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MEET THE FOUNDERS

  • CECI HUDSON TORN

    CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

  • ROBERT HILLIKER

    CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER - LCSW-S, LCDC

  • WILL DAVIS

    CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

CECI HUDSON TORN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

An exemplary, long-spanning career in mental health and finance has put person-centered-care at the heart of Ceci’s work. She has gathered a wealth of experience at one of the nation’s largest residential summer camps, which provides her with a unique lens to approach treatment in a residential setting. Ceci received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work from The University of Southern California, with a focus on building behavioral health in adolescents and young adults. Since co-founding Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018, Ceci now spends her time providing clinical services and business leadership across all Ethos healing centers as a Licensed Mental Health Professional and Ethos’ Chief Operations Officer. She and her husband Chris are continuing to serve children and families with the launch of Camp OTX in the Texas Hill Country, all while raising 5 children of their own.

ROBERT HILLIKER

CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER - LCSW-S, LCDC

Robert is driven by a deep commitment to serve others and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, and the co-founding of The Lovett Center in 2014 and its parent company Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018.  Throughout his educational and professional careers, Robert has gained valuable experience. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and his education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic. His resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, The Menninger Clinic and The Daring Way LLC, where he worked with Dr. Brené Brown and served as the Chief Clinical Officer. Currently, Robert serves as Ethos Behavioral Health Group’s Chief Clinical Officer and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Robert’s career has been marked by meaningful recognitions. He earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree. In 2019, University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work honored him as a 50 for 50 Alumni for embodying the college’s social justice vision. Robert lives in Houston with his wife, Maria, and their daughters, Anna, Carmela, Mary and Emilia.

WILL DAVIS

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Will’s passion for functional, welcoming spaces to serve a variety of industries led him to a career in commercial real estate spanning over 15 years, parallel to a decade of business development and management. In 2014, he co-founded The Lovett Center with Robert Hilliker, and then went on to co-found Ethos. The driving force behind his professional journey is a passion for connecting people for a shared, greater good. His thoughtful hiring and leadership style has helped build countless strong, creative and united teams that produce positive results.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • CARLA GOMEZ

    DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

  • CYRUS MARTIN

    DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - LMSW, LCDC

  • JORDE MATTHEWS

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR

  • KELSEY SHEPPARD

    POST GRADUATE FELLOW/OPERATIONS TEAM - BS, MSW

  • TIMOTHY LANKAU

    LEGAL COUNSEL - JD

CARLA GOMEZ

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

  • Decade-long career in communications specializing in oversight of communications, social media and/or public relations strategy 
  • Former and current clients range in size from Fortune 50 companies to medium-sized local businesses across the country, spanning behavioral health, hospitality, retail, automobile and oil and gas industries

CYRUS MARTIN

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - LMSW, LCDC

Cyrus is a Licensed Master of Social Work and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston Downtown and later completed his MSW at Our Lady of the Lake. Cyrus was born and raised in Houston, Texas and now serves his community by providing intake services at The Lovett Center. He has been working deep within the community for over 10 years providing outreach, clinical services, and developing therapeutic alliances with community stakeholders. Cyrus’s MSW degree specializes in Hispanic and Latino cultural competence and he prides himself on his relationship building skills with multicultural communities. Working with a wide range of clientele from adolescents to specialized female populations, he has been fortunate to develop a broad clinical reach with family therapy, substance abuse, trauma, grief, and professionals seeking help. Cyrus has experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in tandem with motivational interviewing (MI) approaches to connect with clients. Possessing additional certified skills in cannabis youth treatment (CYT) and seeking safety (SS), Cyrus is equipped with expert knowledge and skills related to evidence based criteria. Working to develop an ecological perspective and treat clients from a holistic approach allows Cyrus to develop meaningful interventions for both people and communities. Dedication and compassion are Cyrus’s two pillars of focus and he thrives on communicating with and helping those in need.

JORDE MATTHEWS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jorde has 20 years experience in graphic design, web design and illustration for local, national and international clients. He has spent the last 5 years creating result-driven graphic and digital assets in the behavioral health industry specifically.

KELSEY SHEPPARD

POST GRADUATE FELLOW/OPERATIONS TEAM - BS, MSW

In many ways, Kelsey has always known that she wanted to be a therapist. She loved talking with people and learning their stories, and many trusted her to hear and hold their troubles. In high school, she fell in love with the brain during an advanced psychology course and eventually found herself at Texas A&M majoring in Psychology, where she worked in an EEG lab conducting studies on racial bias in college students. While pursuing her bachelor’s, Kelsey found that she preferred the client-facing side of psychology, and she went on to earn her master’s in social work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, graduating in August of 2020.   Given that the core values and code of ethics of social work align perfectly with her professional values, Kelsey sees her career as the best choice she has made. As a queer therapist, she specializes in gender, sexuality and related periods of transition, especially within the young adult and adolescent populations. Though she has a psychodynamic background, Kelsey is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her practice is informed by multiple therapeutic approaches, including DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.   Kelsey cherishes the opportunity to interact with clients and be entrusted with their stories, and she aims to impart upon them the tools needed to face the pain they have or continue to experience. She hopes to ensure they are always staying true to themselves, and that the skills and coping mechanisms they develop honor their core beliefs and coincide with their values.   With a passion for process, project management and streamlining best practices for client care, Kelsey also serves in an operational capacity for Ethos Behavioral Health Group. This role allows her to not only help clients, but help those who help clients, and she finds it extremely rewarding to make sure Ethos clinicians have all the resources and tools needed to be successful and feel supported.  

TIMOTHY LANKAU

LEGAL COUNSEL - JD

DIRECTORS

  • ROBERT HILLIKER

    CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER - LCSW-S, LCDC

  • LESLIE DOWNING

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCDC, NCIP, CGRS

  • GREGG WORKMAN

    MEDICAL DIRECTOR

  • DANNY RIEBELING

    FACILITIES DIRECTOR

  • LANCE FEGEN

    CULINARY DIRECTOR

ROBERT HILLIKER

CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER - LCSW-S, LCDC

Robert is driven by a deep commitment to serve others and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, and the co-founding of The Lovett Center in 2014 and its parent company Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018.  Throughout his educational and professional careers, Robert has gained valuable experience. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and his education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic. His resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, The Menninger Clinic and The Daring Way LLC, where he worked with Dr. Brené Brown and served as the Chief Clinical Officer. Currently, Robert serves as Ethos Behavioral Health Group’s Chief Clinical Officer and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Robert’s career has been marked by meaningful recognitions. He earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree. In 2019, University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work honored him as a 50 for 50 Alumni for embodying the college’s social justice vision. Robert lives in Houston with his wife, Maria, and their daughters, Anna, Carmela, Mary and Emilia.

LESLIE DOWNING

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCDC, NCIP, CGRS

Leslie Downing graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Nationally Certified Intervention Professional, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist who has worked in the addiction treatment field for fifteen years. Leslie’s background in operations management, clinical work and business development offer a well-rounded outlook in her Executive Director role. Currently Leslie is working on a Master of Science in Leadership, which is driven by her desire to cultivate and sustain healthy treatment cultures. Leslie believes the best way to ensure employees are providing the best care possible is to provide and encourage a healthy work environment for them. In addition to focusing on culture, Leslie recognizes the importance of developing organizational structure that supports optimal client care and coordination for long-term recovery.

GREGG WORKMAN

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

DANNY RIEBELING

FACILITIES DIRECTOR

Danny learned carpentry from his father at an early age, which eventually led to his expertise in the field. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to construct, remodel, reshape and transform diverse spaces in Houston’s Medical Center, the historic Houston Heights and Round Top. Daniel currently resides at his country place in Fayette County with his wife Andrea and their dog Glory. He is involved with various fundraisers in the Round Top area, among them the Family Library. His many interests include gardening, cooking, music, social gatherings and volunteer work.

LANCE FEGEN

CULINARY DIRECTOR

Lance Fegen is a restaurateur, executive chef, father of two, student of psychology, surfer and adventurer. A self-proclaimed world traveler in search of enlightenment, cuisine and waves, Lance says he has found the secret to a great recipe for life: Balance. Lance is a graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America. After serving as Executive Sous Chef for The Houstonian Hotel, he went on to open Zula restaurant in Downtown Houston and later, Glass Wall in the Heights. As co-owner of F.E.E.D. Texas Restaurant Group, which previously included Liberty Kitchen, BRC Gastropub and Petite Sweets, Lance’s award-winning cuisine has garnered localand national exposure. He values not only the nutritional impact of food, but how it “can and should bring us closer to who we are and who we want to be.” Lance’s approach to balanced, holistic living, 30 years in the hospitality industry and personal experiences in and around recovery have all helped guide him here, to his role at The Prairie.

CLINICAL STAFF

  • BENJAMIN CARNES

    CLINICAL CASE MANAGER - LCDC

  • PHILIP YOUNG

    CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

  • PAUL CALUSCOS

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • JP KENDRICK

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

BENJAMIN CARNES

CLINICAL CASE MANAGER - LCDC

As Clinical Case Manager for Ethos’ The Prairie Recovery Center, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Benjamin Carnes wears many hats. Upon intake, Ben performs a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to understand clients’ unique challenges and strengths. As the patients progress through treatment, Ben works in conjunction with the client and the rest of the treatment team to develop and arrange an individualized treatment and aftercare plan. In between, he meets with clients regularly to ensure they are meeting their treatment objectives and getting what they need from their time at the Prairie.    With more than five years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction, Ben isn’t sure what he would be doing if he wasn’t working in recovery. He is grateful for the opportunity to help clients grow in their pursuit of their most authentic selves. He spent his early years in the field as a member of youth staff at Teen and Family Services and at the Palmer Drug Abuse Program as a counselor intern. Ben then transitioned to an outpatient counselor role at the Phoenix House of Texas and later, a residential counselor on the adolescent unit of Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center.    Ben is now pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Houston-Downtown. He cites his friends, his family, and his wife as his biggest source of inspiration and support in life. For fun, he loves to play video games, play guitar and go fishing when he isn’t helping on the family farm in Caldwell, Texas.  

