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.
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“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.” Counseling for Trauma, PTSD or traumatic events in childhood or adulthood treated with EMDR, Trauma informed practices in Houston centered on healing and uncovering your authentic self.
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, 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.
Supervised by Glen R. Hilton, MS, LPC-S, LMFT-S
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 Trauma, PTSD, 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 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.
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-S
I received a Ph.D. 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, cognitive behavior therapy for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and accelerated resolution therapy (https://artherapyinternational.org/). I believe that everyone has the tools to achieve their best health sometimes needs help learning to use them.
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).
“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 in 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 is considered an LGBTQ advocate.
“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.
“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).
Speciality areas include:
Sharon Windham MA, LPC-Associate specializes in sexual health and helps clients embrace and nurture their sexuality. Clients can increase their sexual self-esteem and create meaningful connections that lead to a more fulfilling sex life. Sharon takes an inclusive and compassionate approach, teaching clients how to let go of inhibitions, welcome sexual exploration, and communicate their needs.
Speciality areas include:
Corinna Collins, MA, LPC, CART, EMDR trained earned a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, Master of Arts in Behavioral Science, and a Master of Arts in Family Therapy from the University of Houston/Clear Lake. Corinna is trained in EMDR, CBT, Trauma-Focused Approach, Solution Focused Therapy, and Family Therapy.
Christian counseling may be provided for those seeking to incorporate spirituality into therapy.
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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
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Addison Tackaberry, Intern (supervised by Gina Baiamonte, LPC)
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