About Dr. Hale Gerdes
Have you lost your passion for this journey called “LIFE”?
Is it time to deal with some things that keep you from GROWING?
Do you know what you VALUE most and what your PURPOSE is?
Are you YEARNING for MORE??
Karla Hale Gerdes, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, specializing in psychotherapy for individuals and couples. She is dual licensed as a marriage/family therapist and has been in private practice for almost 30 years, with extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Gerdes is qualified to deal with a wide range of psychological, behavioral, relational, and spiritual issues with warmth, wisdom, competency, and compassion.
Dr. Gerdes’ specialty interests include marriage and family relationships, depression and anxiety, women's issues, life transitions, grief and loss, divorce recovery, blended families, and faith/spirituality issues.
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University; emphasis in marriage/family therapy
- Internship in Clinical Psychology, UT Health Sciences Center, Houston
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Harding University, summa cum laude
Dr. Gerdes is trained in a variety of evidence-based approaches to therapy, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family Systems and Family of Origin
- Imago and Gottman Marital Therapies
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Solution-Focused, short-term therapy
- Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness techniques
"She is absolutely wonderful! Within the first session we could see a difference in our marriage. Very blessed we found her."
More about Dr. Gerdes…
If you are looking for HOPE and HELP to learn, heal, and grow, you have come to the right place! The therapeutic relationship we develop together is key to facilitating change. I draw from my training, expertise, life experiences, and faith in our work together. My counseling style is warm, compassionate, empowering, and goal-directed. My desire in therapy is to assist you in living a healthier, more balanced, meaningful, and joy-filled life. The goals we establish and work on together will enable you to grow a life you love, and deepen your relationships…one step at a time!
I am happily married to my soul mate and best friend, Randy, and over the last 15 years we have been engaged in the adventure of parenting and launching three young adult children raised in a blended stepfamily. Over the course of my life, I have experienced the pain of divorce, the strain of single parenting, and the challenges and rewards of being a mom/stepmom. All of these have been humbling, growth-provoking, and wisdom-producing experiences for me.
I am also the daughter of a Christian minister, for whom pastoral counseling was a frequent activity. I am well familiar with the joys and struggles of ministry, having been involved in leadership in women's ministry 25+ years. Randy and I are actively involved in our church as an elder couple and small group leaders, as well as supporting various community and international humanitarian organizations and ministries.
Engaging in therapy can be a scary and painful process at times. Because I have participated in counseling over the years and am dedicated to my own growth as a person, I understand the anxiety involved in examining one's own history, hurts, and struggles. But I am passionate about this journey called "life" and the opportunity we all have to courageously make changes that make significant differences in the quality of our lives and those around us. I love being able to make a difference, and I am committed to assisting you to do the same.