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Meet Our Team

HOUSTON LOCATION

Elsie Burgos, M.S., LPA  
Licensed Psychological Associate

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Elsie Burgos is a licensed psychological associate in the state of Texas with experience in mental health (children and adult) and forensic evaluations. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Elsie received her BA in science and MA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.  She has experience in community mental health clinics, outpatient settings with special needs children, and in the past couple of years has worked for the probation and corrections department as a forensic clinician. She is fully proficient in Spanish and English.

 

Grace Walsh, MEd, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


Grace Walsh, M.Ed., LPC graduated the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Counseling.  She completed her master's degree practicum in the counseling center at the University of St. Thomas.  Grace has volunteered at Bo's Place, a bereavement center, as a co-facilitator and received training in grief counseling.  She has also volunteered at the Houston Area Women’s Center as a sexual assault counselor and received training in crisis counseling.  Grace has worked at the Menninger Clinic where she was a Mental Health Associate and also provided individual outpatient counseling at Menninger during her internship. She has received training in the Mandt System and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Grace offers counseling services for relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma work, family issues, self-esteem, and phase of life problems. 




Teresa Flores, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Consulting Clinician

Bilingual: English-Spanish

Teresa Flores LCSW is a licensed mental health professional in the state of Texas with over 20 years experience in mental health (children and families), social work/healthcare, legal, immigration and Latino issues advocacy, adoption and aging population. Teresa received her BA in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and MSW from the University of Houston.  Her diverse professional and personal experiences bring a unique and global perspective in working with clients and families.  She was born in Dallas but was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico and Cuba. She is fully proficient in Spanish and English. Her strong and diverse work experience includes MHMRA, Mentor Inc, Spaulding for Children, M.D.Anderson Cancer Center, Vericare, and other organizations.

 

Dr. Jo Ann Formby, PsyD   (Available in Houston & Dallas)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist                   

Dr. Jo Ann Formby is a licensed clinical psychologist and has over 25 years experience in the mental health field.  She earned a doctoral degree (PsyD) in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola University in Southern California. Dr. Formby has considerable experience providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as doing psychological and neurocognitive testing.  Her specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, and history of trauma. She also specializes in and has a passion for working with those with medical conditions and physical disabilities, assisting them in adjusting to and managing the mental health challenges that can accompany physical illness. Through her experience providing psychological services to a wide variety of populations, as well as her personal experience of life with a physical disability, Dr. Formby is well-attuned to the interaction of mind, body, emotional, and spiritual factors that can influence one’s daily life and sense of wellbeing.  She is versed in therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal process therapies.  

Dr. Formby has considerable experience supervising and training clinicians who are entering the field of psychology. She was an adjunct professor at Houston Baptist University, teaching courses in psychological assessment, theories of counseling, and group psychotherapy.  She is a member of the Texas Psychological Association and the Fort Bend Psychological Association.     

 

Dr. Maria Elena Torres, Ph.D.
Provisional Trainee
 (Under the supervision of Dr. William July, Ph.D.. Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Dr. Maria E. Torres, PhD is a graduate student from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her clinical experience includes psychotherapy and psychological evaluations for adults, adolescents and children.  The intervention models most used by Maria are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure Therapy. She offers psychotherapy treatment for several conditions such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, substance abuse, psychotic disorders and other chronic conditions. She has also provided psychological treatment for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Maria offers individual therapy and support in immigration case processes as well.

Maria’s experience also includes the administration and interpretation of psychological tests. She has also completed psychological evaluations for forensic purposes in many types of immigration reports (I-601, VAWA, UVISA, etc.).  Maria is proficient in English and Spanish.

 

Kenia Fuentes  
Practicum student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 (Under the supervision of Dr. Jo Ann Formby, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Bilingual: English-Spanish

Kenia Fuentes is a practicum student from the University of St Thomas. She is pursuing a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Sam Houston State University. Kenia’s treatment and interventions consist of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered therapy and Gestalt Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness.

