MEET OUR TEAM

Office Team

Peter Benda, MBA, Program Director
Contracting & Credentialing, Insurance, Billing, Operation Management

Jorge Eli Rebellon, Office Administrator
- Clients Scheduling, Administration Support, Claims, Spanish Speaking Clients

Deja Henderson, MS, Psychology Technician
Assisting with Evaluations, Clients Monitoring & Administering

Kelsey Broussard, MA, Psychology Technician
Assisting with Evaluations, Clients Monitoring & Administering

 

Psychologists

Valerie Jackson, PhD / Founder
Dr. Jackson has a bachelors’ and masters’ degree in General Psychology from the University of Houston. Her Doctor of Philosophy Degree is in Clinical Adolescent Psychology from Prairie View A & M (an affiliate of Texas A & M University). She has been involved in clinical work for the past 16 years and a college professor for 11 years. Also, she has worked in the nonprofit arena for over 13 years assisting over 100 Philanthropist with starting (i.e. incorporating, securing tax-exempt status, developing the infrastructure, budget projections, sustainability plan, etc.) their nonprofit organizations. She is the Executive Director of Solutions for Better Living (SBL). She operates four major programs under SBL; iServe Community-Based Education and Health Program, Depression and Anxiety Screening Project, Medicaid Case Management Program, and Community Health Workshops and Grass root Projects. She is the founder and Executive Director of Monarch Family Services. The agency offers adoption, foster/adoptive parent training, psycho-education groups, family reunification program, foster children therapeutic programs, and behavior health services for parents with an active case with DFPS. She is the President/Founder of The Adolescent Center and Mental Health Services. As a clinician she conducts psychological testing, psychosocial assessments, and treatment planning.

Akalita Ross, PhD
Akalita A. Ross, Ph.D. is a psychologist that enjoys working with all age groups. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical and Adolescent Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. She also received her Master’s degree in Clinical Community Psychology from Texas Southern University and her B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Ross has clinical experience in providing psychological services in forensic, school and private settings. She has co-authored journal articles and participated in various trainings in the forensic settings. Dr. Ross has also been employed as an adjunct professor in institutions of higher learning. She is bilingual and can speak, read and write in Spanish and has completed assessments in Spanish for non-English speakers. Dr. Ross is a native Houstonian who enjoys to travel and try new things.

Tioana Maxwell, PsyD
Dr. Tioana Maxwell began her undergraduate education at Hampton University in Virginia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then earned a Masters of Liberal Art in Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas and went on to receive her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited program. While studying for her doctorate, Dr. Maxwell interned in various settings such as an outpatient mental health center, medical center, and college campus. Dr. Maxwell was a contributing researcher at Providence Community Center, Santa Ana CA, on the ‘Evidenced Based Practices of The Pre and Post Effects of Therapy on Children Diagnosed with ADHD.’ Dr. Maxwell’s pre-doctoral training also included working with individuals diagnosed with Acquired Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the ‘Investigation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries on the Iraqi and Afghanistan War Veterans. Dr. Maxwell received post-doctoral training at a long-term rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas where she further developed her expertise in Acquired Brain Injuries and dual diagnosis. As Lead Clinical Psychologist with MHMRA, she worked with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD, and Down’s syndrome. Dr. Maxwell’s clinical experience includes individual and group therapy with specialties in Marriage and Family, Addictions, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma. Dr. Maxwell provides evidenced based treatments through the use of cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy techniques. Dr. Maxwell also enjoys practicing mindfulness techniques and incorporates mindfulness in the therapeutic process. Dr. Maxwell has a goal oriented therapy approach that involves working with her clients to help restore functioning and relieve emotional distress. This is achieved through teaching effective skills to manage life’s difficulties. Dr. Maxwell takes a warm and compassionate approach to therapy while encouraging learning and change.

Kimberly Demby, PhD
Kimberly Porter Demby, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Master of Arts in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and worked for 2 years at the Connections Center providing evaluation and therapy for children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Demby received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. During her academic tenure, Dr. Demby completed 3 years of training in an elementary school setting where she provided individual and group therapy and psychoeducational evaluations. She also has extensive experience with late adolescence/college-aged populations through completion of training at 3 college counseling centers. Dr. Demby completed her postdoctoral training in a private practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluations, and has provided therapy and evaluation services for children in the foster care system. With over 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, Dr. Demby has a broad skill set that allows her to be flexible in meeting the unique needs of each client she sees. Above all, she is passionate about her work and honored to be a part of each client’s journey.

