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Audrey Gordon
Self Pay Rate: $140

Audrey Gordon, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Audrey Gordon is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A). Audrey is also a military veteran who has a history of working with addiction and dual diagnoses. She specializes in treating adults experiencing alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety, PTSD, and military-related stress and issues.

Audrey earned her Master's degree in Addiction Counseling from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She is also certified in accelerated art therapy, (AAT) meaning she helps clients quickly process and change their physiological responses to activating memories. She looks forward to building a meaningful therapeutic relationship with all clients and always putting my client's needs first. Audrey may refer clients to another specialist when appropriate, suggest additional resources that may supplement the client's treatment plan, and check in regularly with the client about their current and future therapeutic goals to continually reassess their therapeutic process.

She's genuinely interested in connecting with her clients by forming a therapeutic bond that creates a warm, empathetic space for them to process emotions and cultivate healthy coping skills.

Education

Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Master of Addiction Counseling

Specialties

  • Alcohol Use
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Military/Veteran
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD
Brandy Messiah
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Brandy Messiah, PMHNP-BC, RN, APRN

Philosophy of Care

Brandy Messiah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment to foster a strong therapeutic alliance with the patient and/or family. Brandy began a nursing career in 2009 as a Registered Nurse (RN) and spent the next 10 years as a bedside nurse in emergency medicine, psychiatry (outpatient programs & inpatient hospitals), long-term intensive care units (ICU), step-down ICU/cardiac/telemetry, home-health, and hospice.

Throughout her nursing career Brandy witnessed the many disparities in the delivery and approach to mental health issues. This led her to develop an intense passion for the mental health population and the specialty of psychiatry. She decided to pursue an advanced degree as a PMHNP to effectively contribute and reach her personal goal to enhance the delivery of the mental health care to assist patients/families in better management and outcomes associated with mental health conditions.

Brandy thoroughly enjoys direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation to success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, she will be able to provide you with the relevant education and resources, and better assist you in your own, unique journey in the recovery and healing process.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Cassandra Cantu
Self Pay Rate: $140

Cassandra Cantu, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Cassandra Cantu is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPCA) who has worked with adolescents and adults in different settings (e.g., community, collegiate, and prison) addressing various issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, social anxiety, life transitions, self-compassion and mindfulness, identity, human sexuality, grief and loss, relationship and family communication issues, substance abuse and addiction, disordered eating, technology use-related issues, and others.

Cassandra completed her Master of Education (M.Ed) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, and a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts of America. Cassandra's expertise in stress, anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, people pleasing, and relationship issues come from personal experience and the experiences of people around her. Her counseling skills provide her the tools required to help her clients gain awareness and understanding about their personal experiences in different stages of life. Furthermore, Cassandra helps guide her clients toward awareness of how that might be influencing their present and preventing themselves from moving in a direction of progress.

Cassandra prefers to work through a collaborative therapy lens. She views the client as an expert on their life and allows both client/counselor to work together towards a common goal identified by the client. Moreover, Cassandra accompanies her clients as a support and a guide in their journey to empowerment and a deeper positive connection with themselves and others. Along with Cassandra's skills and techniques that her training provides, she brings an understanding and experience to her work that is unique to her. Although human change is complex, Cassandra believes in people and their desire to be in harmony. If you would like to work with Cassandra Cantu and explore how your personal experiences may be influencing your present and/or impacting your ability to move in a direction of progress, Cassandra can work with you to learn how to adapt and overcome.

Education

Texas Tech University
Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
Chris Hansen
Self Pay Rate: $140

Chris Hansen, Ph.D., LPCS, NCC, CCM

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Chris Hansen is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) who has 10 years of experience working with severe psychological/psychotic disorders, abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, domestic violence, groups, and couples. Dr. Hansen has a very wide range of clinical experience ranging from inpatient and outpatient programs such as IOP/PHP, the Veterans Administration, private practice, as well as clinical research and contract mental health work.

Dr. Hansen completed his master's degree at Texas A&M and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling/Education at St. Mary’s University, graduating with honors from both programs. Dr. Hansen has also worked extensively within corporate healthcare and has been a staunch advocate for mental health reforms. He served 24 years in the United States Navy, is a disabled veteran, and is a member of several veteran's mental health groups and associations. Given his extensive military experience, Chris has a passion for and specializes in treating military members and their families.

