It is a great honor and privilege to be the Clinical Director of Brazoria County Counseling Center. I received my Undergraduate Degree from University of Texas Dallas. I received my Masters Degree from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work with Honors. Presently I am working on my Doctorate of Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.
I have had privileged opportunities to work in Marco and Micro levels of Social Work for over 20 years. I have worked on many organizations and community outreach programs. My experience includes working with families in Hospice, ER Psychiatric Crisis Assessment and Intervention as well as providing case management and social work skills in the Acute Care hospitals in Houston and the greater Houston area. I believe in meeting my clients where they are and providing therapy to meet their needs with dignity, respect and quality care.
Specialties and are of expertise:
LPC - Intern
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:
Margie C. VanCleave
Paulette T. Cofield
DBHC, LMSW, ACM
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.
You don't have to face your giants all alone. Take heart and ask for help. You are worth it.
Education: ( Graduate of Texas A&M Kingsville)
Specialized Training and Clinical area of expertise:
Hello, my name is Susan Avila. I hold a Master's degree in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. I am a licensed professional counselor. I have worked in the Houston education system for 19 years. In my fourteen years of working with middle school children, the last eight as a middle school counselor, I have a wealth of experience in supporting adolescents in working through their challenges and helping their families navigate the adventure in this development stage of life.
I am very passionate about guiding young people as well as adults in creating meaningful goals and explore the answers they hold within themselves to overcome the challenges they may be facing. I take pride in building strong, trusting, long lasting positive rapport with my clients.
Life has many ups and downs, as your therapist, I seek to decipher any challenges life throw at you. I am a compassionate listener who will help you find the positive pathway to adjust and cope with these challenges. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental zone and create a comfortable, positive environment where humor is incorporated, while keeping it real. Life is stressful on its own, talking about your issues shouldn't be.
Everyone wants to know that there is someone willing to listen to their struggles, that they matter and that they are heard. What you have to say matters and provide you with the support that is needed to overcome any adversities you may be facing.
My counseling interests are:
Howdy, my name is Anna-Lisa Hernandez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in Counseling from Sul Ross State University.
During my graduate work I was fortunate to work with a wide range of ages, and I specialized in working with children, adolescents and older adults.
My goal is to facilitate a safe and welcoming environment for my clients to embark on a journey of positive self-growth and actualization. Personal growth and healing can be hard work and scary at times. I'm here to let you know that you don't have to go through the journey alone. As your therapist I will offer different insight, support, and a steady hand to hold as we navigate through the different joys and struggles that your life may bring.
My counseling interests are: