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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

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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 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.

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:

  • 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.

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
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.

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, TherapistSugar Land(Sugar Land)

MS, LPC, EMDR Trained 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, EMDR Therapist

Ruba Afifi, MS, LPC, 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.

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…




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

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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.

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…




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 Associate


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate 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.

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 Associate, License #84203

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

Professional Affiliations
American Counseling Association - ACA           

 

Carissa provides the following services…




Natalie Andrepont, TherapistSugar Land(Sugar Land)

M.A., LPC, NCC


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board Certified Counselor providing psychotherapy services for children, teens, adults, and families.

At the time someone comes to me, they have been sitting in a prolonged state of uncomfortableness and need support. I can provide a non-judgmental, transparent, supportive space to help alleviate feelings of discomfort.

I have experience working with individuals (5 yrs. old +) and families on a range of issues and life situations, including:

  • Childhood and Teen Issues
  • Adults
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Family Dynamics
  • Cultural/Racial Topics
  • Personality Related Disorders
  • Grief
  • Trauma Related Concerns
  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Major Life Transitions
  • Coping with Substance Use within the family
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Interpersonal Relationship Issues
  • Stress Related Concerns
  • Anger Management
  • Self Esteem/Self Confidence
  • LGBTQ+
  • Crisis Situations
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Values/Beliefs
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Body Dysmorphia

Natalie Andrepont, M.A., LPC, NCC
Natalie Andrepont's - Office

I have delivered services in a variety of settings, such as, school environments and community-based crisis relief centers (e.g. Santa Fe High School Shooting, Suicide Support/Prevention, Natural Disaster Relief Support).

My experience providing services in applied behavior analysis (ABA) settings include use of sensory integration techniques, socializations skills and community-based instruction/implementation.

I have considerable experience in offering group services: support groups, group psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups on a variety of psychological well-being topics.

Natalie’s approach to counseling…

“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it”. – Leon Brown

I believe in the significance of uncovering the strength of the mind to achieve living a purposeful life. More importantly, discovering the direct relation between thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behavior. Awareness of these connections allow for the shift in power of control of your life back into your hands!

I use a collaborative, strengths-based approach to assist in the creation of a path, unique to the individual. This path identifies core values and beliefs that act as blueprint for personal growth, in all areas of life.

When working with teens, I strive to create a space for empowerment. I believe it is important to feel confident enough to use voice as a vice to communicate thoughts and feelings. I help create a safe place to effectively communicate thoughts and emotions to strengthen relationships with family, partners, and peers.

I use an integrated therapeutic approach that incorporates, but not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Counseling and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques.

On the personal side…

I am an outdoorsy, Pinterest crafting, cupcake baking, Texas native!

Natalie’s credentials…

Education
Bachelor of Science in Psychology; University of Houston (2015)
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology; University of Houston – Clear Lake (2017)

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas #79254
National Certified Counselor

 

Natalie provides the following services…




Lisa Kampwerth, TherapistKaty/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land)

Sugar Land

MSW, LCSW


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, families, individuals and couples. Most of my clinical experience has been working with clients and their families who have suffered through various traumas, such as physical, sexual, and verbal abuse, and neglect.

I have helped clients with various behavioral issues, such as juvenile delinquency, conduct disorder, substance abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, attachment issues and family conflict, and those who have struggled living with various types of mental health disorders.

I also have experience, both personally and professionally, in working with children living in foster care and with children placed in adoptive homes.

My most recent passion over the last few years has been helping couples heal from toxic interactions. An intimate relationship can be one of the biggest joys in life, but it can also serve to be one of the greatest sources of pain. Too many relationships become unhappy and unsuccessful because the couple never learned how to get unstuck.

I help couples identify areas of gridlock and explore each other’s perspectives, needs, fears and goals to reach a much deeper level of understanding. Most importantly, we work together to shed old communication patterns and replace them with healthier styles that allow for more openness and respect. The goal is to learn healthy habits that will lend itself to meeting individual needs and an overall more content relationship.

Lisa Kampwerth, MSW, LCSW
Lisa Kampwerth's - Office

I am passionate when it comes to helping all types of clients, whether they are children, adolescents, families, couples or individuals, facilitate the change he or she desperately wants and deserves so one can live a more fulfilling life.

I work with children 5 years and older and have experience working with clients on a range of issues and life situations, including:

  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Abuse (Physical, Sexual, Emotional) and Neglect
  • Grief
  • Attachment and Bonding Issues
  • Childhood and Teen Issues
  • Couple, Marital, and Relationship Issues
  • Family Issues/dynamics

Lisa's approach to counseling...

