MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM MEMBERS:
Qualified, Genuine, Empathetic Individuals At Your Service
MICHELLE COSART, MA, LPC-INTERN
Finding a counselor who you connect with can feel overwhelming, but I believe it is one of the most important factors for a successful counseling experience. Building a strong trusting relationship with my clients is a priority of mine. I will meet you where you are, and together we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
I received my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University, and I currently work with children, adolescents, adults, and families covering a diversity of issues. I take an integrated approach to counseling, pulling different techniques and interventions from a variety of styles depending where you are and the status of your needs. Aspects of my approaches include, but are not limited to person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, reality, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I am also currently in training to obtain play therapy certification.
I strive to create a space that feels comfortable, safe and is free of judgement. A place where you can be open and honest and feel heard by someone who is on your side. Reaching out for help can feel very vulnerable and scary; I am proud of you for taking the first step towards your journey of healing, and I am here ready to embark on this journey with you!
Michelle is supervised by
Dr. Evelyn Fitzgerald, LPC-S, RPT-S
RENEE SALINAS, MA, LPC
Welcome! My name is Renee. I am a woman, a daughter, a sister, a mother, a friend, and a wife, but most of all, I am just like you! I have faced challenges, burdens, and blessings. It is out of my own family dynamic that I sought education in the field of family, individual, and group therapy to understand our “normal.”
My passion grew to help others from my own journey. In particular, families raising children with special needs.
I received my BS in Psychology from the U of H where I was able to study the classical theorists. However, I took particular interest in Bowen and his Family Systems Theory. I sought my masters in both individual and Marriage and Family from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. Here, I grew both spiritually and academically as I was introduced to new types of play therapy, and research regarding family systems. My training includes that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cultural Sensitive and Mindfulness-Bases Therapy. My experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families raising children with disability, as well as siblings and children with a diagnosis. I also have experience and success in leading group therapy settings with young children, teens, adults, seniors and veterans.
I believe in creating a safe and trusted place that you or your family need to begin healing. You are never alone. We all have stories that make up our lives.
KIM HUFF-HOWARD, M ED, LPC, OWNER
I am an LPC and an LCDC-Intern with a background in education and lay counseling. I graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1988 and received a teaching certificate and began my career as a teacher. Having taught K-12th graders in both public and private education has helped shape my background and views of counseling children, teens, and adults.
In 2003, after the deaths of two close family members, I decided to return to school to become a counselor with an interest in grief counseling. I completed my master’s degree in 2007 from SHSU and began my counseling career. My first position was as a school counselor for Northland Christian School where I worked mainly with elementary students but also worked with secondary students. After that I worked as a counselor in Magnolia ISD and Klein ISD at the secondary level. While most of my experience has been working with adolescents, I also enjoy my work with elementary aged children, and adults.
I have experience in several counseling areas such as grief, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, trauma/PTSD, bi-polar, chemical dependency, memory and learning strategies, Dyslexia and other learning disabilities, anger management, stress management, boundaries, and couples counseling.
I use an eclectic, as well as integrative approach to counseling, which takes into account the psychological, biological, social, and spiritual dimensions of a client. In terms of training, education and experience, my professional leanings incorporate aspects of cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, existential, reality, psycho-dynamic, dialectical behavioral, and cognitive processing therapies. I also have training with EMDR. During an initial intake meeting, we can together decide the best approach for you that meets your needs and goals.
I look forward to helping my clients grow through their current situations into a happier life. Those who desire to improve the most can achieve the most. Let me help you on your journey through the waves of life!
KIM HODGE, LMT
Professional Massage Therapist
Kim is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She received her education from Laurel School of Massage in Spring, TX. Before deciding on a career in massage therapy, She worked in the medical field where she did medical billing andoffice mangagement for 17 years.“My mission is to promote relaxation, stress relief and a pain free lifestyle through therapeutic massage in a professional and comfortable environment. Having dealt with debilitating neck pain and severe headaches resulting from stress and poor posture myself, I foulnd relief through a combination of massage, exercise and stretching. It has become a passion of mine to help others who are dealing with similar issues.”“I have been trained in various modalities such as Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Stretching, Deep Tissue,Prenatal, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping Therapy. I look forward to wrking with others to help them live a pain free life.