Samoan Johnson, PhD
Dr. Samoan C. Johnson has over 20 years of experience providing clinical mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral residency at the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in the Psychological Services Department. Dr. Johnson is licensed as a psychologist (LP) and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP). She has received academic appointments with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a past president of the Houston Psychological Association and the Houston Association of Black Psychologists.

Paula Moore, PsyD
Dr. Paula A. Moore received her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is currently the lead Psychologist for Dual Diagnosis Services providing treatment for individuals diagnosed with an intellectual disability and a broad range of co-occurring diagnoses. Other clinical specialties are in the areas of child and adolescent treatment, juvenile delinquency, adolescent recidivism, family & marital therapy and cultural sensitivity using a number of treatment modalities. One specific treatment modality that she utilizes is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her research interests are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children; childhood resiliency; child/adolescent development, cultural issues. In addition, she has taught in the University setting on the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Moore is a member of the Houston Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists and a past president of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for A Child’s Space EarlyChildhood Literacy Center, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Moore has been featured in Ebony magazine as an expert psychologist, she has presented at numerous professional conferences and has research published in a number professional Journals.

Tonya Martin, PsyD
Dr. Tonya Martin is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist with training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents and adults. She earned her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois, and double majored in Psychology and Criminology during her undergraduate years at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Over the years she has worked primarily with forensic clients in secure and non-secure settings including in prisons, jails, residential treatment settings, and with individuals in the community on probation. Dr. Martin specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavior disorders, forensic evaluation including juvenile waiver and competency evaluations, and she has worked with adolescent girls who are victims of human trafficking. She is dedicated to increasing her professional competence through research and continuing education, and to providing quality care to her clients.

 

Therapists & Counselors

Tarkitha Williams, LPC
Tarkitha is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree, Teaching Certification and Masters of Art in Counseling all from Northwestern State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Psychology. She has been in the mental health field for over 10 years specializing in adolescent behavioral and mental health issues as well as adults with acute and profound psychosis. She taught school in Louisiana for 7 years as a certified teacher. She also has expertise with juvenile probation as she worked with adolescents and their probation officers for 3 years before relocating to Houston, Tx. Tarkitha has experience with children, adolescents and adults from different backgrounds in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Amy Aniyeloye, LPC
Amy Douzart Aniyeloye, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is from Monroe, Louisiana and has lived in the Houston area since 2006. Amy is a proud graduate of Grambling State University located in Grambling Louisiana where she received a Bachelor degree in psychology. Amy began her career as a CPS specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services working with children, adolescents, adults, elderly, and multi ethnic families who were victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, rape, sexual abuse, neglect, and physical abuse. Amy received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Amy has gained over 11 years of experience in various settings including schools, homes, residential treatment centers, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospital programs with individuals who present with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, etc. In addition, Amy is happily married and a proud mother of one amazing son.

LaKeysa Hobson, LPC
LaKeysa is a Professional Counselor with The Adolescent Center. She is a License Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and an Affiliated Sex Offender Treatment Provider (ASOTP), licensed by the Texas State Board. LaKeysa received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. She is currently attending Houston Baptist University working towards a Master of Arts as a License Specialist School Psychologist (LSSP). Her passion is to assist clients with meeting their short and long term goals. LaKeysa knows that the client is the expert and solution to whatever he/she may encounter. In addition, she enjoys working with adolescents by helping them to become a better version of themselves. LaKeysa has a way of helping her clients analyze their thinking in order to shape their behavior. LaKeysa is the Program Chair for the Houston License Professional Counseling Association. In her spare time, LaKeysa enjoys teaching driver’s education, volunteering, reading, and listening to live jazz.

Andrea Hinds, LPC
Andrea Hinds is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor. Andrea earned her Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling at Webster University in 2013. Since then, she has committed herself to helping others build meaningful relationships with people they love and overcome obstacles from emotional trauma and abuse. Andrea's therapeutic style is supportive, humanistic, non-judgmental, goal-oriented and culturally sensitive. She also offers faith-based counseling at her clients' request. Andrea has over 6 years of experience in working with adults, children and the LGBTQ community that have endured childhood trauma, emotional and physical abuse, substance abuse, legal issues, depression, anxiety and grief.

Ashley Ward, LPC
Ashley F. Ward, Licensed Professional Counselor originated from Chicago, IL but relocated to Houston, TX four years ago. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and received her graduate degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Higher Education. She has more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field with adolescents and adults. She has experience working in group homes, outpatient, inpatient, and sex offenders. She has experience with assessments, triages, teaching social and anger management skills. Her therapeutic approach is cognitive behavior, psycho-education, and solution-focused.