My goal in therapy is to provide a safe place where there is unconditional positive regard and a nonjudgmental approach, so you can share your story and feel heard and understood.

I like to use an integrative approach that derives from Person Centered, Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. I believe that therapy should be conducted within a person centered framework that helps facilitate personal growth and development, eliminates or mitigates feelings of distress, increases self-esteem and openness to experience, and enhances the client's understanding of him- or herself all in a non-judgmental way. Additionally, when working with families, my goal is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations, and create a better functioning home environment.

Foremost, the therapy I provide is very solution focused and involves the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which seeks to explore the client’s cognitive and behavioral constructs to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving and to implement positive and adaptive coping strategies.

I will use the therapeutic modality that is best suited for you and your presenting challenge. Each client is unique and therefor you should expect a tailored treatment plan that will provide the best possible solution to address the areas or behaviors they seek to change. I will challenge you at times and will stress the importance of homework and self-practice between sessions, all for your benefit. I will work in collaboration with you so that you are an instrumental part of your own therapy.

Lisa’s credentials…

Education
Masters of Social Work, University of Houston, TX (2002)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia (1997)

Licenses/Certifications
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, #37402 (2004)

 

Lisa provides the following services…




Kerri Francis, TherapistKaty/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch)

M.Ed., LPC, Certified EMDR Therapist


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience with multiple populations in a variety of settings. I am certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I offer individual psychotherapy to adults (18 and up). Specialized populations I have served include: Veterans, First Responders, Senior Adults, Addicts/Alcoholics (12-step model), Non-custodial Parents, and Probationers/Parolees.

Treatment issues include:

  • PTSD/Complex trauma
  • Combat/Deployment/Military Sexual Trauma
  • Self-esteem/Social Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)

Kerry Francis, M.Ed., LPC, Certified EMDR Therapist
Kerri Francis's - Office

Kerri's approach to counseling...

You know your own answers. I will help you find them. I will help you find your personal truths and learn to live by those truths.

I will help you discover and discard negative baggage you have carried into your adulthood. Emotions and experiences can distort reality. Awareness is the key!

Let's identify your personal assets and liabilities and use that information to increase self-esteem and confidence while decreasing depression, anxiety, and a host of other issues that are preventing you from being the person you want to be.

Sound simple? It is, but it isn't easy. It takes commitment and work, but it is do-able. I will be there with you and will celebrate your victories. Everyone deals with mental health issues at some time or another. You control your mental wellness and I can help.

Kerri’s credentials…

Education
Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, Southwest Texas State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Southwest Texas State University

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, License #17291 (2001)
Certified EMDR Therapist

Specialized Advanced Training
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
EMDR for treatment of mental health issues and chronic pain

Professional Affiliations
EMDR International Association- EMDRIA
Texas Counseling Association
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation- ICISF

 

Kerri provides the following services…




Anum Ali, TherapistSugar Land(Sugar Land)

MS, LPC, NCC


I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. My aim is to help individuals identify and recognize resilient coping strategies, efficacy, hope, and optimism. I enjoy working with and learning about diverse populations.

We will work together toward developing goals and explore various ways to accomplish them. Thank you in advance for taking the first step towards reaching your full potential!

Specializations:

  • Relationships
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD / Trauma

Anum Ali, MS, LPC-Associate
Anum Ali - Office

Anum's approach to counseling...

I adhere to a Cognitive-Behavior theoretical (CBT) approach to counseling. This approach is based on the principle that believes unhealthy thought patterns lead to the maladaptive emotions. I will encourage you to identify distorted thought patterns and work with you in replacing them with an alternate thought, thereby enhancing emotional regulation.

I hope that we will establish a great rapport and work together in achieving your goals. I aim to provide you with an empathic, kind, nurturing, and safe environment for the therapeutic process to flourish. I am here for you.

Anum’s credentials…

Education
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Houston Victoria
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Texas San Antonio

Credential Information:
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of TX – 84910

Certifications
Trained in Gottman Level I and II Marriage & Couples Therapy – The Gottman Institute (2019)
Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – TF-CBT
Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy – C-DBT 

 

Anum provides the following services…



Jennifer Johnson West, Therapist
Supervised by Deanna Alcala, LPC-SSugar Land(Sugar Land)

M.A., MS, LPC-Associate, NCC


As a wife, mother and someone who has worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families I know how difficult, stressful, and messy life can be. I also know the value of reaching out and engaging in supportive and effective counseling. If you are struggling, or facing difficult life transitions, you are not broken or damaged- you might just be stuck. Don't wait to take the next step, reach out today for help.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult clients on a range of issues including:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Learning disorders
  • Marriage difficulties
  • Parent and child or adolescent relationship difficulties
  • Parents who have children with Developmental Delays
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Self Esteem/Self Confidence
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Women’s Issues

Jennifer Johnson West, MS, LPC-Associate
Jennifer Johnson West - Office

Jennifer's approach to counseling...

