Friday, May 20, 2016

Family Fun Day at the Houston Fajita Festival!

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 – 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM  
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The Houston Fajita Festival 2016 is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, drinks, and entertainment. Come hungry with family and friends to enjoy a day filled with a variety of delicious fajita choices!  
Kids ages 4 and Under are FREE Kids ages 5-12 are $5 General Admission $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door VIP Tickets $60

Monday, May 16, 2016

Fighting Stress as a Teacher.

Teachers are subject to an inordinate amount of stress.  The distraction and challenges of educating young minds should be a rewarding experience.  A certain amount of stress is unavoidable, but understand about 80% of all illnesses are related to stress.  As you go through your day and in preparation for your next day’s adventure there are ways to reduce stress.

1.  Think of the worst thing that can happen, then have a plan to make it better or avoid it.
2.  Step back and replace any negative thoughts with positive ones.
3.  Always make time to rest your brain…get plenty of sleep.
4.  Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of cool, fresh water.
5.  Exercise.  Get up and move around every hour.
6.  Build healthy, positive relationships in and out of the classroom.
7.  Before bedtime relax without technology.  Put your phone to bed before you.

Simple things like this could go a long way, but additionally why not seek professional help?  Dr. Penelope J. Hooks is a certified psychoanalyst in Houston, for teachers who need to discuss their stress with a trained professional.  Teachers are our national treasure.  Call her today (713-521-9087) and make an appointment at her office located at 3311 Richmond Ave. Suite 330.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Suffering from Creative Block?

Many people are called on to produce creative work; some of them live in the Houston area.  Creative block may occur to anyone trying to finish a script, a song, a speech, a scientific paper, or a painting. Sometimes it is hard to get an idea, organize the project, or imagine that the audience will receive it well. You may think about it too much, or not at all.

One thing that may help is staying on schedule.  A routine helps remind you what needs to be done at that particular time of day.  Another, for some, is just letting your mind float and to think about nothing at all. It may trigger that creative side of your brain.  Another stimulus might be to visit a new location or an old friend.  This can refresh the mind and the spirit.

However, if the simple tricks do not work, perhaps the inhibition, or lack of flow, may be rooted in the Unconscious. Why not seek professional help?  Dr. Penelope J. Hooks is a certified psychoanalyst in Houston, for people experiencing creative block or other manifestations of anxiety.  Visiting Dr. Hooks may be just the initiative you need to get those creative juices flowing again.  There is little to lose and much to gain. Call her today (713-521-9087) and make an appointment at her office located at 3311 Richmond Ave. Suite 330.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Houston's Must-See Museums and Attractions

Houston's must-see museums and attractions.
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"For a city not known as a tourist mecca, Houston has a surprisingly large number of attractions. From folk-art icons and soothing green spaces to megamuseums and macabre collections, the city and its suburbs offer many diversions for visitors. Click the link for some recommended sights."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Making Mental Health Care a Priority.

Let’s have a reality check.  If you have a comfortable sum of wealth you can afford better health care.  Perhaps you have enjoyed the finer things in life for years.  You bought a bigger home than you really needed.  Your car is a luxury model.  You took some vacations.  Why…because you can, that’s why!  Enjoying the good life also means staying grounded.

So many people in this country live with physical and emotional trauma and do nothing about it.  Many times the reason is they simply cannot afford good mental health care.  If you have feelings of desperation and do nothing about it then it is on you because you CAN afford it and you may need it.  This is not the time to just “buck up”.  Seek the counseling that you deserve from a professional.

Dr. Penelope J. Hooks is a licensed professional adult counselor in Houston.  She will help you discover if psychoanalysis is right for you.  You would not deny yourself heart surgery or a knee replacement or some other medical procedure if you KNEW it would improve the quality of your life.  Do not deny yourself good mental health.  Contact Dr. Hooks today and make an appointment at (713) 521-9087.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Treating each Child Individually.

The subject of child psychoanalysis is a very broad and complicated one.  Reaching out to children in their formative years will set the structure for their lives ahead in an ever-changing world.  It is so important not to “brand” any individual…child or adolescent as this or that, but rather to treat each individual with the dignity that they deserve.

If you would like more information on this subject may we direct you to a website?  That site is  This is where you will discover information about ACP and learn more about how they assist children and their parents.  The advice that is given must always be taken in the context of the individual family.

On a more personal and local level, let us direct you to  Penelope Hooks is a licensed child and adolescent psychoanalyst in Houston, Texas.  After you have had the opportunity to browse her credentials, please feel free to call her and make an appointment at her Houston office located at 3311 Richmond Ave. Suite 330.  Call her today at (713) 521-9087.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Egg Hunts in Houston 2016

 Looking for Easter egg hunts in Houston?  Click on the link above and check out more than 25 egg hunts in the Houston area, thanks to local businesses, communities and churches.