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Valerie Jackson, PHD

Executive Director
Dr. Valerie D. Jackson holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 25 years of experience working with children in care (Child Protective Services). Dr. Jackson’s expertise is based on her extensive work at residential treatment centers, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, child placement agencies, and her work as a psychologist and case manager. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of three organizations: Monarch Family Services, The Adolescent Center and Mental Health Services, and Initiatives for Healthy Communities, whose collective mission is to improve the child welfare system through empirically informed best practices and innovative research. Dr. Jackson has published her work in a few reputable publications. Dr. Jackson also serves as a board member for Open Gate Homeless Ministries, Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, and Julia C. Hester House Inc., and is involved as a committee member for the Committee on Advancing Residential Practices (CARP), Coalition of Child Serving Sectors, and Relative as Parents Coalition. She is a member of University of St. Thomas Institutional Review Board (research involving human subjects), Texas Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, and Region 6 CPS Service Provider Group which includes several counties in the greater Houston region. Dr. Jackson is passionate about providing children and families effective programming to improve their lives and overall well-being.

Office Team

Peter Benda, MBA

Finance Director
Contracting & Credentialing, Insurance, Billing, Operation Management

Tina Caleb, BHSA

Human Resources Administrator
Human Resources Administration

Shequita Peters, MS

Psychology Technician
Evaluation Assistance, Client Monitoring & Administering

Cintya Hernandez

Office Administrator
Scheduling, Administrative Support, Spanish Speaking Clients

Linda Medrano

Pre-Authorization Administrator
Pre-certification & Appeals, Insurance Verification

Ana Perez

Office Manager
Scheduling, Administrative Support, Spanish Speaking Clients

Tomas Turrubiates, BSS

Office Assistant
Customer Service, Operator, Administration Duties

Mirna Hernandez

Office Administrator
Scheduling, Administrative Support, Spanish Speaking Clients

Antoinette Gilbert

Customer Service, Operator, Administration Duties

Kalari Faultry

Customer Service, Operator, Administration Duties


Akalita Ross, PhD

Akalita A. Ross, Ph.D. is a psychologist that enjoys working with all age groups. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical and Adolescent Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. She also received her Master's degree in Clinical Community Psychology from Texas Southern University and her B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Ross has clinical experience in providing psychological services in forensic, school and private settings. She has co-authored journal articles and participated in various trainings in the forensic settings. Dr. Ross has also been employed as an adjunct professor in institutions of higher learning. She is bilingual and can speak, read and write in Spanish and has completed assessments in Spanish for non-English speakers. Dr. Ross is a native Houstonian who enjoys to travel and try new things.

Anita Payan, PhD

Dr. Anita Payan is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Organizational Management at Emory University, Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston, and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology at the University of Houston. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Houston Independent School District Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention Department, where she specialized in providing emotional and behavioral consultation to staff members and parents, as well as providing crisis intervention, psychological evaluation, and individual and group counseling to youth. She has prior work experience as a psychologist in an academic medical setting and as a contracted specialist for conducting psychoeducational evaluations in schools. She is passionate about her work with children, adolescents, and families, and she strives to create a space where each client feels valued and heard.

Caryn Darwin, PhD

Dr. Darwin is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology with over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health working with youth. She completed her Bachelors, Masters and Education Specialist degrees at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and earned her Doctorate degree in School Psychology from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2016. Prior to moving to Texas to complete an APPIC approved pre-doctoral internship at Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center in 2015, Dr. Darwin worked as a school psychologist in Tennessee for ten years. Dr. Darwin's research and clinical interests include the impact of trauma and ecological factors on social/emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning; advocacy and fostering self-determination in all youth, including those from diverse and multicultural backgrounds; positive behavior intervention supports; restorative justice principles and practices; and, dismantling the school to prison pipeline. She has presented at both state and national conferences on disruptive behavior disorders and crisis intervention and has publications in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and in the Texas Association of School Psychologists newsletter.

Tonya Martin, PsyD

Dr. Tonya Martin is a Licensed Psychologist who enjoys working with clients of all ages. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and her Bachelor of Science and Art degrees in Psychology and Criminology at The University of Florida. Dr. Martin moved to Houston to complete her doctoral internship and later her post-doctoral fellowship at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department where she conducted court-ordered evaluations, including juvenile waiver and psychological evaluations, and provided therapy to juvenile girls who were victims of human trafficking. Dr. Martin has worked in Chicago and Houston primarily with forensic adolescent and adult clients in various settings, including state prisons, county jails, residential treatment settings, and community-based mental health settings doing both therapy and psychological evaluations. She also worked for five years in Fort Bend County conducting court-ordered evaluations for the county and district courts. Currently, Dr. Martin is also employed at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD where she is the Chief Psychologist at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department- Forensic Unit. She has also taught as adjunct staff at Prairie View A&M University where she taught master’s level psychology students. Dr. Martin is dedicated to providing quality care to her clients and to increasing her professional competence through research and continuing education.

