President and Founder of Chupik Counseling & Consulting, PA, Linda is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with over 20 years experience working with couples and adults.
Having received her Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she has done advanced training in marital therapy with such leading marital therapists/educators as John Gottman, Harville Hendrix and Sue Johnson. Mrs. Chupik is a Certified Gottman Educator and is certified to teach “Bringing Baby Home,” a Gottman program for first time parents. She is also certified in the Prep-Enrich Premarital Assessments program and offers premarital counseling and assessment for all ages. She also trained to teach Hendrix’ “Couplehood As A Spiritual Path.”
Mrs. Chupik also provides employee assistance programs and consultations to businesses and is a specialist in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. She has advanced training in group debriefing, peer support, trauma debriefing and workplace violence. She provides services to banks, agencies, manufacturing companies, transportation and the military.
Prior to opening Chupik & Associates Counseling, Mrs. Chupik was with the department of Psychiatry at Scott & White Hospital in Temple and before that with the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco.
Her professional associations include the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists of which she is a Clinical Member. She is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Message from Linda: “Couples Counseling works! I know. I’ve been a couple’s therapist for over 20 years! You know and I know the quality of a relationship effects one’s wellbeing in every way – even the life span. Whether it is an affair, poor communication, sexual concerns, or someone has just fallen out of love, give it a chance by trying couples therapy. Most of the time you have more to gain than to lose! It’s never too late. Call me so we can talk about it over the phone first. If your partner is unwilling to come, call me anyway and we can talk about how best to proceed.”
Cindy is a licensed professional counselor with ten years of experience. She received her Masters Degree from Mississippi State University. Cindy specializes in working with blended families. She obtained a step-parenting counseling certification at the “Smart Marriages” workshop in July of 2002 in Dallas, Texas. Her counseling experience includes adults, adolescents, and children on an individual basis as well as family counseling. Prior to going into private practice, Cindy worked as a therapist at Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services with adults and children. Immediately after receiving her Masters Degree, she worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in the inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency facility in Columbus, Mississippi.
“The crux of experiencing a fulfilled life is determining one’s value system and living congruent within those values. Living outside of those parameters often results in problems such as depression, anger, and low self-esteem. My goal in counseling is to help individuals tap into their own strengths in re-directing their energy into a more productive and higher quality of life.”
Courtney is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s in counseling from Colorado Christian University under the training of author Larry Crabb. With over 12 years of experience in private practice, Courtney works from a comprehensive relational approach that integrates both theology and psychology. It is her belief that we are relational beings and when our core relationships are off (God, others, or ourselves), we miss out on living as we are designed to live. One of her greatest joys is to establish a relationship with a client in order to gently meet them in their pain and that through deep reflection, repentance and healing, her clients will have a deeper sense of the grace and truth found in the Gospel of Christ.
Courtney’s areas of focus are working with sexual trauma, women’s issues, teenagers, depression and anxiety related issues, and providing spiritual direction. She loves helping individuals strengthen their marriages and helping families that are broken.
Courtney also has a deep passion for international missions/counseling and has had the wonderful privilege to conduct counseling education in the areas of parenting adolescents, forgiveness, grief, and marriage in the countries of Mexico and Rwanda.
Bill is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in Texas and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religion from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. He also received his M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Bill’s private practice includes adolescents and adults of all ages served through individual, marital, and family therapy.
Bill worked full-time for Central Counties MHMR from 1977-1988. From 1988-1993 he served as a psychotherapist for Psychological Associates of Central Texas. In 1993 Bill re-joined MHMR, working there until his retirement in May, 2015. He also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology at UMHB for many years, discontinuing that work in 2015. Additionally he serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Bill specializes in marital, individual and family therapy. In addition he has the expertise and experience to provide Christian counseling if requested.
Meredith treats children, adolescents, adults, and couples with specializations in sexual disorders, sexual addictions, and attachment disorders,. Meredith also has experience in treating anxiety depressions, and adjustment disorders.