Whether you are feeling stuck or looking to overcome obstacles, I want to work collaboratively with you to effectively get to the other side of challenges in ways that empower your life.

My approach to counseling is culturally sensitive and client focused that includes Cognitive Behavioral, Emotionally Focused, Narrative and Solution Focused therapy using a non-judgmental, nurturing counseling setting.

I believe in client-wellness, and my job as your counselor is to work collaboratively with you to promote growth and healing that support you reaching your goals.

On the personal side...

I have been married for over 24 years and am a mother of three adult children, including twin boys. Together with my husband our family has lived in Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, California, Houston, and Sugar Land.

Jennifer’s credentials…

Education
Bachelor of Science in Communication; the University of Texas at Austin (1991) 
Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations; the University of Houston (1997)
Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Houston, Victoria (2021)

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate License #87072; under the supervision of Deanna Alcala, LPC-S
National Certified Counselor License #1440404
Gottman Couples Counseling – Training Level 1 & 2

Professional Affiliations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Texas Counseling Association (TCA) 
Fort Bend Counseling Association (FBCA)
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAD)
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

 

Jennifer provides the following services…



Desiree St. Pierre, Therapist
Supervised by Suzan Cotellesse MS, LPC, LPC-SKaty/Cinco Ranch(Katy/Cinco Ranch, Sugar Land)

Sugar Land

MS, LPC-Associate, NCC


There is hope – and I am so glad you are now taking the first step toward feeling better by landing on Motivations website. In the golden years of my life, I know the struggles life can bring and am passionate about helping others work through and heal from life’s challenges. I care about how you feel and what life has handed you. I would love to help support you in creating a roadmap to the life you deserve - a happier, brighter, healthier, balanced, calm, and whole life.

I am lucky to have been trained by some of the most educated and compassionate therapists in this practice with decades of experience, and am geared and ready to support you in giving you my best. I love education and am constantly pursuing any research and training that best supports my clients. My EMDR training has allowed me to really help clients suffering from trauma and I have witnessed amazing healing come from the results.

I graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the highest designation of Summa Cum Laude and am a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association and the Texas Counseling Association. I have met high national standards for the general practice of counseling by becoming board certified with the National Board for Certified Counselors. My formal education has prepared me to counsel individuals, groups, couples, families, and adolescents.

Whether you decide to schedule an appointment with me or another therapist in our practice, I truly hope you feel better soon because you deserve to be happy!

Specializations:

  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD
  • Pet Bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem/Self Confidence
  • Shame
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Issues

Desiree St. Pierre, MS, LPC-Associate
Desiree St. Pierre - Office

Desiree's approach to counseling...

I incorporate an integrated approach to counseling that combines the best approach for each individual client drawn from Attachment, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), and Person-Centered theoretical approaches. Attachment theory focuses on relationships and bonds people develop. These bonds may go back to childhood and affect how a person operates in their current relationships. CBT is an evidence-based treatment proven to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, anger, marital and relationship problems, insomnia, and other struggles. CBT helps people to identify and change thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions. A Person-Centered approach is a humanistic approach that empowers and motivates individuals and looks at the ways in which individuals view themselves.

I will listen to you with empathetic understanding, unconditional positive regard, and be genuine, supportive, and non-judgmental. We will work toward goals that we develop together, as well as concentrating on identifying and changing old patterns, understanding ourselves better, and improving communication.

Together we will work to achieve the best possible results for you.

On the personal side...

I love to laugh and make others laugh. I have a passion for aviation and love to fly. I love, recue and foster all creatures great and small and am known for unashamedly blocking traffic to save turtles, snakes, or ducks on the road, and for capturing and releasing pelicans who are entangled in hooks and netting preventing them from flight.

Desiree’s credentials…

Education
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Houston Victoria
Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage

Licenses/Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of TX – #89835; under the supervision of Suzan Cotellesse MS, LPC, LPC-S
National Certified Counselor    
NBCC Board Certified
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 
Trained in Gottman Level I and II Marriage & Couples Therapy – The Gottman Institute 


Professional Affiliations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Texas Counseling Association (TCA) 
Fort Bend Counseling Association (FBCA)
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)


 

Desiree provides the following services…