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Blessy Chacko
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sees Couples and Individuals ages 13 and up

Offering Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Accepting Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, United, BCBS, UMR, Optum, Oscar

In Person & Telehealth

English, Malayalam, & Hindi


I am the type of person that brings a smile to everyone’s face. I will meet you where you are during your life crisis and help you feel whole, secure, and safe. Together we can build rapport and trust which will be the foundation to recovery. I believe each individual has a purpose in life and is born with potential.


Many of life’s circumstances can crush the spirit, the strength to rebound is inside you.

I believe in a wholesome approach and will tailor your sessions according to your needs. I will provide you with a safe space, where you can be yourself and be completely accepted which will move to a path of healing, peace, and restoration.


I have a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and Master's in social work from University of Houston. I love a relaxed atmosphere and will join you in your joys and sadness. Together we can embark on a journey that truly makes you the best you can be.

I am a clinician licensed in Texas with 10 years of professional work experience in the mental health field. Willing to work with all age groups 13 and above. I have experience working with teenagers, adults and the elderly. I have helped clients with stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence building.

I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My therapy style is open and interactive and includes CBT, DBT and strength based modalities in my practice. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage.

I am here to support you in the process of healing and becoming the best version of you. 


Additional areas of focus: Abandonment, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues,Trauma.

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JoAnna Quan
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sees Couples, Families, and Individuals ages 3 and up

Offering Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, United, Cigna, Optum, Oxford, UMR, BCBS

In Person & Telehealth

English & Cantonese

I am a licensed clinical social worker and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for the past 19 years providing individual, couples, and group counseling. I have had the opportunity to work with children that have been diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or have experienced trauma. I work to help children develop coping skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and enhance self-esteem. I have experience in facilitating treatment groups for children as well as educational and support groups for parents. I have extensive experience working with trauma stemming from abuse and neglect, attachment related difficulties, grief and loss, chronic medical conditions, and genetic disorders. I specifically trained to utilize techniques and approaches such as play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Focused Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). I also completed a two year training in expressive arts therapy with children and teens with Bo’s Place -Grief Center of Texas.


I also work with adults with a wide range of mental health conditions, and couples who need support with communication difficulties, divorce, and blended families.  I have a special interest in working with women with infertility, adoption, or post -partum depression. I also have extensive experience in providing counseling for life transitions, career changes, depression, sleep, anxiety and stress. I utilize Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman principles in my work with couples. I am also available to do couples intensives, working with you for up to 2-3 hours at a time if indicated/requested. 


I tailor my approach to each client’s needs. My style is collaborative, honest, relaxed, and friendly. I have trained and worked in private practice, university clinics, and hospital settings across the country, including Texas Children's Hospital and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work and Health Education from the University of Houston. I completed post -graduate fellowships at Yale Nursing School in Distress Screening and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I also received the Silicon Valley Business Journal 2013 Women of Influence Leadership Award. I hold dual licensures as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #22935) in the states of Texas and California (LCSW # 29382). NNPI: 1255899332.

James Matson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sees Couples and Individuals ages 16 and up

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, United, BCBS, Cigna, UMR, Optum, Oscar

In Person & Telehealth


The most common question I’m asked by prospective clients is, “Why did you choose this profession?” While I feel great satisfaction helping people grow, what’s also kept me engaged for the last thirty years has been my consistent curiosity about the brain. Its hidden capacities to heal and enliven the mind, spirit and body continue to inspire me.


Intent on pursuing those mysteries, I became an expert at clinical hypnosis. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis certified me as an Approved Consultant, their highest level of recognition, in 1999. Through that training, I learned the value of working safely, deeply and directly with the unconscious mind. I discovered the profound link between symptoms of the mind and symptoms of the body. Continued training in EMDR and Mindfulness opened up other non-hypnotic paths to wellness.


I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker and have practiced in Houston since 1990. I specialize in treating ‘stress sensitive imbalance’. This means that, in addition to treating the emotional challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD and dissociation I also treat conditions like IBS, chronic pain and fibromyalgia. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and groups.


I’ve conducted accredited workshops and seminars for helping professionals since 1989. My interests in blending Eastern and Western psychologies evolved into the creation of Stillstate Wellness, a research-driven approach to maintaining brain health. I offer regular classes and retreats for the general public.


Beyond my work day, I enjoy practicing and teaching Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, a gentle martial art that has greatly contributed to my deeper understanding of mindfulness, calmness and meditation. I earned my first black belt in 2004.  