PHILIP YOUNG

CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

Philip Young works together with his clients to promote healing by providing tools and support and leading them to insight and understanding of themselves, all of which facilitates change. He understands and appreciates the pressures and challenges inherent in the context of today’s achievement and success oriented society. Philip works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. When working with adolescents who are struggling with independence and autonomy, Philip helps them explore and identify their true potential. This work often surrounds addictions and special occasion adoption issues. His work with adult clients facing life’s challenges focuses on relationship with self and others, as well as providing a safe space for accurate reflection.The treatment modalities and interventions he utilizes include: psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure response prevention (ERP), solution focused therapy, and other evidence based practices. His clinical areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, developmental trauma, adoption issues, chemical dependency, stress management, and life transitions. Philip holds both a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. While receiving his MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, Philip developed and facilitated an anger management program implemented at the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. He subsequently received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University after completing two doctoral level clinical practicums, the first being at a spiritually based group private practice called the New Life Institute. Philip then returned to Houston and completed the second of his practicums at Behavior Therapy of Houston which specializes in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. He continues to facilitate its bi-monthly OCD support group. His research interests include, attachment styles, narcissism/masochistic character type, and adoption trauma.

PAUL CALUSCOS

CLINICIAN - LMSW

An alumni of the Ethos Behavioral Health Group internship program and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Paul is a Licensed Master Social Worker who serves clients at Ethos’ The Lovett Center and The Prairie Recovery Center at both the inpatient and outpatient levels, in both group and individual therapy sessions. In his practice, where he specializes in substance use with co-occurring mental health issues, he employs a variety of therapy modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).   Paul works with his clients to help identify unconscious patterns and themes that may be affecting their daily lives and relationships and bring them to the conscious mind, helping them to heal and move forwardpast any recurring thoughts and behaviors causing distress or holding them backtowards increased self-awareness and a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.   Years of experience working with communities affected by addiction and mental health issues sparked Paul’s passion and led him towards a career in behavioral health and substance use treatment. As a GLOBE Fellow with the Global Leaders of Behavioral Health and Education, Paul focused on promoting therapy in diverse communities; with the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, he helped to establish mentoring and counseling programs for immigrant and refugee students in HISD schools; as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist at a local sober living organization, he collaborated with residents to establish wellness and recovery plans; and much more.   In his spare time, Paul especially enjoys networking with resource agencies in the local community, gathering tools to further help his clients and other individuals in-need. This can be financial, medical or even something as simple as transportation; one of the organizations he works with, Free Wheels Houston, donates bikes to diverse populations.   Finally, in addition to his role as a clinician, Paul also serves as a facilitator for all Ethos meetings of the worldwide SMART Recovery program, a no-cost, non-denominational community for all types of recovery that is based in CBT and REBT.  

JP KENDRICK

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

J.P. Kendrick is a Clinical Fellow at The Lovett Center and a Clinician at The Prairie Recovery Center. He works with individuals and couples in order to help them overcome difficulties and empower them to forge a path to recovery. J.P. specializes in working with professionals and other adults and uses an eclectic approach that includes psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, Interpersonal therapy and humanistic/experiential therapy framed with empowerment theory, systems theory and person-centered theory.  Underpinning all of this is his core belief that all people can overcome things which seem insurmountable. He believes they already possess the raw materials to become the versions of themselves that they wish to be and that the path forward can be cleared in the therapeutic space.   J.P. earned his master’s in social work from Baylor with honors and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. His clinical specialties include trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction and professional issues, as well as relationship issues.   J.P. considers the therapeutic relationship sacred and is privileged to help his clients rediscover their power and worthiness by creating and holding a space that is safe and free of the barriers encountered in everyday life. He considers it a great honor to walk alongside other human beings while they become better, more reconciled and more complete versions of themselves.

MEDICAL STAFF

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RECOVERY ADVOCATES AND HOSPITALITY

  • SUMMER STEELE

    RECOVERY SUPPORT SPECIALIST

  • KATHY ZINGELMANN

    HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

SUMMER STEELE

RECOVERY SUPPORT SPECIALIST

KATHY ZINGELMANN

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

Kathy says, “there are no strangers in life, only other family to connect with. If I can make someone smile or be happy, I have done something.” She loves people and feels it is her calling to help others. By way of her previous roles surrounding mental health and retardation, hospitality and retail, she feels that her work has taken her where she is needed most. Kathy’s 5 children and 4 grandchildren are her greatest joy.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • LAURA BOWEN

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MA, LPC-S, MAC

  • ANGELA MCCUTCHEON

    PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

  • PA KELLY

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  • NORA BIGLEY

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

LAURA BOWEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MA, LPC-S, MAC

Laura Bowen has been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 1998, but she has been drawn towards helping people as far back as she can remember. She decided to pursue a career in counseling after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas, Dallas. Says Laura,“I became passionate about the work I was doing when I saw how much people’s lives improved when they found their path.” She subsequently sought further education and obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University. Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Her passion for working in recovery comes from experiencing her own tragic loss, which drove her to develop her skills and training in trauma work and addiction treatment. She believes that this life experience helps her relate to clients on a deeper level. Laura has additional training and experience in Psychodrama, Expressive Art Therapy, and Ego State Therapy, as well as CBT and DBT. She is also a Certified EDMR therapist and an Amen Clinic Affiliate, the latter of which has helped her craft assessment materials to better understand the core issues that clients are experiencing. Laura was born and raised in California but traveled and lived in several countries as her family served in the Foreign Services. While her experience in Mental Health began with her work with adolescents and families, Laura went on to work with all types of populations in her long-spanning career, and she believes that this, combined with her background, enables her to relate to a wide variety of people and cultures. Laura has worked in many different settings; inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment and private practice. She has held positions as Clinical Director, Clinician, Manager and Business Developer in both California and Texas. She enjoys combining her human resource management background with her clinical skill set; this combined with her diverse cultural background opened doors for her to work with executives, athletes, musicians, and performers. Laura uses a client centered multi modal approach in her work with clients. When it comes to leadership, Laura enjoys coaching others in a way that serves them, allowing them to better serve others. To bring it full circle, she believes that through helping others, we gain insight and guidance in our own lives and self work.

ANGELA MCCUTCHEON

PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Angela has worked in the customer service industry for over 25 years and loves helping people. Most recently she worked in a call center for 7 years where she assisted many clients in resolving their issues quickly and efficiently. She provides a wealth of administrative and customer service experience. Her passion is helping others in any way possible. She has received many awards for being the best customer service agent in her past work history. In her role at The Lovett center, she is the first point of contact for new clients and their loved ones. She takes pride in active listening in order to provide the best information and individual treatment planning possible.

PA KELLY

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

P. A. was born and raised in The Bronx, New York and left for California after graduating from high school.  In the Bay Area, she marched in drum and bugle corps winning three national championships.  With that experience, PA was asked to come and teach marching bands in Houston area high schools.  She spent sixteen years teaching visual design resulting in national championships. While she was doing this, she was also working at Compaq Computers as a leader in manufacturing circuit boards and hardware.  She is an artist and passionate about using color in abstract mediums.  PA loves being around other people. She’s committed to dedicating her life to service in the community.

NORA BIGLEY

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Nora graduated from Lonestar Community College with an Associate Of Arts and is continuing her education at the University of Houston Downtown where she will graduate in May with a Bachelors in Science in Interdisciplinary studies. She has recently been accepted into the Texas Teachers Teaching program and aspires to be a teacher as soon as she completes the program. She believes that every child deserves the best education so that they may have a brighter future and reach their goals and expectations in life. In her down time she enjoys cooking , painting, and kayaking in the bays of Galveston.

CLINICAL TEAM

  • ANA LEHRHAUPT

    CLINICIAN - MA, LMSW

  • CASEY CASTEEL

  • CHRISTOPHER ZADDACH

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN, PHD

  • COURTNEY DUNN

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LPC, YOGA THERAPIST

  • DANA LEVY

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • DR. CHAD LEMAIRE

    PSYCHIATRIST - MD, DFAPA

  • ERIKA BRIBIESCA

    CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

  • ERNEST PATTERSON

    CLINICIAN - MS, LCDC

  • JACKIE PERIN

    CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

  • JAKE TOLER

    CLINICIAN, LPC-A

  • JP KENDRICK

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • JULIE CUNNINGHAM

    CLINICIAN - LCSW,LCDC

  • KIM DIBIASE

    CLINICIAN - MA, LMFT

  • LAURA BOWEN

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MA, LPC-S, MAC

  • LAURA CHILDERS

    CLINICIAN - MA, LPC, BCN, QEEG-D

  • LEIGHA ORTEGO

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LCSW

  • MATTHEW BROWNING

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • MELISSA MCDAVID

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LPC, LMFT, LSSP, NCSP

  • MICHAEL LASSOFF

    CLINICIAN - LCSW

  • MOE SCHLACHTER

    DIETITIAN - MS, RD, LD, CDE

  • NEAL SARAHAN

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN

  • PAUL CALUSCOS

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • PAULA PAINE

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • PHILIP YOUNG

    CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

  • REBECCA PEREZ

    CLINICIAN - LPC-I

  • RODDY YOUNG

    CLINICIAN - BS, MSW, LCSW

  • SEVANA MALKASIAN

    CLINICIAN - LCSW

  • SOPHIE FRONK

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • STEPHEN BACHMANN

    POST GRADUATE FELLOW - MBA, MSW

  • SUMMER DANNER

    CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

  • TAD BODEMAN

  • TAYLOR JOHNSON

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LSW

  • TESSA PACK

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - MS, RD, LD

  • VERONICA TURNER

    MASSAGE THERAPIST

  • VERONIQUE VILLANCOURT

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - MA, LCSW

ANA LEHRHAUPT

CLINICIAN - MA, LMSW

Ana is a bilingual psychotherapist who provides individual, couples and family psychotherapy in both Spanish and English. She has extensive experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and adjusting to life transitions. She believes in the importance of identifying the underlying causes of symptoms to bring about lasting change. She is committed to helping her clients while fostering a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.

Ana draws from different therapeutic modalities and includes a culturally aware approach. Her clinical experience as a psychotherapist and her education in psychology, clinical social work and cultural anthropology allows her to adapt her interventions to the particular needs of each person.

Ana has also specialized in helping individuals with the emotional challenges resulting from the immigrant and expatriate experience. She complemented her own experience of living in different countries with a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on migration.

Ana was born in Uruguay and lived in Argentina and France before moving to the US in 2000. In Uruguay she graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Universidad de la República and later completed seven years of postgraduate training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for children and adults. She ran her private practice and taught at the School of Psychology at the Universidad de la República. In Houston she completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Houston, followed by the postgraduate training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, where she is now Adjunct Faculty.

CASEY CASTEEL

With a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in psychology and education and a master’s in professional counseling, Casey enjoys the opportunity to support and empower students by utilizing their strengths to help them achieve academic, social, emotional and organizational success. With over 20 years in the field of education, Casey has served as a learning specialist, school counselor, classroom teacher, enrichment teacher, teacher trainer and administrator. She taught in public, private and charter schools, as well as in special education schools, and she has worked extensively with students struggling with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as students with various learning differences. At an area private school with an international community, Casey provided counseling support for students and families from more than 50 countries.  With a substantial background in the arts, Casey founded and directed an enrichment business that served over sixty Houston-area schools, where she also taught art, dance, drama, creative movement and yoga. Casey has a passion for helping families, supporting educators and educating others. Learning and teaching are two of her favorite things, and she truly enjoys combining them in order to help others achieve success and well-being.

