Melanie, Owner and Chief Psychotherapist of JEM Wellness & Counseling, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist, practicing since 2005 and specializing in individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy. She has extensive experience in residential and outpatient settings treating Eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Substance Use Disorder and Trauma. Her eclectic treatment approach includes Exposure Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as needed to support her clients to become more fulfilled and productive in their lives. She also has a special interest in supporting women and Mothers, parents and young adults with life transition/individuation challenges.
Melanie graduated from The University of Houston in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications and returned to Houston for her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work in 2005. Melanie interned at an Eating Disorder residential treatment center working with clients utilizing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and later earned a certification in EAP. Melanie's clinical internship was with Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor Psychiatry Clinic where she gained invaluable clinical experience and engaged in multidisciplinary consultation which she utilizes and values today. Following graduate school, Melanie was awarded a post graduate Fellowship on The Menninger Clinic's OCD Unit in Houston, Texas working with adolescents and adults challenged with OCD and other anxiety disorders in an individual and group setting.
Melanie believes that by engaging in the therapeutic process, her clients are ready to begin to take the opportunity to gain greater awareness and insight into their behavior, emotions and relationships which can lead to a life with less stress, more joy, and a richer connection with themselves and others. She joins them in working toward their goals with campassion, empathy and integrity.
Melanie's professional affiliations include The National Association of Social Workers, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society where she serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, American Group Psychotherapy Society, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work-Clinical Alumni and Houston Eating Disorder Specialists.
Melanie frequently provides workshops and public speaking engagements locally and nationally on anxiety management, positive body image and the parenting journey.
Britney received her Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. She is also a registered yoga teacher and the administrator at a private school.
Britney has extensive experience working with families, children and teens in outpatient and inpatient treatment as well as in a church setting. She provides individual treatment to children and adolescents as well as family counseling. Her clinical interests include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting support, stress management, trauma recovery, school related issues, launching and stage of life transitioning. Her therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive-Behavioral, Client Centered, Brief Solution Focused, Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Parenting, Theraplay Techniques and Art Therapy Techniques. Britney's areas of continued training include: Art Therapy, Trust Based Relationship Intervention, Crisis and Trauma Care, Meditation, and Yoga.
Britney finds value in helping children, teens and adults make connections with others. She loves to work with clients to develop a plan together that empowers the individual as well as support growth inter-personally. Britney hopes to foster self-resilience and self-empowerment for everyone she encounters.
Stephanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Stephanie is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology through California Southern University. During her Masters-level graduate studies in 2013, she trained at Covenant House Missouri working with homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-22. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults through concerns ranging from daily life management to complex crises and psychiatric diagnosis. She brings considerable experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Excoriation Disorder, and other Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Psychosis, and Personality Disorders. She also works with complex relationship dynamics including stepparent and blended family situations. Stephanie tailors her solutions-focused approach to the needs of her clients and may draw from therapies including Mindfulness-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Systems Theory to support her clients in understanding themselves and building successful lives.
Message to her clients:
"You're so done with feeling stuck and out of control. Life took you on some unexpected turns, but you're determined to make it all work for you. You know you can't control things outside of yourself: you just want to get better at handling it all. Whether it's a sudden crisis, a pattern you want to break, or everyday stress, you're looking for support as you figure out what happens next.
Let's make you your own personal expert. Whatever you're working through, let's get it sorted and focus on your bigger, better, brighter."
I tailor my approach to the needs of each individual, couple, or family, but I always bring my empathy, compassion, and a tactful straightforwardness. My biggest specialty is seeing the person behind all the details and supporting them in their own goals.
Stephanie’s professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists including its Texas and Houston branches.
Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child, adolescent, teen and family therapy. She obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work in 1996. While completing her graduate studies, Shannon was granted an internship at Texas Children’s Hospital supporting children and families coping with grief and loss issues.
Throughout her twenty two year post graduate career, Shannon has served a variety of individuals, families and groups ranging from age 3 to adulthood. She brings extensive experience in crisis intervention, foster care, abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, developmental delays, play therapy, adoption, behavioral and emotional regulation in academic and social settings, peer/sibling difficulties, child/parent conflict, school challenges, learning differences, life transitions and anxiety/stress management.
Shannon is professionally affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society and Texas Association for Play Therapy. Her long-term clinical interests include ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.