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Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S

Licensed Psychological Associate Independent Status
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor
Founder, Heights Family Counseling

As a counselor, I understand the bravery it takes to be completely vulnerable with another individual. My role in the counseling room is to meet you right where you are with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. I find it a privilege to journey with a client.

There is something empowering about feeling completely seen and heard and being met with empathy and understanding. My approach is warm and down-to-earth, meeting each client with compassion and support. My expertise is working with individuals experiencing life stressors, including determining values and finding meaning and purpose in life, work-life balance, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenthood, family stress, and the ending of a relationship. I believe we all have a reason for how we got to where we are in life. The narratives we tell ourselves shape our identities. My approach is to help you understand new perspectives, gain control of your life, and envision a new future.

Relationships are such an important part of our life. When going well, they provide love, support, and mutual happiness. When relationships struggle, sometimes it seems like everything in our life is struggling. I have a relaxed style when working with couples. I find it a privilege to enter a couple's personal and private world in order to change negative cycles and help to understand each other's perspectives. Together, we find a way to strengthen the relationship, speak each other's love language, heal through past pains, thrive through conflict, build mutual admiration and friendship, and communicate more effectively. I believe that every couple has the ability to work towards a loving and fulfilling relationship. In order to introduce change in your relationship, I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Gottman Theory, IMAGO, Solution Focused, and other attachment based theories.

Additionally, I have extensive experience in Psychoeducational, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations. I have specialized in evaluation services for over 15 years and have worked along side medical doctors, speech pathologists, diagnosticians, licensed counselors, and psychologists. My experience has allowed me to see a problem through multiple lenses and not just to focus in one area. I believe with a comprehensive evaluation, strengths can identified and early intervention can be provided. 

When I am not in session, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 children, a husband of 15 years and 2 chocolate labs- self-proclaimed world's worst and most lovable dogs. I enjoy running, spin classes, trips to Napa, novice family bike rides, playing tennis, spending time on any beach, cuddles with my kids, and checking out all the dining options in the city!

Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and owner at Heights Family Counseling. Additionally, she is able to practice psychology independently in the state of Texas as a Licensed Psychological Associate with Independent Status and is Licensed as a Specialist in School Psychology.  Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She is in the process of completing a doctorate degree, studying at Texas A&M University Commerce and Northcentral University, specializing in child and adolescent counseling and marriage and family therapy, respectively. In addition, Amy has additional training in IMAGO, doctoral training in sex therapy, and Gottman therapy. Amy holds three licenses in the state of Texas: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Psychological Associate with Independent Status, and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, as well as doctoral training in Marriage and Family Therapy.


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Michele Kamerman, M.A., LPC, RPT Play Therapist, Child, & Adolescent Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Play Therapist

Imagine being a child today. In addition to coping with the stresses of balancing school, extracurricular activities, social pressures and parental expectations, children and adolescents today are having to navigate an increasingly difficult set of new challenges. Social media and the internet have changed the landscape of almost everything, especially the way we interact. As a result, our children are more susceptible to bullying, peer pressure, and a lack of ability to focus than ever before.  The amount of pressure a child may feel to meet all these expectations can be overwhelming and cause them to shut down, act out, or lose all focus. If your child is experiencing any of these things or maybe is seasonally overanxious due to report cards or STAAR testing, they may need a healthy outlet. As parents, we do everything we can to put our children in the best position to succeed and be happy; however, all too often our child’s wellbeing is only associated with physical health while mental health and anxiety are overlooked. If your child was physically injured or sick, you would bring them to the doctor. If they were failing in school, you may hire a tutor. But what would you do to address their mental health and social well-being?

My approach is to use Child-Centered Play Therapy to meet your child right where they are with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. It is an approach that is not intrusive and allows the child to have a space where they have the control, instead of following direction, to help them feel empowered.  The child has the opportunity to play out and talk about what they need and what is on their mind. I find that this approach builds a trusting and non-judgmental relationship with your child and enables them to open up more.  I also enjoy using directive approaches such as sand tray therapy and expressive arts, which allows children to freely express their feelings and take the lead in solving their own problems.  I find it helpful to use a Cognitive Behavioral approach with my older clients to assist them in their journey towards mindfulness. I believe it is important to work in tandem with parents and families throughout the therapy process. I’ve found working as a team with the parents is the most effective way to promote lasting, positive change.

