Psychiatric Mental Health
"For me, being a PMHNP is
a calling. I am passionate about what I do."
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the great state of Texas. I have been a nurse for 22 years. I moved here 10 years ago with my family from New York. I have clinical experience in both the inpatient and out patient areas of psychiatry. I am currently practicing in the outpatient setting. I worked as a clinical nursing instructor at the University of Texas at Austin- School of Nursing fo 5 years and as a nursing educator since 2006. I use my skills as a teacher to help others with their problems and provide education about their treatment and the medications that can help them. I believe this leads to better compliance with a plan that we will develop together. My belief is that education plays a tremendous role in achieving and maintaining mental health and collaboration is always key. I look forward to working with you.
Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Member of the American Nurses Association
Member of the American Nurses Psychiatric Association
University of Cincinatti - Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Mercy College - Masters in Nursing Education
Cochran School of Nursing - Associates in Applied Science - Nursing
Pace University - Baccalaureate of Arts in Literature and Communications
Todd A. Cornett
Struggling with mental health issues? Seeking help from a qualified psychiatrist can provide the support and treatment needed to overcome these challenges. As a skilled and experienced psychiatrist, I offer personalized, evidence-based care to those struggling with a range of mental health concerns. I work closely with my clients to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. With a compassionate and patient-centered approach, I am committed to helping my clients achieve improved mental wellness and overall well-being.
Board-Certified psychiatrist with a long history of working across the continuum including both inpatient and outpatient levels of care spanning both public and private sectors. Skilled in Disease Management, Performance Improvement, Mental Health Parity, and Management. (M.B.A.) focus in Medical Management
Facing mental health challenges can feel overwhelming and frightening. As someone who understands how hard this can be, I want you to know that you're not alone. Seeking support may feel daunting, but taking the first step can be life-changing. With the right care and a listening ear, you can start to heal and move forward. I'm here to listen and help.
LaSonda Michelle Courts
Michelle is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Ms. Courts has experience treating adults and adolescents ages fourteen and older with mental issues. She has obtained experience in treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her clinical training includes working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
Michelle’s goal is to assist clients in achieving and maintaining in their optimal mental health capacity. She believes that clients should be actively involved in their care. In addition to using psychopharmaceuticals to assist clients, Michelle often recommends use of adjunct interventions such as psychotherapies to facilitate long-standing results
Okwuchukwu “Michael” Okpalaeze
Okwuchukwu “Michael” Okpalaeze is a compassionate and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep commitment to providing expert mental health care to individuals of all backgrounds. With over 6 years of experience in the field, Michael combines his extensive clinical expertise with a genuine and empathetic approach to healing, making him a trusted and respected figure in the world of psychiatric nursing. Michael's kind and empathetic nature is evident in every interaction with his patients. He believes that building trust and rapport is essential to effective psychiatric care. He takes the time to listen attentively, validate his patients' experiences, and create a safe and non-judgmental space for them to share their concerns.
His dedication to helping individuals achieve better mental health shines through in his every action, making him an invaluable asset to the mental health community and a trusted partner in his patients' journeys to healing and recovery.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Midwestern State University
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Psychiatry from Midwestern State University
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC)
Active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
Psychopharmacology: Michael has a deep understanding of psychotropic medications and their applications in treating mental health disorders. He conducts thorough assessments to prescribe and manage medication regimens tailored to each patient's unique needs.
Psychotherapy:He is proficient in various therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing , and mindfulness-based therapies, which he integrates into her treatment plans to address the psychological and emotional aspects of mental health
Patients consistently praise Michael for
Empathetic Listening: He actively listens to his patients' stories, offering a sense of understanding and validation that fosters open communication.
Supportive Guidance: He provides clear guidance and education about mental health conditions and treatment options, empowering his patients to make informed decisions about their care.
Nicole Garcia, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW.
My ideal client is any person wanting to work on themselves, regardless of what brought you here. Most of my clients have a goal of feeling in control of themselves and their lives.
I specialize as a trauma therapist, specifically working with clients with domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma history. I also have a strong background working with law enforcement, military families, and families in crisis. I worked for the nonprofit, state and federal government and have a wide variety of experience.
