About our Clinicians

Our clinicians include individuals from a variety of disciplines who are trained to provide psychotherapy and/or psychological assessment:



Clinician Biographies

Sammie Jones, MA, LPC

I have been working in the mental health industry since 1990. I have been employed by both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health facilities before and after receiving my LPC license (see resume). I graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and am licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been in private practice since 2002 and own Houston Psychotherapists, Inc. I am a LPC Supervisor and a member in good standing with the Texas Counseling Association and the Houston Counseling Association.

I specialize in adolescent issues and development, and self-injury. I am passionate about educating the community regarding self-harm and other important mental health concerns. Click here for more information about workshops I have developed and presented.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families in all stages of life. Areas addressed may include depression, anxiety, effective communication, and increasing overall life satisfaction. I believe the relationship between the therapist and the patient is the most important factor in obtaining a successful therapeutic outcome and improving mental health. Providing a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment is a key component of effective therapy. I employ a variety of methods and techniques that can be utilized based on the treatment goals, values, personality, and needs of each individual. I value and hope to empower every individual to make a positive impact in both our immediate environment and our collective world. I am a careful and confidential listener and understand that every person is a unique individual with common problems deserving of dignity, compassion and respect. My goal is to help people create harmony and balance in their lives resulting in greater happiness. In addition to my private practice I offer pro bono services through the Mental Health Alliance of America.

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Kristen Berglund, MA, LPC

I believe that all people can use psychological help at some point. My job is to help my clients find perspective and knowledge about themselves that may enable them to live happier and more fulfilling lives. I do this by practicing from a nonjudgmental, positive point of view. I have experience working with adults with a multitude of challenges, from more severe disorders to milder stress and adjustment issues.

While I welcome working with adults of all ages and difficulties, I especially enjoy working with clients who struggle with depression and anxiety, adult survivors of sexual abuse, and new parents. I have additional training in diagnosing and treating postpartum anxiety and depression and have worked with Mental Health America's Women's Initiative to educate healthcare providers about perinatal mental health disorders. I also enjoy group therapy, and facilitate a bimonthly women's therapy group, as well as a weekly after-care group for clients who have successfully completed the PRISM Center's Intensive Outpatient Program in Cypress.

Prior to changing careers and joining Houston Psychotherapists in April of 2009, I spent 12 years working in the financial industry, gaining valuable "real-world" experience that I feel has helped enrich my clinical skills. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and my masters degree in clinical psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I am licensed by the state of Texas as a Professional Counselor.

I am not in-network with any insurance providers, but am willing to discuss a sliding-scale fee, if needed.

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Fatimah Escobar, MA, LPC,

"You must be the change that you wish to see in the world". These inspirational words from Mahatma Gandhi illustrate my approach to counseling. I am here to help you learn tools and skills that will allow you to spiritually reconnect with your environment and empower you to make necessary changes in your thoughts and behavior that promote emotional stability, positive relationships with self and others, as well as display healthy problem-solving skills. It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves emotionally and physically otherwise we are no good to ourselves or anyone else; therefore Iím here to work with you on taking the first steps towards positive change! Your new beginning starts hereÖ

I graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2009 with my MA in Counseling. From there I have worked in various settings counseling youth in gangs at the Mayorís Anti-Gang Office and later in partial hospital programs in Tomball and Katy facilitating group therapy to clients suffering from mental illness. Most recently I have facilitated drug education groups to individuals battling addiction and/or are DWI or DUI offenders.

My approach to counseling is directive and goal-oriented. I utilize various counseling techniques which include interactive talk therapy, mindfulness and mediation techniques, and cognitive- behavioral interventions that can help resolve your issues of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, etc. in a holistic approach.

Lastly, I'm truly passionate about working with adolescents to help develop them into productive adults in future and have over 8 years of experience facilitating psychoeducational groups related to improving decision-making skills, building self-esteem, coping skills building, creating goal-setting strategies and learning a variety of interpersonal skills.

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Carla Guice, MEd, LPC

For the past 3 years I have worked with a diverse group of individuals in both inpatient and outpatient environments as well as a private setting. In my experience I have learned that everyone wants to be loved, needed, and appreciated. As a therapist, I offer my clients a safe setting to explore their feelings, discover inner strengths, and resolve personal struggles.

