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(KeriTé) Merrissa Hughes,

M.Ed, LPC

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     (KeriTé) Merrissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Texas Southern University. Merrissa is a former educator with over 15 years of experience in education. She enjoys working with a wide range of issues including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, disordered eating, body image issues, problems at school, and social skills coaching.

        Merrissa has a variety of different trainings that she utilizes as it best fits you in the therapy room. She is trained in Expressive arts, a fully trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapist, in addition to being both Daring Way and Rising Strong Curriculum Certified. Merrissa is currently working towards becoming an eating disorder specialist. Her approach to counseling is multi- faceted utilizing client centered aspects and Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. Merrissa seeks to work with clients that are motivated. She hopes to enable them to make positive changes in their lives. Merrissa enjoys working with adolescents, teens, and adults.

       When Merrissa isn’t counseling she is hanging out with her friends and family. She is wife and a mom of two active children. Merrissa is also a fan of the arts and loves singing and dancing. She enjoys traveling and her dream vacations are France, Italy and Greece. 

Merrissa has limited morning and afternoon availability for clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She also has opened up an additional virtual day on Thursdays. Please email her at merrissa@emboldencc.com to start your journey.     

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Learn more about Merrissa in her interview with the Houston Voyager 

Merrissa's Waitlist

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Ciera Harris, M.Ed, LPC Associate
Supervised by Monica E. Jackson, Ph.D

Ciera is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She works with various clients including those experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma.

 

As a counselor, her desire is to nurture the courage to be imperfect by building relationships where her clients feel connected, acknowledged for who they are, and fully accepted in a safe and compassionate environment. To start your journey with Ciera please email her at ciera@emboldencc.com to begin your journey.

Melany Barr-Patz, LPC Associate
Supervised by Robyn Rausch, LPC-S, RPT-S

Melany is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Certified School Counselor. Before becoming a counselor, she taught preschool and elementary school. As a counselor, Melany carries over many of the things she most enjoyed about teaching, including building relationships that nurture and encourage, and tailoring her approach to match clients’ needs.

Melany integrates techniques from trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, EMDR, and solution-focused brief therapy according to clients’ goals. She works with children, parents, and adults to address various concerns such as anxiety, depression, or difficulties with adjustment.

In her free time, Melany loves to read and hang out with her husband, toddler, and two dogs. She grew up speaking both French and English at home, and lived in France throughout most of her childhood and adolescence. As a Texan transplant, she is still exploring the Houston area and welcomes any and all food recommendations and ideas for toddler-friendly outings!

 

To start your journey with Melany please email her at melany@emboldencc.com.

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