Ruth Elrod

Volunteer

I hold a Master’s degree in professional counseling from Amberton University in 2015.  My counseling experience includes working in a hospital setting with children, teens, adults, and geriatric clients.  Outside of an institutional setting, I have worked with teenagers and young adults struggling with dual diagnosis issues that include depression, ADHD, ODD, Obsessive compulsive disorders, and bipolar disorder while battling addictions.  My primary focus in counseling has been working with children that have struggled with trauma as well as working with children with disabilities adjust to new living situations due to CPS placement, changes in foster care, and adoption.  Additionally, I have done group work with adolescents in mixed gender groups, teen girl only groups, adolescent groups, bipolar women groups, and addiction education groups.
          I have spent 33 year ministering with children in a Christian setting that includes counseling, teaching, and mentorship.  In 1991 I began teaching elementary school with after graduation Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Teaching.  In 2001, I became certified in Special Education grades Pre-K through 12th grade.  My work as a teacher has been focused on elementary level students in the general education setting as well as elementary, middle school, and high school students with special needs.  My special areas of focus include disabilities that include communication deficits that include non-verbal communication, picture-communication, and electronic communication devices used primarily with children the autism spectrum.    I have additionally spent time providing in-home training for families with children with disabilities.

 Areas of licensing, certifications, and degrees include:


  • Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Bachelor of Art in Teaching
  • Provisional Elementary Education Self-Contained Certification grades 1-8
  • Provisional Elementary Education English  grades 1-8
  • Generic Special Education Certification grades pk-12


My areas of expertise includes: 


  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Family Counseling
  • Family systems
  • Children issues ages 3 and up
  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Career counseling
  • Child Trauma
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Anger management
  • Boundary issues

Steffanie R. Thompson


LPC-Intern, CAS, RBT



Supervised by:

Margie C. VanCleave
LPC-S

  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Anger Management
  • Behavior/Conduct Disorder
  • Children/Adolescents
  • ADHD
  • Social Skills
  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Depression


Mindy Griffin

Admin Coordinator / Marketing

Ashley Burks


Practicum Student


  • Early Onset dementia
  • Adolescence
  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Spirituality
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Canine Therapy
  • Grief Counseling
  • Marriage
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Self Esteem
  • Blended Families
  • Anxiety/ Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Adolescent Issues
  • PTSD/ Trauma
  • Family Relationships

Margie C. VanCleave


LPC-S


 Life allows us to experience personal contentment and fulfilling relationships, but as all of us know we also encounter disappointments, losses, and setbacks.  Sometimes we can easily navigate through life’s challenges, but other times we find ourselves at a crossroad face with confusion and overwhelming emotions and not knowing which direction to take.  If you find yourself in such place, please know that you are not alone and that there is help in your time of uncertainty.
          Personally and professionally I have witnessed how genuine care and a non-judgmental approach can initiate personal insight and healing.   Therefore, I welcome my clients to come as they are and expect to find hope through practical solutions. Whether it is a stumbling block or a mountain in your path, together we will discover how to overcome by cultivating inner strength, bringing perspective for your life goals, and equipping you with the necessary skills to successfully continue on your life’s journey. 
          I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A & M – Kingsville.  I hold a certification in Anger Management, and I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).  My passion for helping others has lead me to volunteer in a women’s shelter, prison ministry, women’s ministry, and community outreach programs.  I have worked as a program coordinator for at risk youths and families, a life skills coach at a men’s prison, and as an elementary and junior high counselor.  I provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling, and I am also available for speaking engagements and educational classes both in English or Spanish.   


My clinical area of expertise includes:

Lauren Hudgens


LPC-Intern


Maegan Morris


Practicum Student


It has been my honor to live and serve in Brazoria county for the past 30 years. I attended Angleton High School and graduated with honors from Brazosport College. My Bachelors and Masters level work was done at University of Houston. Currently I hold a Texas Certification as a counselor in special needs and L.P.C. with supervisor status. I am also a member of the  Brazoria County Task Force and a Suicide Prevention educator.
          My goal as a mental health therapist is to facilitate self awareness and empowerment in a safe environment.  My methods are client centered and focus on  mind/ body connections. I am trained in mindfulness and animal assisted therapy.

          On a personal note I enjoy dancing, water Zumba, travel, volunteering, being a grandmother to 3 youngsters and serving in the recovery community. I am a member of Brazosport Association of Retired Teachers, Texas Retired Teachers and  Community Advisory Council for Brazoria County .


