Meet Our Therapists


Susan Baker, Therapist / Owner

M.Ed., LPC, NCC, EMDR Trained Therapist


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor practicing in Sugar Land, Texas. My practice offers psychotherapy services for individuals. This includes the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

People who contact me are usually doing so because they are experiencing difficulty in their personal relationships or are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety. By the time people contact me they have usually been in distress for a long time. They want relief, they want answers and they don’t want to feel judged.

I have experience working with clients on a range of issues and life situations, including:

  • Transitions
  • Women's Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Aging Issues
  • Individuals Questioning Their Sexuality
  • Parents Coping With Developmentally-delayed Children
  • EMDR
Susan Baker, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

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Susan's Office

I also lead support groups for parents of autistic children and have been a guest speaker in numerous graduate and undergraduate classes at Houston Baptist University and University of Houston, Sugar Land.  Topics include: understanding and treating autism, and helping the family cope with a diagnosis.

Susan’s approach to counseling…

I believe in the importance of personal growth and that your thoughts impact both feelings and behaviors. When we work on your thinking, your feelings and behaviors will change.

The psychotherapy relationship is one that is based on trust and understanding, which is imperative for healing to take place. The nature of our relationship will be a collaborative one where you and I will work together to accomplish your goals.

I use an integrated counseling approach that combines Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with Person Centered Counseling. Our relationship is based on unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence.

On the personal side…

I’ve been married for over twenty-eight years and am a mother of two adult children. I’m a long-time Houstonian (over forty years), most of that time having lived in both the Clear Lake and Sugar Land areas. I have been a resident of Sugar Land for the past twenty-three years.

How to reach Susan…

Please contact me for a free 10-minute phone consultation so you can decide whether my psychotherapeutic approach and experience would be the right fit for your needs.

Phone: (281) 858-3001
Email: susan@motivationscounseling.com

Susan’s credentials…

Education
Master of Education in Community Counseling, University of Houston, Victoria

Licenses/Certifications
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor, License #73957
National Certified Counselor, Certificate #668258
Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, Certificate #2179026162
Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist, Certificate #Q117895449

Professional Affiliations
Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - HAMFT
American Counseling Association - ACA
EMDR International Association - EMDRIA

 

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Carolina Román, Therapist

M.A. in Counseling, LMFT, EMDR & EFT Trained Therapist


I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) providing psychotherapy services for individuals and couples. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

When it comes to couples counseling, I follow the gold standard in the industry. I am a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Currently trained in the use of EFT, I am working toward becoming a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist.

As a former U.S. Army Reservist (1999-2009), who deployed for one year to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) for the Global War on Terrorism, I am passionate about working with veterans and veteran couples. During my graduate studies, I also trained with U.S. Army Chaplains from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2009-2010, at the Family Life Center.

I am a native Spanish speaker.

I have experience working with clients on a range of issues and life situations, including:

  • Parent/Child Relationship
  • Family Members of Children / Adults with Chronic Illness
  • Caregivers
  • Culturally Sensitive Understanding of Mental Health
  • Single Incident and Complex Trauma
  • PTSD / Acute Stress Disorder
  • Veterans
  • EMDR

Carolina Román, M.A., LMFT
Carolina Román - Office

Carolina’s approach to counseling…

With couples, I work toward learning their unique dance – a view into how a couple interacts with one another. I help explore how they are emotionally impacted by their partner and how they in turn impact one another. There are positive as well as negative patterns to these interactions. Negative patterns have a way of chipping away at the bond and can further drive distress into the relationship when the pattern takes over.

I follow an empirically validated EFT roadmap developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. As a process consultant, and through the use of experiential exercises, I facilitate the development of new and healthier couple interactions. Through this process, attachment injuries that may have manifested during disconnect and distress, are also attended to. Altogether, the couple becomes more united and healthier adult bonds are strengthened.

With individual clients, I use my keen educated and trained sense of curiosity, which I implement as a way to learn their life’s story. I walk at their pace and help create space where change could enter. When fitting to their therapeutic goals, I listen for messages connected to the past, and help work toward healing unresolved from adverse childhood circumstances.

I help individuals notice how their physiology, emotions, thoughts, and belief systems offer signals into their present experiences. I aid individuals in accessing ways to bring calmness through relaxation exercises, mindfulness and insight.

How to reach Carolina…

Please contact me for a free 10-minute phone consultation so you can decide whether my psychotherapeutic approach and experience would be the right fit for your needs.

Phone: (832) 521-1919
Email: carolina@motivationscounseling.com

Carolina’s credentials…

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; College of Saint Elizabeth (2001)
Master of Arts in Counseling, emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Webster University (2010)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Phases I & II; AMEDD – Fort Bragg (2010)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Externship (November 2016) & Core Skills (February 2017 & January 2018); The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas #202516

Professional Affiliations
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy – ICEEFT
Houston Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy - HCEFT
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – AAMFT
Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - TAMFT
Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - HAMFT

 

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Patti Monroe, Therapist

M.A. in Psychology, LPC


I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001. I offer psychotherapy services to children, teens, adults, couples, families and aging adults.

I help people to identify and meet goals, manage life transitions, or to make changes they feel are needed. Stress or situational factors often interfere with a person’s ability to change themselves or their relationships. I assist clients with eliminating or minimizing these factors so they are able to develop meaningful, lasting change.

I work with a variety of clients, ranging from young children to the geriatric population, and have worked in a variety of settings, including children’s residential treatment, academic/school setting, inpatient psychiatric care and community support services.

I have experience with a variety of issues and life situations, including:

  • Family Conflict
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship/Couple Issues
  • Aging/Transition in Life
  • Stress Management
  • Parent/Teen Relationship
  • Children's Challenging Behaviors
  • Building/Modifying Boundaries
Patti Monroe, M.A., LPC
Patti's Office

Patti’s approach to counseling…

I take an individualized approach with each client. There is not a generic situation when dealing with life. Everyone’s life experience is meaningfully different and should be considered when identifying their needs. Each client has a different perspective of thinking and feeling, much of which is based on personal history and patterns of relationships.

I help clients to identify life issues and goals. Each person has their own strengths to battle life’s challenges. As a therapist, I believe it is important to help clients to further develop their existing strengths or to learn new skills to help them manage their life stressors.

Support and compassion are essential in my relationship with clients. I have an eclectic approach to counseling; each client is different and has different needs. As a result, there is no single approach that will work in all life situations.

How to reach Patti…

Please contact me for a free 10-minute phone consultation so you can decide whether my psychotherapeutic approach and experience would be the right fit for your needs.

Phone: (832) 945-1007
Email: patti@motivationscounseling.com

Patti’s credentials…

Education
Bachelor of Science in Psychology; University of Houston - Victoria (1996)
Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Houston - Victoria (1999)

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas #17385

 

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