Meet Our Therapists



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Susan Baker, Owner / Clinical Director Sugar Land(Sugar Land)

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

Susan Baker, M.Ed., LPC, NCC verified by Psychology Today

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 thirty 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

Fax: (855) 869-8612

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

Specialized/Advanced Training
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

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

 

Susan provides the following services…




Carolina Román, Therapist Sugar Land(Sugar Land)

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

Fax: (855) 869-8617

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

 

Carolina provides the following services…




Cathy Hein, Therapist Katy/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch)

MSSW, LCSW, Certified EMDR Therapist


I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in the behavioral health field in a variety of settings and populations.

My practice offers psychotherapy services for individuals and couples. I am a certified therapist in the practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with advanced training in working with persons with chronic pain, anxiety, and complex trauma.

I work with adults, 18 and older and have extensive experience and/or advanced training in the following areas:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders
  • Trauma Related Issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • EMDR for Chronic Pain
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Loss and Grief
  • Life Transitions-young adulthood, empty nest, retirement, aging
Cathy Hein, MSSW, LCSW

Cathy Hein, MSSW, LCSW verified by Psychology Today

Cathy's Office - Katy/Cinco Ranch

I also have extensive experience in providing group services including support groups and group psychotherapy, as well as providing education on a variety of mental health and wellness topics.

Cathy’s approach to counseling…

I work from a strengths and integrated perspective focusing on the whole person: mind, body and spirit. I view therapy as a sacred journey in which you and I will work collaboratively to identify what goals you want to achieve through the therapy process.

I often use humor to connect with my clients. I will provide you with a compassionate, supportive, and non-judgemental safe space in which we can openly talk about whatever brings you to my office.

I use a combination of several different therapy models including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from a Client Centered focus. When working with couples I use both Prepare Enrich and the Gottman Model.

How to reach Cathy…

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) 969-4547
Email: cathy@motivationscounseling.com

Fax: (855) 869-8613

Cathy’s credentials…

Education
Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas #54615
EMDR Certified Therapist
Certified Prepare Enrich Facilitator (Couples and Premarital)
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist (CART)

Specialized/Advanced Training
EMDR for the treatment of Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Complex Trauma
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of trauma
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) -Skills Training
Gottman Model (Level 1)
CBT-I for the treatment of Insomnia

Professional Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers
EMDR International Association-EMDRIA

 

Cathy provides the following services…




Ruba Afifi, Therapist
Supervised by Suzan J. Cotellesse, MS, LPC, LPC-SSugar Land(Sugar Land)

MS, LPC Intern, EMDR Therapist


I have a passion for helping others achieve their desired quality of life, and I counsel clients to aid them in understanding and overcoming personal, social, and behavioral problems.

I work with adults and adolescents, individuals, couples, and groups, specializing in Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Marital and Premarital, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, and Life Purpose Issues.

I am also trained in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which helps relieve stress from traumatic events. Through this process, we get to the foundation of the negative core cognitions and beliefs, and work with the positive cognitions and resolutions.

I work with adults, 18 and older and have experience and/or training in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Domestic Abuse, Violence
  • Grief
  • Codependency
  • Self Esteem
  • Person-Centered
  • Coping Skills
  • Spirituality
  • Codependency
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
Ruba Afifi, MS, LPC Intern, EMDR Therapist

Ruba Afifi, MS, LPC Intern, EMDR Therapist verified by Psychology Today

Ruba's Office

Ruba’s approach to counseling…

You deserve to live the quality of life you want to, and I am here to help you achieve that. Throughout your healing and journey, we will work together to help you accomplish your goals, building a more satisfying and meaningful life.

I use an integrated counseling approach that incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Person Centered Counseling.

How to reach Ruba…

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: (713) 568-6889
Email: ruba@motivationscounseling.com

Fax: (855) 933-2284

Ruba’s credentials…

Education
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of St. Thomas
Master of Liberal Arts in English Literature, University of St. Thomas
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Psychology, University of Houston

Licenses/Certifications
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, License #81030

Specialized/Advanced Training
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

 

Ruba provides the following services…




Olivia Pudlo, TherapistSugar Land(Sugar Land)

MSW, LCSW, TF-CBT Certified, EMDR Therapist


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing both telehealth and in-person services in Sugar Land, TX.

I am a Nationally Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) and I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

My passion is to help guide others through their own self-discovery and personal healing journey to become the person they desire to be. I enjoy working with adolescents, teenagers, and adults.

I have experience working with clients on a range of issues and life experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief
  • Trauma and Abuse History (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect)
  • Stress Management
  • Teens
  • Relationship Issues
  • Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Women's Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Parenting Struggles
  • Substance Abuse
  • Self Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder

Olivia Pudlo, LCSW, TF-CBT Certified, EMDR Therapist
Olivia's Office
Teen counselor

Olivia’s approach to counseling…

My goal for therapy is to provide you with a safe, trustworthy space where there is unconditional positive regard and acceptance to allow you to share your own unique story.

I believe that everyone goes through struggles and difficulties during life, and at times we need additional emotional support.

I believe that therapy is a joint collaboration, and we will work together to gain awareness, healing, and inner peace.

