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Reveling in the Authentic You!

Due to COVID-19 and the recommendation to limit social engagements we are offering, as always, phone or video therapy sessions.

“One of the most powerful dynamics in relationships is trying to understand the other person’s dreams, and helping them chase and fulfill those dreams.”
Matthew Kelly

We take the following Insurances:

Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Out of Network Benefits and Cash/self-pay.
We also work with a few EAP programs. 


Upcoming Events!

Come and join us for our Trauma Sensitive Yoga! Details are in the flyer below!

Counseling

dsc_0031“Recognizing you need help is the first step towards healing. The act of asking another for help is the next step that takes courage, strength and vulnerability and you are worth it. I invite you to open the door, step through the threshold of change and new insights. Together, we will uncover long-standing behavior patterns or negative beliefs that may be preventing you from experiencing a more satisfying and meaningful life.”

We work with adults and adolescents from individuals to couples, families and groups.

Our Therapists Specialize in:
  • Trauma
  • PTSD & EMDR
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Mood Disorders
  • Sex and Love Addiction
  • Obsession Compulsive Issues
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Codependency Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling
  • Life Transition Issues
  • Creative Block
  • Racial Identity and Acculturation
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Sexuality and Identity
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Men’s Issues
Additional Modalities:
  • Gottman & EFT
  • Neurofeedback
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Hypnotherapy

EMDR Therapy Introduction

from EMDR International Association


EMDR Patients Share their Stories



“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” 

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Video: What is TCTSY?

About Our Therapists

Meet Our Team of Experienced Counselors and Coaches.

We take the following Insurances:

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare, Out of Network Benefits and Cash/self-pay.
We also work with a few EAP programs. 

 

 

Gina Baiamonte, MS., LPC

Specialty areas include:

  • EMDR Certified
  • Neurofeedback Trained
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sexual Assault
  • Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Codependency
  • Stress
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Obsession Compulsive Issues
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Sex and Love Addiction
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Life Transition
  • Art in Counseling
  • Heart Centered Hypnotherapy
  • Walk and Talk Therapy
  • Goal Attainment

Gina Baiamonte, Founder/Owner received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, University Park in Humanities and Fine Art.  She received additional training at the University of San Antonio, working on her Master’s in Fine Arts – painting, Studio Arts International Florence, Italy and University of South Florida in Tampa.  She went on to receive her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor,  Chemical Dependency Counselor, Trauma and Certified Trauma Counselor.

Gina received additional training at the EMDR Institute (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a therapy that helps many people find relief from stress, is currently practiced by the military for our veterans with PTSD and used to alleviate a multitude of mental health issues.  This healing happens by getting to the root cause, using unconditional positive regard, resolving negative core beliefs and replacing them with healthier thinking patterns.


Bryant Packard MS., LMFT-Associate, Coach, Neurofeedback Provider

Supervised by Glen R. Hilton, MS, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Specialty areas include:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Couples Therapy
  • Executive Coaching
  • Neurofeedback
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • ADHD and Autism
  • Addictions
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Men’s Issues / Mature Masculinity
  • Love & Sex Addiction Recovery
  • Group Facilitation
  • Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy
  • Gottman Trained Wknd 1
  • Walk & Talk Coaching

Bryant Packard MS. LMFT-Associate, Neurofeedback Specialist, EMDR Trained, Leadership Coach: “I meet people where they are, and where they want to be” a Neurofeedback provider, Executive Coaching, Career Transition Coaching & ADHD/Autism Life Coach focused on TraumaPTSD, and Mood Disorders aimed at improving wellbeing and a satisfying life. Working with couples, families and organization transformations and goal achievement. Working with you to actualize your authentic and whole self.

Bryant provides assistance to clients driven to improve, overcome their challenges and obstacles. “Our greatest gifts are often found in our deepest wounds”. He utilizes Neurofeedback & EMDR to optimize the brains potential for self healing, to correct core symptoms, or to reach optimal performance for executives, athletes, creatives and professionals.

Bryant believes that “deep personal work unblocks great power that supercharges the self, your immediate professional and personal circles. By actualizing your authentic self, you raise everyone and the initiatives around you to their highest selves infusing them with passion and conviction.”

