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 MEET OUR TEAM

 
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Jill Gilbert

Jill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Supervisor. Jill has close to twenty years of experience working with clients to create meaningful relationships, heal old wounds, and find peace in a high anxiety world. She uses her warm, straightforward approach with clients to break old patterns and to enhance their capacity to love and live life to the fullest. Jill creates a safe, nonjudgmental space for men and women to make hard decisions about their lives and relationships and to tackle the obstacles that stand in their way of living a life of purpose and meaning.

As a marriage and family therapist, Jill understands that our brains are hard wired for connection and that we heal through relationships. Whether you are an individual desperately trying to heal a relationship, a disconnected couple at a crossroads, or a frustrated family trying to work through conflict, Jill can work with you to find the healing and connection you crave. At times, relationships can be the source of intense grief and heartbreak. Jill provides a compassionate space for men and women that are grieving the loss of a relationship and supports these clients through the divorce process. She believes there are deep and sacred lessons to be learned when relationships come to an end. Jill coaches her clients as they grow through their pain and transform their heartbreak into a path of healing and new beginnings.

Jill has a special place in her heart for all the healers and caretakers in the world: therapists, pastors, physicians, law enforcement, attorneys, and other helping professionals. Jill understands that these professionals are often the silent sufferers in the world and need a place of respite to address all the pain and suffering they encounter in their professional lives. A tender heart is often what draws these clients into their professions and Jill supports these healers in finding healthy ways to protect their tender hearts from anxiety, compassion fatigue, depression, and burnout.

In addition, Jill has an absolute love for the teenage heart and mind. The teen years are all about making sense of the great big world and trying to figure out how they fit in to it. These teens are trying to figure out their values, their relationships, and how to cope with all the challenges in today’s pressure-filled culture. You can trust Jill to build a safe, healthy relationship with your teen to foster resiliency, reduce anxiety, and enhance their ability to approach the world with self-worth and confidence. Parenting can be quite challenging in this season of life. Jill understands the importance of incorporating parents into her work with teens to build greater understanding, support, and problem solving.

Jill received her degree in Psychology from Texas A&M and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. Jill has extensive training and experience working with clients who have experienced trauma and abuse and continues to be an advocate for abuse survivors. Jill has partnered with many agencies throughout her career including The Children’s Assessment Center, The Council on Recovery, The Houston Area Women’s Center, and Teen & Family Services. She has served on the board for the Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is an active member of the Harris County Child Abuse Task Force. In addition, she is an active member of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team and speaks to various organizations about topics pertaining to resiliency and mental wellness. Jill and her husband are avid sports fans and enjoy all the adventures of raising three boys. If Jill is out of the office, chances are you can find her out on a ball field somewhere with her boys or breathing in some salty air down at the bay.

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Denise Rhew

Denise Rhew is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with almost twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her therapeutic style is eclectic, honest, and compassionate. Denise believes in using empathy, collaboration, and humor to connect with clients and provides practical support to help clients address and overcome personal life challenges.

Denise has extensive experience in working with tweens and teens. Her many years as a school counselor with this age group provides a unique perspective in understanding issues today’s youth face. Whether your teen struggles with anxiety, social media, social drama, or stress, Denise has the experience to meet them where they are and equip them with the skills they need to thrive. The teen years are a time of rapid growth and strong emotions. Denise’s relaxed, straight-forward approach helps her build rapport with this age group as they navigate adolescence and define who they want to be. Denise has deep respect and a an open heart for the sacred journey of parenting. Denise is a wonderful resource for parents as they work through their own challenges, doubts, and anxieties to pave a way for a strong, influential relationship with their kids. She understands that even the strongest and healthiest families struggle and need guidance and direction. You can trust Denise to guide your family through the most vulnerable issues to confidently get your family back on track.

Denise’s love for family work extends past the parent/child relationship. Denise is a highly trained and experienced marriage counselor. She works with couples that are insecure about the future of their marriage, as well as committed couples that need to build better skills in communication and connection. Denise has a passion for helping couples navigate parenting challenges and works with blended families to navigate all the transitions in forming a new family unit.

Denise loves working with women seeking balance and fulfillment in their lives. Her clients are often strong and capable, but just need a little guidance and direction to get them through a rough patch or a period of struggle. Her relatable style and sense of humor is a gift to her clients and makes this important work feel meaningful and inspiring.

Denise has many years of experience and has provided counseling services through notable family service agencies including Depelchin Children’s Center, The Council on Recovery, in public and private schools settings, as well as private practice. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin and her Master’s in Family Therapy from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. She is very involved in her field and is an active member of the Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

When not helping others, Denise enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially her husband, their two sons, and their golden doodle. 

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Nancy Cofran

Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and loves working with couples, adolescents, and women’s issues. Nancy has an empathic heart and ease about her that is tough to beat. She motivates her clients and empowers them to tackle their toughest issues head on. Nancy’s ability to connect with her clients creates a safe environment to discover new perspectives on old patterns and destructive relationship cycles.

Nancy loves to empower women that feel overwhelmed with the constant pressure to juggle all the competing roles and responsibilities in life. She understands the cultural pressure to “get everything right” and understands that women tend to judge their own worth by comparing themselves to others. Nancy guides these women through their fears and beliefs that they are not measuring up to their standards. She partners with women as they challenge the faulty messages from today’s culture and leads these women to a liberating life of purpose and meaning. You can count on Nancy to guide her clients to find peace and happiness in our chaotic world. Nancy provides straight-forward coping skills to her clients as she holds them accountable to their personal and professional goals and values.

Nancy has a gifted ability to connect with couples in all seasons of life. Whether your marriage is in constant distress, or you are in a rough patch that you can’t seem to pull out of, Nancy will create a space for you to create healthy communication and build greater intimacy and connection. Nancy is passionate about leading couples through difficult times and transitions, and challenges them to be intentional about creating a meaningful and loving relationship built on friendship and respect.

Nancy’s passion for working with teenagers was one of the motivating factors that led her into the counseling profession. Tweens and teens establish rapport easily with Nancy. After raising two teenage daughters, Nancy understands the world her young clients live in. Whether it is navigating academic pressures, friendships, anxiety, or depression, you can trust Nancy to build a strong relationship with your teen and equip them to find their own voice and address their challenges in a healthy and confident way. 

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Katie Ashby

Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a deep passion for integrating her clinical training and Christian faith. Katie believes that emotional health is critical to human flourishing and understands that the counseling relationship can be a powerful tool to promote personal growth, freedom, and healing.

Katie has a deep passion for walking alongside clients that have experienced trauma and unresolved wounds from the past. You can trust Katie to cultivate a sacred space for her clients to find healing and understanding. Katie supports clients in embracing vulnerability and courage in the midst of their pain. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and uses this tool to help clients resolve disturbing material or memories connected to past trauma. Katie helps clients identify their internal strengths and resources and put them into action in overcoming life’s obstacles.

Katie’s therapeutic approaches are rooted in Christian beliefs and centers on helping men and women heal from past wounds, find freedom and hope in areas of struggle, and grow in confidence. She understands that in times of pain and conflict, people often lose their way and compromise those things most valuable to them. Working through issues of anxiety, grief, betrayal, and faith confusion are common goals for Katie’s clients. She partners with these clients to strengthen their ability to connect with themselves, with God, and with others.

Katie earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Communications from Vanderbilt University in 1997 and completed her Masters in Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2015. She has been married for over 20 years and is a mother to three daughters. In addition to counseling and family life, Katie provides women’s ministry leadership at her church and enjoys music, exercise, and building relationships.