I realize asking for help and working on yourself can be an intimidating and even scary process. I have the skills, training, education and experience to help you get control of your life back and feel empowered. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and privilege to work with you.
Areas of Specialty include:
Trauma and PTSD
My approach to healing is person centered to help clients explore their thoughts and feelings in an environment tailored to their needs and goals. I like to provide that steady hand while my clients take the lead in identifying and working towards the things that are important to them. Through the process of discovery and greater self-awareness I believe we have the ability to learn new ways to accomplish our personal goals and feel more in control of life. Change is possible once we gain understanding of self through the practice of mindfulness, self-compassion and exploration of our true self.
I have experience working with ages ranging from 12 and up, in settings such as inpatient, outpatient, with groups, family and individuals. I use different techniques including, CBT, DBT, Solution focused, for brief and long-term therapy. You can expect a collaborative, flexible, and communicative approach to your care as we continue to empower you to work on overcoming your challenges.
As a therapist, I am dedicated to providing a safe, and supportive environment for my clients to explore their challenges and guide them in using their strengths to overcome feelings of being stuck and suffering.
Marital and premarital
Trauma and PTSD
Grief and loss
Through life’s toughest moments we need a safe place to receive help. Therapy is the process of openly processing and evaluating your unique life events. It is about building up your strengths and coping skills as well as having a safe, judgement free place to openly and honestly express your thoughts and feelings. You are your own expert and as your therapist, my job is to give you the tools to better yourself and help you reach your goals.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with Depression, Mood/Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Relationship problems, and more. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in most of my work.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and I am trained in providing evidenced-based treatment modalities to guide and empower you in the therapy process. I provide a safe therapeutic space for you to process your thoughts, feelings, goals, challenges, and successes.
I connect with my clients by bringing humor, creativity, and stability to our time together. I’m here to hold a warm and supportive space for you while we work together to achieve your goals. The key to a successful therapeutic relationship is the ability to truly listen and hear each person's strengths and needs. Some of the changes that we want to make in our lives take practice, partnership, and hard work. I am here to help you build the muscles to carry the weights of life, and to give you a stable place to catch your breath.
I have experience working with children, teens, and young adults from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community as well as those on the Autism Spectrum. Though much of my expertise is with teens and young adults, I am able to work with clients of any age from 12 years old to 99. I specialize in an array of issues including:
Depression & Self Harm
ADHD / Executive Functioning
Violence & Anger management
PTSD/Abuse & Neglect
I have worked in various youth settings including Schools, Disciplinary and Alternative Programs, as well as within the Child Welfare System including Foster Care Shelters. I use a blended strengths-based approach that includes Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Art & Play Therapies, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Attachment Focused Therapy.
Hello, I am Annette. Welcome and thank you for considering me in your search for a clinician. Therapy is a space where you are met with non-judgement, compassion, accountability, collaboration, and receive enrichment tools to help find balance with your individual experience. Whether you are seeking to explore a specific concern or general sense of unease, together we can develop goals to foster a deep connection with yourself. There is no “one size fits all” approach in developing a treatment plan and each is personalized according to unique needs and interests. I offer in-person and tele-therapy sessions in a confidential, safe environment to examine the issues you desire to resolve. My main goal is to help clients find hope, resilience, and solutions to their psychological exigencies.
I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and seniors in acute psychiatric inpatient and outpatient programs, routine groups, families, and individuals struggling with trauma, substance abuse and addictions, mood/anxiety disorders, self-esteem, self-worth, grief & loss, and depression. My training practices are grounded in evidence-based therapies to include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution- Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Rhonda Griffin, LPC has been a licensed professional mental health counselor for 23 years. She has a master's in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She has taught counseling and supervised intern graduate students. Rhonda engages easily with compassion and a warm sense of humor. A harmonious blend of west coast perspective with Texan common sense. She brings practical skills and knowledge to her clients for problem solving using various modalities. A Systemic Family practitioner, she also uses Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectic Behavioral, Jungian, and Emotion Focused Therapy. As a systems therapist, she investigates the family, social and cultural history of clients to understand the challenges they are facing. Awareness of these perspectives and influences of old coping patterns gives individuals the opportunity to develop new interpersonal skills, self awareness, self-acceptance and strengthened relationships.