Meredith received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology form Tarleton State University – Central Texas in Killeen Texas and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Walden University. Her research interests include adult male and female sexual aggression and dysfunctions. She is an active member of the Texas Counseling Associations, Texas School Counselors Associates, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Meredith works with parents, students, and educators on a daily basis to help increase student success in education. Meredith teaches parenting classes as well as staff development in the areas of bullying, sexual and physical abuse detection and prevention, effective parenting, dealing with ADHD, and how to reach the difficult child.
Iektje (Licensed under her maiden name: Iektje van Bolhuis) received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Iektje specializes in treating children and adults with anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, and relationship issues. With over fifteen years’ experience working with children and families, she provides both individual and family therapy.
Iektje has extensive experience in providing psychological assessments of learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. Her background as a former teacher and as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) enables her to facilitate collaboration between the school, parent, and child.
Message from Iektje: “When you are suffering, experiencing obstacles, or feeling stuck in your life you can use therapy as an opportunity for tremendous growth and transformation. I believe you already have everything you need to work with the challenges you are facing and successfully achieve your goals. We will be working together to identify and remove the obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals. As a therapist I feel privileged and moved watching my clients’ inner strength, resilience, and resourcefulness come to fruition. If you would like to learn more about my approach to therapy, check out my website: http://www.drstephens-counseling.com/.”
Joyce is a clinical psychologist specializing in individual, family and group psychotherapy with adults. She has experience in treating a full range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bereavement, adjustment disorders, substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also performs testing and psychological evaluation utilizing various assessment instruments.
Joyce received her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and her Psy.D in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her previous experience includes a post doctoral fellowship at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio at the Hazelden Center in Center City, Minnesota.
A freelance writer for several years, Joyce has taught creative writing and is the author of several published books and articles.
In addition to her private practice at Chupik Counseling, Joyce offers consultation to several hospitals and organizations.
Sonia received her M.A. in counseling and Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She has advanced training in therapeutic hypnosis and the treatment of trauma.
Prior to joining Chupik Counseling Sonia was in practice in the Austin area providing psychotherapy for adults and families.
James is a licensed clinical social worker. His practice spans over 18 years, and he works with children, teenagers, and adults seeking help with a variety of issues.
Areas of work he has done with clients include: healing from trauma; coping with depression and bipolar disorder; managing impulse control and disruptive behavior disorders; working out marital and family problems; coping with addictions and substance abuse; grief work; career counseling; and effectively managing life transitions.
James specializes in working with children and families. He also specializes in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing; see http://www.emdr.com/).
Rebekah is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology born and raised in Central Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M, Dr. Oakley completed her internship at Cypress Fairbanks ISD and a post-doctoral fellowship in a private practice.
Specializing in assessments and counseling, she evaluates and treats children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, ADHD and developmental disorders. As a Licensed School Psychologist she works with the child, parent, and school in maximizing a child’s academic performance.
Message from Rebekah: “Nothing is more devastating to a parent than to believe something is not right with their child. I believe with a thorough diagnostic evaluation and formulating a plan to address what’s not working, there is always hope! As a parent myself, I provide the kind of treatment and atmosphere I would want for my own child: nurturing, supportive and helpful to the parent.”
Ilse received both a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is a school counselor in Belton, Texas in addition to her private practice at Chupik Counseling. Ilse uses both play therapy and behavioral therapy in treating children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, mood disorders, ADHD and developmental disorders. In addition to her work with children, she specializes in young adults with life transition and adjustment problems.
Message from Ilse: “I especially enjoy working with kids and young adults – especially young parents who are challenged with making time for themselves while meeting the needs of their families. I try to help them get balance in their lives.”
Vanessa is a Licensed Professional Counselor having received her MA degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She treats adults with a wide variety of diagnoses including adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship issues and stress management. She also has several years’ experience treating college students and adults in working through major life/work transitions. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is also a member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honors Society where she served as LPC Chair for her university chapter. She is trained in the Prep/Enrich program and the Post Traumatic Growth Path. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Vanessa worked in the college setting where she provided personal, academic and career counseling for students. She also served as a counselor for a Single Parents Support Group.
Message from Vanessa: “I believe the quality of the client-therapist relationship is the most important element in successful treatment. I strive to create a climate of safety and trust.”