Education

St. Mary’s University
Ph.D. Counseling/Education

Specialties

  • Military members/families
  • Retired military members
  • Trauma
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Couples Therapy
  • Personality Disorders
  • Group Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Parenting
Francis Segovia
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Francis Segovia, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Francis Segovia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Texas and Wisconsin. She is qualified to diagnose, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Francis has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, impulsivity, depression, insomnia, trauma, abuse, obsessive compulsive, adjustment, behavioral, and psychosis. She has a passion for holistic patient care and has 14 years of experience working with individuals from ages 10 to 95.

Francis completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of South Alabama. She spent 9 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) and 4 years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Francis has worked at an in-patient psychiatric state facility in Texas, a 24-hour crisis phone line, and an outpatient crisis stabilization unit. She also has experience as a charge nurse on an adolescent and adult psychiatric forensic intensive care unit. Francis has great communication skills, is a good listener, and takes pride in providing positive patient care with no judgement.

Since Francis has 7 years of experience working with adolescents under the age of 17, she has a way to interact therapeutically and became a great advocate to children and adolescents. She is able to determine the needs of the patient and provide holistic care. She is understanding and provides patient education during each visit. There is no wrong question. It is better to ask than to not understand your symptoms.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
University of South Alabama

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma & PTSD
ijeoma Ajayi
Self Pay Rate: $199:Intake $149: Follow-up

ijeoma Ajayi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Ms. Ajayi is currently licensed as a PMHNP-BC/FNP-C in the states of Texas, California, and Colorado. Ms. Ajayi has dedicated over 20 years to the healthcare profession. She completed her Masters of Nursing at the University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley. Ijeoma’s experience with mental health spans over 20 years in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and correctional settings across a broad range of client populations. Ijeoma has a passion for mental health and people’s wellbeing and works diligently to help restore personal health and wellness to the mind, body, and soul. She believes in utilizing a holistic approach to treatment whenever possible and believes in working closely with her clients to deliver an effective individualized treatment. With her passion for providing mental health care to clients of all ages. Ijeoma engages clients, by providing psychopharmacological education, with the goal of empowering the client in their treatment plan. 

It is her goal to provide culturally competent and compassionate care to persons of diverse backgrounds. Ijeoma is a highly requested Provider in her community. Her personal statement, “I am continuously evolving in order to grow my expertise so that my patients can get the possible care. Patient’s needs are always paramount in my care and also their wellbeing are at the forefront of my Practice.” In her free time, Ijeoma enjoys watching TV, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Education

University of Texas
Masters of Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Joy Yango
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Joy Yango, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Joy is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, who is qualified to diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for adults, adolescents and children. Some of her practice specialties include but are not limited to; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

Mrs. Yango holds strong assessment, diagnostic and communication skills. She works effectively independently as well as collaborates with other professionals to provide great care for her patients. 

Joy is a great listener, empathetic, accountable, trustworthy and has great integrity in the care she provides for her patients. Joy uses a holistic approach to patient care. She is a great advocate for both professional psychotherapy, medication management and ongoing education to manage patient’s symptoms. She exercises patience and ensures that before she completes a visit with her patients, they have a comprehensive and understandable plan of care tailored to their needs.

Education

University of Texas Houston
Family Nurse Practitioner Post Masters- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PSTD
  • ADHD
Linda Osuji
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Linda Osuji, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Linda Osuji is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Texas. She began her nursing career in 2015, caring for the mental health needs of individuals across the lifespan and in various settings including residential treatment centers, inpatient facilities and outpatient community mental health clinics. 

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology at Texas Lutheran university and then switched careers to receive her Masters in Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. Since then she has been providing evidence-based and client-centered care for individuals struggling with mood disorders, anxiety and psychotic disorders. 

With a passion for the field of psychiatry fueled by experience and empathy, her mission is to provide compassionate care that leaves each client with a sense of hope.

Education

University of Texas at Austin
Masters in Nursing

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
Maame Obiri-Boateng
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Maame Obiri-Boateng, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Maame S. Obiri-Boateng is a Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose focus is working with patients with mental illness in a collaborative manner to understand their diagnosis, treatment plan, and develop management strategies to better manage the day-to-day challenges that affect the patient’s general wellness. She sees patients across the lifespan from ages 4 to 88 years older adults and has worked with patients diagnosed with PTSD, MDD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, addiction, and behavior disorders.

Maame graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from San Antonio, her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Master's of Science in Nursing from Walden University.  Her love for psychiatry led her to pursue an advanced degree in nursing and today, she collaborates with other care providers (primary care provider, specialist, therapist, nutritionist, life coach, etc) to address underlying symptoms and lifestyle factors associated with mental illness.