Marsha Chin, PsyD

Dr. Marsha Chin holds years of experience working with diverse populations of all age groups that represent various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. She also brings with her a wealth of experience gained from 15 years of federal government service with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service Department. Dr. Chin completed her post-doctoral clinical psychology fellowship with a specialty focus in forensic psychology at The Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas where her tasks focused on treating child victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking of minors. Dr. Chin has specialized training in trauma-focused therapies with child, adolescent, and adult populations. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at Our Lady of the Lake University - Houston Campus.

Therapists & Counselors

Tarkitha Williams, LPC-S

Tarkitha is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree, Teaching Certification and Masters of Art in Counseling all from Northwestern State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Psychology. She has been in the mental health field for over 10 years specializing in adolescent behavioral and mental health issues as well as adults with acute and profound psychosis. She taught school in Louisiana for 7 years as a certified teacher. She also has expertise with juvenile probation as she worked with adolescents and their probation officers for 3 years before relocating to Houston, Tx. Tarkitha has experience with children, adolescents and adults from different backgrounds in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Amy Aniyeloye, LPC-S

Amy Douzart Aniyeloye, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is from Monroe, Louisiana and has lived in the Houston area since 2006. Amy is a proud graduate of Grambling State University located in Grambling Louisiana where she received a Bachelor degree in psychology. Amy began her career as a CPS specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services working with children, adolescents, adults, elderly, and multi ethnic families who were victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, rape, sexual abuse, neglect, and physical abuse. Amy received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Amy has gained over 11 years of experience in various settings including schools, homes, residential treatment centers, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital programs with individuals who present with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, etc. In addition, Amy is happily married and a proud mother of one amazing son.

Freddy Viafara, LPC

Freddy Viafara is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He received his Master´s Degree in Counseling in 2013 from University of St. Thomas. He received a Master´s Degree in Education in 2010 from the same institution. Freddy is originally from Colombia so he tends to gravitate towards multicultural counseling and humanistic therapy based on approaches. He works as a full time teacher with more than 13 years of experience working with children and families in the Houston area. He is a firm believer in empowering families with strategies that are simple and effective. In 2016, he got certified as a Systematic Training for Effective Parenting(STEP) facilitator. Freddy enjoys attending live concerts, music collections, and cooking healthy foods.

Justine Joseph, LPC

Justine works with individuals and couples of all ages to provide targeted counseling services. Her therapy will become a team effort and you will work together to identify realistic goals for you to work towards and accomplish. Justine completed her Master of Education in Counseling Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in August of 2013. She is currently working toward obtaining her full license as an LPC-Associate. She completed the specialized training - Systematic Training of Effective Parenting.

Fabiola Williams, LPC

Fabiola's goal as a therapist is to help her clients explore ways to fuller, richer lives. Everyone needs someone to talk to at some point of their lives and she is stride to be that person for her client. She always steps into every session with an open mind and holds no judgment, and aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that will encourage the exploration of issues that may prevent clients from leading happy, productive lives. Faby holds a Master's Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and she is a Licensed Profession Counselor. Her experiences include play therapy, divorce or separated couples, individual, and family therapy. She is an eclectic therapist with a focus on cognitive behavior therapist and solution focus therapy.

Sabastan Moore, LPC

Sabastan Moore, LPC is a state certified Therapist servicing the Greater Houston area especially Katy & Richmond. Using a Person-Centered Approach to therapy, his focus is crafting strategies for self-improvement for your specific needs. The concierge component of this practice, whereby he brings therapy to your home or office, is intended to provide clients with the authority to create an ideal atmosphere for the work to be done. In choosing Progress to Purpose Concierge Therapy – you are choosing someone with experience in Texas public schools should your need be for your children, you are choosing a husband and father should your need be for your relationship/family, you are choosing the best option to ensure the growth you desire.

Jaleesia Rosemond, LPC, LCDC

Sometimes life throws us curve balls, but that does not mean if you swing, you’ll miss. Being able to take a step back, observe the situation from a different perspective and being able to come back to the bat is always an option. Let her help you explore those options. No matter how big or small, having a listening ear can solve many problems. Jaleesia currently holds a licensure in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She enjoys working with children, ages 14 and older and adults. She has experience in depression, anxiety, addictions, autism, bipolar, MS, sexual abuse and domestic violence, just to name a few. Having a religious background, she is familiar with issues and conflicts that can arise in that area.

Adrianne Williams, LPC

Adrianne Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor from New Orleans, LA currently residing in Houston, Texas. Ms. Williams earned her Bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in 1990 and her Master’s degree from the University of New Orleans in 1994. Ms. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health; specializing in grief and trauma. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and utilizes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. Ms. Williams has a history of working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in both private and non-profit settings. She is also the proud mother of two and a lifelong member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated.

