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History of

Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern

 Doctor of Educational Leadership

 

Founder and President


     Sixteen years ago, Mary Ann Sartori left her home in Louisiana and moved to Texas following a divorce. She brought her athletically active and academically successful children with her. Within 6 months of arriving in Texas, they began to struggle behaviorally and academically. Efforts to find help from schools, counseling agencies, and churches were unsuccessful. Because Mary could not give up, she went back to school and became a counselor so she could help them. Ultimately, she saw that what she experienced as a parent and learned in school could be valuable to other families needing help with her children. From there grew her passion to do       what she could to ensure no family would have to “walk the walk” her family walked.

 

      FYI began as a one-person counseling agency in 2003 with Mary Ann Sartori seeing two or three clients at night each week while working as a school counselor. She soon learned she needed therapists experienced in a variety of specialties to meet the needs of the community. From this grew her dream to build a practice offering a comprehensive set of services. Today, FYI has 8 licensed therapists, each with a unique skill set and life experiences, and three Licensed Professional Interns. All are working together to help people find creative solutions to today's challenges.


 

Our Counselors:

Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori, M. A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern

Doctor of Educational Leadership

Specializes in Family, Adolescent and Co-Dependency 

      Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori, founder of Family & Youth Institute is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern, and Certified School Counselor.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Louisiana State University and her Master's in Counseling and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Her experiences include counseling couples with marital problems, individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and codependency, and teaching parent skills.  As both a school counselor and a professional counselor, she has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. Attention deficit disorder (ADD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and general behavioral concerns represent a major focus of her practice. 

      Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori and all the FYI counselors have extensive experience working with difficult youth and out-of-control teens. As an educator with 27 years of experience teaching children in Grades K – 12 and working with schools as a teacher and counselor, she helps clients work with schools to maximize their child’s school success. In addition, she is a certified instructor for parenting classes and works with both parents whose children are in the juvenile justice system and those who want to prevent an escalation in misbehavior. She teaches parents how to write ironclad, loophole-free behavior contracts while strengthening the relationship they have with their children. Mary Ann also supervises counseling interns.

Most insurances and Traditional and TCHP Medicaid accepted.

Please contact her at MaryAnnS@familyandyouthinstitute.com


Denise Sartori-Garcia, M. A., LMFT-S, LPC

Vice-President

Specializes in Foster Care/Adoption, Family Therapy, and Mental Health

      Denise Sartori-Garcia, co-founder and Vice President of Family & Youth Institute, LLC, is a marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional counselor with five years of experience as a private counselor, three as a therapist on staff for a mental health hospital, and three as a therapist with an adoption/foster care agency.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas State University and her Master's in Counseling from St. Mary's University.  Mrs. Sartori-Garcia has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families in crisis. Working with chemically dependent hospital patients, private clients struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, and clients with serious mental health concerns is a major component of her practice. 

      In addition, she has worked with difficult, out-of-control youth and their families for the past 13 years. As a certified instructor for parenting classes, she works with both parents whose children are students in the juvenile justice system and those who want to prevent an escalation in misbehaviors. She teaches parents how to write ironclad, loophole-free behavior contracts while strengthening the relationship they have with their children. Currently, Mrs. Sartori-Garcia facilitates adult and adolescent mental health groups for Family & Youth Institute, LLC.

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, Value Options, BCBS, TCHP Medicaid, APS, Out-of-Nework Insurances, and sliding scale are accepted.

Please contct her at DeniseSG@familyandyouthinstitute.com


Hilary Harrison-Dunn, M.S.W., LCSW

Specializes in Mental Health, Bi-Polar Disorders, and Children

 


Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP Mediciaid, slding scale, and Out-of-Nework insurances are accepted.

Please contact her at HilaryHD@familyandyouthinstitute.com


Laura Barber-Henderson, M. Ed., LPC 

Specializes in Christian Counseling and Relationships

      Mrs. Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Master's degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. As an educator with 18 years of experience working with schools as a teacher and counselor, she helps clients work with schools to maximize their child's success. Her education and experience have prepared her to counsel individuals, groups, parents, families, children, and adolescents. Her primary focus is in the areas of Christian Counseling, Family Therapy, Marital/Couples Therapy, Grief/Loss, Anger Management, and ADHD/ADD. She views the counseling process to be a partnership in which she may assist clients in understanding patterns that exist in their lives, help them recognize and use their own strengths and abilities, and assist them in taking responsibility for their behaviors and emotions.  


Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network insurances, and sliding scale are accepted.

Please contact her at LauraH@familyandyouthinstitute.com

 


Connie Hoagland, M. Ed., LPC

Specializes in Christian Counseling and Women's Issues

      Connie Hoagland is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor.  She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Academic Studies with a certification in Special Education.  Connie’s areas of interest include Faith Based Counseling, women’s issues, past abuse, family therapy, marital/couples therapy, relationship issues, grief/loss, and divorce.  She works with children, adolescents, adults and families in individual or group settings. 

      Connie has worked with women and women’s issues in a faith based setting for the past 10 years.   She has worked as an educator and school counselor in an elementary school setting for the past 16 years.  She has experience helping students, parents and teachers deal with academic issues, grief/loss, crisis, and pre-teen issues.  In addition, Connie has 10 years of experience working with youth ages 12-18 in a youth group setting.  Her training and experience also enable her to work with individuals with special needs and their families. 

      During the counseling process, Connie strives to treat each person with respect and concern.  Her focus is on helping the client recognize individual personal needs, discover strengths and abilities, set and reach personal goals, and communicate needs to family members and friends.   

