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Updated on Mar 19, 2024

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Alissa Martinez, LPC

Texas, LPC #818626

Seeing clients since 2018
About Alissa | She/her

Alissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in anxiety, self-esteem, and relationships. She has a strong interest in exploring a person's thoughts and feelings and understanding the biological, societal, and psychological factors in their lives that contribute to them. As an anxious person herself, she deeply understands the pain that comes with experiencing persistent anxiety and self-doubt, and she knows the level in which it can impact any and all relationships in life. Having confronted this within herself has given her the profound ability to access the parts within that are already built into us. She is motivated by the beauty that is found only by understanding and accepting the pain that we live. Through collaborative psychotherapy, Alissa believes you can accomplish a greater sense of self awareness, the ability to reflect more constructively, and a greater sense of control over your whole self. She is trained in various therapeutic techniques, and most enjoys utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT), Gottman Method, and Attachment-Based Therapy. Alissa is confident in her ability to serve and support you by meeting you where you’re at in your mental health journey. In creating an open and safe space where anxiety and reflection (or sometimes humor) can meet, she's hopeful that together you can break down your existing barriers and find growth!

Message to clients

Hi there, you! I don't know you yet, but I'm so glad you've decided to start therapy for the first time, or restart therapy because you understand how valuable reflection and self awareness is to your wellbeing and growth! If you've been feeling stressed and anxious, if you're confused about how to manage day-to-day life and are feeling inadequate about it, or if you're struggling to trust yourself in life because you've lost (or have never discovered) your sense of purpose, then say no more! Just kidding, tell me more and more until we can make sense of it as a team. I understand you may be feeling in the trenches. Together we can explore, self discover, and feel empowered in learning about who you truly are, perhaps for the first time. I'm certainly looking forward to it!

Education

Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling | University of Texas at San Antonio, 2018

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth, Couples counseling

Additional areas of focus

Burnout, Codependency, Depression, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Premarital counseling, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Empowering, Affirming, Conversational, Laid back

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Gottman method

Cost

$135

/

Individual Session

$150

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Alissa is a skilled therapist who approaches each client with respect and acceptance. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals and shows great compassion and empathy in the process. She cares deeply for each of her clients well-being.

—Lisbeth Benavides, LPC
Peer review

Alissa is a professional at every level. Alissa’s priority is providing clients with individualized treatment. She treats each client with care and respect.

—Lisa Cantu, LPC
Peer review

Alissa truly cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to meet their individualistic needs. She takes into consideration the multifaceted systems at play to create individualized treatment plan for each of her clients. By doing this, Alissa is able to meet her clients where they are at while simultaneously encouraging them for change through empowerment and building off of their own innate strengths.

—Taylor Jones, MS, LPC
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Kelli Penner, LMFT

California, LMFT #79102; Texas, LMFT #204019

Seeing clients since 2008
About Kelli | She/her

Kelli's early academic training and much of her personal interest has been in utilizing Psychodynamic Theory (exploring what the experiences in the therapeutic relationship can tell us about the rest of your life), including Attachment Theory (looking at your earliest relationships and how they developed a model of the world for you). Kelli's focused training in working with children and adolescents has also included Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, which she uses with her adult clients when they find that the skills contribute to the process. Kelli values continued learning, and focuses many of her continuing education trainings in better understanding how to treat complex trauma, providing allied and inclusive therapy for LGBTQIA+ clients, and child and adolescent specific issues. Kelli also has over 10 years of experience working with couples and families in building better connections, communication, and boundaries. She encourages and utilizes mindfulness skills in her practice, as a way to help regain control of your emotional and thought regulation.

Message to clients

I believe that therapy can benefit everyone, and also believe that not every therapist is a good match for every client. This work takes engaging with some very vulnerable thoughts and feelings, though through my own experiences in therapy, as well as my observations as a therapist, I have seen how the discomfort is worth the growth. Through my past and ongoing explorations of understanding which systems I was born and raised into, I am continuously learning how those systems have contributed to, or too often, limited my ability to create safety for others. I believe that safety (be that physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise) are inherent rights of all human beings, and am committed to growing so that this is true in both my personal life and my work as a therapist. Therapy is a collaboration. I bring education and training in understanding relationship dynamics, the impacts of trauma, emotional disconnect, & self-regulation tools. You have expertise and knowledge of yourself and your experiences, even if it doesn't always feel that way. I will work with you to develop goals for therapy, including: changes you are hoping to make, coping skills you might benefit from, how to expand your resources, & personal strengths we can build upon.

