8-year-old daughter) and make a child custody recommendation.  Dr. Graham evaluated the case in an unbiased manner and interviewed all parties in great detail, and through her efforts, she earned my trust and confidence to the extent that I was going to accept whatever recommendation she made.  I truly felt that she was going to recommend the solution that was in my daughter's best interest.  She even won my child's confidence and trust, which is a very difficult task for anyone to achieve!  Upon reading her extensive report, I was astonished at the amount of detail that she covered and I have to say that I was truly impressed.  It was a pleasure working with her and even today (more than a year later), Dr. Graham is there when we need to talk to her... even on a friendly basis.  She still expresses interest in my child and she still recalls all the details of the case.  I believe that she takes personal interest in her work and in my eyes, this separates her from the rest.

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Wonderful!!!
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by CEShaw, Oct. 14, 2010

I am a former patient of Dr. Grahams and thanks to her, I am well and back to normal. Without her counseling and encouragement during what might be the most horrific time of my life, I might not have made it.

Not only did she testify on my behalf in court, she was there for me after the whole divorce mess was over.

Dr. Graham is a wonderful Christian woman and I am forever grateful to her. Thank you Dr. Graham!!


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