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Torresy Smith 
Licensed Professional Counselor  
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Sees teens and adults

Offering Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, United, UMR, Cigna, BCBS, Optum, & Oscar

In Person & Telehealth 


I am a licensed professional counselor and licensed chemical dependency counselor and have been practicing for the past 15 years. During my time as a counselor, I have specialized in working with adolescents and young adults while working with senior adults as well. During this time I have helped counsel high school, collegiate, and professional athletes struggling with co-occurring disorders. I enjoy working with athletes due to my personal experience as a college athlete and time as a division 1 collegiate football coach, and can help athletes with peak performance and sports psychology.


I also help facilitate anger management, processing substance use disorders, and a use of motivational interviewing to help the individual engage in the treatment process and facilitate positive change.


I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University with a major in sociology. After completing my undergraduate degree, I completed my Master of Arts through the University of Liberty in professional counseling. I’ve used my LPC and LCDC at Menninger to help young adults identify alternative avenues to regulate emotions instead of utilizing maladaptive coping mechanisms.


We will be a good fit if you enjoy great home cooked barbecue and exercising your mind, body, and spirit. Together we can collaborate, identify, and tackle life issues that have been keeping you stuck and allow you to be your most optimal self.

Nikki Holmes, M.Ed.
LPC Associate
Supervised by Dr. Sunetra Martinez, LPC-S

Sees Families and Individuals ages 3 and up

Offering Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Accepts Private Pay, BCBS, & Cigna

In Person & Telehealth

I am a former school counselor and earned my bachelor’s degree in Academic Studies from Sam Houston State University. I later earned my master’s degree in counseling education from Sam Houston State University. 


I have experience working with children and adolescents for the past 19 years, providing individual and group counseling. I have had the opportunity to work with children that have been diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or have experienced trauma. I work to help children develop coping skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and enhance self-esteem. I also have worked with adults experiencing grief utilizing the Grief Recovery Method.


As a counselor, it is important for me to build a trust-based relationship and create a safe space for the client. I believe trust and safety must exist for a positive therapeutic experience. My therapeutic approach is eclectic; involving techniques (but not limited to) client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and art therapy.

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Kamau Richard
Licensed Professional Counselor

Sees Couples, Families, and Individuals ages 13 and up

Accepts Private Pay Aetna, United, UMR, Optum, Oscar, Cigna & BCBS


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience helping people deal with situations such as exploring career goals, managing grief and anxiety (including PTSD), handling addiction issues, improving communication skills and working together as a team or couple.  My approach to counseling is a combination of Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.  I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree from Tarleton State University.  I have worked with a variety of clients from children to soldiers to couples with communication and connection issues. I am here to help you reach your goals. 


Laura Parker
LPC Associate
Supervised by Dr. Sunetra Martinez, LPC-S

Sees Couples, Families, and Individuals ages 5 and up

Offering Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation

Accepts Private Pay, BCBS, & Cigna 

In Person & Telehealth

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective mental health support to individuals seeking guidance on their personal journeys. Having a strong educational background and a passion for working with children and adolescents, I strive to create a safe and empathetic space for clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, challenges and navigate emotions with confidence.

Houston Christian University - Licensed Professional Counselor Certification
University of Texas - Master’s in School Counseling
University of Houston - Bachelor’s in Humanities

My therapeutic approach is grounded in the belief that each person is unique and deserving of personalized care. This person-centered approach allows me to use creative techniques to allow individuals to express themselves in ways that feel most comfortable to them. I collaborate closely with families to build a strong support system that nurtures growth and resilience.

With over 15 years in the education and mental health field, I have had the privilege of supporting individuals through a variety of challenges, including anxiety, school-related stress, peer relationships, and more. I have worked with a diverse range of individuals, tailoring my interventions to the specific needs of each client and family.

I believe in fostering a space where individuals can explore their emotions and develop essential coping skills. By building a trusting and non-judgemental relationship, I empower them to find their voices, make sense of their experiences, and cultivate a positive
sense of self.

Maggie Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MDiv

Sees Couples & Individuals ages 12 and up

Accepts Private Pay, BCBS, Aetna, United, UMR, Cigna, Oscar, Optum  

In Person & Telehealth


Over the span of my career I have been fortunate to have served as a school counselor at all grade levels, a private practice therapist within the Greater Houston area, the Associate Chaplain at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL., and Resident Chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.


I received my Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Garrett – Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. I earned my licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in 2014.


I have enjoyed working with all age groups ranging from students through senior adults. Though each group is unique, all are ultimately bound together by the desire to grow toward a more healthy and fulfilled sense of self. Each client has challenged and enlivened me to the possibilities of the human spirit. My experience as a counselor, pastor, and therapist has provided me with a broad background which allows me to walk this path with you in a warm, accepting and non-judgmental manner. My professional relationships with people are built on strong counseling skills, respect, and the creation of a safe place to practice change.


I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had throughout my life’s work.  I look forward to building new relationships with you at Sugar Land Counseling Center.  