Maame understands that each patient is unique and focuses on providing personalized care, putting the needs of the patients first, and creating treatment plans specific to their disorders. Each patient requires careful attention in order to shape their treatment plan, focus on medication management in order to achieve positive and therapeutic outcomes. Maame puts a lot of emphasis on listening to understand her patients in order to provide the best care possible.

Maame uses engaging, empathetic, and pragmatic guidance in therapeutic settings and utilizes active listening, mindfulness, and observational skills to collect data for treatment planning and therapeutic interventions.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • ADHD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Trauma and PTSD, Women’s Issues
Michaella Park
Self Pay Rate: $140

Michaella Park, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Michaella Park (Yu Gyoung Park) is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) who works with young adults and adults seeking help with substance use disorder, trauma, depression/anxiety, life transition, and adjustment issues for immigrants.

Michaella completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin and her Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St. Mary's University (CACREP-accredited). She is a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and can provide practice in Korean.

Michaella seeks to establish a comforting and healing relationship with you to assist in building on your sense of security and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire. She utilizes a holistic framework that is guided by your specific needs and incorporates cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, solution-focused, and trauma-informed therapy.

Education

St. Mary's University
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Multicultural challenges
  • Adjustment issues
  • Life Transition
  • Self-Esteem
Monica Gutierrez
Self Pay Rate: $140

Monica Gutierrez, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Monica Gutierrez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and National Certified Counselor under the supervision of Kate Robbins, M.A., LPC-S. Monica has experience working with at-risk youth and families in ministry, adult individuals with disabilities and musculoskeletal injuries, college students, and young adults. She often works with young adults navigating issues related to personal identity/values, career, life transitions, and relationships.

Monica completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at Texas State University and her Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. Her philosophy is rooted in existentialism, focused on finding personal meaning and purpose in life. Through this lens, it is understood that there are certain things in life that one can and can’t control. Therapy can be a way to help people develop awareness and identify personal autonomy.

Working collaboratively with her clients, Monica helps them discover their therapeutic goals. She enjoys helping clients explore their presenting issues and concerns, develop new insights, and take action to help overcome those issues. She comes from an integrative approach, which means she utilizes a variety of different techniques and skills, tailored to your specific needs. Coming from the Christian perspective, Monica also welcomes those who request to integrate their faith into their counseling sessions.

Education

St. Edward’s University
Master of Arts in Counseling

Specialties

  • Career Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Christian Counseling
  • Communication Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Issues – Single, Dating or Married
  • Self-Development/Values Work
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Ideation
Olayemi"Cynthia" Akindele
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Olayemi “Cynthia” Akindele, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Cynthia Akindele is a Doctoral-Prepared and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC, DNP) with over 11 years of experience providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in treating clients of all ages who are struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, anger management issues, relationship difficulties, ADHD, behavioral issues, eating disorders, gender identity and transgender issues, military and veteran issues,  including PTSD, and more.

Cynthia earned her Master's degree in Nursing from Walden University, with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner. She then obtained a post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in 2019. Her journey into the health care field began when she was working as a registered nurse taking care of patients in homes and hospital settings. She had the opportunity to work with patients in various settings, including medical-surgical units, long-term acute care units, outpatient surgery, hospice, neonatal/pediatric unit, and adult home health agency. She also worked for the Veterans Affairs hospital in 2017, and this experience made her more aware of the great need for mental health professionals.

Cynthia's psychiatric approach is evidence-based, holistic, and patient-centered. She'll work to create an environment where you can develop trust in her and feel safe sharing your stories and experiences. With Cynthia's guidance and support, you'll partner together to create realistic goals that can meet your mental health needs.

Education

Walden University
Master's Degree in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma & PTSD
Simone Ducloux
Self Pay Rate: $140

Simone Ducloux, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Simone Ducloux is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) who is passionate about providing treatment for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, compulsive behaviors, and body image concerns. During her years working with families to help their children learn music, and her experience counseling adults in a community clinic setting, as well as young adults in a college counseling center, Simone developed a strong awareness of the important roles that creativity and self-compassion play in helping people connect with their strengths and trust themselves to work through challenges.

Simone completed her Bachelor of Music (BM) and her Master of Music (MM) in Piano at the University of Texas. She completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling at Texas State University.