Cindy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She obtained her certification in Spiritual Leadership through the Hearts of Path Program. Specializing in expressive therapies, Cindy’s diverse background utilizes art, music, and meditation in her work with clients. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Cindy treats adults, adolescents, couples, families and groups on a wide variety of mental health and wellness topics including depression, anxiety, grief, stress management, substance abuse, women’s issues, parenting and life transitions. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Cindy was the Director of an Intensive Psychiatric Outpatient Program.
Message from Cindy: “There is HOPE for a bright tomorrow! As we journey towards developing our highest potential, life’s experiences can hinder our growth. It is my intention to help individuals, couples and families to achieve their goals, by identifying obstacles, clarifying goals and developing effective tools that will assist them in leading themselves to an inspiring future.”
Jonathan is a licensed psychologist who earned his degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. While at Forest Institute he helped establish the child and adolescent program as well as an organization devoted to promoting understanding child and adolescent mental health issues. He treats children and adolescents with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral disorders. His graduate research was on the use of martial arts in the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders. Jonathan also sees adults with depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.
Message from Jonathan: “Therapy can be different for everyone. Sometimes you learn how to solve problems. Sometimes you learn how to move on despite them. The goal is to always maximize happiness.”
Paul Douthit, LMFT
Paul is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over thirty years of experience in providing counseling and consultation. He received his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Paul served for 25 years as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He previously served as a special assistant to the Department of Health and Human Services where he offered expertise on adolescent mental health issues. Paul specializes in treating children, adolescents, adults and families, as well as consultation with parents, medical practitioners, teachers, school counselors, and Child Protective Services staff. He has extensive experience working with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and weight concerns.
Message from Paul: “I talk with people who are dealing with significant issues and help them get beyond those issues. It is vital to appreciate that we are physical, emotional and spiritual beings, and when one of these areas is negatively affected, all are impacted. Each of us has strength and resiliency that can help us through the difficult times. It is my passion to help you rediscover your strengths and feel more positive about your life.”
Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her MA degree from Dallas Baptist. University. Taylor specializes in working with adolescents, couples and parents who are struggling with the challenges of life. She is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse and past sexual trauma. She is experienced and enjoys working with parents in dealing with the day to day challenges in effective parenting. As a Christian Taylor is trained to offer Christian Counseling utilizing Biblical references when requested by a client. She is also trained in Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Love and Logic Parenting.
Message from Taylor: “It is a privilege to walk with someone through the struggles that life may bring. I believe there is hope for everyone in every circumstance and it is my joy to be a part of that journey.”
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults and older adolescents with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder and problems with life transitions. She specializes in treating couples experiencing distress in their relationship. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Stephanie worked with older adults experiencing psychiatric problems. She has also directed couples workshops focusing on the development of grace within intimate relationships. Stephanie received her advanced training in Psychology and Counseling at Texas State University.
Message from Stephanie:“I believe that everyone will, at some point, be faced with an issue that we do not feel equipped to resolve on our own. My role as a therapist is to illustrate to my clients that they have the tools within them to resolve these issues and how to utilize these tools to improve and enrich their lives.”
Judith is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with both teens and adults with depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, grief and adjustment disorders. She also sees couples with marital distress. Having worked at an Employee Assistance Program, she has extensive experience with management consultation, workplace stress and career development. Judith received her advanced training in Psychology and Counseling from Oklahoma State University. She has extensive post-graduate training with Michelle Weiner-Davis, Scott Miller and the late Insoo Kim Berg.
Message from Judy:“The power of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me. It is a privilege and my great joy joining with my clients as they progress from feeling hopeless or uncertain to finding solutions and feeling hopeful, peaceful and even excited. One of my favorite quotes is “whether you think you can, or think you can’t… You’re right!”
Nidhi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children and adolescents presenting with depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior and childhood obesity. Nidhi offers specialized training to parents. For children ages 2-7 she uses Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) on managing disruptive behaviors. She also specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for youth and their caregivers suffering from child maltreatment. Nidhi completed her advanced training at Texas Child Study Center/Dell Children’s Hospital and is currently involved in 2 research projects in the area of pediatric obesity. She is a wife, mother of Ariya and enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.