CHRISTOPHER ZADDACH

PART-TIME CLINICIAN, PHD

Dr. Christopher Zaddach is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child/Adolescent and Family track) from Loyola University in Chicago. He completed his APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Depelchin Children’s Center respectively. Prior to this, he completed pre-doctoral training in neuropsychological assessment at the University of Chicago-Pediatric Neuropsychology Service. In the past 10 years, Dr. Zaddach has trained and worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health centers, inpatient settings, and schools, providing direct psychological services to children, adolescents, and emerging adults (ages 18-25). These experiences have allowed him to develop an expertise in using evidence-based therapies for treating anxiety disorders, trauma/stressors-related disorders, and depressive disorders. Dr. Zaddach currently serves as the director of Social and Emotional Development at Crossroads school in Houston, a private academic institution created to address the educational and emotional needs of children with learning differences.

COURTNEY DUNN

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LPC, YOGA THERAPIST

Courtney is aware that the stress of dealing with difficult life situations can manifest itself in maladaptive coping behaviors, depression, and anxiety. This can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves, others, and the world around us. She believes that through awareness, self-compassion, and getting in touch with our true selves, we can discover that we already possess all the resources to finding peace. Courtney strives to provide holistic therapy in a safe environment through guiding clients in uniting the mind and the body and helping them find the serenity to live life to the fullest. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, working with those suffering from self harm behaviors, personality disorders, panic, anxiety, depression, negative body image, and eating disorders. Courtney has a passion for helping young adults and teens transition into adulthood. She is a yoga therapist providing individual and group yoga therapy, and yoga prescriptions which are helpful in addressing the physical conditions associated with the specific healing needs of each client. Courtney graduated in 2012 from Saint Edward’s University in Austin Texas as a Master in Counseling. She has gained experience in working with clients at Austin State Hospital, Ann Richard’s School for Young Women Leader’s, and private practice. Courtney attended the Ghosh Yoga College of India in 2017 where she received a certificate in yoga therapy, as well as completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Aura Wellness the same year. In addition, Courtney teaches yoga for the non-profit Pure Action. Her history includes teaching yoga for Big Brother Big Sister of America, residential drug rehabilitation centers, Phoenix House, and a special class for teens in recovery.

DANA LEVY

CLINICIAN - LMSW

Dana is a Licensed Master Social Worker who provides psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and families. She is passionate about creating a safe space for clients to explore and discuss challenges in their lives. Dana approaches each client by meeting them where they are in order to help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their strengths and their true potential. Dana has experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, mood disorders, life transitions, grief, relationship distress and trauma. She utilizes various treatment modalities including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and person centered therapy in order to meet each client's unique needs. Dana graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Indiana University in 2012. She recently completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Dana completed training as a Clinical Social Work Intern at The Lovett Center, providing reduced fee psychotherapy services. She also has prior experience in school settings utilizing play and talk therapy with elementary and high school age students. Dana is currently completing a clinical fellowship at The Lovett Center to further her training as a psychotherapist.

DR. CHAD LEMAIRE

PSYCHIATRIST - MD, DFAPA

Dr. Lemaire is a psychiatrist with over a decade of experience who is passionate about treating people with diverse needs in a compassionate and holistic way.  He employs a biopsychosocial approach, incorporating existential and spiritual components as desired by the person seeking help.  He believes in involving his patients in collaborative treatment decisions.  The richness of working with people wanting to improve their lives is very rewarding and fulfilling to Dr. Lemaire.  One of the many reasons Dr. Lemaire felt psychiatry was a calling is his belief that the shared human experience is such a large part of working with people who seek mental health care.  He feels that making a deep connection with someone in a trusting environment has the power to heal.  Dr. Lemaire strives to treat others as he would want his own loved ones to be treated. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Lemaire worked as a nurse.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors and was Outstanding Graduate of the College of Nursing.  While working as a pediatric nurse with a focus in oncology, he was inspired to go to medical school.  He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he graduated in 2006 with Highest Honors, ranked #1 in his class, and was given the Eugen Kahn Award for Excellence in Psychiatry.  He then completed a psychiatry residency at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, where he was named Outstanding Resident of his graduating class. Dr. Lemaire has worked in various clinical and leadership roles. He has also done advocacy work around mental health and other issues that are important to him.  Dr. Lemaire served as President of the Houston Psychiatric Society in 2017-18 and has served as a Board Member for the Network of Behavioral Health Providers and Doctors for Change, respectively.  He has authored or co-authored over 40 peer reviewed journal articles in mental health, and he authored a book chapter on grief and resilience.  Dr. Lemaire is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Houston Psychiatric Society, the Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society.

ERIKA BRIBIESCA

CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

Erika Bribiesca is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who believes in creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where individuals can work towards their treatment goals. She considers trust to be an essential part of her work with individual clients, couples, and families. Her training in school settings, agencies, and intensive outpatient programs has inspired her to specialize in working with adolescents as well as young adults. Her clinical interests include treating self-harm behaviors, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. Erika utilizes an integrative theoretical approach grounded in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. She invites the exploration of cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences to assist individuals in embracing their authenticity. Erika believes in empowering her clients to develop the tools necessary to implement and maintain restorative change. She cherishes assisting individuals in practicing the skills necessary to cultivate hope, find purpose, and nurture meaningful connections. Erika graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. Her aspiration is to gain further education and training on utilizing body-centered approaches to facilitate healing. Erika’s bicultural identity has led her to develop a passion for supporting clients in navigating multicultural issues. She is an advocate for equitable access to mental health care services.

ERNEST PATTERSON

CLINICIAN - MS, LCDC

In addition to being a Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor (LCDC), Ernest received both his undergraduate degree in Business Management and his master's degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Ernest has worked in the field of Addiction for about 19 years. Working with individuals who struggle with the disease of Addiction and their family members. In 2012, Ernest was awarded The Houston Chapter TAAP counselor of the Year award and in 2015, Ernest was awarded the Elves Smith Counselor of the Year award of Texas. Through the provision of education, relapse prevention, intervention and hands on treatment, and through teams of professionals in the clinical field, community and volunteer opportunities, Ernest has helped design proven treatment programs with successful results. Ernest also belongs to an amazing men’s organization, The Mankind Project (MKP), that helps men become the best they can be. Ernest's role in the organization is a Full Leader. As a Full Leader, Ernest help create space for men to transform their lives and find their gold within. Lastly, sports have been a huge part of Ernest’s life as a child and as an adult. Because of the great passion Ernest had for basketball, he accepted a full scholarship to New Mexico State University. After college, Ernest was blessed to be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) by the Chicago Bulls in 1983. Eventually, Ernest played professional basketball in Brazil for 13 years. While living in Brazil, Ernest learned how to speak Portuguese.

JACKIE PERIN

CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

Jackie Perin holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, and is a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern at The Lovett Center. She works with adults, couples, families and facilitates process group(s) for the Pathos Professional Intensive Outpatient Program. Jackie has always been drawn to helping people in need, both physically and psychologically. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and an Associate in Nursing from San Jacinto College. Jackie became a registered nurse in 1992 and spent over twenty years focusing on patients with chronic cardiovascular diseases. During this time, she spent a decade at Johnson & Johnson working on clinical trials with adult derived stem cells for the treatment of end stage congestive heart failure. In addition, she worked with several biotechnology companies that were utilizing various stem cell types for the treatment of heart disease and orthopedic injuries. Through this work she became acutely aware of the mental health issues facing those with chronic illness which prompted her to seek additional training in counseling. Jackie came to The Lovett Center as a student intern and stayed on after graduation to continue working with a vast array of clients. Jackie’s philosophy is that clients need unconditional positive regard in order to develop trust and as a result she works to create a strong therapeutic alliance. She aims to meet clients where they are when they seek treatment and utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches that help to relieve their distress and create more adaptive thinking and coping skills. She is especially interested in psychodynamic approaches and will begin a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in August of 2020.  

JAKE TOLER

CLINICIAN, LPC-A

Jake Toler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston. He worked as a professional photographer before deciding to make a service-oriented career change. In that pursuit he received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in 2019. Jake believes in every person’s ability to heal, grow, and become more grounded and aware of one’s self in present moment. He offers a holistic approach to therapy by taking into account each client’s mind, body, and spiritual needs. Utilizing a mindful, client-centered approach to therapy, he has a focus in trauma and grief, including illness, aging, and end of life. Jake enjoys engaging with clients in a collaborative and supportive way, helping them remember their innate wisdom and inherent worth. He is currently providing support for adults and adolescents as young as 13 years of age.

JP KENDRICK

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

J.P. Kendrick is a Clinical Fellow at The Lovett Center and a Clinician at The Prairie Recovery Center. He works with individuals and couples in order to help them overcome difficulties and empower them to forge a path to recovery. J.P. specializes in working with professionals and other adults and uses an eclectic approach that includes psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, Interpersonal therapy and humanistic/experiential therapy framed with empowerment theory, systems theory and person-centered theory.  Underpinning all of this is his core belief that all people can overcome things which seem insurmountable. He believes they already possess the raw materials to become the versions of themselves that they wish to be and that the path forward can be cleared in the therapeutic space.   J.P. earned his master’s in social work from Baylor with honors and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. His clinical specialties include trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction and professional issues, as well as relationship issues.   J.P. considers the therapeutic relationship sacred and is privileged to help his clients rediscover their power and worthiness by creating and holding a space that is safe and free of the barriers encountered in everyday life. He considers it a great honor to walk alongside other human beings while they become better, more reconciled and more complete versions of themselves.

JULIE CUNNINGHAM

CLINICIAN - LCSW,LCDC

Julie is a long-time veteran in the behavioral and mental health professional community. It is her mission to change the way we view relationships and how we treat the individuals who are affected by addiction and mental health issues. For over 25 years, Julie has been helping individuals, couples, and families who are interested in creating lasting positive change. Julie uses a combination of evidence-based approaches which are client-centered. Drawing on her rich body of experience, Julie is able to connect with and create authentic relationships with her clients. Additionally, Julie is a Level 3 trained Gottman Method couples therapist. Valuing and supporting diversity allows Julie to work with a wide range of couples and partners from all walks of life. By engaging couples in a unique way, Julie is able to cultivate a deep understanding of partnership systems and work to effectively improve contact, communication, understanding, and intimacy. Julie believes that each person and family system is unique with their own set of challenges and strengths, which can both complicate and enhance the paths to healing and recovery. She knows that healing and recovery are possible for anyone who is suffering and will not give up until a successful path is found for her clients. Julie graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She also has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked extensively with people who are struggling with addiction and who are dealing with childhood trauma and/or mental illness. In her free time Julie enjoys spoiling her two dogs and two accidental cats, painting, tinkering and belly laughing with the people in her life who get her.

