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Dr. Kiran Mishra, 

Licensed Psychologist


I have been a licensed psychologist since 1999 and received my doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1998.  I attended the University of Texas in Austin for my undergraduate training, and graduated magna cum laude with special honors in psychology.

I have over 20 years of counseling experience.   I began private practice in Sugar Land in 2006.   Prior to that, I worked as faculty at Stanford University Medical Center in California, and I was also on staff at Stanford Hospital.  More recently, I enjoyed working with producers in Los Angeles, doing psychological evaluations for the award-winning, reality show 'Intervention'.    I have been a guest psychologist on radio programming in Houston, and have published articles in academic journals. 

Dr. Sunetra Martinez, 

Licensed Professional Counselor


I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and earned a Masters degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Clinical Psychology.  Prior to that I graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Zoology from The University of Texas in Austin.

I am Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.  I am currently a post-doctoral fellow working on becoming a Licensed Psychologist.  I have over 15 years of clinical experience working with children and adults.  My pre-doctoral training and work experience include working at Texas Children’s Hospital, Small Steps Nurturing Center, Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Houston Independent School District doing crisis, consultation, counseling and conducting psychological and psycho-educational evaluations for children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other mental health and learning difficulties.

In my perspective, therapy is an investment in your personal growth and a dedication to your overall well-being. I take a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy and help individuals explore and identify strengths and personal successes. I believe that understanding our past and our current life patterns helps to foster internal growth. 

Dr. Nicole Dorsey, 

Licensed Psychologist

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I have been a licensed psychologist since 2002. I completed my graduate studies at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.   I moved to Houston to complete my doctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine and I have remained in Houston for the past 18 years.   

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings.  I have worked extensively with children and adults who have been victims of trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.   I have worked with children who are struggling with issues such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and who are experiencing behavioral concerns at home and at school.  I also have experience with individuals of all ages who are dealing with significant depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Although I tend to utilize a variety of Cognitive-Behavioral techniques in my work, I believe it is important to use an individualized and collaborative approach for each client and his or her presenting concerns.

In addition to private practice, I currently work with adolescents who are involved in the Juvenile Justice system.   I have extensive experience in supervising students and interns and I enjoy helping new clinicians learn to develop their own therapeutic style.   I am also a member of the Texas Psychological Association and have been an officer of the Houston Psychological Association for the past two years, as I believe that it is important to stay current with the constant changes in the field.  

Adriana Gonzalez, 

Licensed Professional Counselor

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I am a bilingual English/Spanish Licensed Professional Counselor and have thorough experience in dealing with trauma and crisis related issues as well as extensive knowledge in individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, and group counseling.   I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2007, and went on to receive my Masters of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2009.

I am looking to encourage my clients so that they may adapt to any life challenges or struggles that they may undergo and to offer them effective skills in order adjust well to any issue pertaining to their lives.  Throughout my life I have always been motivated to help people on a daily basis and I thoroughly enjoy working with people from all walks of life because I believe that our experiences shape who we are as individuals.  I work hard to be understanding of all of my client’s needs and to help them understand their own personal growth process throughout any difficult times that may affect them.  My goal is to help the client effectively resolve any struggles in which they may be going through in order for them to be able to live a calm and fulfilling life.

My experience includes doing Play Therapy with children from ages 2-10 years old and giving Individual and Family Therapy to both adolescents and adults.  I have experience in working with individuals who have difficulty coping with anxiety, depression, past traumatic events, the loss of loved ones, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, family conflict and relational problems.  I use an Eclectic approach to counseling in that I use a wide range of cognitive behavioral approaches which include but are not limited to:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectectical Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. 