I have experience working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, life adjustments, ADHD, autism, grief, trauma, social issues, domestic violence, mood disorders, self-esteem and body image issues. I also have experience working with a range of ages, but I like to focus my work on children and families.

When I am not in session, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our newborn son, and our two cats.  My husband and I enjoy traveling around the country and world seeing sites and trying as many new restaurants as possible. We look forward to resuming our travels as soon as our son is old enough. I consider myself an amateur foodie, so we also like to try the many unique and delicious options Houston has to offer. I also enjoy kickboxing, skiing, and going on walks to our local farmers market.  Also, if there’s a concert in the area with a throwback to ‘90’s alternative music, I’m there!

Michele Kamerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP accredited program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  Michele has significant experience working in a private practice setting as well as schools and shelters.  Besides her individual work, Michele also has extensive experience with developing and facilitating social skills classes for elementary school children.


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Michele Dial, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

You are stronger than you may think. Everything you need to get unstuck and heal is already inside of you. Not so sure about that? I will meet you right where you are with compassion and a fresh perspective, and challenge you to expand your awareness and ability. Living your fullest life takes hard work; especially when you realize there's more to it than being carefree and independent. I want to help you work through your life struggles like relationships, spirituality, career satisfaction, and the general uneasiness that inevitably surfaces when we start wondering about the direction our life is taking and how we can maximize our potential in the world.

I believe our emotional gut guides our perception and behaviors, a belief largely underpinned by extensive Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) training. I’ll help you access those underlying emotions and gain a deeper, more tangible understanding of what drives you. As you get more in tune with your emotional experiences, I’ll help you spot and deconstruct unhealthy patterns of responding to them (such as withdrawal, escapism, eruptions, etc.) and develop new, more satisfying ways of approaching life, love, and livelihood.

I am also trained in EMDR, a unique form of therapy designed to help us heal from distressing and sometimes traumatic life experiences. Our brains have a natural ability to recover from distress. But sometimes, this recovery process is short-circuited when an experience is so upsetting that it is held in your body and memory in its original form with all the sights, sounds, smells, sensations, emotions, and beliefs that were present at the time of the incident. EMDR works by jumpstarting that natural healing ability in our brains through eye movements or taps to dislodge and re-process a painful experience.

There is no cure-all for healing wounds, catching curve balls, and breaking through stuck spots on this journey of life. Let’s sort out what troubles you in healthy ways by exploring your individual experience and uncovering your unique strengths. My goal is to empower you to find your best path through this life as you heal from past hurts and search for meaning, purpose, and direction.

I want you to feel as comfortable and safe as if you’re talking to your closest confidant while receiving a healthy dose of professional objectivity, insight, perspective, and support. Call me for a free phone consultation to see if I'm that person for you.

When I’m not in session, I recharge at the beach as often as possible. I also love traveling all over the world, playing tennis, riding bikes, practicing yoga, and exploring Houston’s awesome restaurant scene. My husband, our kids, and our goofy pup, Piper, keep me light-hearted and playful, and remind to laugh and find joy in every single day.

Michele Dial, M.Ed. LPC, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Houston. Michele has significant experience counseling individuals and couples in private practice and agency settings. She has counseled individuals battling severe anxiety, depression, life transitions, and substance abuse disorders, as well as profound grief and trauma.


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Kristin Tallackson, M.A.
Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor (OH)
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (TX) Supervised by Amy Rollo, M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

Counseling provides a safe place for you to process and work through a multitude of circumstances, while offering valuable insight and perspective into whatever journey you may find yourself. My philosophy is to embrace you where you are, equip you with tools, coping mechanisms and knowledge, and empower you to take those tools and lead a fulfilling life.

The experiences and complexity of human cognition and emotion can not be solved by one approach. That is why my methodology to counseling is an amalgamation of Family Systems, Attachment Theory coupled with Trust Based Relationship Interventions (TBRI), and principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I have worked in a variety of settings with those of all ages in schools, non-profits, and community mental health centers. During my time working in non-profits and schools, I have found my passion in work with children and adolescents who need guidance navigating life.