KIM DIBIASE

CLINICIAN - MA, LMFT

Kimberly DiBiase is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist serving individuals, couples, and families. Kimberly has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice, inpatient hospitals, hospice, residential treatment centers, and intensive outpatient programs. Additionally, she is experienced in working with a wide range of ages, from early childhood to late life. Kimberly specializes in addiction, eating disorders, interpersonal relationship issues, women’s issues, grief, anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, and life transitions. She draws upon numerous therapeutic techniques, including Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Kimberly has a passion for the healing power of therapeutic treatment. She considers it an honor to accompany her clients as they walk through their individual journeys of healing and wholeness. It is Kimberly’s mission to create a safe environment in which her clients can experience non-judgment, care, compassion, and connection. It is her greatest hope and privilege to watch her clients embrace their most authentic selves and find meaning and purpose in their lives and relationships.Kimberly graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She pursued her graduate degree from the University of the Rockies and earned a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2012. She is currently working on a Masters degree in Theological Studies through Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, with the intention of integrating spiritual and psychological disciplines in therapeutic practice.

LAURA BOWEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - MA, LPC-S, MAC

Laura Bowen has been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 1998, but she has been drawn towards helping people as far back as she can remember. She decided to pursue a career in counseling after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas, Dallas. Says Laura,“I became passionate about the work I was doing when I saw how much people’s lives improved when they found their path.” She subsequently sought further education and obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University. Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Her passion for working in recovery comes from experiencing her own tragic loss, which drove her to develop her skills and training in trauma work and addiction treatment. She believes that this life experience helps her relate to clients on a deeper level. Laura has additional training and experience in Psychodrama, Expressive Art Therapy, and Ego State Therapy, as well as CBT and DBT. She is also a Certified EDMR therapist and an Amen Clinic Affiliate, the latter of which has helped her craft assessment materials to better understand the core issues that clients are experiencing. Laura was born and raised in California but traveled and lived in several countries as her family served in the Foreign Services. While her experience in Mental Health began with her work with adolescents and families, Laura went on to work with all types of populations in her long-spanning career, and she believes that this, combined with her background, enables her to relate to a wide variety of people and cultures. Laura has worked in many different settings; inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment and private practice. She has held positions as Clinical Director, Clinician, Manager and Business Developer in both California and Texas. She enjoys combining her human resource management background with her clinical skill set; this combined with her diverse cultural background opened doors for her to work with executives, athletes, musicians, and performers. Laura uses a client centered multi modal approach in her work with clients. When it comes to leadership, Laura enjoys coaching others in a way that serves them, allowing them to better serve others. To bring it full circle, she believes that through helping others, we gain insight and guidance in our own lives and self work.

LAURA CHILDERS

CLINICIAN - MA, LPC, BCN, QEEG-D

Laura Childers is a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in qEEG, also referred to as “brain mapping” and Neurotherapy.  Prior to her involvement with Neurofeedback, Laura focused on helping individuals dealing with trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression. When she discovered Neurotherapy and qEEG, her view of these and related disorders evolved. Laura’s practice is now more holistic, centered on healing both mind and body. Laura has been trained by various experts in the field of Neurofeedback and qEEG and travels regularly to conferences and seminars to keep her knowledge on the cutting-edge. She is a member of the Applied Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and The International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) professional organizations,  earned her Board Certification in Neurofeedback and has attained the level of Diplomat in qEEG technologies (QEEG-D).   Many of Laura’s clients have gone through multiple other professionals and treatment programs looking to resolve their medical/mental health issues, without finding the relief they are seeking. By mapping the brain, she uses her knowledge of its structure and function, as well as her understanding of brain waves and neurophysiology during neurofeedback sessions to discover solutions to their symptoms. Her work is holistic, taking into account mind, body, habits and relationships. For this reason, recommendations for medical testing such as sleep studies, nutritional evaluations and referral to an internist, endocrinologist or neurologist may be given based on the results of a client’s qEEG. To help direct clients to the appropriate specialists, Laura has enrolled in Neurophysiology coursework. She believes that in order to accomplish healing, it is vital to work towards discovering the root cause(s) of an issue, and she often collaborates with other professionals in her attempt to help clients find answers and relief.  Laura is  passionate about the work she does in this field and is honored to take part in healing the brains of those with trauma, OCD, anxiety, addictions, attention issues, autism, traumatic brain injury, sleep disorders, depression and numerous other issues, including the use of qEEG to suggest medication recommendations. At home, she has three beautiful children, and she is continually grateful for the gift of family. She also values close friendships in her community, as well as professional relationships in her field. Laura is thoughtful and intuitive with her family, friends and clients. She enjoys nature, is active in prayer groups and believes in keeping her own body and mind healthy, as she teaches her clients.  

LEIGHA ORTEGO

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LCSW

Leigha Ortego is a Lisenced Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for helping individuals who want support in replacing maladaptive behaviors with more positive coping skills through evidence-based therapeutic interventions. She utilizes an eclectic combination of treatment models based on each client’s specific needs and goals. Some of the treatment modalities she utilizes include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sensory integration, mindfulness and grounding interventions, play therapy, and art therapy. She has worked with clients diagnosed with depression, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, borderline features, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma. Leigha is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and in utilizing the Collaborative Problem Solving approach with clients. The majority of Leigha’s professional experience has been in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families in various settings. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Texas in 2010 and spent the following three and a half years working with families involved in the Texas foster care system. It was in this role that she began targeting her interest in trauma informed care and actually developed and led a foster and adoptive parent training based on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s research. Leigha also spent time working as a counselor at an elementary school and has led therapy groups with children living in a shelter for domestic violence victims. Before deciding to practice independently, Leigha worked with a non-profit organization that provided preventative services to families with children who were at risk of being removed from their homes. She spent one year providing intensive in home therapy to families of youth with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs and then spent another year working in the organization’s residential treatment center for adolescent girls. This accumulation of experience has given Leigha a great understanding of the impact systems play in treatment and the importance of engaging clients in the therapeutic process.
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MATTHEW BROWNING

CLINICIAN - LMSW

Matthew completed his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston in 2017. And before that, he earned his Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology at Texas State University in San Marcos in 2012. Matthew started his career in 2013 at The Mental Health Co-op where he worked primarily with young adults who struggle with transitioning into independence from the family. He directed a program designed to help young adults work together to foster interdependence, teamwork and self-reliance. In addition to that, Matthew gained a wealth of experience working with individuals and families living with schizophrenia and related psychotic illnesses. He is a certified Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) coach and at the Co-op he directed CET groups to cultivate neuroplasticity, social cognition, and problem solving with others. Matthew approaches therapy organically and eclectically. He often uses modalities such as psychodynamic therapy, CBT, reality therapy, Frankl’s logotherapy, mindfulness, self-compassion, and Gestalt therapy among others to help his clients in the individual, group, couple, and family setting. Matthew believes people are designed for social and intimate relationships. Therefore, he believes developing and healing relationships is paramount for the recovery process with his clients. He has a light and warm-hearted demeanor and dedicated to every client he works with. He is an ally and provides a very welcoming and safe environment for all members of the LGBT+ community. Matthew is passionate about working with clients who have schizophrenia and related illnesses, behavioral health issues, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, lifelong struggles with relationships, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Matthew sets the daily intention to gently help his clients replace their fears with faith and to help them find their path to choosing acceptance and peace as the antidote to suffering.

MELISSA MCDAVID

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LPC, LMFT, LSSP, NCSP

Melissa McDavid is a LMFT, LPC, LSSP, NCSP specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy in part-time private practice in Houston, Texas at the Lovett Center. She also works as a Student Support Counselor in Pearland ISD in Pearland, TX. With over 17 years of experience, Melissa has trained and worked in diverse settings such as community mental health, CPS and Adult/Juvenile probation, schools, and private practice. She has worked with individuals of all ages providing therapy as well as psychological and psycho-educational assessments. In addition to being a therapist and specialist in school psychology, Melissa has also presented on various topics involving parenting, emotional-behavioral issues (anxiety, depression), Autism, and bereavement to the communities that she has served. Melissa integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth that they are committed to accomplishing. Areas of expertise include Marriage and Family Therapy, Systems Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Assessment of Specific Learning Disability, ADHD, Autism, and Emotional Disturbance (Melissa is not presently providing assessment as a service. She will provide client’s ideas regarding supports for individual(s) with a disability), Educational Consultation, and Pre-Marital Screening. Melissa received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2000. She is an active member in the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (HAMFT) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Melissa is trained in a variety of therapy modalities and is currently training in the area of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Melissa constantly seeks learning opportunities to better assist the clients and populations she serves. Melissa accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and also provides services on a sliding scale to individuals that qualify.

MICHAEL LASSOFF

CLINICIAN - LCSW

My name is Michael Lassoff, LMSW, and I look forward to working with you. I have a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. My training includes work ingerontology, including offering therapy to homebound seniors. I also trained with a team of bereavement specialists and helped plan funeral services for Harris County’s indigent population. Most recently, I have worked as a counselor at the Houston OCD Program where I have been part of a treatment team that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat depression, anxiety and anxiety related disorders. The guiding principles of my therapeutic work are that human existence is fundamentally good and that our possibilities are infinite. It is our potential to have fulfilling and meaningful lives, expressed through our love and our work. Therapy supports individuals realizing this potential. Therapy is effective at alleviating acute stress, anxiety and depression and in turn finding meaning in the difficulties and struggles of life. All pains are growing pains. My goal is to help you live a life with greater calm and acceptance, greater resilience in the face of difficulties, a greater sense of energy, effectiveness and elegance in living, an enhanced sense of choice and satisfaction, and improved intimacy with loved ones and friends.I am also training in alternative, wholistic therapies integrating mindfulness, psychodynamic theory and the body.