Education

Masters of Marital and Family Therapy | Fuller School of Psychology, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Children, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Grief and/or loss, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Transgender people

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Empowering

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$275

/

Individual Session

$325

/

Couples Session

$325

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kelli is incredibly intelligent and is always aware of and learning about the newest research and tools to best care for her clients. She is well known as one of the best supervisors in our community because of her depth of knowledge and ease of attuning to her supervisees as well. She's kind and thoughtful and incredibly trustworthy in her guidance.

—Janie Glassmith, LMFT
Peer review

Kelli is a caring and compassionate therapist. She looks at each person individually with their unique qualities and work with them accordingly. She starts with the person where they are at and walk with them on the journey to where they want to be.

—Irene Choi-Rapp, MFT
Peer review

Not every therapist does their own inner work, but Kelli has and does. She is grounded, present, and genuine. Kelli is one of the most competent, research-informed therapists I know. She genuinely wants to understand and support her clients, and those are just some of the reasons I trust her work.

—Karen Gwaltney, LMFT
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Marian Cooper, LCSW, ATR

California, LCSW #110949; Texas, LCSW #104193; New York, LCSW #084473

Seeing clients since 2008
About Marian | She/her

Marian Cooper is a Psychotherapist and owner of Own the Moment Therapy, a private counseling practice that focuses on helping high achievers to let go of unrealistic expectations, live in the moment, and stop chasing perfection. Marian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Art Therapist who is passionate about helping clients overcome unhelpful patterns, live in the moment, and bring self-care into their lives. She offers solution focused individual therapy integrated with expressive arts to help busy professionals, learn to live life on their own terms without guilt. Marian is excited to assist her clients in learning effective strategies for muting their inner critic and creating change. Marian provides individual therapy to clients in-person (in the state of Texas) or online to clients located in Texas, New York, and California. Marian has a Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University and a Masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University.

Message to clients

Hi! I’m Marian, and I specialize in empowering high achievers like you to overcome the pressure to maintain high standards. I understand the unique challenges you face as someone who constantly strives for excellence in all areas of life, leading to overwhelming anxiety and a fear of not measuring up. Together, we will explore these challenges and develop strategies to help you cope. My approach is supportive, direct, and collaborative. I use an integrated approach of cognitive-behavioral therapy and creative arts. In our sessions, you can expect a safe and non-judgmental space. I firmly believe that vulnerability and self-compassion are powerful tools in embracing your authentic self and understanding that you are more than your achievements. Together, we can reshape your self-perception and pave the way for healthier, more balanced living. If you are ready to step away from the shackles of anxiety and perfectionism, I am here to guide and support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this journey of self-discovery and growth together.

Education

Masters of Social Work | New York University, 2008; Masters of Art Therapy Counseling | Hofstra University 2020

Race and ethnicity

Black

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Life transitions, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

Stress, Burnout

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Affirming, Conversational, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
United Health Care, Aetna, Oxford (New York and Texas only)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

She's a knowledge, comforting professional at all times. She brings extensive experience and great interventions to all her sessions. After working with her, I'm certain she would be an asset to anyone looking for a therapist. I absolutely recommend her.

—Ebony Kimario, LCSW
Peer review

Marian truly cares about helping her clients. She is easy to talk to and makes you feel at ease. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking counseling.

—Kellie Brown, LMHC
Peer review

Marian is one of the most genuine, loving, caring therapists I know! I had the pleasure of meeting her 2 years ago at our peer supervision group. She never fails to not only empower her peers, yet also recreate them to be the powerful therapist that they are to support well deserving individual who care to grow. I have no doubt that should you be her client, she would provide you her top notch authentic, inspirational and natural loving way, recreating the power in all her clients. She never fails to exude humbling confidence and loving care to those she cares for! Highly recommended!