 

 


Deborah G. Feinsilver MS., LMFT, LPC

Specialty areas include:

  • EMDR Trained
  • Family & Couples Therapy
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Loss and Grieving
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety

Deborah Feinsilver received her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.She later pursued a masters degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas where she specialized in marriage and family therapy. Deborah trained and worked at Houston Galveston Institute, a non-profit organization, known for its groundbreaking work in collaborative language systems therapy. She was a part of several therapeutic research programs one resulting in her co-authoring a chapter for Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference.” Currently Deborah practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Recently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Deborah believes that this therapy modality is a vital means for discovering life themes that are not working for us in order that we can replace them with new ones that promote growth and strength. The only therapy protocol approved by the United States military for the treatment of trauma, EMDR has been successful in the treatment for a wide range of therapeutic needs.


Elizabeth Malcolm MEd., LPC

Specialty areas include:

  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Marriage Therapy
  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction Counseling
  • Anger/Impulsivity
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Men’s Issues
  • Love Addiction
  • Codependency
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life Transitions e.g. Acculturation
  • Women’s Issues

Elizabeth Malcolm, MEd., LPC.

Elizabeth believes that every experience and encounter in life has a purpose. Nothing happens by chance. She believes our challenges and melancholy periods are not meant to break us, but to provide valuable lessons for us to learn, grow and become stronger, more confident, compassionate and fulfilled individuals. Many times, all we need is the right help, support and guidance.


Christine River Block PhD., LCSW

Specialty areas include:

  • Adults and older adults
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trichotillomania (hair-pulling)
  • Dermatillomania (skin-picking)
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Caregiver stress

Christine River Block PhD., LCSW

I received a PhD and Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and have been working in the mental and behavioral health field for over 7 years. I started my journey in the field as the Director of Programs and Social Services for a non-profit organization that served individuals and families affected by obsessive compulsive disorder and most recently with a program that focuses on opioid addiction. I am trained in eye movement and desensitization reprocessing, cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. I believe that everyone has the tools to achieve their best health sometimes need help learning to use them.


Sarah Gerber MS., LCSW-S

Specialty areas include:

  • Family and Couples Therapy
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Sexuality and Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Stress

Sarah Gerber: “I believe you have all you need to become empowered to create necessary change and lead an intentional and fulfilled life. Empowerment is achieved through compassion, connection, and guidance, elicited from your perceptions of reality and desired goals. As you embrace your own resilience, value, and self-esteem we begin the healing process. I believe this process starts with the connection of mind, body, and soul which enables you to deeply connect with others. My goal is to help you grow from struggles, heal from pain, and move forward to a place where you are living a life which you love.”

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor born and raised in Houston, Texas. I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work where I learned to “be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi).


Kateri Perez M.ED., LPC

Specialization include:

  • “servicios en español” 
  • EMDR Trained
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Grief and Loss
  • Addictions
  • Family Therapy
  • Life Transition
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Goal Attainment
  • Acculturation
  • Racial Identity
“It can be scary to start this journey, but it is also scary to be stuck forever. There is a life where you get to have more control and peace. You are not alone and whenever you are ready, we can begin working together towards your healing.”
Kateri Perez- received her undergraduate degrees of Psychology and Human Development Family Studies and Master in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. As part of her work with clients she also includes different components such as feminist therapy, art, journaling, reading, writing, and mindfulness to the therapeutic experience. Kateri has experience working with groups, (from ages 6 years old and up), individuals, and families. She has worked with people from various backgrounds and considered an LGBTQ advocate.

Christie Melonson, M.A., LPC-S, Ph.D. in Education

Specialization include:

  • Je parle français/I speak French
  • Entiendo algo en español/I speak Spanish and I am learning!
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression / Mood Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Trauma / Past abuse
  • Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault
  • Career transitions
  • LGBTQ+ Issues (I’m an ally)
  • Racism/ Hate Crimes
  • Acculturation
  • Parenting/ Coparenting
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Caregiver stress
  • Coping with disabilities
  • Grief and Loss

“I help people grow so they can reach their goals!” -Christie Melonson

As a counselor, you will find me responsive, warm, engaging, and thoughtful.  My job in our work together is to help you clarify your personal goals and strengths and contribute tools to your mental/ emotional toolbox so you can achieve your goals and dreams in the most efficient manner. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor and a Doctor of Organizational Leadership originally from Houston, Texas. I have also practiced in San Antonio, Texas for a good portion of my career. I earned my B.A. in French from the University of Houston then my M.A. in Community Counseling with the University of Texas at San Antonio. Eventually, I decided to earn my Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word. My love of understanding and helping others from cultural and personal perspectives led to me follow my interests in my education and to also study and live abroad. I am a woman of Creole descent (African American, French /European, Native American, and Hispanic/ Latina) and am sensitive to and respectful of issues of culture, spirituality, and ethnicity in my clients’ lives.