MOE SCHLACHTER

DIETITIAN - MS, RD, LD, CDE

Moe is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who has provided exceptional client centered nutrition care in Houston since 2012. He earned a Master (MS) of Nutrition degree at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. Moe utilizes Medical Nutrition Therapy and evidenced based counseling techniques to both help clients of all ages maximize nutrition related quality of life and enhance health-associated behaviors. He creates a judgement-free zone in which his clients can explore their goals and set real progress in motion. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Moe tailors his therapeutic approach to each client’s needs, learning style and communication preferences. His experience is comprehensive and includes diabetes management, eating disorder treatment, weight management, GI, cardiovascular disease, pediatric nutrition, and enteral & parenteral nutrition support. Beyond his work with clients, Moe is an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at San Jacinto College, a position he’s held since 2014. Moe is also a frequent contributor in the media including monthly cooking spots on CBS television in Beaumont and as guest nutrition correspondent on ESPN Radio. Moe served as President of the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was nationally recognized as Texas’ Young Dietitian of the Year in 2015.
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NEAL SARAHAN

PART-TIME CLINICIAN

Neal Sarahan has participated as a builder of healthy learning communities for his entire life! One of ten children, he was born to learn to connect. With two sisters who had severe neurological and physical difficulties, he and the rest of his siblings all learned and taught belonging and connecting. In college, Neal obtained a BA in Urban Government at Georgetown University and went on to represent the nation’s cities at the US Conference of Mayors as an urban lobbyist. He also served as the City Liaison to the Federal Energy Office in its infancy. While respecting the intricacies of public policy, Neal ultimately learned that top-down community building was not the path that he was destined to follow. After burning up with “Washington fever”, Neal rekindled his passion for developmental psychology and inclusive progressive education. He earned an MA in Early Childhood at Antioch University and a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology at Union Institute. While mastering the art and science of education for nearly 40 years, he sponsored and oversaw a startup of residential communities for individuals with developmental disabilities, been program director for a developmental adventure playground, served as program director for a school for individuals with neurological differences, launched school based businesses, and initiated and operated transition living programs. He is co-creator of developmental methodologies for moving individuals along a developmental growth path. These methodologies are now used internationally to train teachers, orient curriculum, and empower learners, especially those typically excluded from effective and meaningful contribution. Neal was the first Executive Director of the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences. He is a Board member of NAMI Greater Houston, the Isensee Foundation for Safe Police Response, and an organizer and member of the Houston Heifer International Volunteers. He is an active Cosanti Foundation alumnus. He has been a faculty member at Antioch University, and is a current Associate of the TAOS Institute. He has been a contributor to Reclaiming Youth and ADDitude journals, and is a frequent presenter on issues of neurological differences, executive functions and relationship development. Common to these many associations is Neal’s yearning, commitment, passion and talent for building and nurturing communities. Neal pursues this work creating new possibilities through his partnership with Dr. Tara Devine of Integral Flow. Neal is an integral part of his family – his wife, two sons, daughter and a granddaughter — and celebrates wonderful connections through his brothers and sisters, colleagues and friends.
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PAUL CALUSCOS

CLINICIAN - LMSW

An alumni of the Ethos Behavioral Health Group internship program and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Paul is a Licensed Master Social Worker who serves clients at Ethos’ The Lovett Center and The Prairie Recovery Center at both the inpatient and outpatient levels, in both group and individual therapy sessions. In his practice, where he specializes in substance use with co-occurring mental health issues, he employs a variety of therapy modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).   Paul works with his clients to help identify unconscious patterns and themes that may be affecting their daily lives and relationships and bring them to the conscious mind, helping them to heal and move forwardpast any recurring thoughts and behaviors causing distress or holding them backtowards increased self-awareness and a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.   Years of experience working with communities affected by addiction and mental health issues sparked Paul’s passion and led him towards a career in behavioral health and substance use treatment. As a GLOBE Fellow with the Global Leaders of Behavioral Health and Education, Paul focused on promoting therapy in diverse communities; with the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, he helped to establish mentoring and counseling programs for immigrant and refugee students in HISD schools; as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist at a local sober living organization, he collaborated with residents to establish wellness and recovery plans; and much more.   In his spare time, Paul especially enjoys networking with resource agencies in the local community, gathering tools to further help his clients and other individuals in-need. This can be financial, medical or even something as simple as transportation; one of the organizations he works with, Free Wheels Houston, donates bikes to diverse populations.   Finally, in addition to his role as a clinician, Paul also serves as a facilitator for all Ethos meetings of the worldwide SMART Recovery program, a no-cost, non-denominational community for all types of recovery that is based in CBT and REBT.  

PAULA PAINE

CLINICIAN - LMSW

Paula R. Paine is a Licensed Master of Social Work serving individuals, couples, and families. Paula specializes in working with clients experiencing interpersonal issues, trauma resolution, life transitions, grief, anxiety, and depression. She draws upon numerous therapeutic techniques including Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Paula has a passion for the healing power of therapeutic treatment and considers it an honor to accompany her clients as they walk through their individual journeys of healing and wholeness. It is Paula’s mission to create a safe environment in which her clients can experience non-judgmental care, compassion, and connection. It is also her greatest hope and privilege to watch her clients as they undertake the process of finding meaning and purpose in their lives and relationships. Paula received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her husband have been married for 29 years and have raised three children together. Paula found inspiration to begin her counseling career by leading and working with adolescents in her church.

PHILIP YOUNG

CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

Philip Young works together with his clients to promote healing by providing tools and support and leading them to insight and understanding of themselves, all of which facilitates change. He understands and appreciates the pressures and challenges inherent in the context of today’s achievement and success oriented society. Philip works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. When working with adolescents who are struggling with independence and autonomy, Philip helps them explore and identify their true potential. This work often surrounds addictions and special occasion adoption issues. His work with adult clients facing life’s challenges focuses on relationship with self and others, as well as providing a safe space for accurate reflection.The treatment modalities and interventions he utilizes include: psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure response prevention (ERP), solution focused therapy, and other evidence based practices. His clinical areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, developmental trauma, adoption issues, chemical dependency, stress management, and life transitions. Philip holds both a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. While receiving his MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, Philip developed and facilitated an anger management program implemented at the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. He subsequently received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University after completing two doctoral level clinical practicums, the first being at a spiritually based group private practice called the New Life Institute. Philip then returned to Houston and completed the second of his practicums at Behavior Therapy of Houston which specializes in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. He continues to facilitate its bi-monthly OCD support group. His research interests include, attachment styles, narcissism/masochistic character type, and adoption trauma.

REBECCA PEREZ

CLINICIAN - LPC-I

Rebecca received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1995. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the Intensive Outpatient Program and is working as a Trauma Specialist. Rebecca is supervised by Laura Bowen and Dr. Felicia Powell-Williams. She focuses on the healing of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma stemming from a single traumatic event to chronic or complex trauma extending over a significant period of time. Rebecca has worked with veterans who are experiencing PTSD. After a traumatic event it is common to think what happened is your fault or that the world is a dangerous place. Trauma can leave you feeling on edge, anxious, depressed, have trouble sleeping or you may have random panic attacks. People who experience trauma may form maladaptive coping behaviors such as substance abuse to lessen the effects of upsetting memories. You can recover from these debilitating symptoms. If you feel paralyzed and you no longer recognize the person you have become, there is freedom from the pain. Rebecca has a passion for assisting others to heal and explore the challenges they face in their daily lives. She creates a safe space, where clients can work through the trauma and how it affects their interpersonal relations. Beliefs about ourselves stemming from these events can have an enormous effect on how well we function. Rebecca helps her clients change the narrative resulting in improved lives and hope for the future. She utilizes (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as a trainee, and other evidence based therapies including Psychodynamic Therapy, and (CPT) Cognitive Processing Therapy to bring clients to a place of healing.

RODDY YOUNG

CLINICIAN - BS, MSW, LCSW

Roddy Young received his Bachelor of Science in Social Science and Psychology in 1998 and went on to receive his Master of Social Work in Children and Families and Mental Health Issues in 2002, both from the University of Houston. Roddy is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and has been providing counseling to individuals and couples in medical and private practice settings for 18 years. Through Imago, Roddy’s goal is to help couples discover why they are drawn to each other, what is causing the conflict in their relationship and how they can turn this conflict into connection. With the answers to these questions in hand, couples learn to experience each other and their relationship in a new way, allowing them to focus on reconnection and growth. The term Imago is Latin for “image,” and refers to the unconscious image of familiar love. It’s based on years of clinical practice and research compiled by Harville Hendrix, PhD and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Simply put, Hendrix and Hunt propose that there is a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. These issues can overshadow all that is good in the relationship, leaving one to wonder if they have chosen the right mate. By way of individual counseling, Roddy hopes to help clients uncover their true potential and lead the life that they’ve always wanted. In pursuit of this effort, he aims to guide clients through the realization of long-standing patterns of behavior and/or negative perceptions that may be holding them back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Imago relates to individual therapy as well in that it allows one to seek significant change and healing by looking at all the relationships surrounding them, i.e. with themself, their family, friends, money, work, food, sex, and much more. Exploring and understanding how one relates to these aspects of their life can lead to significant insights and growth. In his free time, Roddy enjoys spending time with family and friends and being at home with his partner/husband of 38 years and their Labrador Retrievers, Power, Jr. and Daisy.

SEVANA MALKASIAN

CLINICIAN - LCSW

Sevana’s specialties include mood disorders, substance abuse, relapse prevention, and shame resiliency. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of professionals struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues or both.Through the exploration of topics like vulnerability, empathy, self-compassion and courage, she hopes to help clients attain their goals. Further, she hopes to cultivate a therapeutic relationship of trust and safety that encourages vulnerability to heal, grow and recover.In her free time, Sevana enjoys spending quality time with her cat, reading psychological thrillers, or practicing her culinary skills.

SOPHIE FRONK

CLINICIAN - LMSW

Sophie has vast experience working with children and adolescents from various backgrounds. Her journey began as a Mental Health Associate at The Menninger Clinic, and she then transitioned to becoming the first Wellness Counselor at Memorial High School. There, she helped establish their wellness counseling program with Communities in Schools of Houston. Sophie brings her great passion for working with children, adolescents and families into to her interactive therapeutic approach. She works to create a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment to help clients realize their potential, their strengths and their courage in overcoming life’s struggles. She believes everyone has the power to succeed in healing from their trauma and provides the tools to implement that healing. She supports the her clients' process of find their authentic selves and feeling whole and complete again while utilizing coping mechanisms to handle any struggles that may arise. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, watching food network cooking shows and the Hallmark channel, and playing with her rescue dog, Gravy.

STEPHEN BACHMANN

POST GRADUATE FELLOW - MBA, MSW

Stephen is a Clinical Fellow at The Lovett Center, an alumni of the Ethos Training Institute, and a member of the admissions and operations team at The Lovett Center. Stephen works closely with Ethos BHG's stakeholders, the community-at-large, and our regional partners to facilitate the admission of patients who are seeking respite from mental health and/or substance use disorders for the beginning of their recovery journey. Stephen builds upon his experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention to bring compassion and empathy to those who are suffering and in need of extra support. Stephen graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Economics. Stephen briefly worked in oil and gas before finding his true passion of helping others and making a positive impact on the community. Stephen graduated from the University of Houston with a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work (MBA/MSW) degrees in 2020. Please contact me if you are needing to find help for yourself or a loved one.

