About

“I am grateful to have you in my life.”

“You have been a guiding light through my darkest days.”

Our meeting was not anxiety inducing!! In the past, I’ve seen four psychiatrists and a psych nurse. You don’t make me feel like a burden. The first visit was very comfortable. Zero anxiety, a nice change, and very helpful.”


In my practice, I specialize in issues that emerging adults encounter. My patients in their late teens, 20s, 30s, and up, most often seek treatment for anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar, ADHD, alcohol or drugs, and eating disorders.

My private practice is close to the Houston Galleria. For nearly 20 years, I treated college and graduate students at the University of Houston.

A graduate of Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, I trained at Timberlawn Psychiatric Center, a program specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I taught as clinical associate professor at Southwestern, as volunteer faculty of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and at the University of Houston.

I was president of the Houston Psychiatric Society, secretary of the national Mesorah Society, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee to Mental Health Mental Retardation, and president of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity. I earned board certification in general and forensic psychiatry.

Honors include Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, awarded for “truly outstanding physicians who not only have achieved distinction in special areas, but whose depth and scope of knowledge and breadth of skills and interests are recognized and highly respected,” according to the presenters. 

Speaking engagements include the American College Health Association, American College of Forensic Psychiatry, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the citywide vigil for Mental Awareness Week, the Houston Psychological Association, Veterans Administration, NAMI, family groups, attorney conferences, law enforcement, and court managers.

LGBTQ friendly psychiatrist member of GLMA
An LGBTQ friendly physician

I am a participating physician in the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, the official provider for the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and professional artists from around the world.

I’m also part of the College Mental Health Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association.


“Thank you for your help these past two years. I thank you for your kindness, your patience, and overall for your care of me as a patient. I will always remember our sessions as being filled with good humor and openness.”

“I’ve been thinking about the years and I know I’ve said this before, but I am beyond grateful to have you in my life as a physician, a guide, and a counsel. You truly understand me… better than anyone else. Just…. thank you for being you.”

“I love your new office. I feel peaceful here. “

Kenneth S. Arfa, MD PLLC ©2019
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

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