Lindsey Cason, LCDC

Lindsey Cason is a licensed chemical dependency counselor. She has been counseling individuals with substance use disorders since 2015. She earned her associates of applied science at Alvin Community College in substance abuse counseling in 2015. Lindsey has experience working in both outpatient and residential treatment as well as methadone maintenance. She is a certified parenting group facilitator with experience teaching parenting skills and working with families. She has experience providing specialized women's services for substance abuse and domestic violence. Lindsey is a certified instructor for the State of Texas Offender Education Program and teach DWI Education, DWI Intervention, Alcohol Education for Minors, and Drug Offender Education. She has experience as a prevention specialist teaching drug prevention within public schools. She earned her associate of nursing in 2018 and has experience in mental health nursing. She is currently working towards a bachelors in health services management.

Lorena Nava, LCDC

Lorena is a graduate from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She has been in the mental health field for 7 years. Prior to being in the mental health field, Lorena worked with The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for 5 years working with families and she continues to serve and work with families now. Lorena has experience working with adults specializing in the substance use field in an outpatient setting doing individual and group therapy. Lorena is fluent in Spanish (writing, reading and speaking).

Jazmine Nash, LCSW

Life is a journey we all want to live to the fullest but sometimes stress, grief, hurt and uncertainty can make this a challenging task to accomplish. Living a healthy lifestyle includes more than being able to say you have the necessities covered. A healthy lifestyle includes having time for loved ones, but also for yourself. It includes being able to set goals and work on achieving them, while knowing how to respond to stressors that make it feel impossible. Life includes healing and sometimes having to do so without receiving an apology or we receive one, but family counseling would be beneficial to gain further understanding. Living life can also include adjusting to a loss that at first can feel as if your whole world is turned upside down and through time and support you slowly but surely begin to smile again. Life can include any of these various stressors and experiences, but through engaging in therapy you will learn the skills needed to respond and cope in a healthy manner. You will learn about skills that help you to negate negative thoughts and emotions. Through therapy you can also learn how to say “no” and set boundaries with loved ones that you don’t want to hurt, but you know some things need to change. Therapy is your safe space to unload, process and begin coping so in the end you have the tools needed to feel like you are living life to the fullest. I will teach you these skills through various therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy so that you feel empowered to make the necessary changes to your life in order to achieve the goals you desire.

Adria Rice, LPC

Adria received her Maters of Arts in Counseling from the Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2015. Her area of interest is in grief and loss. She has worked in Hospice for the last 4 years helping patients and families navigate the grieving process. Adria is passionate about equipping those she serves to manage difficult emotions, identify and eliminate negative thought patterns and gain the tools to be emotionally whole. In her free time, she enjoys baking and reading.

Gladys Wilson, LPC

Gladys did her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and I completed her Masters of Science at Capella University. She is currently recognized as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in the State of Texas. She loves to use an Eclectic style of therapy with a lean toward Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She listens to her clients stories and joins them as a facilitator to the change they desire in their lives. She has worked with children, adults and families over the years.

Morgan Draper, LPC-Associate

Morgan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Harding University and received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Houston Baptist University. Morgan started her career as a Registered Behavior Technician for children with Autism, she then moved on to be a Program director for IDD, and obtained her certification as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. She received most of her mental health training working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Morgan gained additional experience in the mental health field by providing counselling services to children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. Morgan's theoretical choice involves Person-centered and Strengths- based cognitive behavioral therapy. She enjoys working with individuals who have struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, and relationship concerns, as well, as working with those who identify as neurodivergent. Morgan has a passion for those in need, no concern is too small.

Yeteast Green, LPC-Associate

Yeteast Ashley’ Green Graduated from Houston Baptist University in 2015 with a Master of Art in Psychology.  She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and from the College of Biblical Studies in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Counseling.  She enjoys working with individuals struggling with chemical dependency, adolescents ages 15 and above, adults, and couples. She has been trained in EMDR and is working to become certified.  She is a proud member of the sisterhood of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Brooke Gomes, LPC-Associate

Brooke Gomes is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Shortly after graduating, she taught at an International school in Angola, Africa for four years. After returning to the United States; she settled in Houston where she obtained her Master’s of Arts degree in counseling from Houston Baptist University. Brooke also obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University to include autism to some of the other populations she serves.

Taliya Braden, MS.Ed, LPC-Associate

Taiya obtained her Bachelors in Psychology (2021) and Masters in Mental Health Counseling (2023) from Indiana University Bloomington. She has practiced counseling for almost 2 years with students ranging from 8th grade to graduate students in higher education. Her specialties are anxiety and depression, but she has also worked with clients who have other clinical diagnoses. She counsels using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Patrina Fanagan, LPC-Associate

When human beings of any age experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have had these experiences and are struggling with the residue from them. I help my clients, who include children, adolescence and adults, to find healthy perceptions of themselves. I assist and support clients to be the author of their own lives. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I will focus treatment on the issues that are most relevant to my client’s condition and experience by utilizing interventions from different modalities rather than just one. My educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology with a study of Life Coaching from Liberty University and a M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. I have been in the mental health field for over 10 years in various settings. I love riding horses, enjoy dancing to zydeco music, and love going to an Aquafit class.