SUMMER DANNER

CLINICIAN - MA, LPC ASSOCIATE

Summer provides a confidential space where her patients can openly share about their experiences and challenges. Often her work involves helping her patients to identify recurring themes and patterns that may be causing them distress or getting in the way of the lives they want to lead. Others may desire to develop skills to tolerate a broader range of emotions and explore how to live in alignment with their values. Summer works collaboratively with her patients as they integrate their past and present into a more coherent narrative and find pathways forward. Her hopes are that her patients are able to experience increased self-awareness, more resilience when faced with difficulties, and a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
Summer draws from her training in a variety of modalities including psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions, and other evidenced-based practices. Her clinical interests include trauma, adjustment concerns, grief and loss, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality concerns and relationship issues. She works primarily with adults and has a special interest in working with military, veterans, first-responders, and other professionals in high-pressure occupations.
Summer has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience within multiple settings including inpatient and outpatient care where she provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked on both the clinical and business ends of mental health care. Currently, she provides clinical services at The Lovett Center and business development at Ethos Behavioral Health Group.

TAD BODEMAN

Tad’s clinical focus is serving both couples and individuals struggling with trauma, troubles of the heart, and easing human sadness while fostering joy, peace, and deepening communication skills and intimacy. Tad combines a welcoming countenance and client acceptance to create a safe place to develop awareness, forgiveness, trust, and healing. With a collaborative, conversational style, Tad blends the most current research and established, proven therapeutic protocols with the uniqueness of each individual for an experience focused on your personal needs and goals. He has over 36 years of combined clinical and executive-level business experience and is clinically trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, The Gottman Method, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and clinical social work. Tad is a fellow at The Lovett Center and helped to found ‘A Future and a Hope Ministries’, a local non-profit to provide affordable, faith-based mental health services to the community. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and is committed to pursuing continuous education. He is currently in the process of completing a two-year post-graduate psychodynamic psychotherapy training program with the Houston Center for Psychodynamic Studies.Tad and his wife have been married for more than 35 years. He is the father of an adult daughter and son, and godfather to two little boys. Tad has lived and worked in the Houston area for over 25 years.

TAYLOR JOHNSON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LSW

Taylor specializes in co-occurring mental health and substance use issues; she has worked with clients in various stages of recovery from alcohol use and other drugs. Likewise, she is experienced in connecting with young and emerging adults facing depression, anxiety and related issues. As an adoptee, she finds it extremely gratifying to work with children and families of adoption.Taylor meets her clients with compassion, humor, and candor as she supports them in their journeys toward health, happiness, and well-being.In her free time, she loves to paint, read, travel, and get active outdoors in any way possible.

TESSA PACK

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - MS, RD, LD

Tessa Pack is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who provides nutrition counseling through an empathetic lens and will not put you on a “diet”. She has a passion for helping people improve their relationship with food, thus enhancing their health and providing long-lasting results. She specializes in treating eating disorders and disordered eating patterns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, and everything in between. After completing her degree in nutrition as well as her dietetic internship at the University of Houston, she began her career with clinical experience at St. Luke’s Hospital. Soon thereafter she transitioned to The Menninger Clinic, which allowed her to gain the experience needed to weave a mental health component into her nutrition practice. For the past five years, she has counseled individuals and led numerous groups focusing on eating disorders at The Healthy Weigh. In 2016, she completed her Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Texas Woman’s University. Tessa is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Houston Eating Disorder Specialists. Her goal is to guide individuals on their own personal journey to peace and harmony with food, their body, and their health.

VERONICA TURNER

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Veronica has been practicing and teaching massage therapy for over 19 years. In addition to her education in massotherapy bodywork, in1994, she graduated from Texas Southern University earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Airway Science Management. It was during her 15 years within the airline industry that she realized just how much stress affects one’s ability to focus, sleep, and physically heal from soft tissue injuries. It was at that pivotal moment of her career that she decided to take her management and people skills to the next level; she sought her professional bodywork licenses in 2001 and 2011. From the years of 2010-2016, Veronica took her business and practical massage therapy experience back the classroom as an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College System, Texas Center for Massage, and HFE Massotherapy School. In addition, Veronica has assisted and partnered with an array of personal clients, oil and gas employees, professional athletes, and several notable chiropractors with her proven ability to manage and reduce pain. Lastly, as Veronica believes in the highest level of customer service, attention to detail, and care, she incorporates natural products and quality treatments such as warm stones and aromatherapy during each session.

VERONIQUE VILLANCOURT

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - MA, LCSW

I am a graduate of Vassar College with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. After graduation, I taught elementary school for HISD. Teaching led me to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Houston, with a focus in clinical social work with children and families. I completed two internships: one as a school social worker for HISD, and one as an outpatient psychotherapist at Depelchin Children’s Center. In both settings I worked with children, adolescents, adults and families. After graduating with my Masters Degree I worked in variety of settings. I worked as a psychotherapist at Cypress Creek Psychiatric Hospital, Sharpstown Hospital, Twelve Oaks Hospital and Park Plaza Hospital providing care to clients of varying ages and varying diagnoses. I spent 5 years at Texas Children’s Hospital, providing emotional support and crisis counseling to children, adolescents and their families. I worked with a variety of patients and families facing medical problems including Cystic Fibrosis and Eating Disorders. I also gained experience working with victims of physical and sexual abuse. During that time I was trained and certified in family mediation, through the University of Houston. I completed extensive training and became certified as a grief and bereavement counselor and volunteer at Bo’s Place, which offers a unique program that provides support to children and their families who have experienced the death of a family member, spouse/parent, child/sibling. I supplemented my therapy skills by becoming certified through trainings with Howard Glasser (The Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting) in 2005 and with Michelle Weiner-Davis (Divorce Busting, Divorce Remedy) in 2007, and I became a certified Life Coach through Martha Beck in 2011-2012. I work with a wide range of clients with a variety of issues. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families, on emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial issues. I am currently an outpatient therapist with a practice at the Woodlands Family Institute and a small practice in Houston TX. Personal Philosophy: People of all ages and walks of life can benefit from therapy, because therapy is really for anyone wanting to improve their life. Sometimes problems are concrete and clear, other times, people know that something isn’t quite right, but they can’t identify what is causing them unhappiness or stress. Therapy works because there are times in everyone’s life when they can use help to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. Problems come in many shapes and sizes, both large and small, and therapy is a good space in which such problems can be addressed. Sometimes this occurs through learning new tools and skills; other times it takes place by having someone to listen and give objective feedback. The process is a collaborative one, in which both therapist and client work together. As a therapist, I encourage clients to identify their strengths, and then build on those strengths. I strongly believe that all individuals are perfect and whole as they are, and that therapy can serve as a tool for learning, and as a way to improve ones life. Benefits: Therapy can benefit people of all ages and walks of life; children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Here are some of the reasons and benefits to seek therapy. Children: To identify and address issues of depression, anxiety/stress, aggression/anger/ temper tantrums, impulsivity/ADHD, improve behavior, provide support for children with chronic illness, address grief & loss issues, address social concerns, improve coping, attend to adjustment difficulties (moving, new school, new sibling, family divorce), improve behavioral problems at school and home, improve self esteem, address pervasive developmental problems and learning disabilities. The goal of therapy with children can be multifold, but most often involves building a child’s self esteem, improving behavior an coping strategies, increasing their well being, and supporting and improving parenting strategies to help their child. Therapy with children includes parental support. Adolescents: To identify and address issues of depression, anxiety/stress, aggression/anger/oppositional behavior, impulsivity/ADHD, improve behavior, provide support for adolescents with chronic illness, attend to grief & loss issues, handle social concerns, address adjustment difficulties (moving, new school, new sibling, family divorce), improve behavioral problems at school and home, improve self esteem, address relationship concerns, decrease family conflict, increase motivation, address school problems, address identity issues, eating disorder and body image issues, to support patients around issues of medication management. Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. Often therapy can make that transition go more smoothly for families. The goal of therapy with adolescents can be multifold, but often involves building self esteem, encouraging responsible behavior, increasing family communication, and supporting and improving parenting strategies to help both adolescents and their families. Therapy with adolescents includes parental support. Adults: To identify and address depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder; decrease stress, increase motivation, improve relationships, improve work satisfaction, address grief & loss issues, make changes, take action, set and reach specific goals, build self esteem, increase ones well being, and have the life you want. Families: To improve relationships, increase communication, improve and resolve issues related to divorce and step-families, get support and help with parenting skills, resolve family conflict, address issues of grief & loss. Families function as a unit. Therapy is most often effective when involving the family system. Couples: Increase communication, prevent divorce/separation, resolve disputes and disagreements, improve quality of the relationship, address issues of loss and grief , create greater intimacy. Couples change and grow continuously over time. Therapy can be beneficial because it can help couples move forward and make the changes necessarily to have a fulfilling and happy relationship. Personal Information: I am in my early forties , and though I have lived in Houston for over 20 years, I have also lived in Montreal, Paris, L.A., Philadelphia and New York. I speak both French and Spanish fluently, though English is my first and primary language. I enjoy time with my husband and 2 young sons, reading a great book, time with friends and family, swimming and yoga, and when time permits I love to travel.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • HANNAH BARNES

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  • MARTHA FONTANA

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCSW

  • MICHELLE STERNENBERG

    FRONT OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

  • SHERRY POOLE

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LPC

  • JOHN REDD

    DIRECTOR OF HR/ADMISSIONS - LPC

  • KAYCIE DUNCAN

    OFFICE MANAGER & SAFETY OFFICER - MHA

HANNAH BARNES

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

I grew up in Houston, Texas and then received my B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After graduating in 2017, I spent three years working with high school students as a youth director at First Presbyterian Church. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Counseling from the University of Houston, and I began working at The PRISM Center as an administrative assistant in January of 2020. This has given me the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge as I work alongside so many intelligent and gifted clinicians. I look forward to continuing to learn both the administrative and clinical sides of running a therapeutic practice as I finish out my master’s degree.