Simone has a warm and attentive style and integrates clinical perspectives and evidence-based techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and person-centered/humanistic approaches into her practice. It can feel lonely and confusing to navigate through life’s difficulties in the absence of a therapeutic relationship with someone who can help you process your thoughts and feelings, and to connect with your inner resources, so that you may build skills to find meaning and worth in all of your experiences, as you work toward your goals.

Education

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Texas State University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Grief and loss
  • Career counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Body image concerns
  • LGBTQIA+ allied
  • Multicultural concerns
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-care
Tzvi Prochnik
Self Pay Rate: $140

Tzvi Prochnik, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Tzvi Prochnik is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has worked with clients experiencing a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, grief/loss, relationship issues, academic stress, among many others. Tzvi has been working for the past three years in an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in Austin. While there, he conducted daily therapy groups as well as provided individual counseling sessions to clients. He is comfortable working with individuals in the midst of a crisis, and is able to meet his clients where they are.

Tzvi completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Lewis & Clark College and his Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas-Austin. As an LCSW, Tzvi is interested in not only understanding his clients but also understanding the different systems in which his clients operate, from their home life, to their work/school environment, to broader policies and structures that impact functioning. He has a strong commitment to social justice and empowering his clients to create positive change in their lives.

Tzvi is a flexible and curious clinician who will tailor his approach to you. He has familiarity with several different therapy modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. He operates from a trauma-informed, humanistic, culturally sensitive approach. Tzvi knows that the most important element for positive change in your life as a result of therapy is the therapeutic alliance. He takes a kind, nonjudgmental approach that will make you feel comfortable and allow you to recognize what you need from sessions. It takes a tremendous amount of courage, perseverance, and vulnerability in taking this step towards seeking therapy. Whether you are seeking therapy for the first time, or already have some familiarity with therapy, Tzvi would be honored to be the clinician to accompany you in this journey towards improved mental wellbeing and self-understanding.

Education

The University of Texas at Austin
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Career
Wanda Medina
Self Pay Rate: $140

Wanda Medina, LPC-S

Philosophy of Care

Wanda is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Provisional Licensed Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in Texas and Puerto Rico. She is experienced in working with diverse populations, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and the elderly. She is also experienced in working in different settings, such as public school, university, mental health center, emergency room, prison, crisis team and private practice. Wanda is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Illness Management and Recovery, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, Psychological First Aid, Integrate Health and Motivational Interviewing.

Wanda earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Her clinical internship was in a correctional complex treating people with dual diagnosis. She has extensive experience treating children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and crisis management. Wanda provides a safe and confidential environment where you can openly communicate your innermost concerns without judgement. She will also help you get a better understanding of your concerns and assist you in learning how to process them in healthy ways.

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Specialties

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Skills
  • Phase of Life Problems
Antoinette Byrd
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Antoinette Byrd, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Antoinette Byrd is a Psychiatric Nurse practitioner in the state of Washington and Texas. She has 10 years of experience working with individuals ages 4-90 and their families who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and psychosis. Antoinette has experience working in school health, public health, community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry departments.

Antoinette strives to understand the underlying beliefs and/or the cause of the symptoms experienced by clients to successfully provide the best treatments to manage the symptoms. Antoinette utilizes active listening skills to obtain what symptoms are causing the most distress and principles of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management to improve overall mental health and well-being.

Antoinette desires to ease the distressing symptoms of mental health by letting you know you are not alone, there are people who care, and will listen to you without judgment.

Education

Seattle Pacific University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Appolonia Chineme
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Appolonia Chineme, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Appolonia Chineme is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Appolonia has worked as a Registered nurse in many hospital and outpatient settings including, home health, psychiatric hospital setting, Medical surgical nursing, ICU nursing and inpatient nurse case manager in the Tarrant County level one trauma hospital system. Appolonia spent over 10 years as a bedside Registered Nurse prior to graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Texas El Paso in 2015 with focus in Family Practice.

Appolonia has worked as an outpatient Family Nurse Practitioner at the Tarrant County hospital system since 2016 providing holistic care to patients addressing both medical and mental health needs of patients in all age groups. Throughout the years as a Family Nurse practitioner, Appolonia recognized the overwhelming need for specialized and knowledgeable providers to address the Mental health needs of the patient population, she became increasingly interested in the Mental health aspect of her patient population. Appolonia then graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2019 after which she continued Practicing at the Tarrant County Hospital with a focus on medical and psychiatric patient care.

Appolonia believes that her years and experiences working at the bedside, case management, family and psychiatric patient care have prepared her to provide holistic care and better understand the patient as an integral part of the care team.