Tarana, Colvin, LMFT, LPC-I
Tisa Colvin, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Texas. She received her Master of Science degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. She specializes in marriage and family therapy. She provides professional therapeutic services for individuals, couples, groups, adults and children 8 years old and up. She treated patients and clients with grief and loss, anger problems, depression, abuse (physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse), and domestic violence. She has experience working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient facilities for Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and Inpatient Outpatient Services (IOP), women substance abuse treatment programs, men substance abuse treatment programs, and a women’s shelter who suffered from domestic violence. She is eclectic and design treatment plans specific for each individual client. Her methods of treatment include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She believes each client is unique and have strengths and abilities. Therapy is a journey. She assists clients through his or her own therapeutic process to a healthy well-being.

Felicia Humphery, LCSW
Felicia A. Humphery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is a native Houstonian. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Prairie View A & M University and received her graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Houston Main Campus. She has 17 years of experience in social work with experience in medical, child welfare and family systems. Therapeutic interventions are cognitive behavior, psycho-education, skills building, conflict resolution, trauma, mindfulness and grief. Currently, she is a full-time Special Education Social Worker with Houston Independent School District. She enjoys traveling and reading in her spare time. She is happily married with one child.

 

Intern Counselors

Elizabeth Lyons, LPC-I
Elizabeth Lyons received her masters’ degree in Clinical Mental Health from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Texas Southern University. Her primary therapeutic area of focus is couples counseling. Counseling sessions with couples involve partnering with her clients through communication, intimacy and financial issues up to assisting couples that have decided to dissolve their relationships. Other areas of expertise include substance abuse, depression, anger management and trauma. Under her care, your therapy becomes a team effort. You will work together to identify realistic goals for you to work towards and achieve. Her objective will be to provide you with various viewpoints and solutions to successfully meet your mental health and well-being needs. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, crafting and mentoring young people to be the best that they can be. She has 6 children and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Liz currently resides in Rosharon, Texas with her loving partner and best friend Marvin Johnson.

Justine Joseph, LPC-I
As a counselor intern, Justine works with individuals and couples of all ages to provide targeted counseling services. She works under Ms. Lashonda Ford-Ladler’s, LPC supervision. Her herapy will become a team effort and you will work together to identify realistic goals for you to work towards and accomplish. Justine completed her Master of Education in Counseling Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in August of 2013. She is currently working toward obtaining her full license as an LPC-Intern. She completed the specialized training - Systematic Training of Effective Parenting.

Freddy Viafara, LPC-I
Freddy Viafara is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern (LPC-I). He received his Master´s Degree in Counseling in 2013 from University of St. Thomas. He received a Master´s Degree in Education in 2010 from the same institution. Freddy is originally from Colombia so he tends to gravitate towards multicultural counseling and humanistic therapy based on approaches. He works as a full time teacher with more than 11 years of experience working with children and families in the Houston area. He is a firm believer in empowering families with strategies that are simple and effective. In 2016, he got certified as a Systematic Training for Effective Parenting(STEP) facilitator. Freddy enjoys attending live concerts, music collections, and cooking healthy foods.

Jessica Mosley , LPC-I
Jessica's life passion is to empower people of all nationalities to improve their coping skills with life's stressors. Jessica assists clients by taking a holistic approach on improving the mind, body and spirit. Jessica has worked with Solutions For Better Living, assisting children with improving self esteem. Jessica also has previous experience with adults with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses at MHMRA. Jessica received her BA from the University of Houston in 2009 in Psychology and Political Science and her MA from Texas Southern University's Clinical Psychology program in 2015. As a LPC Intern, Jessica's primary areas of interest include mindfulness, psychosocial skills training, and trauma informed care.

Fabiola Williams, LPC-I
Fabiola’s goal as a therapist is to help her clients explore ways to fuller, richer lives. Everyone needs someone to talk to at some point of their lives and she is stride to be that person for her client. She always steps into every session with an open mind and holds no judgment, and aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that will encourage the exploration of issues that may prevent clients from leading happy, productive lives. Faby holds a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and she is a Licensed Profession Counselor-Intern. Her experiences include play therapy, divorce or separated couples, individual, and family therapy. She is an eclectic therapist with a focus on cognitive behavior therapist and solution focus therapy.