Message from Nidhi:“I am very passionate about working with children and their families. As a parent myself, I understand parenting can be wonderful and rewarding, but it can also be challenging. My goal in therapy is to provide a treatment that fits with family’s values and beliefs. I feel it’s important to create an environment where children and their families can openly share their difficulties and collaboratively discuss and work on a treatment plan, while feeling comfortable discussing progress in therapy.”
Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychological Associate who works with children, adults and couples. With over 10 years of experience, she works well with children suffering emotional abuse and neglect as well as adults with a wide range of emotional health issues. Melissa is also experienced in conducting psychological and behavioral testing with both children and adults. Melissa received her advanced training in Psychology and Counseling from Texas A&M University Central Texas.
Message from Melissa:“I enjoy working with clients of different ages and backgrounds. My goal in therapy is to guide others through their struggles, giving them insight and tools to resolve the challenges they face. It is always my goal to assist my clients toward the achievement of their fullest potential.”
Dina is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults and older adolescents with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, smoking cessation, anger management, cognitive impairment and adjustment disorder. With over 20 years of experience her previous practice has included both individual and group psychotherapy in a variety of mental health settings. Dina received her advanced training in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Memphis and also holds an M.S. and certification as a rehabilitation counselor. She also serves as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
Message from Dina:“Therapy can help people make positive life changes and is an opportunity for personal growth. My approach to treatment is based on the belief that a safe and supportive environment can assist you in discovering your own personal strengths. Taking the first move to begin or return to counseling is your first step towards achieving your goals.”
Sara is a licensed psychologist who works with adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, substance abuse and adjustment disorders. With over 20 years of experience providing counseling in the workplace, she specializes in workplace issues such as job stress, coworker/supervisor relationships and career development. Sara received her advanced training in psychology and counseling from Iowa State University. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who enjoys golf, swimming, tennis and gardening.
Message from Sara:“Men and women have come to see me because they are grieving the death of a loved one, are reeling from a broken relationship, feel anxious or fed-up, they can’t remember the last time they had a good time, or feel a sense of despair. It can feel scary to see a therapist, but most people feel relieved after talking about their concerns. A famous psychologist, Mary Pipher, once wrote, “Psychotherapy is a way of exploring pain and confusion to produce meaning and hope.” I agree wholeheartedly.
Audrea Youngman Johnson, Ph.D, LP, LSSP
Audrea is a licensed psychologist specializing in both psychological assessments and psychotherapy with children and adolescents. She is also experienced in working with children with medical conditions such as cancer, obesity and traumatic brain injury. Audrea administers a wide range of psychological assessments evaluating for ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She received her advanced training at Texas A&M University and Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Message from Audrea:”I enjoy working with children and their parents who are experiencing a variety of concerns. I believe it is important to act as a liaison for children and their families between their various environments. My goal is always to maximize a child’s potential.”
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Jason E. Duckworth, LMFT-S, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor with over 28 years of experience in pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy.
Jason received his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to serving on the staff of Chupik Counseling, Jason serves as an adjunct professor at Baylor University.
Having completed a 34-year career in the US Army, Jason brings in a wealth of expertise in working with military families. He understands the challenges that the military lifestyle, and deployments in particular, have on couples and families. Since the majority of his service was as a chaplain, Jason is also experienced with understanding the spiritual impact that military service has on the family.
Jason has received advanced training in Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level 2), and Advanced Trauma Professional Training. Jason has been utilized as an international Solution-Focused Therapy Trainer in Malawi, Burundi, and Namibia and at the US Army Chaplain Center and School. He is also a Certified Family Wellness Trainer, and he has conducted training in the United States, Germany, and in Korea.
His professional associations include American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy of which he is a Clinical Supervisor.
Message from Jason: “I have a passion for seeing hope and healing begin in couple relationships. I have seen many wounded and broken relationships restored over the years. My desire is to work with couples and families to once again enjoy the most important relationships of their lives. Don’t give up. There is hope.”
Myriah Sirrocco received her doctorate degree from Argosy University in Arizona and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Andrus Children’s Center in New York. Myriah has over 8 years of experience providing superior diagnostic assessments and demonstrates exceptional skills with children. She recognizes the importance of the various child, family, school, and community systems that influence the child and family’s behavior. She has extensive experience with all childhood mental health concerns including but not limited to emotional and behavioral disorders, ADHD, trauma, adjustment disorders, anxiety, and depression. Myriah understands the importance of the array of influences in the child’s life and incorporates this in her treatment planning.