Dr. Sneha Desai

Licensed Psychologist

Sees Individuals ages 8 and up

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, and BCBS 

Telehealth Only

English, Gujarati, & Hindi


I am a licensed clinical psychologist whose work involves the treatment and assessment of many types of psychological difficulties that includes but is not limited to depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship conflicts. I also have extensive experience working with children with developmental and behavioral disorders including oppositional defiance, ADHD, and autism as well as issues related to giftedness.


I provide a warm, culturally sensitive, supportive therapeutic environment. From the time you step into my office until you leave, it is all about your healing and progress. I focus on helping you navigate through life's inevitable struggles using a cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and systems approach. I place a high value on each client's personal and unique experiences. Ultimately, my goal for therapy is to empower you and help you acquire the tools and insight you need to overcome your challenges and live a more meaningful life. I am open to individuals of all races, religions, ages, nationalities, sexual orientations, and genders.


I accomplished a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University, and have worked in private, university, school, and community clinic settings. I have been practicing in the State of Texas since 2010.

Dr. Angela Larery 

Licensed Psychologist

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology  

Sees Children and Adults for Psychological Testing & Evaluations Only (No Therapy)


Accepts Private Pay

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I am dually licensed by the State of Texas as a Psychologist, and as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). I provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations at Sugar Land Counseling Center, including assessments for autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, dementia, and other psychological assessments.  

I was born in Kansas and raised in Joplin, Missouri. I graduated summa cum laude from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin with a Bachelor's Degree (Honors) in Science, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology. I graduated magna cum laude from University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas with a Masters Degree in Science, majoring in School Psychology.  I continued at UNT and, again, graduated magna cum laude with a Doctoral Degree in Psychology, specializing in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. While at UNT I was a Graduate Teaching Fellow, teaching courses on Memory, Cognition and Perception, Health Psychology, and Quantitative Methods. I also was a Psychology Extern at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, a Psychology Intern at Grand Prairie ISD, and an LSSP at Arlington ISD.  I completed my Residency in Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and completed my postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology with Larry Pollock Ph.D. & Associates in Houston, Texas.


I have worked previously as the Co-Director of the Developmental Assessment Team for Katy ISD, as an Autism Assessment Specialist with FOCUS Initiative in Stafford, Texas, and as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Matthew Nance Ph.D.& Associates in Houston where I specialized in neuropsychological assessments of individuals with memory problems, suspected dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body dementia, and I was a regular speaker for the Alzheimer's Society (Houston).  Most recently I was a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Legacy Community Health in Houston, specializing in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of individuals from ages 3-to-75 with a wide array of concerns including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Dementia.


In my personal life I am a loving wife, an exceedingly proud step-mom of Isabella and Charles, a voracious reader, an enthusiastic supporter of animal charities such as The Greater Good, and am the center of the universe for my 172 lb. English Mastiff, Hercules.

Michelle Mitchell

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sees Couples, Families, and Individuals ages 4 and up 

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, United, UMR, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, & BCBS

In Person & Telehealth


As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I find genuine joy in helping others discover, cultivate and nurture their unique gifts and personal strengths. With over 15 years of counseling and therapy experience, I treat all ages and backgrounds, and specialize in Couples/Family therapy and Individual therapy, all mood/depressive and anxiety disorders, Grief and Loss, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders/ Developmental Delays, and Trauma.


I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from San Diego State University in 2006, and my Master of Arts Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in 2008. My practicum was completed at UCSD's Family Medicine. My therapeutic approach utilizes Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Attachment theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, Jungian Theory, Bowen and Systemic Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Logotherapy, and the Gottman Method.  However, as each person, couple, and family are unique and complex, my overall approach is holistic and integrative.


Dr. Renata Nero

Licensed Psychologist

Sees Individuals ages 18 and up

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna & Medicare

In Person & Telehealth


I am a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where I earned a B.A. degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate I studied Medieval Literature and History at Oxford University and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and was awarded Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I completed pre- and postdoctoral internship training in Clinical Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.


I am active in the community and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.   Such recognitions include being honored as a Trailblazer in Education by the Ivy League Educational and Charities Foundation, being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service by the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc. and being listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers.  Since 2013, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Ashley Jadine Foundation.  In this role, I helped to facilitate workshops that increase awareness about teen suicide among parents, teachers and mental health professionals.


Formerly, I was a Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology, Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, and the Sharon K. Burrows Professor in School Counseling at Houston Baptist University. I am also a former president of the Southwest Region Board of Directors for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and hold professional membership in the Texas Psychological Association.

Dr. Sunetra Martinez
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Sees Families and Individuals ages 13 and up 

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, United, UMR, Oscar, Optum, Cigna & BCBS

In Person & Telehealth

English & Bengali


earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and earned a Masters degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Clinical Psychology. Prior to that I graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Zoology from The University of Texas in Austin.


