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.


Amanda Buswell, LMFT

*accepting self-pay only, no insurance accepted *

Education & Experience

Amanda has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a practicing family systems therapist for the last 15 years.  She started her career working at an in-patient facility for youth who had sexually offended and then spent 10 years as a clinical coordinator at a youth service bureau in CT.  Six years ago she moved to Texas and resumed her practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist and teaches online classes for Brigham Young University - Idaho. and provides practicum supervisor in the Marriage and Family Studies program.

Amanda has been married to her husband Ben for almost 20 years and they have three children.

Interests & Specialties

Amanda sees the family as the essential emotional unit. She specializes and is certified in parenting, pre-marital, marriage and communication programs, although she also works with individuals with many different challenges including faith crisis.  Amanda is a Brief Narrative therapist, but focuses heavily on Emotionally Focused therapy for couples as well as Logotherapy (Theory of Meaning) for individuals.  

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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 Counseling. She has experience in many different clinical settings such as a juvenile detention facility, an inpatient facility for adolescents, an alternative school, and a non- profit community agency. Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked extensively with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and abuse. She also worked with families that have had involvement with child protective services. Sarah has facilitated therapeutic groups and life skills groups for teens with difficult past experiences and has worked with adolescents who have had illegal sexual behaviors. 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.


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. She has also facilitated groups dealing with substance use and everyday youth struggles. Heidi has also worked in a mobile crisis unit where she provided support in therapy in different homes in a variety of communities.

Heidi is married and has four children, including a set of twins.

Interests & Specialties

Heidi specializes in working with adolescents, and 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.


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.


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, LCDC

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 31 years, and they have four children and at last count has three 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.


Sarah Whitmire, LPC, ATR

Education & Experience

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Art at St. Edwards University and her Master's in Counseling and Art Therapy at Southwestern College in Sant Fe, New Mexico.   She has extensive experience working with complex trauma issues in individual, group and family settings.  She is trained in DBT, CPT, ACT, motivational interviewing, sand therapy and is a licensed Art Therapist.

Sarah's passion is to work with adolescents experiencing behavior disturbances.  She has the unique ability and range to comfortably connect with every teen despite their identified challenges.  She has been successfully working with gang members, adjudicated youth, and survivors of human trafficking.  Sarah is able to covey empathy and substance, then package this therapy in a credible message that teens understand.  Sarah's expertise with multiple treatment modalities and  facilitates therapy with children and of all ages. She also provides effective parenting strategies for spirited disturbed or traumatized children and teens.

Interests & Specialties

Sara's interest outside of work include spending time with family, volunteering with her nephew's sport activities, spending time with her rescue animals and outdoor and sport activities.

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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.