I utilize a wide variety of treatment modalities including, but not limited to: Client-Centered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Parent Management Training (PMT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

How to reach Olivia…

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) 606-5226
Email: olivia@motivationscounseling.com

Olivia’s credentials…

Education
Master of Social Work, University of Houston
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Texas Tech University

Licenses/Certifications
Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker, License #60277
Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT)

Specialized/Advanced Training
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

 

Olivia provides the following services…




Belinda Lopez, TherapistSugar Land(Sugar Land)

MSW, LCSW-S, ACSW


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing telehealth services.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor (LCSW-S), and also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). I enjoy working with adults and provide individual, couples and family counseling.

I believe that success in therapy is contingent upon open and honest communication, and seek to provide a non-judgmental, nurturing environment, utilizing the strengths perspective to promote growth and healing. I also seek to be culturally sensitive and am bilingual in Spanish.

I have experience working with clients on a range of issues and life experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Aging
  • Chronic Illness
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ+
  • Major Life Transitions
  • Post Partem Depression/Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
Belinda Lopez, MSW, LCSW-S, ACSW

Belinda Lopez, MSW, LCSW-S, ACSW verified by Psychology Today

Belinda's Office

I also have extensive experience in providing group services including support groups for pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety.

Belinda’s approach to counseling…

I prefer to utilize a trans-theoretical approach that is client centered, considers the individual person in their environment and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.

I believe that mental, physical, and spiritual health are intertwined and essential to insuring that all adults, children, and families realize their potential. I believe in meeting you where you are emotionally and spiritually, and see therapy as a journey that is to be guided by mutually agreed upon goals.

How to reach Belinda…

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) 766-8218
Email: belinda@motivationscounseling.com

Belinda’s credentials…

Education
Master of Social Work with Mental Health Concentration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minor in Sociology, University of Houston

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor in Texas (LCSW-S) #32647
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

Professional Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Houston Area Marriage and Family Therapists (HAMFT)
Latino Social Workers of Greater Houston (LSWGH) 

 

Belinda provides the following services…




Kelsey Engdorf, Therapist
Supervised by Jill Wheeler, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-SKaty/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land)

Sugar Land

M.A., LPC Intern


I recognize our mental health is affected by a variety of forces including our habits, thinking patterns, and environment. I strive to help my clients make effective changes in order to live a more meaningful, satisfying life.

I focus on making sure my clients get the help they need while feeling heard, valued, and not judged.

I work with adolescents, teens, adults, and couples. I have extensive experience working with individuals in a variety of crisis situations. I enjoy working with a diverse clientele of different ages, genders, races, and sexualities.

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

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual and Domestic Abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • LGBTQ+
  • Substance Abuse

Kelsey Engdorf, M.A., LPC Intern
Kelsey Engdorf - Office

Kelsey’s approach to counseling…

With individuals, I work from a person-centered approach. This means, in part, that I believe the therapeutic relationship is of central importance for meaningful change. I incorporate evidence-based techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

With couples, I mainly use an extensively researched model for therapy known as the Gottman Method.

How to reach Kelsey…

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

Phone: (281) 606-5043
Email: kelsey@motivationscounseling.com

Kelsey’s credentials…

Education
Master of Arts in Counseling, Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of Houston

Licenses/Certifications
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, License #81030

Specialized/Advanced Training
Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Levels 1 & 2              
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST)

 

Kelsey provides the following services…




Carissa Ferguson, Therapist
Supervised by Jill Wheeler, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-SKaty/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land)

Sugar Land

M.A., LPC Intern


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a National Board Certified Counselor providing psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families.

You do not have to be at rock bottom or feel the need to fit a cliché of what it looks like to come to therapy. Whatever problem or uneasiness you carry with you, no matter how big or small it may seem, I am here to help you find a more positive path that suits your life and goals.

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

  • Trauma and Complex Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss and Grief
  • Life Stage Transitions
  • Stress
  • LGBTQ+
  • Couple, Marital, and Relationship Issues
  • Familial Issues
  • Couple Therapy
  • Self Esteem
  • Interpersonal Problems
  • Chronic Illness and Medical Problems

Carissa Ferguson, M.A., LPC Intern
Carissa Ferguson - Office

Carissa’s approach to counseling…

Whether I am working with an individual, couple, or family, I want to make sure you are feeling heard, understood, and that we can work together in achieving progress for you and your life. I am straight forward with my clients, but I do so in a way that still includes compassion, understanding, and a caring nature. I believe to make progress, we must be honest with each other and accept what is, and I will help you in that process.

Though I focus in two models for therapy, I do utilize other therapy models and integrate these in the sessions as I see fit to best help you as the client. I also have training in Gottman up to Level 2 for couples therapy.

How to reach Carissa…

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

Phone: (832) 356-9370
Email: carissa@motivationscounseling.com

Carissa’s credentials…

Education
Master of Arts in Counseling, Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Sam Houston State University

Licenses/Certifications
Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, License #84203

Specialized/Advanced Training
Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Levels 1 & 2   

Professional Affiliations
American Counseling Association - ACA           

 

Carissa provides the following services…