Shabana Guel, LPC- Associate

Shabana is a licensed professional counselor currently serving the needs of a diverse population of secondary students in a school setting. She moved to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2008 and quickly found a passion for working with adolescents. Before counseling, Shabana taught reading and language arts at the secondary level. As a classroom teacher, she was inspired to further her education. She attended the University of St. Thomas to attain her Master's in School Counseling and LPC credentials at Prairie View A&M. As an international scholar,  Shabana has hands-on experience working with adolescents with various cognitive, behavioral, socio-emotional, and cultural needs. Working with adolescents remains a deep passion. Currently, she works with secondary students using person-centered therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy approaches. Utilizing these approaches has benefitted secondary students as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of young adulthood.

Latoya Troy, LPC-S

Latoya earned her Master of Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Master’s degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology. She is an LPC-S in the state of Texas. She has been fully licensed since 2013 and worked in the mental health field in a juvenile detention center, residential treatment centers, adult day habilitation facilities, and in private practice settings from 2007-present. The focus of her service has been with a variety of ages including children in play therapy, activity therapy, adolescents, couples, group, and individual counseling. In counseling, Latoya practices an eclectic approach, utilizing techniques based on induvial needs. She incorporate Rogerian, Gestalt and solution focused approaches, she also uses CBT, DBT, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and other techniques as needed. She has been a supervisor since 2018.

Sylvia Akingbade, LPC

Sylvia Akingbade is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016 from Texas Southern University. Employing an integrated approach, she combines Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. She fosters a collaborative environment, wherein the client and therapist engage in a collaborative alliance, effectively working towards the attainment of predefined objectives. This technique serves as an instrumental tool, fostering a shared journey towards the realization of personal goals. She is a firm advocate of fostering individual autonomy and self-efficacy, ultimately equipping each individual with the necessary tools to assume control over their journey in life.

Lisa Lott, LPC

Lisa is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. Lisa received her Business and Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi; however, due to curiosity, Lisa pursued a counseling degree. Lisa received her Master’s in Counseling and Leadership from Texas A&M University at San Antonio in 2013. Lisa’s experience includes helping clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, and feelings of insecurity. Lisa has also helped adults who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. Lisa’s therapy style is person-centered. She believes in treating every person with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. She does not believe in stigmatizing labels. She will tailor the dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to adapt to changes. If you are ready to take that step, Lisa is here to support and empower you. Lisa enjoys working out, reading, spending time with her family and traveling.

Felicia A. Humphery, LCSW

Felicia is excited to work together to solve the puzzle of life with you! She enjoys helping others find sunshine in the midst of storms. Everyone needs a great therapist to talk through life's many challenges and support them through the journey. As a native Houstonian, she received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Prairie View A & M University and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Houston-Main Campus. She has almost 20 years of experience in counseling individuals from 4 to 100 years of age -yes, seniors are some of the funniest clients. Felicia has worked in various social work settings such as the Texas Medical Center, school districts, non-profits and child welfare systems. Her counseling therapeutic interventions include cognitive behavior, psycho-education, skills building, conflict resolution, trauma, mindfulness, grief and solution-focused. Last, Felicia enjoys spending time with her golfing husband and inquisitive daughter. Traveling, shopping, reading, yoga and meditation are just a few things that she loves to do.

Lisa Jones, LPC-Associate, LMFT-Associate

Lisa graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a master’s degree in education for Counseling and Administration. Lisa has served in schools for over 20 years counseling children of all ages and their families. Lisa continues to gain experience in the mental health field by providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. Lisa enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families struggling anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and relationship concerns. Lisa’s therapeutic style is eclectic and geared toward Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solutions Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.

Mary Oladiji, LPC

Are you looking for a warm and authentic counselor who has a naturally intuitive way of connecting with people to understand the pain they are living with? Someone who can empathize with your unique issues and help you resolve them and find healing? Have you been trying different alternatives to heal on your own, but find that you are still facing the same problems presenting in new ways to undermine your continued efforts? Mary helps adolescents and adults find solutions and relief from their daily struggles and draw on their inner strength to move forward. Whether you are experiencing anxiety or depression, stuck in a destructive relationship pattern, going through difficult life transitions, among other things, her proactive and practical approach to counseling can provide you with a safe and confidential place to be open. Mary strongly beliefs in hope that can lead to a better life experience and future. She attended Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science program in Professional Counseling, and has helped clients with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, grief, self-harming behaviors, suicidality, substance use, PTSD, and attachment related issues to name a few. Mary’s clinical training includes various theoretical techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma-focused Counseling. She is also an EMDR Trained Clinician and specialize in incorporating Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her work to help clients heal from trauma. In her free time, she enjoys watching true crime shows, period dramas, psychological thrillers, and action movies. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Ghada Simmons, LPC-Associate