When I’m not counseling, I enjoy running, exploring the Houston food scene with my husband, volunteering for Child Advocates as a court appointed advocate, and taking in the many parks in the Houston area.

Kristin Tallackson, M.A., LPC-Intern in the state of Texas and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. Kristin graduated with the highest honors from Lee University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland University. She works under the supervision of Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S, founder of Heights Family Counseling. Kristin has extensive experience in school settings, as a child advocate, universities, and private practices. 


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Katherine Mitchell, M.A., CST, NCC
Certified Sex Therapist
Nationally Certified Counselor Assessment Specialist

Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
Supervised by Amy Rollo., M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

I understand that many times clients seek counseling because they are out of solutions and think they are unequipped to solve their own issues, but I disagree.  In using a solution-focused therapeutic approach to therapy, I strive to empower clients so that they can discover more effective solutions to their problems.  The therapeutic rapport that I build with clients allows me to assist them in moving from a problem-focused to a solution-focused orientation.  Although I greatly focus on the present and future, I am also interested in learning about what clients have tried previously to solve their circumstances and the exceptions to their problems.  I understand that this process is sometimes difficult and requires a level of comfort with vulnerability; however, I aim to foster a non-judgmental, accepting environment that helps clients to feel comfortable sharing their deepest thoughts and self-reflections.

I also enjoy working with both individual and relational sexual concerns.  I am a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute.  I understand that an active sex life is incredibly important for most individuals, especially those in a relationship.  I also know how difficult it can be to reach out for help, especially when sexual issues arise.  I strive to help couples and individuals enhance intimacy, increase sexual communication with a partner, address emotional difficulties related to sexual intimacy (such as past trauma or infidelities within a relationship), and address sexual dysfunctions that have arisen.  In order to accomplish this, I use a talk-based form of therapy which aims to help individuals and couples better understand and achieve the type of sex life they wish to have.   

In addition to working with couples and adults, I am also passionate about working with families and adolescents.  I enjoy providing a safe, therapeutic place where adolescents can share their thoughts and work through becoming individuals.  I am also a proponent of family therapy to help strengthen communication and show other perspectives within the family.

 I have extensive experience in Psychoeducational, AD/HD, Psychological, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations. My focus is to fully understand a person's strengths while identifying growth areas to strengthen through intervention. I believe through comprehensive evaluations,  a person can receive the accommodations, interventions, and support they need. 

When I am not in session, I enjoy soaking in the great outdoors through hiking, camping, and canoeing with my husband and our two dogs, Atty and Slinky.  I am also enjoy traveling, reading, going to concerts, listening to music, collecting vinyl records, and trying out different types of yoga classes. 

Katie Mitchell, M.A., LPC-Intern, CST, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hendrix College and her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP program at Sam Houston State University.  She works under the supervision of Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S, founder of Heights Family Counseling.  In addition to being a Certified Sex Therapist, she is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and Telemental Health Certified.  She has significant experience in working in the mental health field; this includes prior experience in private practice, community agency, therapeutic day treatment school, and collegiate research.  Katie is also an active member of the following professional organizations to stay up to date on the latest research: American Counseling Association (ACA), Texas Counseling Association (TCA), Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (HAMFT), Chi Sigma Iota, and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). 


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Brittany Barnes, M.A., CST - Candidate, NCC
Certified Sex Therapist - Candidate
Nationally Certified Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
Supervised by Amy Rollo., M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

I understand it can be difficult to reach out for help when individuals are feeling overwhelmed, confused and scared. I appreciate and affirm the courage it takes to enter a therapeutic setting and into a therapeutic relationship. It is important to honor each client’s individual journey towards happiness, wholeness and health. I strive to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for all individuals and topics. I believe that providing a safe, judgement free environment is essential to address sensitive and personal issues. Creating a dynamic in which we collaborate together to establish goals for individuals is valuable. I believe that together we can discover effective possibilities that can provide insight towards resolutions. I am passionate about supporting individuals, children, families and couples throughout their journeys in counseling. I am here to help you identify and utilize your strengths, as well as develop new ones, to achieve your goals to reconnect with the joys of life.