Message from Myriah: “It is important to me to help improve a child’s emotional, social, and behavioral skills in addition to increasing parent skills and confidence. Through individualized techniques, I not only help reduce problem behaviors, but help improve the child’s self-esteem. I believe every child, no matter the diagnosis, has the potential to be great!”
Karol Cox, LPC
Karol is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been a school counselor in the Central Texas area for the past 25 years. She received her Masters of Education/Counseling from University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Karol has extensive knowledge and experience in the educational system and specializes in working with adolescents and their issues as well as adolescent conflicts within the family. She also enjoys working with adults going through life transitions or dealing with stress-related and/or relationship issues.
Message from Karol: “I believe that every individual has the potential to change their current situation by how they choose to respond to factors and people they cannot change. As a counselor, my goal is to guide you to a clearer understanding of this potential and then empower you to make the changes necessary for a healthier and more peaceful life.”
Kerrie has been in the Behavioral Health field for over 25 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and went on to obtain her license as a Professional Counselor and Supervisor. In addition to her LPC-S, she holds licensure as a Social Worker and Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Although Kerrie began her career with MHMR with children and adolescents, she has worked with the Chronically and Acutely Mentally Ill and has extensive experience in working with the elderly. Kerrie enjoys assisting adult clients experiencing difficulties in relationships, problems with depression and anxiety, and individuals struggling with grief or loss, or obtaining and maintaining sobriety.
Kerrie has Critical Incident Stress Debriefing certification, extensive training in Grief and Loss, and utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused approach to healing.
In addition, Kerrie has been in several executive level leadership positions and enjoys working with individuals who want to reach the next level in their career, or who may be experiencing challenges on the work site.
Message from Kerrie: “There is no shame in desiring to better oneself using any tool available. The only shame is in knowing there is need for help and failing to ask. I look forward to working with you to overcome what may be standing in your way so you may improve your overall well-being and life satisfaction!”
Heather Sronce, MA, LPC
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and currently serves as a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) working with military families and children; understanding the special challenges military families face. She has earned her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University – Central Texas.
In addition to working with military families her experience includes working at a residential treatment center with children and adolescents on an in-patient level. Heather has also helped individuals who have been injured and are suffering with pain, loss and life transition. She has assisted couples and families dealing with a variety of struggles.
Heather understands that sometimes people are just going through a tough time and need a safe place to work through things. She specializes in helping individual’s suffering from depression, bipolar, anxiety, pain, life transitions, and PTSD. She believes in finding the right approach for the individual need and not a “one size fits all” approach.
Message from Heather: “Helping others overcome obstacles in their life and achieve their goals is an honor and a privilege. My approach is to encourage and empower you as we develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.”
Kathy is a licensed Professional Counselor who works with children and adolescents (ages 10 and up) as well as adults with a wide variety of struggles and diagnoses. She also has experience assisting couples and families in working through their struggles by learning to communicate more effectively and disengage from the power struggles that often undermine those relationships. Prior to earning her MS degree at Tarleton State University, Waco, Kathy traveled with her husband as a military spouse and raised their two children together. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Kathy worked at a private practice in Waco, treating clients of all ages in the office setting and also doing contract work with adolescent boys in a residential treatment setting. She has experience working with developmentally delayed adults and has facilitated a local Asperger’s support group for the past ten years.
Message from Kathy: “I believe it is often not our thoughts themselves but the relationship we have with those thoughts that causes much of the distress in our lives. It is my hope to help guide others through their journey to find the courage and acceptance to face and overcome whatever challenges life has brought them.”
Dr. Kathy Van Stone is a compassionate and interactive licensed psychologist with over 15 years clinical experience providing psychotherapy to adults, couples, and groups. Over the course of her career, Dr. Van Stone has worked with a diverse population of adults, including providing assessment, consultation, and treatment within long term nursing care facilities, and six years as the staff psychologist at a Beverly Hills multi-specialty internal medicine practice. Dr. Van Stone is skilled at helping people cope with and better manage depression, anxiety, loss and grief, life transition, relationship issues, chronic illnesses including HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ concerns. A childhood spent living abroad as well as clinical experience working in South East Asia has given her a unique perspective when working with clients. Dr. Van Stone received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Trinity University, San Antonio and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.