CRISTINA BLACKWOOD, YOGA CERTIFIED
I am a Christ follower, wife, mother, and entrepreneur. I have an amazingly supportive husband and three beautiful daughters, the youngest turning one-year in December. The journey that has led to my career in wellness has been a great learning experience and I truly feel called to uplift my community through the practice of yoga. Prior to becoming a certified instructor I worked in the oil and gas industry. However, I desired something else, wanting to achieve a more ideal work-life balance with my children. I have always enjoyed fitness (yoga, running, kickboxing, and weightlifting) and I have a very active family. In 2019, I took a leap of faith and decided to turn my hobby into a profession. I pride myself on being a dedicated upbeat fitness enthusiast and consider myself both a committed yoga instructor and continually growing practitioner. I am genuine in my practice and look for new ways to not only uplift and teach my students but to grow my own yoga experience as well. I offer a judgement-free mat, an opportunity to foster a positive relationship with the body and breath, and tools to empower you- body, mind, and soul. Yoga is a beautiful and healing physical art and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to uplift my community through its practice. I enjoy teaching several styles of yoga including Trauma-informed yoga, BUTI, Hatha, Vinyasa, Faith-based yoga, and Power yoga. I hope to meet you on your mat and help further your journey in personal growth and healing!
*God is good all the time. All the time God is good.*
REGINA (GIES) WILLIAMS, MED, LPC
Counseling is my passion! I find happiness in helping clients with their life situations. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a certified school counselor. I received my bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and my master’s degree from Sam Houston State University. I hope to graduate with my Ph.D. in Counselor Education later this year from SHSU. My research focuses on the importance of building relationships in today’s ever-changing society.
I have worked in the field of education for 19 years and enjoy working with adolescents and teens. I have worked as a teacher and counselor in Spring ISD, Magnolia ISD, and Aldine ISD. My counseling experience includes working with children, adults, and couples in individual and group settings. I have specialized training in anxiety, depression, trauma, suicide, self-harm and students with ADHD. I am also able to provide parent consultation.
My guiding theory of counseling hails from Carl Rogers. He believed in the client being the center of his or her own therapy, and I agree with that principle. I believe person-centered therapy guides clients to self-discovery and builds greater self-worth and confidence. I also integrate strengths-based counseling into my sessions. I believe in the power of positivity and focusing on what we find within ourselves.
I look forward to working with you for your counseling needs!
JENNIFER HATCHETT, MA, LPC
For the past 15 years I have served as an educator, coach, mentor, clinician and counselor, which has led me to pursue my career as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I began my career as a teacher in Klein ISD after receiving both my BS in criminal justice (2004) and my MA in Math Education (2007) from Texas Woman’s University. My experience as a classroom teacher and coach fostered my interest in mental health which inspired me to obtain an additional MA from Prairie View A&M University in both School and Professional Counseling.
For the latter part of my career I have worked as a school counselor within Klein ISD, as well as a clinician within local behavioral hospitals. Although these experiences vary in duties and levels of severity, the tools for success are one in the same – empathy, support, and unconditional positive regard. In my profession I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, families, and multiple groups, and have treated a wide range of issues and disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, mood disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, self-esteem, educational planning, learning disabilities and crisis intervention.
My approach to counseling is both integrative and holistic, as I use a variety of behavioral techniques and theoretical components that are uniquely structured based on the individual needs of each client. When appropriate, I also like to incorporate various forms of activity therapy that include walking, yoga, and artistic expression to help engage my clients.
It is my goal to help create a safe place for clients to grow and discover the joy of living, whatever that may be.