Education

University of Texas at El Paso
Masters with Focus Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Texas at Arlington
Post-Masters with Focus Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas
Post-Masters with focus Emergency and Trauma care.

Specialties 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorder
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorders
  • Medically induced Mental health problems.
  • Generalized Mental Health Problems.
Deborah Solomon
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Deborah Solomon, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over three years of experience delivering care focused on the body-mind-social wellbeing of individuals ages 18 and older. Commended for expertise of a broad range of psychiatric and mental health diagnosis. Demonstrated proficiency in comprehensive assessments and integrating findings to coordinate recovery-focused care to promote optimal mental healthcare results.

Identify and capitalize on the psychological, developmental, cognitive and personal strengths of the individual with empowerment to effectively manage your mental health conditions

Let us work together to help you be the best you can be. Let us begin setting achievable goals together.

Education

University of Cincinnati
Post Master's certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Men's Issues
  • Military/Veteran
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
Mabel Nwachukwu
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Mabel Nwachukwu, APRN, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state  of Texas since 2017. She has experience working in psychiatric clinics with clients 18 years and older helping them to achieve their recovery goals. She is skilled in assessing and treating a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment disorders, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University Dallas and received her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health from University of Texas in Arlington. 

Mab provides Psychiatric evaluation and medication management services  through Telepsychiatry. She is passionate about thorough evaluation, patient teaching, holistic and collaborative care. So, your treatment will be customized, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual concerns considered, medical work-ups and therapy referrals included when indicated. 

Mab is a patient-friendly clinician who actively and intuitively listens to foster a therapeutic alliance with her clients; you will ALWAYS have an active voice in  your treatment and her goal is to provide a setting where all clients are comfortable to communicate their current needs and achieve the optimal level of functioning that they value and desire. 

Education

University of Texas
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties 

  • Major Depressive Disorder 
  • Post-partum Depression 
  • Adjustment Disorder 
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Other mood Disorders 
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 
  • PTSD 
  • OCD
Abe Clabby
Self Pay Rate: $140

Abe Clabby, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Abe Clabby is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in treating relationship issues, workaholism, trauma, codependency, depression, anxiety, autism, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Abe spent the last 6 years at the Love Is Respect hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where he has seen the best and the worst that family and relationships have to offer. He is the author of "Cool Off the Burnout: Feel Better at High-Pressure Jobs".

Abe completed his master's degree in Counseling at St. Edward's University, where he earned a 3.7 GPA and spent an extra semester taking courses in marriage and family therapy. In postgraduate training like the Gottman method, Abe found what some couples do that makes them thrive. There are things that help with a partner, but they also help with our parents, our jobs, and our friends. Abe uses motivational interviewing in a client-centered way, empowering people to change the narrative and find an existential purpose for what they do and using the tools of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to get around the obstacles where people feel stuck.

Abe works with a lot of good-hearted people. They're compassionate and want to do good in the world and to help people they love. Caring people can be taken for granted, taken advantage of, and even hurt and used. They can be left feeling empty, unfulfilled, and unloved. But with the right mindset, boundaries, and self-care, they can be respected, appreciated, and live a life that they're proud of. Abe helps people care for others and in turn, care for themselves. With therapy, people can troubleshoot their troubles in jobs and relationships. Everyone has more options than they realize.

Education

Masters in Counseling
St. Edward's University

Specialties

  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Making and Improving Friendships
  • Couples Therapy (new relationships welcome)
  • Recovery from Abuse & Trauma
  • Seeking Purpose
Francesca Zucaro
Self Pay Rate: $140

Francesca Zucaro, LPC, M.S Ed.

Philosophy of Care

Fran Zucaro is a Licensed Professional Counselor who offers a collaborative approach where dynamic change can occur. She assists clients who are suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, medical illness, relationship issues, divorce, child/adolescent trauma, and behavioral issues.

Fran brings a unique set of experiences — she has worked extensively within psychiatric inpatient units, intensive outpatient units (PHP/IOP), emergency departments, school counseling, and college admissions counseling.  She is a seasoned counselor who understands the need for safety and comfort during therapy sessions and her goal is to provide a trusting, relaxing, and healing environment.

Fran graduated from the University of Rochester with an M.S in Counseling in 2005 and was trained at Strong Memorial Hospital in Psychiatry. Fran was selected into Chi Sigma Iota, the international and professional academic honor society for professional counselors. Fran utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and strength-based training to assist with the complex needs of her clients.

