Marquis Emerging Leaders

Diana Houghton

Title: Psychotherapist

Company: Houghton Somatic Practice LLC

Education: PhD in General Psychology, Emphasis on Integrating Learning, Technology, and Psychology, Grand Canyon University (2023); MA in Somatic Counseling, Concentration in Body Psychotherapy (2013); Bachelor’s Degree in Environment Design, Texas A&M University (1998)

Career History: Psychotherapist, Houghton Somatic Practice LLC (2021-Present); Substitute Teacher, The Learning House (2016); Owner, Therapist, Holistic Stress Management (2014-2015); Owner, Head Instructor, CSSD Colorado (2009-2014); Counseling Intern, Veterans Health Administration (2011-2013); TANF Advocate, Community Outreach  (2009-2010); Project Designer, Project Manager, CAD Manager, Various Architecture Firms (1998-2008)

Diana Houghton, Psychotherapist at Houghton Somatic Practice LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of mental health.

Originally a student of architecture, Dr. Houghton earned a bachelor’s degree in environment design from Texas A&M University in 1998 and subsequently worked in that industry for 10 years. She was active as a project designer, project manager, and CAD manager for numerous architecture firms from 1998 to 2008, during which time she also focused on justice architecture—specifically the buildings where inmates are held—which led her down the path of psychology and psychotherapy. She spent about a year and a half working as an advocate for victims of violent crime in a community outreach program and also served as a peer mentor who trained juniors and seniors in high school about sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Following these positions, Dr. Houghton was active as a counseling intern in the Post Combat Trauma area of the Mental Health Department at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in the lead-up to earning a Master of Arts in somatic counseling, with a concentration in body psychotherapy, in 2013. She was the owner and head instructor at CSSD Colorado from 2009 to 2014, the owner and therapist at Holistic Stress Management for a year, and a substitute teacher at The Learning House—an institute of academic education, counseling, work experience and outdoor education. Since 2021, she has excelled as a psychotherapist out of her own business, Houghton Somatic Practice LLC—where she focuses primarily on how the mindbody responds and integrates traumatic events in people’s lives. Taking great pride in her practice, she didn’t anticipate the extensive impact she would have.

In addition to her certifications in EMDR Level 2 and Trauma Recovery, Dr. Houghton recently attained a Doctor of Philosophy in general psychology, with an emphasis on integrating learning, technology, and psychology, from Grand Canyon University. Her PhD dissertation circled back to her origins as she spent time interviewing both former inmates and corrections officers, who provided their perspectives on how the architecture of the facilities they’re in serves or doesn’t serve their needs and ability to care for themselves. Attributing her success to the support of her husband, Stephen, with whom she has a daughter, Dr. Houghton looks forward to growing her practice and eventually opening a nonprofit community for the neurodiverse population in five years.

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