Therapy is a call to arms of sorts. It’s an opportunity to challenge old ways of thinking and unhelpful patterns – a chance to live on the other side of fear, doubt, and insecurity. Therapy is one of the most courageous things you can do for yourself. Often referred to as the “talking cure”, psychotherapy is a powerful and time honored approach to healing the heart, mind and soul. The core belief is that in creating a safe and supportive relationship with your therapist, you can become better able to shift the way you think and feel about yourself and others. When you have hope and strength, you are better able to cope with the many stressors of our modern world. Therapy provides a context for solving problems and healing emotional pain, and can be helpful in addressing some of the difficulties people face in their work and personal lives.
Message from Kathy: “Let’s address your concerns and help you develop skills to understand your needs and reach your goals. In this way, you can begin to feel more clarity and confidence in yourself, your relationships, your career, and your future.”
Dr. Sharon D. Necessary, MD
Sharon D. Necessary, MD, is an adult psychiatrist providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. A native Texan, Dr. Necessary received her MD degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas and completed her Psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining Chupik and Associates, Dr Necessary has been in private practice, served as medical director for several inpatient and outpatient programs, and has taught Residents at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Necessary is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and has extensive experience in treating substance abuse, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Message from Dr. Necessary: “I will be pleased and honored to work with you regarding medications which may help relieve some of the symptoms and problems that you are experiencing. For medications to be effective they will require you to be faithful in taking them as prescribed, reporting any side effects you may experience, and being patient enough to give the medication time to work. This may require several weeks before you feel improvement. Sometimes patients are fearful of medications; I want to assure you I will take plenty of time to answer all your questions and concerns. I look forward to meeting you.”
Rachel Folmar, LPC
Rachel received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University – Central Texas. She is an active member of the Texas Counseling Associations, Texas School Counselors Association and Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
Her professional experience includes small group and individual counseling in the school setting with preschool -5th grades. Also small group counseling for Women. As a professional school counselor, Rachel has worked with individual and groups on issues such as divorce, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief, family dynamics, physical and sexual abuse, and adolescent transitions. Rachel works with parents, students, and educators on a daily basis to help increase student success in education.
With over fifteen years’ experience working with children and families, she provides both individual and family therapy. Rachel’s background as a former teacher enables her to facilitate collaboration between the school, parent, and child. She will utilize a variety counseling techniques from a wide range of theories. Rachel works most heavily from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) standpoint. Both of these therapies help people overcome irrational, dysfunctional and unhealthy thought processes that tend to add to and prolong emotional strain and tension.
Message from Rachel: “I understand that making the decision to contact a counselor can be difficult. My goal is to make the counseling process as welcoming as possible. My counseling style is relaxed and collaborative in nature. I will take every measure to ensure that my office is a safe place for clients to freely laugh, cry, or express anger as they need. I believe that people not only experience stress from external life events, but the internal thoughts about events that shape their view of reality. It is the thoughts concerning my client’s life story that we will process together to create a path to healing.”
Eddie Greenfield, LCSW
Eddie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in the Behavioral Health profession. He received his Masters Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Prior to joining Chupik Counseling, Eddie served as Superintendent at Waco Center for Youth for 9 years and has additional extensive experience serving adolescents and families in day treatment services, hospital settings, and private practice. Other professional experiences include Behavioral Health Director in a community behavioral health system and private practice counseling with adults.
Eddie treats adolescents, families, and adults with a focus on improving functioning and self-awareness within the family, social setting and the community. Anger, depression, anxiety and ineffective behaviors are usually some of the common factors to be addressed; but each person has unique strengths as well as challenges in realizing their potential. The primary strategy is to establish individual goals, maximize strengths, minimize self- defeating thoughts/ behaviors and implement behavioral change to reach those goals.