—Mary Ng-Tedjasukmana, LCSW
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Janae Kim, LMFT

Texas, LMFT #203333; California, LMFT #84906

Seeing clients since 2010
About Janae | She/her

Meet Janae Kim, a licensed psychotherapist who doesn't like to just stay above the surface but actually get to the root of clients' issues. Her work as a therapist began in California where she received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology and worked extensively in community mental health since 2010 helping individuals overcome chronic and debilitating issues. Janae has a special bent toward helping those whose lives have been significantly shaped by their trauma and other distressing events. She utilizes a wide range of mindfulness-based practices, such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an extensively researched form of therapy that has helped countless individuals to make breakthroughs. She is also informed in Internal Family Systems (IFS), a powerful framework that helps to increase understanding of different parts of ourselves that are often in internal conflict. She frequently brings EMDR and IFS together to maximize the healing experience for her clients.

Message to clients

It’s important to me that I work with clients as a team while providing a safe, non-judgmental space as they share their broken past, present struggles and future hopes. While my style has been described as warm and empathetic, I’m not shy about gently challenging my clients to go deeper by asking questions that can help get to the root of their struggles. In other words, I strive to help clients gain not merely insight, which can be freeing at first, but more importantly a genuine desire to change from within.

Education

Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

Asian, Asian immigrant

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Asian culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Chronic illness or pain, Depression, Racial/cultural identity, Spirituality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Challenging, Empowering, Holistic

Modalities

Attachment based, Faith-based counseling, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused

Cost

$180

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Janae is knowledgable in her work and exhibits compassion and empathy for her clients. She goes above and beyond to help her clients, as she has a wide array of clinical skills and experience. Janae is a trusted colleague and I highly recommend her as a clinician!

—Lily Gatica, LMFT
Peer review

Janae is warm, compassionate, and genuinely curious and empathetic. She walks alongside her clients and truly wants to see their lives changed for the better. She is highly skilled and has excellent training, and would be an invaluable part of any care team.

—Grace Yeh, LMFT Associate
Peer review

Janae is one of the most genuine, kind, thoughtful therapist you will work with. She balances holding both warm presence for you to "just be" and challenging gently when it's needed for the client. She is already very experienced and skilled, but she always seek out continual training to better serve her clients.

—Linda Yoon, LCSW
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Lily Gatica, LMFT

California, LMFT #127712; Texas, LMFT #204340; Florida LMFT #TPMF474

Seeing clients since 2017
About Lily | She/her

Lily is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering virtual therapy to those residing in California, Texas, and Florida. Lily is passionate about helping individuals and couples live a meaningful and enjoyable life. She specializes in anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and relationship issues. During Lily's training, she treated individuals ranging from 18-64 with a wide range of disorders using a psychodynamic lens. She worked closely with toddlers and parents using an attachment based approach during her time at an early childhood development center. Over the years, Lily's work grew through somatic and mindful trainings that allowed her to develop a holistic approach in sessions. She is certified in EMDR and is an IFS informed therapist. Lily works closely with couples who are in conflict or in crisis. She is curious about her clients and maintains the belief that everyone is unique and has a story to tell. Lily is compassionate, honest, and ultimately meets her clients where they are.

Message to clients

The thought about talking to a stranger about what's going on is terrifying. When the process involves an honest conversation about symptoms, family problems, and addiction or other "shameful" family secrets, it can keep anyone from healing. You were taught to keep it to yourself and not cause trouble. To not air family secrets and that emotions are dramatic and useless. Especially the biggest of all- grief. There is nobody that gets to escape grief in this process. It's a myth that any of it has to be painful or overwhelming. And struggling with feelings or needing to heal doesn't make you weak. Nobody taught you how to do this. Your past doesn't have to define you or prevent you from living. You don't have to "suck it up" anymore.You can break the patterns and create a better life for yourself. If you process the guilt, shame, resentment, sadness, then it doesn't stay. You can truly move on. No longer pretending, you get to enjoy your life as it is instead of reliving the past. Going to therapy can be a difficult choice especially when you know healing is messy and painful. I use effective and quick methods like EMDR and others for the fastest and least painful healing possible. With a therapist's help, you can learn the skills you weren't taught and you can heal. It's time to offer yourself the ability to move past this.