Ghada has over 10 years of experience, including counseling high school students, providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults, and leading group therapy sessions at a behavioral health facility. Her goal is to guide individuals, couples, and families through life’s challenges and provide her clients with the tools needed to live a successful and meaningful life. Ghada has a passion for working with adults of all ages especially the older population. She works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, and mood disorders. She also helps individuals work through challenges due to cultural differences. She always goes the extra mile to help individuals live a happier, more satisfying life. Ghada is fluent in Egyptian Arabic. She works with individuals dealing with but not limited to: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Cultural Concerns, Depression, Grief, Identity Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Self-Esteem Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality.

Farha Khoja, LPC-Associate

Farha has completed her Bachelors in Psychology and Business Management from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health from Lamar University. Farha started her journey into the world of helping clients interning for a non-profit in Plano, The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center. They focused on serving sexual abuse victims and other complex trauma cases. Farha’s passion lies in helping adults navigate life, increase self-awareness, heal from trauma and ultimately live life leading with their highest Self. Her approach is rooted in person-centered counseling at its core and integrated further based on each individual person and what they need. The modalities she integrates with can include Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Expressive Arts. She understand the sensitivities around life’s challenges and the profound impact it can have on our lives and her hope is that therapy will empower you for positive change, new levels of awareness, evolution and expansion.

Blanca Palacios , LPC-Associate

Blanca understands that seeking help can be difficult, especially for individuals facing unique barriers. However, know that you are not alone and that you are taking a brave step by reaching out for support. She aims to provide a safe, understanding environment where clients feel heard, validated, and empowered to make positive changes. Blanca has a graduate degree in School Counseling from Capella University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Her expertise lies in working with adolescents, teens, adults, military families, and culturally diverse individuals facing difficult experiences. Her experience includes working with anxiety, trauma, depression, personality disorders, life transitions, and members of the LBGTQIA+ community. Blanca tailors her therapeutic approach to everyone’s unique needs and circumstances. Together, you will develop a personalized plan to empower you to become the best version of yourself. She is here to support and guide you throughout your healing journey. She uses various therapeutic techniques during therapy but tend to focus on cognitive behavior therapist and solution focus therapy. She is also fluent in Spanish (writing, reading, and speaking).

Brittany Dawson, LPC-Associate

Brittany’s journey has been enriched by a range of experiences, including her background as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Having graduated from Lamar University, she has always had a passion for supporting individuals on their mental health journey. Her expertise extends across various populations, allowing her to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Brittany believes the first step in a therapeutic relationship is creating a safe, non judgmental space that is both supportive and inclusive, laying the groundwork for healing and growth. In addition to her counseling credentials, she bringb to the table a valuable background as an RBT. This experience has equipped her with a unique perspective and skill set, particularly beneficial in understanding and addressing behavioral challenges. Brittany’s specialization lies in addressing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, extending my expertise to children, adolescents, and adults. In her therapeutic approach, she firmly believes in the principle that there is no one-size- fits-all solution when it comes to mental health. She understands that everyone brings a unique set of experiences, challenges, and strengths to the therapeutic space. Tailoring interventions to suit the specific needs of each individual is paramount. Embracing the diversity of her clients is not only essential but enriching, as it fosters a collaborative and respectful environment where the uniqueness of each person is valued

Alyx Sueitko Delgado-Garcia, LPC-Associate

Alyx Sueitko is a multilingual/multicultural, chronically-ill, gender diverse, Indigi-queer therapist,  deeply committed to providing counseling and healing services for individuals with diverse identities. They earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling. They enjoy providing psychoeducation and mental wellness workshops for various communities in striving to destigmatize mental health. They are able to provide these services in English and Spanish. Alyx Sueitko's experience includes working with the Queer/Trans community, multilingual communities, chronically-ill and different-abled communities, and the Latinx/e community with special focuses in intersectional identity issues, acculturative/cultural stress, and identity development. They believe in a holistic approach to therapy that is grounded in person- centered, culturally sensitive, creative expression, mindfulness, and of a systematic perspective. Their role is to meet folks where they are in the process in a non-judgmental and positive way towards the goals or changes they envision as possible.

Lyeza Wicker, LMSW, LCDC

Lyeza earned a BS in Sociology from the University of Houston-Downtown, and went on to complete a Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas-Arlington. She has experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has provided client-centered, solution-focused treatment to individuals and groups focusing on Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and mood disorders. As a licensed chemical dependency counselor, she is passionate about substance abuse recovery and prevention. She is dedicated to creating safe spaces specifically for people of color, LGBTQIA, and underserved communities, through education, counseling, and advocacy. Lyeza is a native of New Orleans, lover of hip- hop music, mom and wife.