The following are my areas of expertise:

My name is Maegan Morris and I am from Alvin Texas; I have a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Elementary Education Ec-6 from Sam Houston State University. I am currently working on my Masters for Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. I have been inside of the classroom for seven amazing years and I am ready to expand my love for serving and helping others through the counseling process. I will be working with Brazoria County Counseling center through my Practicum and Internship; eager to learn from these amazing counselors, and expand my knowledge, tools, in order to help others see the beauty of their own happiness!


Topics I am interested in working with:

Melodie Bond


BAT, LPC


My clinical area of expertise includes:


  • ESL children
  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD


  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Low-self esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Spiritual issues
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss

I am a practicum student at the University of Houston in the Master of Education in Counseling program. I earned my Bachelor's in Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin and have a robust, biological understanding of the behavioral phenomena observed in psychology. 
          I have experience in geriatric neuropsychological evaluation, couples counseling, individual counseling, and group work. I have counseled a wide range of individuals, and prefer to work with clients 15 years or older. My primary focus is in couples counseling and college counseling, though I am happy to be a support through other issues, as well. 
          Through counseling, my goal is to serve as a tool with which you can enact change within your life. I am eager and honored to walk alongside you as the client to help sort through any issues or problems you may be facing as you learn to grow and blossom in your environment. My therapeutic style is largely emotion-focused with the intention of bringing underlying needs or desires to awareness. I believe this awareness prepares individuals for change. Although change may be difficult or scary, it can lead to a freer, healthier life and I will be there to encourage you each step of the way. 
          In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, meditation, and country dancing. I have a passion for expanding knowledge through education and volunteer my time to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I am currently a student member of the American Counseling Association,  the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, American College Counseling Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Counseling. 


My clinical area of expertise includes:

  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Parent/ child conflict 
  • Domestic violence
  • Grief/loss
  • Children & adolescents
  • Self injurious behavior
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression/Anxiety/Trauma & PTSD 
  • ADHD
  • Adolescent Issues 
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/ Stress Management
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavior/Conduct Disorders
  • Blended Families 
  • Bullying/Social Skills Issues
  • Christian Counseling
  • Depression​
  • Eating Disorder
  • Self Esteem
  • Grief & Loss
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy


I am a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. I received my Bachelor Degree from Lubbock Christian University and my Master of Arts degree from Adams State University. I am also training to become proficient in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
          My husband and I have been in full-time church ministry for more than 35 years, and during that time, we have offered pastoral and spiritual counseling. Realizing the limitations of such counseling, I finally went back to school to obtain my graduate degree.
          I believe God created perfection and placed it all in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, sin entered the picture and people have been struggling with the effects of sin ever since. Sometimes that struggle is beyond our resources and understanding. We need to have someone help us through life’s troubles.
          God is the perfect healer and has the answers to every trouble we face. We just have to listen. And while we are listening to God, I am also listening to my client because my client is the expert in his or her own situation. I merely help my client clarify their path.
          I work with adults, couples, and teenagers. I am interested in helping my clients deal with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, spiritual issues, marriage issues, pre-marital counseling, trauma, and others. I am passionate about helping couples build a strong marriage relationship so they can foster a strong and healthy family.
          While I am passionate about my own spiritual walk and desire to see everyone grow closer to God, I do respect the journey each person is on. It is not my place to dictate to you how your walk should look. God is big enough to handle that part all by himself.
          I am married to a pastor, have two adult children, one son-in-law, and one Persian cat. I dearly love spending time with my family, and I sometimes try to do a craft project. I am very involved in Bible Study Fellowship, having been a member then a group leader since 2005.


My areas of expertise:

Andrea Linscombe

Office Manager

Kevin Persad


LMFT


  • Play therapy with children ages 5 and up
  • Life  Role Transition
  • Grief
  • Major Depression Disorder
  • Bipolar
  • Special needs
  • LGBT Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Systems
  • Co-dependency
  • End of Life Issues
  • Chronic Pain

Zugeily Nava

Volunteer

Administration Staff

  • Divorce and Remarriage
  • ​Family Conflict
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marital Problems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parental Guidance
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Self-Esteem/ Self Respect/Boundaries
  • Vocational Coaching

Bonnie Rivera

Accounting

Danielle Fyffe

MA, NCC, LPC-Intern
An EMDR Trained Therapist



Supervised by:

CAROL MANLEY
M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT


My clinical areas of expertise include:

Delma Z. Garza

Chief Executive Officer
LPC, LCDC


Bilingual


  • Trauma & PTSD 
  • Drug and alcohol counseling/education
  • Spirituality
  • Anger Management
  • Peer Relationships
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • LGBT
  • Child abuse

I am a Registered Behavior Technician and Certified Autism Specialist with 11 years of experience in the education and mental health field. I am also a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston-Downtown, a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from University of St. Thomas and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate from Lamar University. I currently serve as a Behavior specialist with Angleton ISD. In my graduate program, I specialized in Anger Management, Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Individual Therapy.
        My professional experience includes group and individual therapy in the school setting with Kindergarten-5th grades and individual therapy of all ages in local counseling facilities.
I have worked with individuals and groups on issues such as family issues, divorce, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, parenting skills, grief and loss, physical and sexual abuse, and adolescent issues.