In addition to working with adults and couples, I also enjoy and have experience working with children and adolescents. I aim to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my child and adolescent clients in order to provide a safe outlet for emotional expression, develop coping skills, improve mood, and strengthen self-esteem.

I also enjoy and am trained in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual concerns. I am a Certified Sex Therapist-Candidate through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute. Many people have trouble discussing sexual problems, sex therapy is designed to help you explore those sensitive issues and solutions can be created through the therapeutic process. My areas of interest, training and experience includes, infidelity, low sexual libido, vaginismus, erectile dysfunction, performance anxiety, addiction, out of control sexual behaviors, couple/martial conflicts, identity issues, kink, communication difficulties, grief, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I enjoy working with everyone: monogamous, polyamorous, kink-identified and LGBTQIA+. If you find that you are struggling with asking for what you want and need in life, in your relationships and within yourself, the work we can do can help you grow and achieve your next level of happiness.

When I am not in session, I enjoy spending time with my family, my dogs and my cat. I am passionate about music and have a love for attending concerts. I also love reading and going to bookstores to find new gems to dive into. I enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling and exploring new places in Houston.

Brittany Barnes, M.A., LPC-Intern, CST-Candidate earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Thomas University in Houston and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP program at Sam Houston State University. She works under the supervision of Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S, founder of Heights Family Counseling. In addition to being a Certified Sex Therapist-Candidate, she is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. Brittany has extensive experience working in the mental heath field, including working in private practices, behavioral health hospital, day treatment center, and community agencies.


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Steffanie “Steff” Brand, M.S.
Child, Teen, Adult, & Couple Therapist
Nationally Certified Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
Supervised by Amy Rollo., M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

As a counselor, I believe in empathy and open-minded approaches that are receptive to situational changes. I strive to demonstrate unconditional positive regard for all of humankind, so clients can have the space they need to write the next chapter of their story, regardless of how messy it started.

I have worked in a combination of school and clinical settings, both locally and internationally, and I have a strong passion for helping a combination of children, adolescents, adults and family and relationship systems. I believe individuals best overcome negative changes through the support of secondary sources, and people need both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to thrive. While life events are uncontrollable, perception is manageable and one of my initiatives in session is to help clients identify variables getting in the way of personal goals so they might attain a more desired lifestyle.

My goal is to create a safe environment where clients feel they can openly speak, without the fear of judgement, so that whole ideas can emerge. I provide tools for clients to overcome personal battles and become their own agent of change. Since there is no universal worldview, I work to observe situations through the eyes of the client, even when working with children. Frankly, especially when working with children.

When I am not in session, I enjoy doing CrossFit workouts and drinking coffee on my patio. I recently moved to Houston from the San Antonio area and am looking forward to finding all my new favorite spots for dining, exercise and much needed down-time. I most look forward to traveling to new places, finding the perfect lazy day book and planning creative date nights for my loved ones!

Steffanie Brand, M.S. is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and National Certified Counselor at Heights Family Counseling. She works under the supervision of Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S, founder of Heights Family Counseling. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She specializes in child and adolescent counseling primarily utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, narrative and play therapies. In addition, Steff is level 1 trained in Gottman Therapy and often utilizes Gottman Therapy when working with couples. She believes in always meeting the client where they are and ultimately gravitates to a humanistic and person-centered orientation above all others.


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Kathleen Cogan, M.A.
Adult and Couples Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
Supervised by Amy Rollo., M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

As a counselor, I am curious and sensitive to each person’s unique experience. I understand the body we occupy matters. Our physical abilities, family of origin, race, class, gender, sexuality all play a part in how we understand ourselves and the world around us. While I value difference, I also believe we all have core needs. The need for love and acceptance is at the heart of being human. My approach with clients is rooted in these core needs.

I believe each client is the expert of their lives. As a counselor, I am here to help my clients remove the obstacles preventing them from living the life they want. This work together could include healing from past pain and trauma, navigating difficult life decisions and transitions, repairing a relationship or understanding oneself. I encourage clients to come to me as they are. It is then my job to create a caring, emphatic, non-judgmental and supportive place for you to explore, grow and heal. Our relationship is central to this process. Together we will spend the time necessary to understand what works best for you.