Addison Tackaberry, Graduate Student (clinical supervisor during internship is Gina Baiamonte, LPC)

“Treat everyone you meet as an equal – as an imperfect and beautiful human being – and watch as your own personality and potential begins to shine brighter than ever.” -Addison

Prior to joining Authentic Healing & Counseling, Addison spent nearly 15 years working in IT professional roles for small startups and large enterprises. He spent most of his life as a seeker asking “why” with endless depth, studying a broad range of subjects and worldviews from religion to culture to foundational physics. Addison was drawn to mental health with inspiration from Victor Frankl after reading “Man’s Search for Meaning”. The ability to pay it forward and help others find meaning in their lives is a calling for Addison. As such, existential psychotherapy is at the heart of Addison’s approach.

Addison is trained in telehealth and also studies Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy to be able to employ different interventions and support depending on the client’s unique needs, whether you’re at home or in the office.

You don’t have to suffer in silence. Take off your suit of armor and come have an authentic healing experience with Addison.

Addison Tackaberry is a graduate student in the final year of a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program working with us in a clinical internship. He is undergoing additional training in EMDR to inform his work with clients healing from trauma. His clinical supervisor during the internship is Gina Baiamonte, LPC (license #72235).

Art & Books


Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed

by Kevin P. Hill, M.D.


Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison


Quitting Weed

by Matthew Clarke


This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

By Annie Grace


The Inside-Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever

By Michael Neill


The Invisible String

by Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff


Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

by Brené Brown


Principles: Life and Work

by Ray Dalio


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.


Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.


The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael A. Singer


The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection

by Michael A. Singer


Driven to Distractin: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood

by Edward M. Hallowell, Hallowell, John J. Ratey


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The Mastery of Love

by don Miguel Ruiz

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

by John Gotten

Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain

by Sebern F. Fisher

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

by Francine Shapiro PHD.

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No Grains, No Pain

by Dr. Peter Osbourne

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Daring Greatly

by Brene Brown

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Facing Co-Dependency

by Pia Melody

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Facing Love Addiction

by Pia Melody

 

Hold Me Tight

by Dr. Sue Johnson

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Healing the Addicted Brain

by Harold C. Urschel


Photography and Paintings

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Florida 2016
by G. Baiamonte

Florida 2004
by G. Baiamonte

Florence 1995
by G. Baiamonte

Florida 2007
by G. Baiamonte

Kauai 1997
by G. Baiamonte

Florida 1999
by G. Baiamonte
Texas 1994
by G. Baiamonte

Florida 2007
by G. Baiamonte

Kauai 1997
by G. Baiamonte
Moab 2009
by G. Baiamonte

Moab 2009
by G. Baiamonte


Client Counseling Artwork

Client Painting, purples and lavender colors

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Contact

Contact Info:

Phone: 281-501-0109

Fax: 713-391-8421

Email: info@authentichealingandcounseling.com

Authentic Healing and Counseling

7660 Woodway Dr, Suite 385, Houston, TX, 77063

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Resources & Forms

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We will provide clients paperwork for submitting any “out of network” benefits required. 


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Mental health guide
What Is Neurofeedback?
The Multiple Benefits to Walk and Talk Therapy

Forms

Intake Form for All Clinicians

Clinicians include:

Gina Baiamonte M.S., LPC,

Deborah Feinsilver M.S., LMFT/LPC

Elizabeth Malcolm MS., LPC

Christine Block Ph.D., LCSW-S

Bryant Packard M.S., LMFT-A

Sarah Gerber M.S., LCSW-S

Kateri Perez, M.Ed., LPC

Christine Block, M.A., LPC-S, Ph.D. (Organizational Leadership)

Addison Tackaberry, Intern (supervised by Gina Baiamonte, LPC)

For Neurofeedback and Coaching clients:

Adult Neurofeedback Packet only

Adult Neurofeedback and Intake Packet

Article: WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK: AN UPDATE

A comprehensive article examining the basics and effects on a variety of symptoms and disorders

Technology Assisted Consent Form

Consent for Electronic Communications