Becky O’Mitchell, LPC-Associate

Becky is a mother, sister, and veteran; at one point, She was a wife, but most of all, she considers herself a life- long learner. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. She returned to obtain her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2023. During her study, Houston Baptist transitioned to Houston Christian University. She was fortunate to train and intern at the Fort Bend Juvenile Detention Center for a year.  Furthermore, Becky has been trained in a range of modalities with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She will focus treatment on the issues most relevant to her client's condition and experience by utilizing interventions from different modalities rather than just one. She is passionate about helping individuals, the family unit, and adolescents manage life. She has experience helping people who are dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, grief, or any trauma-related issues. She enjoys using creative therapy because, in therapy, there is no one-size-fits-all module. Utilizing creativity in therapy is crucial to cultivating and stimulating growth. She believes by taking small steps, using creative goals, and holding each other accountable for our behavior, change can be facilitated. Lastly, remember the counseling relationship is a collaborative experience. Be kind to yourself because change takes time. Becky is passionate about working with adolescent individuals, families, and adults in a holistic, evidence-based environment. Together you can learn how to set boundaries that are kind yet firm, challenge unhealthy thoughts, understand our behavior patterns, tackle sibling rivalry, monitor suicidal ideation, or plan our next goals in life

Erica Phelps, LMSW

Erica Phelps is a dedicated social worker with a passion for helping and supporting individuals in need. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Texas. She received her Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) credential in 2017. With extensive experience working with children, families, adolescents, and adults, she has honed her skills in providing psychosocial assessments, case management services, and supportive counseling. She has also gained valuable experience in a private practice setting. Driven by her love for the social work field, Erica is committed to personal and professional growth. She is motivated, organized, and possesses a natural ability to bring positive energy to her work. She approaches each client with compassion and a holistic perspective, aiming to understand the whole person and their unique needs. Currently working towards obtaining her LCSW license, Erica aspires to further develop her clinical skills. She hopes to become certified in play therapy and expand her knowledge in maternal mental health to better serve clients. Outside of her professional endeavors, Erica enjoys spending quality time with her family and catching up on her favorite shows.

Oliva Cannon

Olivia Cannon is a Dallas native who is thrilled to connect with others and share her passion for making a positive impact through education, social work, and community engagement.  She received her undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University where she majored in Criminal Justice: Victim Advocacy with an emphasis on juveniles. She then earned her Master's in Social Work at Ohio University. Her background as an educator allows her to connect with others and create a trusting environment. She has a passion for advocating for those in need and empowering others to be leaders in their own lives. She enjoys being active with her two dogs and spending time with her family and friends. Currently, she is working towards obtaining her hours to become an LCSW.

Roselyn Guillory, LPC

Roselyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience in providing mental and behavioral health services with various populations in a variety of settings, including churches, behavioral hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, community outreach organizations, and substance use treatment centers for adolescents and young adults. She completed doctoral clinical studies with Houston Graduate School of Theology with a specialization in Life Cycles and Dissertation research in Adolescent Addictions. She also has certificates in Spiritual direction, Women’s leadership, Sexual addiction/trauma, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Roselyn believes in a collaborative, solution focused approach for managing challenging experiences, work/home related stressors, and life transitions. Clinical Interests are: Life Transitions, Mood Regulation (Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Addictions, Spirituality, Trauma

Kannisya Adams, LPC-Associate

It takes courage to dedicate time to yourself and begin to reflect on and understand your journey. Kennisya has worked with different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds in the mental health field for over 5 years. She has experience working with children and families providing case management, psychoeducation, psychotherapy and education in mental wellness. She is able to provide insight into how mental health impacts individuals, relationships and our daily functioning. Kennisya is passionate about empowering clients throughout their healing journey. She obtained her Master of Education in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Lamar University. Kennisya’s therapy style is an eclectic approach with a lean toward Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Currently, she works with adolescents and adults.

Ngozika Odum

When I was a young girl, I watched my family member struggle with an illness I remember the nurses being unbelievably kind to my family member. Whenever they would walk into the room, my brother, my family and I would temporarily take our minds off of the frustration of the pain. I thought to myself, that is what I want to be when I grow up. I wanted to be able to walk into a room and inspire hope to situations in people’s lives. I attended Houston Baptist University, with the pursuit of becoming a Nurse. During my undergrad I spent my leisure time serving in ministry. During senior year at HBU, I realized nursing is not for me and decided to pursue a career in Pastoral Counseling. I then went on to become a Case Manager where I served clients diagnosed with Intellectual Disability Disorder. I was incredibly passionate about my job. I was able to advocate for my clients and even assess their life goals. In 2017, I enrolled in my first graduate class at the University of Houston, Victoria. During graduate school I got married and had a baby two months after graduation. My career journey took two decades of indecision, but at the end I do not regret the delays as it made me a better Clinician and gave me a well rounded perspective on life and how to better help others pursue their goals. In summary, I learnt that what often shapes us in life are those stories of endurance, sorrow and joy; we have the ability and responsibility to change how we think.

