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Licensed Professional Counselor

Chris Merchant

Chris is a multicultural, internationally credentialed, mental health practitioner with a professional background expanding over 15 years, ranging from organizational psychology consulting for Fortune 500 companies, to public mental health counseling in marginalized communities.

Utilizing a holistic approach to mental health, Chris leverages a combination of psychodynamic theory, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), humanistic, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) interventions to guide and challenge his clients towards achieving their goals and living more authentic and fulfilling lives.

As a person of color, an immigrant, and a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion, Chris’ expertise includes working with the unique challenges faced in alternative lifestyles and the LGBTQIA+, Kink & BDSM, Polyamory and ethical non-monogamy communities. Chris is a vocal and passionate proponent of generating awareness and providing education on topics surrounding social issues, human sexuality, and breaking down stigma in alternative lifestyles and mental health.

Chris is the owner of Polaris Behavioral Services, a 100% virtual counseling practice, providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health challenges and relationship issues in the state of Texas for adults over the age of 18.

Licensure & Certifications

  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
    License number: 84466

  • The Beck Community Initiative – 11/2020

  • The Gottman Institute – 04/2017

  • Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Mexico
    Cedula Profesional: 8300199


  • Houston Christian University
    Master of Arts (M.A.), Counseling Psychology – 2017
  • 2012 Summa Cum Laude

Awards & Honors

  • Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology
    Lifetime Membership – Awarded 11/2016

  • Centro Nacional De Evaluación Para La Educación Superior, A.C.
    Ceneval Performance Excellence Medal – Awarded 11/2012
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