Melissa Abbott-Mathew, LPC

Education & Experience

Melissa earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology (with a Marriage and Family Specialization) from The University of Texas at Tyler. She has experience in different clinical settings including MHMR, residential boarding school, and most recently in private practice. Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience performing academic testing. 

Interests & Specialties

Melissa is trained and excels in traditional therapy types including: family systems, CBT, and trauma resolution. Melissa is equally able to integrate faith based counseling, upon request. She has experience with depression, trauma, anxiety, abuse, stress-management, self-esteem, school issues, self-harm, emotional and behavioral issues, social skills, autism spectrum, parenting, and family issues. Melissa considers it a privilege to walk with clients on their journey of healing and understand. The counseling relationship is a powerful method for change. Melissa believes that client strengths are primary when approaching problems and empowering clients as experts in their own lives is key to wellness.

Melissa enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, gardening and hanging out with her dogs.

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Kristy Cheney, MA, LPC Associate

Education & Experience

Kristy has a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in counseling where she studied play therapy and sand tray techniques. She also has a Master’s of Education from Lamar University in clinical mental health counseling. Kristy has experience working with children in classroom and counseling settings, teens in a residential facility, and adults. Kristy is currently working toward full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of James Mena, MA, LPC-S, LCDC.

Interests & Specialties

Kristy is the mom to four young boys and has experienced some life changes that adding children to a family can bring. As such, Kristy is passionate about walking alongside pregnant and new moms as they learn to navigate their new roles and expectations. Outside of work, Kristy enjoys cheering on her boys in their various sporting activities. Kristy also enjoys volunteering and working with local non-profits to raise funds for the work they do in our community.


Lauren Cloward, MA, LPC Associate

Education & Experience

Lauren has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of the Cumberlands, as well as an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University. She is currently working toward full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of James Mena, MA, LPC-S, LCDC. Prior to working at Spring Grove, Lauren worked as a counselor at LDS Family Services and New Dimensions. She has experience counseling adolescents, adults, and couples.  Lauren’s goal in the counseling relationship is to create a safe environment where clients can increase self-awareness in order to facilitate the development of new, healthy patterns of behavior.

Interests & Specialties

Lauren specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, and works with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. She approaches counseling from an integrative perspective. Lauren believes in holistic healing that encompasses the whole person physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritual, and social needs. She emphasizes the development of self-care and coping strategies, which empower clients to cultivate independence in order to overcome current and future challenges. It is Lauren’s hope that her relationship with her clients will lead them to healing and the cultivation of a happy and fulfilling life.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time with her husband, their one-year-old daughter.


Sara Dunn, LPC

Education & Experience

Sarah has a Master’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Clinical Mental Health College. As a License Professional Counselor Sarah has experience in multiple clinical settings including juvenile detention, adolescent inpatient, an alternative school, and a non- profit community agency. Sarah enjoys working with children, teens and adults struggling with anxiety and stress related difficulties. Presenting issues can include trauma, life changes and transitions and general anxiety.  Sarah returned to the Houston area from Tulsa, OK with her husband to be closer to family.

Interests & Specialties

Sarah is certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in working with children and adolescents with trauma and loss. Sarah is also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and infant mental health and can treat infants and very young children who have experienced a variety of traumas. Sarah believes that family support is a large factor in the healing and recovery of children and teens going through difficult times.

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Heidi Grover, LPC, NCC

Education & Experience

Heidi is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began her practice and education at Brigham Young University. She is originally from the country of Panama and fluent in Spanish. Over the years Heidi has worked with Child Protective Services, where she helped created and managed a summer school program for children with various mental illnesses. Heidi has also worked in a mobile crisis unit where she provided support in therapy in different homes in a variety of communities.

Interests & Specialties

Heidi specializes in working with teens with behavioral issues, stage of life problems, and experiencing any trauma or loss. Heidi also specializes in working with women who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Heidi also enjoys working with couples.  She focuses on trauma-focus therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, grief counseling, adoption related therapy, coping skills for anxiety, and communication skills. 

Heidi is married and has four children, including a set of twins. Heidi also has a real estate business that she enjoys,


Lisa Hale, LPC-S, LCDC, NCC

Education & Experience

Lisa graduated from St. Mary’s University with M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and earned a B.S. from Texas A&M University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), she has worked in a variety of settings, including residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient programs. 

Interests & Specialties

Lisa specializes in working with adolescents and adults, in the areas of addictions, codependency, relationships, mood disorders, anxiety and trauma. She is experienced in working with many addictive disorders, including substances, sex, love, relationships, pornography, technology and gambling. She has extensive experience supporting the LGBTQ+ community and gender issues. Lisa is trained in EMDR, hypnotherapy and breathwork.

She has been on her own journey of recovery from alcoholism since 2001 and has three grown sons, one who is also in recovery. Her interests include fitness, hiking, traveling, tennis and spirituality.


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Gene Harvie, LCSW

Education & Experience

Gene has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work and a Post-masters diploma in advanced Clinical social work practice from the University of Calgary, Canada. He has 19 years counseling experience, 3 of which he was a clinical supervisor for a team of 12 therapists.  He has worked with people from all walks of life, and has helped people challenged by almost every problem you can imagine.  He has taught clinical social work at the masters level, and has been published in a peer review journal.

Interests & Specialties

Gene has been extensively trained in Solution-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Over the years of witnessing effective therapeutic practice, he has developed an interest in therapeutic neuroplasty, the positive impact of psychotherapy on neural connections in the brain. Gene and his wife have been married for 20 years and have two children.