Claudia Galvan, LPC-Associate

Claudia holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University and received her Master's in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She enjoys working with teens, adults, couples, and families. Claudia has experience assisting clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relationship challenges. She strongly believes in the power of holding space for clients and welcoming whatever it is they are feeling. Claudia's approach is systematic in nature, and she borrows from multicultural, person- centered, and psychodynamic therapy. She is also trained in EMDR. Claudia is fluent in Spanish.

Kim Sullivan, LPC-Associate

Kim earned my bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and her master's at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Angelo State University. As a parent, former educator, advocate for special education, English as a Second Language, and counselor, Kim possess a deep understanding of the challenges faced by children, adolescents, and their families today. Her commitment lies in providing a secure environment where clients can freely explore their emotions. They consistently feel heard, embraced, and relaxed within a compassionate and relaxed atmosphere. Through her guidance, clients acquire the necessary tools to initiate positive changes, enhance self-assurance, and cultivate healthier relationships. With clinical expertise spanning counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, Kim address various concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, behavioral challenges, self-harm, multicultural issues, trauma, life transitions, domestic violence, abuse, and familial/relationship conflicts. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish.

Spanish Speaking Clinicians

Akalita Ross, PhD

Akalita A. Ross, PhD, es una psicóloga que disfruta trabajar con todos los grupos de edad. Obtuvo su doctorado en Psicología Clínica y de Adolescentes de la Universidad Prairie View A&M. También recibió su Maestría en Psicología Clínica Comunitaria de la Universidad Texas Southern y su B.A. en psicología de la Universidad de Baylor. La Dra. Ross tiene experiencia clínica en la prestación de servicios psicológicos en entornos forenses, escolares y privados. Es coautora de artículos de revistas y ha participado en varios entrenamientos en los campos forenses. La Dra. Ross también ha trabajado como profesora adjunta en instituciones de educación superior. Ella es bilingüe y puede hablar, leer y escribir en español y ha completado las evaluaciones en español para personas que no hablan inglés. La Dra. Ross es nativa de Houston que disfruta viajar y probar cosas nuevas.

Claudia Galvan, LPC-Associate

Claudia recibió su licenciatura en Ciencias Humanas de la Universidad Estatal Stephen F. Austin y recibió su Maestría en Consejería de la Universidad Estatal Sam Houston. Le gusta trabajar con adolescentes, adultos, parejas, y familias. Claudia tiene experiencia ayudando a clientes con depresión, ansiedad, duelo, trauma y desafíos en las relaciones. Ella cree firmemente en el poder de mantener espacio para los clientes y dar la bienvenida a lo que sea que sientan. El enfoque de Claudia es de naturaleza sistemática y toma prestado de la terapia multicultural, centrada en la persona y psicodinámica. También está entrenada en EMDR.

Kim Sullivan, LPC-Associate

Obtuve mi licenciatura en la Universidad Tecnológica de Texas y mi maestría en la Universidad Estatal del Sureste de Oklahoma y la Universidad Estatal de Angelo. Como padre, exeducador, defensor de la educación especial, del inglés como segundo idioma y consejero, poseo una comprensión profunda de los desafíos que enfrentan los niños, adolescentes y sus familias hoy en día. Mi compromiso radica en proporcionar un entorno seguro donde los clientes puedan explorar libremente sus emociones. Ellos siempre se sienten escuchados, acogidos y relajados en una atmósfera compasiva y relajada. A través de mi orientación, los clientes adquieren las herramientas necesarias para iniciar cambios positivos, mejorar su confianza en sí mismos y cultivar relaciones más saludables. Con experiencia clínica que abarca la consejería para niños, adolescentes y adultos, abordo diversas preocupaciones como la ansiedad, la depresión, el duelo, los desafíos conductuales, la autolesión, los problemas multiculturales, el trauma, las transiciones de vida, la violencia doméstica, el abuso y los conflictos familiares/relacionales.

Freddy Viafara, LPC

Freddy Viáfara es un consejero profesional licenciado. Recibió su Maestría en Consejería en 2013 de la Universidad de St. Thomas. Recibió una maestría en educación en 2010 de la misma institución. Freddy es originario de Colombia, por lo que tiende a gravitar hacia el asesoramiento multicultural y la terapia humanística. Trabaja como maestro a tiempo completo con más de 13 años de experiencia trabajando con niños y familias en el área de Houston. Él es un firme creyente en empoderar a las familias con estrategias que son simples y efectivas. En 2016, fue certificado como facilitador de Capacitación Sistemática Para Una Paternidad Efectiva (STEP). A Freddy le gusta asistir a conciertos en vivo, colecciones de música y cocinar comidas saludables.