MARTHA FONTANA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCSW

Martha has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston. She was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, and has completed advanced training in biofeedback from the Biofeedback Institute in San Francisco. She has completed the Chemical Abuse Counselors Course in chemical dependency at the University of Houston. Other post-graduate clinical experience includes internships at the University of Texas Mental Science Institute in the Child, Adolescent, & Family Therapy Clinic, and Orchard Creek Hospital in addiction medicine, the codependency unit, psychiatric intensive care, and the child/adolescent/family programs. Martha has extensive clinical and managerial experience working in outpatient and hospital- based programs with children, adolescents, adults, and family members. She has specialized in complex psychiatric syndromes and high stress family systems. She has a supportive, relaxed, and creative skills-based approach in working with clients and is dedicated to helping individuals and family members cope more effectively at home, school, and in the workplace. Her approach also emphasizes helping individuals achieve a more relaxed, rewarding life and assisting families in strengthening family relationships. As the Director of The PRISM Center, Martha has worked for over 30 years to develop ethical, creative, effective treatment teams who deliver an exceptionally high quality of service.

MICHELLE STERNENBERG

FRONT OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Michelle is the person who answers the phone and will meet and greet you at the front office of The PRISM Center, Bellaire location. She has been with Prism since the Spring of 2018 and loves her job and getting to know people.  Michelle has worked in office environments before and knows the importance of being professional.  She is a native Houstonian who has only ever lived in Texas and loves everything Texas has to offer.  When not working she loves reading, working on puzzles, cooking and just hanging out with family and friends.

SHERRY POOLE

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LPC

Sherry completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University in College Station and received her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from Houston Baptist University. Sherry is the Assistant Director and Intake Coordinator at The PRISM Center. She previously taught, and now oversees, the PRISM Intensive Outpatient Program. She provides both individual and couples therapy and teaches DBT Skills Groups. Sherry works with clients who are dealing with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression and anxiety. She works especially well with those struggling with relationship issues such as codependency or love addiction. One of her special interests is in teaching couples the skills needed to improve communication, resolve conflict more effectively, and create more fulfilling relationships. She believes that discovering meaning and purpose can lead to a more satisfying life. Sherry uses multiple treatment approaches, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Positive Psychology. Her style is goal-oriented and solution-focused, combining a caring and casual style with warmth and understanding. She tailors treatment to the unique needs and personality of each of her clients as she helps them work through life's transitions and challenges. Sherry was intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, and has taught both DBT Skills Groups and the IOP Program for over 10 years.

JOHN REDD

DIRECTOR OF HR/ADMISSIONS - LPC

John completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master's Degree form the University of Houston Clearlake. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1983. He had additional graduate training at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. John has an extensive history of clinical and administrative experience in psychiatric treatment facilities. He has worked in in-patient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. He has held positions as Program Therapist, Treatment Team Coordinator, Director of Intake, and has had multiple psychiatric hospital administrative roles. John has vast experience with clinical intake assessments, psychometrics, group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. He has a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems and Chemical Dependency treatment. He has worked in dual diagnoses treatment programs in multiple settings. He plans to develop his knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy at The PRISM Center. In addition, John has a firm background in patient rights, HIPAA and mental health law. He has functioned as both a Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer in psychiatric hospital settings. John has served the mental health community as a Board Member of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County for 6 years and is currently on the Advisory Board. John brings a wealth of experience and a compassion for serving those with mental health challenges to The PRISM Center.

KAYCIE DUNCAN

OFFICE MANAGER & SAFETY OFFICER - MHA

Kaycie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College and is working towards a Master's of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. At The PRISM Center, Kaycie manages all client accounts, financial issues, and clerical work.

CLINICAL TEAM

  • BERNARD GERBER

    PSYCHIATRIST - MD

  • CASEY CASTEEL, BS, MA

    Learning Specialist

  • DANIEL SIMON

    CLINICIAN - LPC

  • ERIKA BRIBIESCA

    CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

  • JAMIE PATIN

    CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • JOHN REDD

    DIRECTOR OF HR/ADMISSIONS - LPC

  • MARTHA FONTANA

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCSW

  • MICHAEL FRONK

    CLINICIAN - LCSW, LCDC-I

  • NHU-MAI NGUYEN

    PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

  • ROBERT WOEST

    CLINICIAN - LCSW, ACSW, CEAP

  • SAMMIE JONES

    CLINICIAN - MA, LPC

  • SHERRY POOLE

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LPC

  • SUZANNE MARTIN

    CLINICIAN - LPC

  • TATIANA MARTINEZ

    CLINICIAN - LPC-I

BERNARD GERBER

PSYCHIATRIST - MD

Bernard M. Gerber, M.D., joined Hauser Clinic in 2000 after being in private practice in Houston for many years. Dr. Gerber is a graduate of the Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in association with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then completed a residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. After completing his training, Dr. Gerber joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Since 1982, he has been in full-time private practice of psychiatry, currently focusing on outpatient treatment of a variety of psychiatric and mental health problems of adolescents and adults. Dr. Gerber has held a number of leadership positions in medical organizations. He is a past president of the Houston Psychiatric Society and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. He continues to serve on boards and committees of these organizations and of the Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association. He has maintained his teaching activities at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Gerber is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

CASEY CASTEEL, BS, MA

Learning Specialist

With a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in psychology and education and a master’s in professional counseling, Casey enjoys the opportunity to support and empower students by utilizing their strengths to help them achieve academic, social, emotional and organizational success. With over 20 years in the field of education, Casey has served as a learning specialist, school counselor, classroom teacher, enrichment teacher, teacher trainer and administrator. She taught in public, private and charter schools, as well as in special education schools, and she has worked extensively with students struggling with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as students with various learning differences. At an area private school with an international community, Casey provided counseling support for students and families from more than 50 countries.  With a substantial background in the arts, Casey founded and directed an enrichment business that served over sixty Houston-area schools, where she also taught art, dance, drama, creative movement and yoga. Casey has a passion for helping families, supporting educators and educating others. Learning and teaching are two of her favorite things, and she truly enjoys combining them in order to help others achieve success and well-being.

DANIEL SIMON

CLINICIAN - LPC

Danny completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and received his Master in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Danny works primarily with young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. He uses a unique blend of honesty, creativity, and humor to support, as well as challenge, young people on their journey of self-discovery, aquiring new and more effective coping skills, improving self-esteem and social skills, and finding career and life direction. Danny leads the Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program group as well as a young adult DBT skills group that teaches coping strategies including mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. Feedback from our Client Satisfaction Questionnaire given during and at the completion of treatment is consistently extremely positive, with both young men and young women raving about "how much you have helped me...how much I have learned...Danny is the best therapist I have ever had."

ERIKA BRIBIESCA

CLINICIAN - LPC ASSOCIATE

Erika Bribiesca is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who believes in creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where individuals can work towards their treatment goals. She considers trust to be an essential part of her work with individual clients, couples, and families. Her training in school settings, agencies, and intensive outpatient programs has inspired her to specialize in working with adolescents as well as young adults. Her clinical interests include treating self-harm behaviors, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. Erika utilizes an integrative theoretical approach grounded in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. She invites the exploration of cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences to assist individuals in embracing their authenticity. Erika believes in empowering her clients to develop the tools necessary to implement and maintain restorative change. She cherishes assisting individuals in practicing the skills necessary to cultivate hope, find purpose, and nurture meaningful connections. Erika graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. Her aspiration is to gain further education and training on utilizing body-centered approaches to facilitate healing. Erika’s bicultural identity has led her to develop a passion for supporting clients in navigating multicultural issues. She is an advocate for equitable access to mental health care services.

JAMIE PATIN

CLINICIAN - LMSW

Jamie is a Licensed Masters Social Worker. Jamie completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her clinical experience includes working in intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. At the PRISM Center, Jamie provides individual and family therapy and facilitates IOP groups. She integrates DBT and a strengths perspective in her work with clients.

JOHN REDD

DIRECTOR OF HR/ADMISSIONS - LPC

John completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master's Degree form the University of Houston Clearlake. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1983. He had additional graduate training at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. John has an extensive history of clinical and administrative experience in psychiatric treatment facilities. He has worked in in-patient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. He has held positions as Program Therapist, Treatment Team Coordinator, Director of Intake, and has had multiple psychiatric hospital administrative roles. John has vast experience with clinical intake assessments, psychometrics, group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. He has a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems and Chemical Dependency treatment. He has worked in dual diagnoses treatment programs in multiple settings. He plans to develop his knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy at The PRISM Center. In addition, John has a firm background in patient rights, HIPAA and mental health law. He has functioned as both a Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer in psychiatric hospital settings. John has served the mental health community as a Board Member of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County for 6 years and is currently on the Advisory Board. John brings a wealth of experience and a compassion for serving those with mental health challenges to The PRISM Center.

MARTHA FONTANA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LCSW

Martha has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston. She was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, and has completed advanced training in biofeedback from the Biofeedback Institute in San Francisco. She has completed the Chemical Abuse Counselors Course in chemical dependency at the University of Houston. Other post-graduate clinical experience includes internships at the University of Texas Mental Science Institute in the Child, Adolescent, & Family Therapy Clinic, and Orchard Creek Hospital in addiction medicine, the codependency unit, psychiatric intensive care, and the child/adolescent/family programs. Martha has extensive clinical and managerial experience working in outpatient and hospital- based programs with children, adolescents, adults, and family members. She has specialized in complex psychiatric syndromes and high stress family systems. She has a supportive, relaxed, and creative skills-based approach in working with clients and is dedicated to helping individuals and family members cope more effectively at home, school, and in the workplace. Her approach also emphasizes helping individuals achieve a more relaxed, rewarding life and assisting families in strengthening family relationships. As the Director of The PRISM Center, Martha has worked for over 30 years to develop ethical, creative, effective treatment teams who deliver an exceptionally high quality of service.

MICHAEL FRONK

CLINICIAN - LCSW, LCDC-I

Michael specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, family/relationship issues, addiction and recovery. His additional areas of expertise include treating mood disorders, personality disorders, anger, grief, trauma, and personal life challenges in individual and group settings.Michael works with a warm, understanding spirit to help clients discover new, positive possibilities for their lives. He incorporates several theoretical perspectives and methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. He tells others, “there is hope, there is healing, and you are not alone.” For as long as he can remember, Michael has felt a strong connection to people through common struggles and felt hope in that connection. He moved to Houston from Albany, New York with his wife to study and be near family, and discovered the compassion of people in recovery fellowship along the way. From there, he found the pathway to his dream of becoming a therapist.