Alicia Horn, LPC

Education & Experience

Alicia earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Professional experiences include a non-profit community agency in Arlington and a therapeutic residential boarding school for struggling teens. As a Professional Counselor she has excelled with children, adolescents and family systems on a variety of issues including trauma resolution, substance abuse, anxiety, esteem issues, and other emotional disturbances.

Interests & Specialties

Alicia is passionate about promoting and teaching healthy communication skills. She believes that through empathy and intentional understanding connections grow stronger and relationships thrive.

Outside of work, Alicia enjoys spending time with family, going to dog parks with her rescue, camping, learning the guitar, and avidly attending concerts.


Lisa Kerr, MA Associate

Education and Experience

Lisa has earned a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and a Masters degree in Counseling/School Counseling and Trauma Emphasis from Northwest Nazarene University. She is trained in Hypnotherapy, Play Therapy, and Healthy Transitions for girls. Lisa is married and has 5 children. Lisa has experience working in school settings, private practice, and teens transitioning out of residential care for mental health issues. Before a recent move to Texas, Lisa practiced privately as an LPC, NCC in Idaho. Lisa is now working on licensure as a  Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas under the Supervision of James Mena, LPC-S, LCDC.

Interests and Specialties

Lisa identifies herself as a humanistic therapist. Her preference is to focus on the strengths and values people carry into problem-solving moments. Lisa wants to help empower people to use these innate tools for building blocks of future successful outcomes. She specializes in working with a wide scope of exceptional children that manifest atypical development, including gifted, twice-exceptional, and autism spectrum disorders. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, traveling, and home decor projects. 


James Mena, LPC-S,

Education & Experience

James has degrees in Psychology from the University of West Georgia and Brigham Young University with over 30 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings. His experience includes counseling in various University settings, Employee Assistance, education in workplace settings, Critical Incident Debriefings, counseling in multiple non-profit sector settings and with geriatric populations. Treatment modalities include, couples, marriage and family, Autism Spectrum disorders, all facets of drug treatment, sex addictions, interactive therapy, solution-focused therapy, and professional coaching.

He has been married to his wife Cindy for 33 years, and they have four children and at last count has four grandchildren.

Interests & Specialties

James enjoys all facets of human interaction particularly the bonds that tie people together in marriage relationships. He also enjoys the challenge of working with employee/supervisor relationships to formulate strategic interventions to promote effective workplace interactions.


Haylie Merchen, MSW-intern

Education and Experience

Haylie graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with her Bachelor's of Social Work and is currently enrolled in Boise State University's Online Master's of Social Work program, expected to graduate at the end of 2022. She is under the supervision of Gene Harvie, LCSW as she completes her practicum. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in individual, group, and school settings. 

Interests and Specialties

Haylie specializes in play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is experienced in working with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, and emotional or behavioral issues. She believes in empowering individuals by teaching effective coping mechanisms to address current and future problems. Outside of work, Haylie enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, and spending time outdoors. 

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Lauren Miller, LCSW

Education and Experience

Lauren has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. She has experience working for a non-profit welfare agency, a family treatment center, and in telehealth counseling. Lauren has worked with children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship challenges. Lauren has also served individuals struggling with substance abuse, addictions, developmental disabilities, and environmental barriers to reaching long and short term personal, emotional, and professional goals. Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Texas.

Interests and Specialties

Lauren specializes in working with adolescents and adults managing mood disorders, life transitions and relationship challenges. Lauren is rooted in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship to create a safe environment which fosters greater awareness, healing, and growth. She utilizes several modalities in her work including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing techniques. Lauren is the mother of two young children and loves to spend time outside running, biking, and swimming.



Adam Ruiz, LPC Associate

Education and Experience

Adam holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Thomas.  He is currently working toward full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Chari Westcott LPC-S.  Adam has experience working with adults and teens in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, a residential facility, and a hospital. 

Interests and Specialties

Adam specializes in Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.  He believes in utilizing the richness in each individual's life experience to confront present difficulties and to challenge negative beliefs that often accompany such difficulties.  This approach has helped him to treat various mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, and mood disorders as well as work successfully with couples and families.  Adam also has successful experience in helping teens and young adults with anger and impulse control challenges.  He strives to create an atmosphere of support and acceptance in which individuals can feel heard and valued.  

Adam has been married to his wife, Whitney, for 10 years and they have 3 children.

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Millie Taylor LMSW

Millie received her Master's of Social Work degree from Boston University and bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University. Millie has worked with adults, adolescents and children in non-profit settings. Additionally, Millie has counseled with parents of children diagnosed with severe mental illness and/or behavioral difficulties. 

Interests and Specialities

Millie’s primary interest is working with adults that struggle with anxiety and depressive disorders. Her desire with clients is to provide support while they achieve the goals they most want of life. Millie believes that each individual has immense potential and worth. It is her desire that each client see that about themselves as well. 

Millie is working towards clinical licensure under the supervision of Carolina Luna, LCSW-S.

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Deborah R. Workman, MA, LPC, NCC

Deborah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from California State University, Chico and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Specializes In:  Trauma due to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, especially adults sexually abused as children, marital and family discord, sex addiction and co-dependency, depression, anxiety, and family of origin issues.

Population served:  Adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Additional Services:  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, post-partum depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, and stress management. 

Profile: Over the past 14 years, Ms. Workman has worked extensively with displaced families from a variety of ethnicities, backgrounds, and mental health issues to establish stability and self-sufficiency.  She has provided community education through non-profit organizations on mental health issues affecting teens, adults, and families.  

Ms. Workman and her husband have three children and four grandchildren.