Fabiola Williams, LPC

El objetivo de Fabiola como terapeuta es ayudar a sus pacientes a explorar formas de tener vidas más plenas y ricas. Todos necesitan alguien con quien hablar en algún momento de sus vidas y ella es un gran paso para ser esa persona para su paciente. Ella siempre participa en cada sesión con una mente abierta y no juzga a nadie, y tiene como objetivo proporcionar un entorno seguro y de apoyo que fomente la exploración de problemas que pueden evitar que los pacientes lleven vidas felices y productivas. Faby tiene una maestría de la Universidad de St. Thomas, y es una consejera de profesión con licencia. Sus experiencias incluyen terapia de juego, divorcio o parejas separadas, terapia individual y familiar. Es una terapeuta ecléctica que se enfoca en la terapia de comportamiento cognitivo y la terapia de enfoque de soluciones.

Blanca Palacios , LPC-Associate

Entiendo que buscar ayuda puede ser difícil, especialmente para personas que enfrentan barreras únicas. Sin embargo, sepan que no están solos y que están dando un paso valiente al buscar apoyo. Mi objetivo es proporcionar un entorno seguro y comprensivo donde los clientes se sientan escuchados, validados y capacitados para realizar cambios positivos. Mi nombre es Blanca Palacios y soy una consejera Profesional Asociada con licencia, con una maestría en Consejería Escolar de la Universidad Capella y una licenciatura en Psicología de la Universidad Estatal de California en Long Beach. Mi experiencia se centra en trabajar con adolescentes, jóvenes, adultos, familias militares e individuos culturalmente diversos que enfrentan experiencias difíciles. Mis áreas de experiencia incluyen ansiedad, trauma, depresión, trastornos de personalidad, transiciones de vida y miembros de la comunidad LBGTQIA+. Adapto mi enfoque terapéutico a las necesidades y circunstancias únicas de cada persona. Juntos, desarrollaremos un plan personalizado para capacitarte a convertirte en la mejor versión de ti mismo. Estoy aquí para apoyarte y guiarte a lo largo de tu viaje de sanación. Utilizo diversas técnicas terapéuticas durante las sesiones, pero tiendo a centrarme en la terapia cognitivo-conductual y la terapia enfocada en soluciones. Gracias por considerarme como tu consejera.

Interns & Assistants

Yen Hoang, M.S.

Yen Hoang, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at California Southern University working toward her Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Her doctoral project focused on the intervention of trauma that influenced minority young adults and how their cultural background influenced their trauma narrations. Ms. Hoang completed her internship at The Adolescent Center Mental Health Services where she conducts psychological evaluations and provides therapy services to children and adults of diverse populations. She also gained her clinical experience working as a care coordinator and skills specialist at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Ms. Hoang is bilingual and can speak, read, and write in Vietnamese and has assisted in providing mental health services at her current and previous jobs. In her free time, she can be found traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, painting, practicing yoga, and playing escape rooms.

Ilana Ahmed, MA.

Ilana Ahmed is a psychological assistant who works under the supervision of Dr. Akalita Ross. She earned a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University. She is working towards becoming a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). Ilana specializes in working with children and adolescents, conducting psychological evaluations, therapy, skills training, and case management. Ilana predominantly employs a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral approach, given her extensive experience working with youth who have faced traumatic experiences. Ilana empowers her clients by fostering resilience and offering psychoeducation to enhance their mental well-being.

Troy T. Johnson

Troy T. Johnson joined Monarch Family Services in January 2023 as a pre-doctoral practicum student and transitioned to a pre-doctoral psychology intern position in August 2023. He has years of experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. He has worked as a Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist with the New York City Board of Education, a Youth Empowerment Director of the Boys and Girls Club of America, and an HIV/AIDS Case Manager and Counselor. Troy T. Johnson has worked with clients who are experiencing Grief, Trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Troy T. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern University in New Orleans, a Master of Art in Counseling and a Master of Divinity from Houston Graduate School of Theology, and a Master of Science from Walden University. He is currently completing a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.

Stephanie Torres

Stephanie Torres joined Monarch Family Services in January 2023 as a Pre-Doctoral Practicum Student and has transitioned into a Pre-Doctoral Intern. She was born and raised in Rosenberg, Texas and graduated from B.F. Terry High School in 1986. Stephanie earned her first bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. In 2015, Stephanie returned to college to study psychology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Houston – Downtown. She went on to study psychology at Houston Baptist University and earned her Master of Arts in Psychology degree in 2019. Stephane has been enrolled in Capella’s PsyD program since 2020 and plans to graduate in September 2024. Stephanie specializes in LGBTQ+ population and enjoys working with all age groups. She has a special interest in forensics and the juvenile justice system. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family and fur babies.