I have a special interest in working with women, youth, people in recovery, and the LGBTQ community. In addition, I get tremendous amount of joy working with parents who want to strengthen their relationship with their children and each other. With an Emotion Focused mindset, I aim to help individuals and couples understand underlying emotions and negative patterns and cycles within their relationships in order to learn more effective ways to communicate and manage conflict. In addition, I am trained and utilize Gottman Couples Therapy, as well as various attachment theories.

Part of my experience includes working with clients who have diverse countries of origin, and who have various cultural and religious backgrounds. I have had the privilege of living in another country for a few years, and therefore understand the difficulties of transitioning in and out of a foreign country.

Practically, I am emotionally focused. Life is best lived when we can experience a full range of emotions. However, we can get stuck in certain emotions or overwhelmed or blocked from others. Together we can re-experience these emotions in our session and work to better understand them and their role in your life.

I encourage clients to use images and to become aware of bodily sensations because words can sometimes fail us and not be adequate to express our emotions, thoughts and behaviors. I also like to make use of client’s dreams, narratives or stories about their lives.

When not with clients, I enjoy attempting yoga, traveling, planning to travel and spending meaningful time with my friends and family. I also spend a good amount of time dreaming up new ways to challenge myself. I have my eye on a beginner’s drawing class.

Kathleen Cogan, MA, LPC- Intern earned her bachelor's degree in Feminist Studies and Political Science from Southwestern University in Georgetown and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University Geneva in Switzerland. She has completed level 1 training in Gottman Couples Therapy. She is supervised by Heights Family Counseling’s owner, Amy Rollo, M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S. Before becoming a counselor, Kathleen worked as a community organizer and with NGOs to help solve community problems. She was led to counseling because of her passion for working directly with people one-on-one and for healthcare.


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Rachel Ealy, M.Ed.
Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Couples Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
Supervised by Amy Rollo., M.A., LSSP, LPA, LPC-S

My belief is that everyone could use extra support, a place to define purpose and values, and tools to use to tackle life’s everyday problems. As humans, we often struggle with anxiety, depression, and difficulties in relationships. My aim is to walk with you through life’s most difficult moments while also celebrating life's successes.

When working with young children, my therapeutic work focuses on exploring your child’s inner world in order to build a trusting relationship. I incorporate a variety of play therapy techniques when working with young children, such as expressive arts therapy, sand tray therapy, and child-centered play therapy.

Teenagers are at a crucial age where they long for belonging, but have not yet formed a solid identity. By developing a strong therapeutic relationship with my adolescent clients and utilizing cognitive-behavioral, as well as solution focused techniques, my goal is to help your adolescent thrive during life’s most stressful circumstances.

As an adult, who has juggled work, life, school balance, I understand the difficulties that life can bring. I have a down-to-earth approach in order to meet each individual wherever they are in life. I’m equipped in several different theoretical orientations and tailor my sessions to meet each client’s needs.

What most couples don't realize is that research shows that the majority of fights within a relationship have no solution- they are perpetual problems. This means that most couples keep fighting over the same things. My work with relationships allows a couple to improve communication, learn how to "fight fair," and also understand your partner's emotional needs. I'm a certified Prepare- Enrich provider for couples and pre-marital counseling. I am also trained and utilize Gottman couples therapy.

When I am not in session, I enjoy taking my dog on walks, exploring the city-especially checking out new coffee shops, and spending time with family. I also enjoy going to the gym because I believe that exercise is a great tool that aids in the reduction of stress and anxiety. Self-care is extremely important to me and I advocate for all of my clients to take some time for themselves every day. Finally, when I have time, I try to travel as much as I can in order to learn more about the wonderful world we live in.

Rachel Ealy, M.Ed., LPC-Intern earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Family and Child Development from Texas State University. She has a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Houston. She works under the supervision of Amy Rollo, M.A., LPA, LSSP, LPC-S, founder of Heights Family Counseling.  Rachel has extensive experience in multiple group practice settings with expertise in marriage and family therapy, child and play therapy, adolescent therapy, and working with millennials. She is a certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator and has completed Level 1 Gottman Training.


 
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