In addition to my private practice at Houston Psychotherapists, Inc., I am a therapist and group facilitator at IntraCare North Hospital. I have also worked as a therapist at Minola's Place Texas, Teen and Family Services, and Aids for Victims of Domestic Abuse. My training and experience has offered me the opportunity to work with clients dealing with addiction and recovery, anger management, depression and anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, domestic abuse/violence, as well as other mental health concerns.

While I have a passion to work with diverse groups of people, I am especially sensitive to the needs of women and I love helping women manage the changing roles and demands of today. My goal as a therapist is to equip individuals with the tools needed to live a healthy life mentally, physically and spiritually. I am licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and am a member of the Houston Licensed Professional Counselors Association. I graduated from the University of Houston Victoria -Sugar Land Campus in May 2008 with my Masters in Counseling.

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Shawn Hirsch, PhD, LP, LSSP

Dr. Hirsch is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology who has worked with children, adolescents, and families since 1998. Dr. Hirsch provides individual and family treatment for adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and adjustment issues (e.g, life transitions, family stress, and relationship concerns). Although treatment is child-centered, parents are integrally involved in the process. Such active parental participation is crucial for facilitating behavioral change and positive progress for the child or adolescent. Dr. Hirsch's treatment approach includes behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques that are supported by extensive research.

Dr. Hirsch earned his Masters of Arts in Counseling from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Girls and Boys Town in Nebraska where he provided psychological services to adolescents in a residential treatment setting. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Girls and Boys Town Behavioral Pediatrics & Family Services Clinic where he provided comprehensive outpatient services to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Hirsch has been employed by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as a School Psychologist, where he also served as Training Director for CFISD's American Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral psychology internship program. In addition, Dr. Hirsch has taught graduate-level courses for the University of Houston as an adjunct professor. He currently serves as the Senior Program Director at The Monarch School and Institute.

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Jennifer B. Jessen, MA, LPC, LCDC

My goal is to help clients achieve success in their lives by providing tools for coping with their current situations, feelings, and behaviors while maintaining a safe, warm, accepting, and trustworthy environment. I use a variety of methods and techniques to meet the personalized needs of the individual client. My areas of interest include but are not limited to grief, trauma, and loss, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, and communication issues.

I am licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I have experience working in an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital setting as well as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Houston Baptist University. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I completed my undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University where I received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information and Operations Management. After graduation, I worked the next several years in Information Technology.

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John Nomura, PhD, LP, LSSP, BCBA-D

Dr. Nomura helps children and teenagers find happiness and success in their lives.

He has worked effectively with clients who come with a broad range of challenges, from severe conditions such as bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders to difficulties with stress and adjustment. Problems that affect our behavior, feelings, and relationships may seem impossible to fix. Dr. Nomura uses scientifically proven strategies and a trusting, understanding relationship to help his clients find lasting change.

In addition to being a Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Nomura is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Ė Doctoral, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. He is contracted with a large area school district where he assesses and treats students with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Additionally, he leads weekly training sessions in psychological assessment for pre-doctoral interns and supervises post-doctoral students. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. Dr. Nomura has received specialty training in cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, behavior analysis, behavioral therapies, interpersonal therapy, and education law. Dr. Nomura's services to the public schools are limited to school hours, and he enjoys working with private clients in the evenings and weekends.

Dr. Nomura has been married to Mariah Nomura, LPC, since 2001. Their family includes two beautiful daughters, two cats, and one dog. Dr. Nomura enjoys reading, playing with his daughters, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Please visit John's website at: www.JohnNomura.com (opens new window).

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Brett Ritchie, MA, LPC

Brett has been described as warm, thoughtful, and easy to talk to. He is often told that his clients did not think they would open up and talk about their issues so easily.

Brett specializes in working with individuals and couples struggling to gain insight, understanding, and peace in their lives. Although everyone experiences uncomfortable and painful feelings at times, living with this on a daily basis can become overwhelming, lonely, and even frightening. Brett ís focus for treatment is to address the underlying fears and issues that are creating stress and provide support and understanding in a safe and respectful environment. Brett ís goal is to work collaboratively with each client, to thoughtfully address their concerns, difficulties, and to help them attain a happy, healthy, and a fulfilling life.

Brett specializes in relationship counseling, menís issues, depression, anxiety, life transitions, difficult relationships, and sees many client's for other issues.

Brett has a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Brett has worked in a chemical dependency in-patient rehab, partial hospitalization for the severely and persistently mentally ill, and worked with Child Protective Services as a contract therapist counseling parent(s).

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