Message from Eddie: “I believe in the strength and resiliency that exists within everyone and that all of us experience challenges in varying degrees that get in the way of reaching our potential in important aspects of life. My commitment to individuals who choose to work with me in counseling is to honestly and earnestly bring my best efforts to each session and always maintain respect throughout the process. Success is when we as individuals accept ownership and responsibility for pursuing our own health physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.”
Emily Holden, MA, LPC
Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Her focus is on individual, couples, and group therapy with older adolescents and adults. Emily received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has experience working in various counseling settings including psychiatric hospitals and outpatient counseling centers. Emily has done extensive work with mindfulness training and ACT therapy. She is proficient in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). While Emily has worked with many different issues, she has special training and experience in trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. She is passionate about helping others identify their strengths and core values, while mastering coping skills that will help them rediscover or create the life they are called to.
Emily is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, as well as a professional member of the American Counseling Association, The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACT Network), as well as a member of the Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists (CTEDS).
Message from Emily: “Whatever your reason for visiting today, I am so glad you did. Whether you are seeking a change, needing help getting unstuck, or are not sure what you need, you have taken the first step to uncover the path ahead of you. I believe that creating a safe space and trusting therapeutic relationship can help facilitate change. I would be honored to walk beside you, to help you define your values, goals, and vision for your life, and create a treatment plan to help you map out your destination. While there may be bumps along the road as you take steps towards your goals, I guarantee we will also find laughter and joy along the way. ”
Jessica Hendrix, MS, LPC
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University in Georgia. Jessica has worked with acute psychiatric patients; but she also has experience treating adults and older adolescents who are experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment problems, and transition concerns. She uses an eclectic style that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her therapy focus is to aid her clients in recognizing and addressing unhelpful thinking styles so that they may find more effective means for working through problems. Her passion is to help her clients meet their goals in therapy and ultimately lead a life they find to be healthy, happy, and productive. .
Message from Jessica: “Getting to know ourselves in a more intimate way can empower us to make the changes we seek in ourselves. I strive to help you learn the skills you need to take steps toward the life you are working to make for yourself.”
Jo Vendl, Psychologist
Dr. Jo Vendl is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in child and family therapy. Dr. Jo’s primary focus and clinical expertise is in supporting trauma recovery for those who have experienced abuse, neglect, family or relationship violence, combat trauma, and other life threatening events. Dr. Jo practices with a relational, mindfulness based, and collaborative approach to the treatment of psychological distress. Dr. Jo also provides psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults seeking clarity for attention problems, behavioral and emotional concerns, and personality/relationship concerns.
Dr. Jo earned her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, where she studied international disaster psychology and child and family therapy. She gained important experience in the treatment of trauma while working in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and with refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking in Denver, CO.
Message from Jo: “It is my passion to work with people who want to improve their overall wellbeing and emotional health. I support the goals and wishes of my clients through respecting and considering their family and cultural beliefs, values, and experiences. I believe psychotherapy can be incredibly rewarding and life improving when there is collaboration and understanding for each individual’s unique life experience.”
Sarah Romer, LPC, LMFT
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Having received her Master’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin in 2009, Sarah has over 8 years of experience in counseling and over 15 years in helping professions. Sarah is passionate about helping others overcome difficult situations and reach their maximum potential in their journey to be the best version of themselves.
She has experience working with children, adults, families, and couples. Her experience also includes working with blended and non-traditional families/couples. Sarah has experience counseling members of the LGBTQ community, including those with chronic illness including substance use disorders and HIV/AIDS.
She has worked with those dealing with a life transition, adjustment or interpersonal issues, mood disorders like depression, anxiety, marital conflict, parenting struggles, chronic illness, and personality disorders.
A note from Sarah: “No problem is too big or too small to work on in counseling. If something is causing you pain or distress, it’s worth addressing. I am here to help you discover new ways to manage your life in a way that is genuine for you. While counseling can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, most find hope and strength throughout the process, as well as increased well-being during and after the process. A connection in the therapy room is essential to build a trusting relationship. If for some reason I am not the best fit for you, I will happily refer you to someone who might be a better fit. I look forward to meeting and working with you!”