Education

Masters in Clinical Psychology I Antioch University Los Angeles, 2018

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, White, Arab/Middle Eastern

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture, White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Codependency, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Direct, Holistic, Inquisitive, Humorous

Modalities

Attachment based, Astrology, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Internal family systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, Mindfulness based

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$200

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna (for Texas residents only)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Lily is not only a well-versed therapist, especially in EMDR, but also incredibly caring and compassionate. It's apparent that she stays on top of different trainings to help her clients with their specific needs. I highly recommend her whether you're in a crisis or just needing support for day-to-day issues.

—Janae Kim, LMFT
Peer review

Lilys calm and warm manner creates a healing environment. Lily is well trained in trauma and EMDR. Intelligent and intuitive Lily is a wonderful therapist.

—Lorraine Schwartz MA, MFT
Peer review

Lily is passionate about her work, striving to provide the best experience for her clients. She is intuitive and empathic.

—Julie Lacumbre, Psy.D
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Laura Sanders, LPC Associate

Texas, LPC Associate #94345

Seeing clients since 2023
About Laura | She/her

Laura is a licensed professional counselor, author, meditation teacher, energy healer and intuitive. Her specialties include therapy for highly sensitive people, recovery from abusive relationships and therapy for perinatal mental health. She loves working with adults and children and including creative interventions such as art and music. With a background in trauma therapy, she is fully trained in EMDR. Laura is spiritually diverse with many personal practices including breathwork, kundalini and vinyasa yoga, and sound healing. Her book Supernatural Recovery: An Empaths' Guide to Overcoming Addiction and Trauma can be found on Amazon. She is a proud LBGTQIA+ affirming ally.

Message to clients

Welcome! If you are on this website it shows you are taking a brave first step to changing your life. It isn’t easy to ask for help but you’re doing it! I am familiar with the healing journey because it is one I have taken myself. I walked the path with the help of some amazing people who let me show up as my authentic self and explore new ways of being. Now I am honored to give this gift to others. My approach is person centered meaning compassion is at the heart of my work. I am passionate about nervous system recovery and client education. I believe in finding your unique strengths and using them as part of the counseling process. Whatever it is you are walking through, we can walk through it together.

Education

Masters of Mental Health Counseling I West Texas A and M, 2023

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Shamanism, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Mindfulness and/or meditation, Abuse, Parenting

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Anxiety, Addiction, Burnout, Codependency, Couples counseling, Highly sensitive people, Panic attacks, Neurodivergence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum depression, Psychedelic assisted therapy, Spirituality, Trauma, Substance misuse/dependency, Stress

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Holistic, Solution-oriented, Conversational, Intellectual

Modalities

Art therapy, Attachment based, EMDR, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Music therapy, Enneagram

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$150

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Laura is very emphatic and does a phenomenal job at building a strong therapeutic relationship. She is also very well-studied and experience working with trauma using different techniques including EMDR. Laura had a huge influence on me as a young counselor!

—Anthony Morgan, Counseling Intern
Peer review

Laura is constantly wanting to learn more. Her enthusiasm is clearly seen by her clients and it helps build quick rapport. Laura does truly helps people unlock their own potential in a safe and appropriate environment. When Laura is unsure of anything, she seeks the answer from multiple sources to be able to find the best fit for the client. She is a life-long student, works well with others, and takes all constructive feedback to heart. She is a calming presence and has a great sense of humor.

—Vy Nguyen, MA, PHD
Peer review

Laura's life experience, warmth and skill make her an excellent therapist. I whole-heartedly recommend her.

—Karen Finley Breeding, MA, LPC-S
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$135

2018

Anxiety, Self esteem/self worth, Couples counseling

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$275

2008

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

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$200

2008

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$180

2010

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Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

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What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

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