 

Daye Veltri  
Practicum student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 (Under the supervision of Dr. Jo Ann Formby, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Daye Veltri is a current practicum student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. Daye provides a warm and safe environment for clients with a compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental attitude. She is motivated to help people gain insight into their lives and present-day problems and evaluate patterns that develop over time. She focuses on emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, beliefs, and on the here-and-now to increase the client’s awareness. She works with people facing different issues, including depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship difficulties, parenting, grief, and loss and she has conducted group therapy to patients suffering from a major depressive disorder, trauma, addiction, sexual abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, suicidal and homicidal ideation. She is fully proficient in Spanish and English.

 

 

Juan Carlos Martinez-Pinzon, LCDC-I  
Practicum student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 (Under the supervision of Dr. William July, Ph.D.. Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Juan Carlos Martinez-Pinzon is in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and anticipate graduating in May 2020. Additionally, he is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern (LCDC-I) since 2016 in the state of Texas. Approved volunteer since 2008 Texas Department of Criminal Justice dedicated to the Substance Abuse Programs facilitating meetings at the Huntsville Unit. He completed his Practicum in Clinical Counseling at the George I. Sanchez Charter School in Fall 2019. Juan Carlos knows that no single approach is the right one for every client, he enjoys using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Intervention. Juan Carlos also helps clients to learn ways to manage intense emotions, practice healthy communication, and safe coping skills. He believes that regardless of where people are on their life’s journey, there is always room for hope and growth.

 

Dulce Figueroa
Practicum student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 (Under the supervision of Dr. Jo Ann Formby, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Dulce Figueroa is a graduate student enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of St. Thomas. Dulce values achieving a strong therapeutic alliance with every individual. She strives to provide a trusting and empathetic approach in each session. She believes in helping individuals through a scientific approach- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a philosophical approach- Existentialism. Her interest is in understanding how behavior is influenced by thoughts and feelings, and in helping individuals search for meaning and purpose. Her focus is on incorporating these approaches based on individual needs and unique situations.


AUSTIN LOCATION
 

Michelle Munever, LPA 

Bilingual: English-Spanish 

Michelle Munevar received her B.S. in psychology from Wichita State University in Kansas and her M.S. in psychology from the APA-accredited graduate program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She completed her practicum at San Marcos Treatment Center, which concentrated on psychometric training with the administration and analysis of educational, objective personality, and neuropsychological assessments to residential patients in a clinical setting. Through her work in the psychometric field, she gained clinical and assessment experience with traumatic brain injury, psycho-educational, DSM clinical disorders, and neurobehavioral disorders with youth and adult populations in both clinical and forensic settings. She is proficient in administering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative assessments that look to measure intellectual, academic, objective personality traits, and neuropsychological variables in both English and Spanish. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of Texas.

 

Maggie Ybarra, MS, LPC, CRC 
Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Bilingual: English-Spanish

 

DALLAS LOCATION


Timberly Lewis, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


Timberly Lewis, LPC, graduated from The University of North Texas with a B.A. in Psychology.  She obtained her M.Ed. in Counseling from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her master’s degree practicum at Austin Independent School District and The University of Texas at Austin. Timberly has worked in pediatric psychiatry, college-counseling centers, and in outpatient settings with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and as a parent educator. She is also trained in Level 2 of Gottman Couples Therapy.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF



Juanita Martinez

Office Manager
Bilingual: English-Spanish

Juanita has several years of experience as a health care office professional. She earned her Certified Medical Assistant designation at the Coleman College for Health Sciences of the Houston Community College. Juanita graduated Waltrip High School where she was a member of the JROTC. On weekends she is a proud and enthusiastic soccer mom.

 

Dr. Stephanie M. Rodriguez-Morales, Psy.D. 
Operations Manager

Bilingual: English-Spanish

Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez-Morales earned a doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University in Puerto Rico.  Dr. Rodriguez-Morales has experience providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as conducting psychological evaluations (for clinical and forensic purposes).  Her specializations include trauma-related disorders, depressive, anxiety, substance use, and behavioral disorders. She has received formal training in trauma treatment and interventions, complex trauma, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse. Through her “here-and-know” interventions, Dr. Rodriguez-Morales focuses on the person’s strength as well as the interaction between developmental, cognitive, cultural, social, and spiritual factors that impact the person’s life.

She has provided evidence-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She is also an adjunct professor at Houston Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Rodriguez-Morales is fully proficient in Spanish and English.