Counseling Style

I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the process as welcoming as possible. I work in an extremely relaxed, informal manner that is collaborative in nature. You will find that our therapy sessions most resemble a warm conversation in a soothing office setting. I like to use humor regularly in my therapy sessions and I take every possible measure to ensure that my office is a safe place for clients to freely laugh, cry, or express anger as they need.
          I believe that many people not only experience stress and anxiety by unfortunate adversities, but also by how they construct their views of reality through the stories they tell themselves regarding the stressful incident. While I like to systematically pull different counseling techniques from a wide range of theories, I tend to work most heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused (SF) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) standpoints. Both of these types of therapies help people overcome irrational, dysfunctional, and unhealthy thought process that tend to add to and prolong emotional strain, trauma, and tension due to a stressful life incident.


Certification

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) #RBT-17-32043
  • Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) #162866
  • Texas Educator Certificate #1306134
  • Generalist EC-4
  • Special Education EC-12
  • School Counselor EC-12
  • Professional Memberships
  • American Counseling Association, (ACA)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of The Lake University. 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  I have been in private practice for 10 years. My education and previous work experience as a Harris County Juvenile Probation Officer and elementary school teacher gives me a unique insight with children and the adolescent population.

          As your psychotherapist, I will help you establish goals based on your needs and provide you with skills to accomplish them. I consider myself to be a supportive and nurturing therapist. I strive to provide an environment where thoughts, ideas, and feelings can be shared without reservation or fear of judgment. I hope to empower those who come to share their struggles or issues, so they may continue their lives with peace of mind and solace. You will not only find a compassionate listener in me, but you will also find a proactive partner to assist you in implementing skills needed to help you live a fulfilling daily life.
          On a personal note, I enjoy riding horses and spending time with my husband, family, and friends who are very special to me.  I love dancing, traveling,  and listening to a variety of music.
I also serve as a volunteer for The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

My clinical areas of expertise include:


Rosalia Martinez

 

LPC-Intern


Bilingual​




Supervised by:
 Margie C. VanCleave
LPC-S

I am a licensed marriage & family therapist (LMFT) who specializes in helping children (ages 5 and up), adults (ages 18 and up), and couples & family units from diverse backgrounds and orientations.
          Therapeutic modalities include, family systems, solution-focused therapy, client-centered therapy, interpersonal therapy, structural/narrative family therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, existential, and  spiritual considerations as requested by clients only.

         Although not an exhaustive list by any means, the above areas give you a general idea of my areas of specialization. What comes next is an initial session to see if we are a good fit to begin therapy services! Please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to serve as your therapist in providing you guidance in helping you achieve your therapeutic goals!


My areas of expertise includes:


  • Depression & anxiety management
  • Marital & couples’ therapy
  • Helping children through divorce
  • LGBTQ supportive therapy
  • Older adults and elderly
  • Children & adolescents
  • Young adults
  • College preparation
  • Family therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship conflict
  • Sex and sexuality
  • College counseling
  • Role transition
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Mindfulness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern, and I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in 2018.  My first internship at West Oaks Hospital focused on working with patients on the rehab and detox unit.  I also interned at Interface Samaritan Counseling Center, working with the general population, and at Yellowstone Academy counseling at-risk youth, ages 9 to 14.  Before earning my Master’s, I graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in English Literature and Communications.  I taught 8th grade English in The Woodlands for three years.
             I seek to empower my clients by teaching them the knowledge and skills they need to reach their personal goals.  I value honesty and directness, and my clients can expect nothing less from me.  A therapist should provide a judgment-free space where clients can drop some dead weight for a moment.  As your therapist, it is my goal to provide you with that high level of emotional safety, and to make you my top priority when I am with you.
            Outside of the therapy room, I spend much of my time cooking, baking, and listening to music.  I love spending time with my son, who is a freshman in high school.  I enjoy yoga, reading, and going on adventures near and far.


My counseling interests include:

  • Spiritual issues
  • Anxiety
  • Men's and women's issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Conflict management within relationship and work settings
  • Divorce
  • Self-esteem
  • Addictive behaviors