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network insurances and sliding scale are accepted.

Please contact her at ConnieH@familyandyouthinstitute.com


Janet Jacinto Hoffmann, M.S.S.W., LCSW

Specializes in Bi-lingual Counseling, Christian Counseling, and Family Therapy


Aetna, BCBS, Value Options, Out-of-Network, and Traditionsl Medicaid are accepted.

Contact her her at JanetH@familyandyouthinstitute.com


Amanda Koenig-Reed, M. A., LMFT

Specializes in Family Therapy, Youth and Adolescents and Infertility and Women's Issues

     Amanda Koenig-Reed is a Marriage and Family Therapist with in depth experience supporting individuals, groups, and families. Amanda earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Houston-Clear-Lake. Amanda is very active in continuing her education and regularly takes courses to maintain competency and relevance within the field.  

      For the past 5 years, Amanda has provided therapeutic services to foster children and their families with a specialty in Family System's Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. In addition, Ms. Koenig-Reed has over 5 years experience in supporting adoptive families and children through their adoption experiences. Amanda also worked closely with youth in a residential treatment center, where she carried an individual caseload, facilitated groups for youth ages 5-18, and facilitated art therapy groups for girls.   Amanda is adept and experienced with working through issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, grief, loss, depression, sex education, social skills,  preparation for independent living, parenting,  ADHD, and behavioral issues such as ODD. 

       Amanda's passion is working with adoption and infertility issues to address loss/grief and the social stigma attached to these life experiences, and her goal is to help families and individuals create lasting positive change through an accessible, trusting therapeutic relationship. Amanda works with children, adolescents and adults in an individual, family or group therapy setting, and she sees individuals for infertility support and facilitates infertility support groups for Family and Youth Institute, LLC. 


Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP Medicaid, and Out-of-Nework insurances are accepted.

Please contact her at AmandaKR@familyandyouthinstitute.com


 

Jennifer Bussell, M.A., LCDC

Specializes in Chemical Dependency Counseling for Adults, Adolescents, and Families

 

Out-of-Nework insurances and sliding scale are accepted.

                         Contact her at JenniferB@familyandyouthinstitute.com


FYI Interns and Associates:


Lindsay Gentles, M.A., LPC-Intern, NCC

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern, Doctor of Educational Leadership

                   Phone: 281-748-0233

Specializes in Self-Esteem, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults, Individual Therapy, and Christian Counseling

        Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern.  She received her Master’s in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.   A love for people and an understanding for the connection between Spirit, Mind, and Body has given Lindsay the passion to work with adolescents and adults as they face various obstacles in their lives.  She specializes in perfectionism, self-esteem, body image, and disordered eating issues. Lindsay also works closely with clients for faith-based counseling as well as relationship struggles and other difficult life transitions.  She can share her experience as a Division 1 college athlete living with the demands and pressures to produce at the highest level.  Lindsay has experience working with junior high, high school, and college-aged students for nearly 10 years in a various ministry settings. 

        After years of personal growth, Lindsay enjoys a healthy balance of faith, family, exercise, and leisure activities.  She enjoys staying active—running, cycling, or anything on the water.  Lindsay values spending time with her husband and family whether it’s watching football on the couch or vacationing at the beach!

        She respects the clients’ beliefs and values and has genuine concern for her clients.  Lindsay believes that everyone has a right to enjoy their life and she desires to share the tools and techniques that will help individuals experience that joy!

Out-of-Nework insurances and sliding scale are accepted.

                         Contact her at LindsayG@familyandyouthinstitute.com

 


Sarah Yerelian, M. A., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern, Doctor of Educational Leadership

                       Phone: 281-748-0233

Specializes in working with Families, At Risk Youth, and Special Needs Population (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

     Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with a passion for helping others with an emphasis on serving individuals and families with disabilities and special needs. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego and her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University of Dallas. 

     Sarah specializes in behaviorally oriented counseling services for those impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She has extensive experience dealing with defiant behaviors, social skills deficits, and academic issues.  Sarah spent years in California working in the social work and counseling fields including work as a mentor and teacher’s assistant for at risk youth.  From there, she has been trained as a direct therapist in Applied Behavioral Analysis working with individuals with special needs ranging in age from toddlers to adults in acquiring skills for greater self-care and independence.  Sarah enjoys applying the principles of play and art therapy to children, adolescents, families and groups. With patience and persistence, Sarah hopes to provide support to families and children.

              Accepts out-of-network insurance and sliding scale.

              Contact her at SarahY@familyandyouthinstitute.com


 

 

Jacqueline Sim, M. A., LMFT Associate

Supervisor: Denise Garcia, M. A., LMFT-S, LPC

Specializes in Behavioral/Mental Health issues, Individual, Couples and Family Therapy

     Jacqueline Sim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.   She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area.   Jacqueline has experience working with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures with a range of behavioral health and substance use issues. 

     Clients struggling with issues of depression, anxiety, grief, marital and family conflict can benefit from help when the situation becomes too difficult to handle on their own.  Through her experiences and training she has seen the powerful effects of this kind of stress on a person’s health and well-being and strives to assist clients in improving their quality of life through behavioral changes.  Jacqueline Sim’s desire is to help clients uncover their internal strengths and use them to propel forward and make progress towards meeting their personal goals, such as improving relationship issues, getting through a difficult situation or life change, and managing symptoms of depression and anxiety.   She listens and accepts clients for who they are at that moment and accompanies them on their journey towards the people that they wish to become. This is at the very core of Jacqueline Sim’s therapeutic philosophy. 

Contact her at JacquelineS@familyandyouthinstutite.com


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