Education

Masters of Science in Counseling
University of Rochester

Specialties

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling (7- 18)
  • Educational Transitions (High School & College)
  • Veteran and Military Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Chemical Dependency/Recovery/Substance Abuse Issues
  • Marital Counseling
  • Relationship and Couples Counseling
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dual-Diagnosis
  • Mood disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Medical Conditions
  • Parenting
  • Stress Management
  • Workplace Issues
Erin Schovanec
Self Pay Rate: $140

Erin Schovanec, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Erin Schovanec is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and dance/movement therapist who has 16 years of experience as an expressive and creative mental health professional. Erin’s clinical experience has ranged in various treatment settings including outpatient therapy, Treatment Foster Care, and residential treatment. She has served children, adolescents, and adults experiencing symptoms related to attachment, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.

Erin completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance Education magna cum laude at the University of Central Oklahoma and her Master of Arts (MA) in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School. Erin’s personal hobbies include dancing, teaching group exercise, and running.

Erin's clinical approach is solution-focused, person-centered, with the utilization of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral techniques. In addition, as a movement therapist, Erin’s therapeutic approach stems from a mind-body perspective, in that there is an inner relationship between the physical body and our thoughts and emotions. In order to heal, one has to “move through” challenging barriers with open awareness and self-compassion to develop a deeper understanding of one’s self. This healing process contributes to more meaningful relationships and greater connection to self and others.

Education

Master of Arts in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology
Antioch New England Graduate School

Specialties

  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Dual-diagnosis
  • Life transitions
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
Kelly Pederson
Self Pay Rate: $140

Kelly Pedersen, LPC-S

Philosophy of Care

Kelly Pedersen is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who specializes in redefining perception: assisting individuals with trauma recovery and couples with intimacy-rebuilding with insight and useful techniques for bypassing roadblocks. She helps people hone their anger management skills and address the flip side of the coin: initiating the healing process after someone has endured physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. In addition, she helps people with trauma, life transitions, LGBTQ-related challenges, mood disorders, and geriatric issues.

Kelly is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as a technique to treat PTSD, and she assesses trauma through the dual lenses of spirituality and culture. She also uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) in her therapeutic processes.

"Stuck" situations require creative solutions! Solving a problem in isolation isn't easy, which is why collaboration with an experienced counselor can prove invaluable. The details of each person’s thinking may be varied and unique in every case, but Kelly believes that what is really important is the sense of being enough, sufficient, responsible, capable as yourself on top of the situation. When the work goes well (which certainly is the intention) the outcome will be the same: an increase in the sense of one’s own ability to manage life, and a feeling of growth and empowerment.

Kelly has a clear approach to counseling with people and it relates to what she sees as the ideal outcome of such work. The highest goal, the gold standard of good counseling, is an increase in client morale, significant growth of feeling competent and confident to work with the feelings and situations that brought you to counseling in the first place. A good counseling relationship has worked when one hears, “You know, I think I can handle this now. I feel a lot better and think I know what to work on and what to do.”

As a counselor, Kelly strives to encourage a therapeutic connection that serves as a "secure base", enabling you to challenge your misconceptions about yourself and refocus on your strengths. She believes that accessing new experiences in the context of a therapeutic relationship can help us rewire our brains and our lives.

Education

Master of Arts in Counseling
University of Texas

Specialties

  • Trauma Therapy/EMDR
  • Relationship Counseling/Partner Issues
  • Managing Life Transitions
  • College Transitions
  • LGBTQ Coming Out to Parents and Family Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Geriatric Issues
  • Christian Counseling
  • Religious and Spiritual Counseling
Gina Carlino
Self Pay Rate: $140

Gina Carlino, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Gina Carlino is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who works with clients who need support while they or their family member has either a dual diagnosis, or is struggling with an addiction such as drug or alcohol abuse. Gina is passionate about working with families and helping to rebuild trust in relationships. She has specialized training in working with couples to enhance their communications.

Gina completed her master's degree in Counseling Education at Texas State University. Her work with clients spans a variety of issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, and family/relationship issues. She has a special affinity for working with the elderly and their end-of-life issues. If your loved one has Alzheimer's and you need support, then contact Gina Carlino for a consultation.

Education

Masters in Counseling Education
Texas State University

Specialties

  • Grief and Loss
  • Aging and End-of-Life Issues
  • Alzheimers Support
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Relationship, Couple and Family Issues
  • Dual-Diagnosis
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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