The Gottman Institute located in Seattle was also influential in developing Rhonda's interest in working with couples. She finds couples counseling is especially rewarding and enjoys facilitating the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners. She is uniquely able to hold the two perspectives of each member while cultivating communication skills and re-connection.
Adult Children of Narcissists is a growing area of specialty that Rhonda is particularly skilled as a family systemic therapist. This work is especially helpful for clients that have suffered from narcissistic parenting behaviors that perpetuate detrimental patterns in their own adult relationships.
Areas of specialty include:
Borderline and Narcissistic Family Systems
Mood Disorders – Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety
Addiction – Alcohol, Substance, Sexual, Gambling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Lifespan Integration
Dying and Bereavement
Multicultural Counseling – LGBTQ, Earth Based Spiritual Practices, Polyamory
Support for Artists – Creative and Performing Artists
Ann K. White
Ann K. White is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual therapy to people with a range of concerns specializing in substance use and dual diagnosis. She offers a person-centered approach in a safe environment to explore, express, and motivate an individual toward personal growth and understanding. She uses a collaborative approach to therapy that is client-driven, and strength-based recognizing each person is unique and requires different methods to find change in their current life status.
Ann has a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. She has worked in a variety of settings in Florida and in Texas including residential treatment centers for substance use issues, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders. She has a knowledge base of 12 step programs as well as alternatives. Ann has a root in evidence-based therapies to include: Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in assisting clients overcome intensive challenges in their life over the course of his career. He attended Southwestern University to complete his Bachelors of Science in Psychology. He graduated from Angelo State University with his Masters degree in counseling, and since then has worked in community services specializing in outpatient behavioral health and assessment of intensive mental health concerns. Tyler has experience working with individuals with a wide range of concerns and backgrounds including those who identify as LGBTQIA+
Tyler has previously worked with adults and adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, men's issues, videogame addiction, grief and loss, and oppositional concerns. Some of his treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused, Motivational, and Person-Centered Psychology.
Tyler is committed to fostering an environment of trust and understanding to foster an environment of growth and healing to assist in creating tools and skills to tackle the problems that life provides. He treats each person as an individual and seeks to improve the life of each person.
My counseling practice is grounded by my conviction in the possibility of change. This conviction is based on witnessing dramatic, life-changing growth in both personal and professional experiences.
Together, we examine how our past significant experiences and relationships have influenced our present-day life. By exploring the messages and beliefs we formed from the past, we gain insight into the current narrative that plays out in our lives. This narrative impacts how we form attachments, how we handle relationships, what coping skills we turn to, and how those choices help or hurt our overall well-being.
My own story has many twists and turns that help me relate to a variety of issues and situations with empathy, compassion, and often, humor. I studied Psychology & Neuroscience as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. From there, I took a decades-long detour working for a fast-paced high-tech company, and then left the corporate world to return to my genuine interests, and get a master’s degree in Counseling.
My work with clients addresses a variety of challenges:
I have over 27 years of experience dealing with individuals with substance abuse, and in helping couples and families deal with the ripple effects caused by addictions and trauma.
Trauma / PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectual Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and, Attachment / Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB).
LPC, LMHC, NCC
Carolyn Hulse is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual therapy to clients in Texas and Florida. As a native Texan and former Air Force officer, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience from her healthcare career spanning three decades.
You will be heard. You will be provided insight, guidance, skills, knowledge and resources to better understand your concerns as we work towards your healing. You will leave every session feeling validated, valued and empowered.
I have experience working with adolescents and adults utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care. If you are seeking ‘mental wellness’ and strive for the guidance to achieve it, let’s work together to explore your inner peace.
Judy Neves has over 30 years of administrative and managerial experience as an office management professional. In 2021, she joined Staats Psychiatric Services and is responsible for coordinating a broad range of activities to ensure the efficient operation of the Office. She is committed to providing a supportive work environment for staff and patients.
‘’I’ve been working in customer service for over 10 years which has been a wonderful experience. To be able to interact with a large number of people and make them feel like they are a friend. All of this has made me very aware of what a person expects when they request a service, but this is not just about service but also make them feel welcome and in good hands. As the front line of Staats Psychiatric Services I am committed to be that for all of our patients.’’
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