I am Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. I have over 18 years of clinical experience working with children and adults. I also supervise interns. My pre-doctoral training and work experience include working at Texas Children’s Hospital, Small Steps Nurturing Center, Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Houston Independent School District doing crisis, consultation, counseling and conducting psychological and psycho-educational evaluations for children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other mental health and learning difficulties.


In my perspective, therapy is an investment in your personal growth and a dedication to your overall well-being. I take a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy and help individuals explore and identify strengths and personal successes. I believe that understanding our past and our current life patterns helps to foster internal growth. 


Dr. Kiran Mishra

Licensed Psychologist and Coach

Sees  Individuals ages 18 and up 

Accepts Private Pay, Aetna, & BCBS



I have been a licensed psychologist since 1999 and received my doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1998. I attended the University of Texas in Austin for my undergraduate training, and graduated magna cum laude with special honors in psychology.  I am  proud to be a Sugar Land native, and graduated from Dulles High School.  


I have 29 years of counseling experience.  I began private practice in Sugar Land in 2006. Prior to that, I worked as faculty at Stanford University Medical Center in California, and I was also on staff at Stanford Hospital.  In addition, I enjoyed working with producers in Los Angeles, doing psychological evaluations for the award-winning, reality show 'Intervention'. I have been a guest psychologist on radio programming in Houston, and have published articles in academic journals. 

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Alexandra Jodlowski
Licensed Professional Counselor

Sees Families and Individuals ages 8 to 25

Offering Free 15 minute Phone Consultation

Accepts Private Pay, BCBS,  Aetna, United, UMR, Cigna, Optum, and Oscar

In Person & Telehealth

Spanish & English


I am a bilingual (Espanol/English) Licensed Professional Counselor, a K-12 certified School Counselor, and a certified elementary teacher. I was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised in Mexico. I have had the pleasure of working in the education field for over 10 years helping children, adolescents, and families navigate through difficult times and in the process helping them discover their strengths to build and live a life they love. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a dual Master’s degree from the University of Houston in School and Professional Counseling.

Throughout my career, I have had counseling experience working in schools in all grade levels, as well as private practice settings within the Houston Greater area. I was a high school counselor for the past 3 years at Lamar Consolidated ISD, where I supported students academically and emotionally to reach their full potential. My area of expertise is to work with children, adolescents, and young adults in their path to cope with past trauma, life crisis, anxiety, depression, anger management, school, and grief related issues. I hope for all my clients to feel seen and heard 100% in a non-judgmental, safe space. I believe that everyone deserves to live a happy and fulfilling life. My goal for therapy is to help my clients feel comfortable sharing their story and be open to learning a wide range of new coping skills, and tools for them to use to tackle any difficulty that may present in their life. My approach to counseling is integrative including but not limited to Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, catch up with friends, and travel to new places. I look forward to working with you at Sugar Land Counseling Center.


Dr. Jennifer Norten

Licensed Psychologist

Sees Individuals ages 18 and up 

Accepts Private Pay, BCBS, and Medicare

Telehealth Only


I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and have been practicing for over 20 years. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University and my graduate training at UNC, Chapel Hill. I worked at Duke University Medical Center in health psychology before moving to Texas in 2004. I have worked in university counseling for 10 years and have extensive experience working with young adults. I also see adults across the lifespan. I have specialized training in treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma using cognitive-behavioral therapy. I have interests in adoption, coping with fertility issues and medical illness. I also work with medical students, residents, and fellows at Baylor College of Medicine. 


I believe that how you think about yourself, the world and others profoundly influences how you feel. I encourage clients to develop a deeper understanding of how and why they think, behave and feel as they do. With this understanding, clients are then actively encouraged and supported in trying out new ways being. My job is to help you gain insight and to translate that insight into real change so that you can feel better and lead the life you seek.


I understand the pressures of modern family life and the challenges facing adolescents, young adults and their families. I can help you develop positive coping strategies for navigating a variety of distressing life experiences. 

Life Coach  

Sees Adults

Accepts Private Pay

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Seeking truth is my mission, and I believe that these truths apply across humanity. Rather than being led by blind faith, I choose questioning and knowledge to gain an understanding of these truths and an understanding of oneself. Stress and suffering can diminish when we learn to manage the mind by understanding ourselves and by managing our thoughts and our senses. This can help us to become enlightened and achieve liberation from worldly stressors. Being in harmony with nature, spirituality, and higher consciousness can help to achieve a calm mind. Rather than formal educational training in psychology, my training is a lifelong contemplation of life itself. Let's explore philosophically and use (un)common sense and questioning to find your own answers and truths.            


Practice Manager

Russel manages the practice.  

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