NHU-MAI NGUYEN

PART-TIME CLINICIAN - LMSW

As a Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Massage Therapist, certified yoga instructor, and ordained member of the Buddhist clergy, I approach wellness in a healing and holistic manner. Working together, I hope to help you address the needs of your body, mind, and spirit. I firmly believe that everyone has a valuable place in the world, that we suffer when we question our own worthiness or where we fit in. Because of this, I enjoy serving people who want to work through issues of perfectionism, shame, and codependency. I also specialize in helping Asian Americans and other multicultural populations learn to cope with cross-cultural conflicts (root culture vs American culture; 1st generation culture vs. immigrant culture). As a result of my experince working at the PRISM Center's DBT intensive outpatient program, I also have experience serving people suffering from major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, and borderline personality disorder. I have more than 10 years of mindfulness experience. As an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, I have traveled nationwide for mindfulness teaching tours and have lived at his monasteries training alongside the Buddhist monks and nuns. With mindfulness becoming a "fad" present day, you can trust that the mindfulness you learn from me is true to its original roots. I am also trained to deliver Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in individual, group, or IOP settings. DBT will help you learn practical skills that you can immediately apply to your present-day issues. Other modalities that I draw from are cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, somatic experiencing, expressive arts, and 12-step principles. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Nutrition. After a time serving the community through Americorps, training at the monasteries with Thich Nhat Hanh, and practicing massage therapy, I returned to school and graduated from the University of Houston in 2020 with a Masters in Social Work.

ROBERT WOEST

CLINICIAN - LCSW, ACSW, CEAP

Bob completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska and received his Master of Social Work in clinical treatment from the University of Houston. Bob has long-term experience as a nationally Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Clinical Social Worker. He has utilized his clinical background in the corporate arena of Fortune 100 companies to provide management consultation, clinical assessment and counseling services for their employees, as well as creating and delivering trainings on various mental health-related topics. In Bob's psychotherapy work, he utilizes a mixture of therapeutic approaches, including an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in both group and individual settings. He currently leads a weekly DBT Skills training group and one of the IOP groups. He works effectively with individuals dealing with a wide range of clinical issues, including anxiety and depression. One of Bob's special interests involves working with adults of all ages who are dealing with difficult transitions, either professionally or personally. He also works with couples in addressing a variety of concerns that may include such challenges as unresolved conflict, parenting issues and difficulties in communicating effectively. Bob also incorporates his clinical skills into his coaching work with professionals in all stages of their careers. He often utilizes multiple psychometric tools to help them target, and move more effectively toward, their personal and professional goals. These goals may involve career change, leadership development, or developing greater resiliency and wellness. Psychometric tools that he may use with career professionals include an in-depth version of Myers Briggs, Strong Inventory, FIRO-B and ESSI Resiliency Map. Whether in his coaching or psychotherapy practice, Bob utilizes a client-centered approach that is enhanced by his emphatic use of humor. He provides his clients a safe, yet challenging, environment in which to explore and thrive through transition and change.

SAMMIE JONES

CLINICIAN - MA, LPC

Sammie graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and is licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been working in the mental health industry since 1990. Sammie was employed in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health facilities before and after receiving her LPC license. She is an LPC Supervisor and a member in good standing with both the Texas Counseling Association and the Houston Counseling Association. Sammie has been in private practice since 2002 and owns Houston Psychotherapists, Inc. Additionally, she has been the lead facilitator of The PRISM Center's DBT-based Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Cypress, Texas, since its inception in 2015.

SHERRY POOLE

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LPC

Sherry completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University in College Station and received her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from Houston Baptist University. Sherry is the Assistant Director and Intake Coordinator at The PRISM Center. She previously taught, and now oversees, the PRISM Intensive Outpatient Program. She provides both individual and couples therapy and teaches DBT Skills Groups. Sherry works with clients who are dealing with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression and anxiety. She works especially well with those struggling with relationship issues such as codependency or love addiction. One of her special interests is in teaching couples the skills needed to improve communication, resolve conflict more effectively, and create more fulfilling relationships. She believes that discovering meaning and purpose can lead to a more satisfying life. Sherry uses multiple treatment approaches, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Positive Psychology. Her style is goal-oriented and solution-focused, combining a caring and casual style with warmth and understanding. She tailors treatment to the unique needs and personality of each of her clients as she helps them work through life's transitions and challenges. Sherry was intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, and has taught both DBT Skills Groups and the IOP Program for over 10 years.

SUZANNE MARTIN

CLINICIAN - LPC

Suzanne completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas and received her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from Houston Baptist University. Suzanne counsels clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues (such as codependency and Sex and Love Addiction). She provides a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech and has done advanced training in The Meadows treatment model, among others, of trauma recovery. In addition to providing individual and couples therapy, Suzanne facilitates adult DBT skills groups and an IOP program that teach coping strategies such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. She believes that self-compassion and acceptance are important components that empower and restore a sense of balance and wholeness.

TATIANA MARTINEZ

CLINICIAN - LPC-I

Tatiana has been working in the field of education and mental health since 2011 and has cultivated a passion for working in diverse and multicultural settings. She has completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the University of North Texas and graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Over the years, she has focused on the connection between mind-body and spirit by incorporating eastern spiritual practices with western psychology principles. She has completed her 500hr registered yoga teacher training with the Indra Yoga Institute and 200hr registration with the Texas Yoga Institute. She has continued to add to the depth of mind body practices by studying Yoga Nidra with the Amrit Yoga Institute with Kamini Desai, PhD. Additionally, Tatiana is engaged in combining her experience with DBT [Dialectical Behavior Therapy] and EMDR [Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing] to better help individuals that have experienced trauma, loss, and attachment disorders through the lifespan. In her current role, Tatiana serves as the Evening Intensive Outpatient Coordinator and Adolescent DBT Skills Group. She primarily works in individual and group settings and focuses on delivering quality experiential self-management skills. She is passionate about providing a holistic treatment experience that includes family and couples counseling for individuals at the Ethos Prism Center.
  • CASEY CASTEEL

  • CECI HUDSON TORN

    CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

  • MICHAEL FRONK

    CLINICIAN – LCSW, LCDC-I

  • PAULA PAINE

    CLINICIAN – LMSW

  • SEVANA MALKASIAN

    CLINICIAN – LCSW

  • SOPHIE FRONK

    CLINICIAN – LMSW

  • TAYLOR JOHNSON

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – LSW

CASEY CASTEEL

With a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in psychology and education and a master’s in professional counseling, Casey enjoys the opportunity to support and empower students by utilizing their strengths to help them achieve academic, social, emotional and organizational success. With over 20 years in the field of education, Casey has served as a learning specialist, school counselor, classroom teacher, enrichment teacher, teacher trainer and administrator. She taught in public, private and charter schools, as well as in special education schools, and she has worked extensively with students struggling with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as students with various learning differences. At an area private school with an international community, Casey provided counseling support for students and families from more than 50 countries.  With a substantial background in the arts, Casey founded and directed an enrichment business that served over sixty Houston-area schools, where she also taught art, dance, drama, creative movement and yoga. Casey has a passion for helping families, supporting educators and educating others. Learning and teaching are two of her favorite things, and she truly enjoys combining them in order to help others achieve success and well-being.

CECI HUDSON TORN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

An exemplary, long-spanning career in mental health and finance has put person-centered-care at the heart of Ceci’s work. She has gathered a wealth of experience at one of the nation’s largest residential summer camps, which provides her with a unique lens to approach treatment in a residential setting. Ceci received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work from The University of Southern California, with a focus on building behavioral health in adolescents and young adults. Since co-founding Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018, Ceci now spends her time providing clinical services and business leadership across all Ethos healing centers as a Licensed Mental Health Professional and Ethos’ Chief Operations Officer. She and her husband Chris are continuing to serve children and families with the launch of Camp OTX in the Texas Hill Country, all while raising 5 children of their own.

MICHAEL FRONK

CLINICIAN – LCSW, LCDC-I

Michael specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, family/relationship issues, addiction and recovery. His additional areas of expertise include treating mood disorders, personality disorders, anger, grief, trauma, and personal life challenges in individual and group settings.Michael works with a warm, understanding spirit to help clients discover new, positive possibilities for their lives. He incorporates several theoretical perspectives and methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. He tells others, “there is hope, there is healing, and you are not alone.” For as long as he can remember, Michael has felt a strong connection to people through common struggles and felt hope in that connection. He moved to Houston from Albany, New York with his wife to study and be near family, and discovered the compassion of people in recovery fellowship along the way. From there, he found the pathway to his dream of becoming a therapist.

PAULA PAINE

CLINICIAN – LMSW

Paula R. Paine is a Licensed Master of Social Work serving individuals, couples, and families. Paula specializes in working with clients experiencing interpersonal issues, trauma resolution, life transitions, grief, anxiety, and depression. She draws upon numerous therapeutic techniques including Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Paula has a passion for the healing power of therapeutic treatment and considers it an honor to accompany her clients as they walk through their individual journeys of healing and wholeness. It is Paula’s mission to create a safe environment in which her clients can experience non-judgmental care, compassion, and connection. It is also her greatest hope and privilege to watch her clients as they undertake the process of finding meaning and purpose in their lives and relationships. Paula received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and her master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her husband have been married for 29 years and have raised three children together. Paula found inspiration to begin her counseling career by leading and working with adolescents in her church.

SEVANA MALKASIAN

CLINICIAN – LCSW

Sevana’s specialties include mood disorders, substance abuse, relapse prevention, and shame resiliency. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of professionals struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues or both.Through the exploration of topics like vulnerability, empathy, self-compassion and courage, she hopes to help clients attain their goals. Further, she hopes to cultivate a therapeutic relationship of trust and safety that encourages vulnerability to heal, grow and recover.In her free time, Sevana enjoys spending quality time with her cat, reading psychological thrillers, or practicing her culinary skills.

SOPHIE FRONK

CLINICIAN – LMSW

Sophie has vast experience working with children and adolescents from various backgrounds. Her journey began as a Mental Health Associate at The Menninger Clinic, and she then transitioned to becoming the first Wellness Counselor at Memorial High School. There, she helped establish their wellness counseling program with Communities in Schools of Houston. Sophie brings her great passion for working with children, adolescents and families into to her interactive therapeutic approach. She works to create a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment to help clients realize their potential, their strengths and their courage in overcoming life’s struggles. She believes everyone has the power to succeed in healing from their trauma and provides the tools to implement that healing. She supports the her clients’ process of find their authentic selves and feeling whole and complete again while utilizing coping mechanisms to handle any struggles that may arise. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, watching food network cooking shows and the Hallmark channel, and playing with her rescue dog, Gravy.

TAYLOR JOHNSON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – LSW

Taylor specializes in co-occurring mental health and substance use issues; she has worked with clients in various stages of recovery from alcohol use and other drugs. Likewise, she is experienced in connecting with young and emerging adults facing depression, anxiety and related issues. As an adoptee, she finds it extremely gratifying to work with children and families of adoption.Taylor meets her clients with compassion, humor, and candor as she supports them in their journeys toward health, happiness, and well-being.In her free time, she loves to paint, read, travel, and get active outdoors in any way possible.
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