Benjamin J. Warner, Ph.D., LPC
Dr. Warner specializes in individual and couples counseling. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from The University of New Orleans. He has been licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2004. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Psychobiological Couples Therapy (PACT).
Dr. Warner’s clinical focus is in trauma and its connection to anxiety, mood disorders, attachment, and relationships. He specializes in working with individuals undergoing relationship difficulties, divorce, those who have dysfunctional families of origin, or need help with co-parenting and blended families.
Dr. Warner, states “Over the years I have found there is an irony to therapy and counseling. Often clients come in with problems that are incredibly painful, stressful, and frightening. After working through their issues clients are often surprised to find they have gained such deep insight, compassion, joy, and wisdom for themselves and others. They often look back at their suffering and can view it as the “best problem of their life.” This best problem focus is often the goal of therapy and counseling. Entering counseling allows you to be one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.”
Janie Dykes, MA, LPC
I believe we were created to live life in relationship with others and that therapy can help us tap into our potential to live enjoyable, more meaningful lives. From our earliest memories as part of our development, we begin to learn and practice how to interact with others as part of a family system. Understanding these experiences influences how we relate to family, friends, and peers as well as impacts our ability to adapt successfully in life. Whether it’s a relationship crisis, a life transition, family stress, or other challenging life issue, I will provide you with behavioral and relational tools that can bring about restoration, healing, and personal growth. Along with my background as a licensed counselor, I will also bring my prior career experience as a nurse. I understand the unpredictable nature of serious illness, traumatic injury, and end-of-life issues. I have experience working with active-duty military affected by PTSD, as well as, working with their family members and significant others. I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (approved by the VA for treatment of PTSD). Additionally, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy helping clients recover from traumatic experiences. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has the power to relieve clients of their traumatic memories and decrease negative emotions associated with that trauma (see emdria.org for more information).
Change and healing requires time, vulnerability, and trust in the person walking beside you. I know this from personal experience in my own life and the times I’ve benefited from meeting with a therapist. No matter your background, faith, or nationality, I would be honored to meet with you in a safe, compassionate, and caring environment as you seek a healthier mental, physical, and spiritual life.
Education: Master of Arts in Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest
Trained EMDR therapist.
Trained Cognitive Processing Therapy therapist
Prepare and Enrich certified
Ewa Marcinkiewicz, LPC
Ewa Marcinkiewicz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a military veteran. She came from Poland to United Stated at the age of 16. Ewa earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Mississippi State University, where she volunteered as a grief counselor at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She also worked as a therapist in outpatient clinics in both Mississippi and Texas.
Ewa has six years of valuable clinical experience. She is well versed in conducting individual and group therapy for adult clients and families on a wide range of emotional and relational concerns. As a therapist, she seeks to cultivate and nurture the potential for growth of each client within the safety of the individual counseling relationship.
Ewa uses person-centered philosophy as a foundation of her therapeutic approach. She also values the power of core beliefs and helps her clients to recognize and refrain from negative thinking. She specializes in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, grief, stress, trauma, loss of identity, and life transitions. She is passionate about helping clients rediscover their full potential, embrace their true selves, and reclaim their meaning and purpose in life. She works from the client’s unique frame of reference and adapts her therapeutic style to match her client’s needs. Ewa believes all clients have an innate capacity for positive change and self-directed growth. Her genuineness, compassion, and warmth allow her to foster a therapeutic relationship conducive for such growth as it is based on unconditional acceptance, understanding, and trust. Her light heartedness often invites humor into the session which makes the counseling experience more agreeable for her clients.
Ewa’s Interests Include: depth psychology (Carl Jung), psychodrama, inner child therapy, art therapy, veteran issues, grief and loss, relational issues, dual selves (experienced in the context of bilingualism).
Daisy The Therapy Dog
Daisy is a unique addition to our Austin office. She is an adorable 8-year old teacup Maltese, and has been utilized in therapy since 2006. She has worked in hospital and private therapy practice settings. Daisy’s sweet nurturing spirit generates smiles wherever she goes. In selected therapy sessions, she offers many benefits, such as, lifts spirits, lessens depression, encourages communication, provides comfort, increases socialization, lowers anxiety, helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders, and creates motivation for a faster recovery.