Dr. Danielle Hale, 

Licensed Psychologist

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I’ve been working with men and women for over 15 years, helping them get on the right track so that they can understand themselves and begin to enjoy their lives again.  I’ve worked with older adults and their companions and caregivers as they try to negotiate the end of life; with men and women who have been incarcerated, rightly or wrongly; with people who have been traumatized as children as and as adults and who are trying to manage their relationships and survive successfully; with people who don’t fit into stereotypical gender roles, and with people who are recovering from serious mental illness and who are trying to stay in recovery.  I also specialize in helping people with anger management problems, particularly men, or who have worry and anxiety that feels out of control.   Although I am not a substance abuse counselor, I have worked with a lot of people who are struggling with various addictions and bad habits or impulse control problems.

I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist, trained first at Abilene Christian University and later at the University of Houston, a Texan, and a mother of three grown children with children of their own, and an adjunct professor, teaching graduate students at a local university.   I use Cognitive Behavioral treatment strategies most of the time, along with Mindfulness and Insight-oriented strategies.   I have been through some hard times and want to help you get through them too.  I try to practice my own wellness through yoga, music, spirituality and maintaining positive relationships. Come see me.  We’ll figure out where to go from here. 

Maria Poston,

Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

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I believe that psychotherapy is a journey into the examined life with the potential for deep and meaningful personal growth. My goal is to support you in that journey by helping you to strengthen your self-understanding and develop effective life skills so that you can confidently negotiate and resolve life’s challenges.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.  I am currently enrolled as a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Long Island University in Brooklyn.  I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  I have also completed training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.   My experience includes working with individuals who have struggled with mood disorders, anxieties, traumatic experiences, family conflict, relationship problems, conduct disorder, and personality disorder traits.  I use a combination of cognitive-behavioral interventions (Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy), motivational interviewing, psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness skills in my work with clients.  Because everyone is different and presents unique circumstances, the client and I decide on which therapeutic approach is a better fit for his or her needs.

I take a genuine interest in my clients and strive to provide them with the optimal conditions for working towards their goals – that is, with a curious, nonjudgmental, and caring stance. Give us a call, and let’s begin your journey!

Dr. Sandeep Hunjan, 

Licensed Medical Physicist

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Dr. Hunjan has a very unique background as a scientist, a multi-instrumentalist recording artist, and a visual artist who holds a deep-seated passion for healing, natural health, and optimum wellness.  A medical physicist by training, he is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Physics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology.  Dr. Hunjan received his M.Sc. in Medical Physics from the University of Surrey, UK., and his Ph.D. in Advanced Radiological Sciences from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Following this, he spent five years at Stanford University Medical Center in post-doctoral and residency positions in diagnostic radiology and therapeutic radiology.  He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book-chapters on cancer, in the fields of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, and has presented his findings at international conferences and invited lectures.  He currently works in the private health sector as a consultant.

Despite a decades long career spent at the cutting-edge of high-tech Western medicine as a researcher and practitioner, Dr. Hunjan has maintained a life-long interest in holistic, mind-body approaches to healthcare.  He has been studying holistic approaches for over two decades and is passionate about decoding and disseminating health information to the general public with a slant towards simple, natural remedies and nutritional interventions, for optimal living and performance.

Dr. Hunjan is a staunch scientist, and believes in the power of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a psychological acupressure technique based on the same meridians as acupuncture, but without the invasive use of needles.   In EFT, simple tapping with your own fingertips inputs energy onto specific meridians while you address your problem and voice positive affirmations.   Dr. Hunjan offers EFT sessions for overcoming anxieties and fears, stress management, weight management, pain management, and more.   He is also available for nutritional consultations for nutritional healing, which he individually tailors to each client. 

Dr. Kumar Venkatachalam, 

Hypnosis Practitioner

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I am a firm believer in hypnosis. As a certified hypnosis practitioner, I have over 25 years of experience in the field.   I began practicing hypnosis on medical students when I was obtaining my M.D. in India.  I took further interest after finding that it helped my classmates significantly with test-taking anxiety.   Over the years, I have implemented hypnosis to treat a multitude of conditions, ranging from psychological to physiological.   While my M.D. certification remains active as a psychiatrist in India, I did not pursue a license to practice as an M.D. in the U.S.

I am a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a member of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts, a member of the International Society for Hypnosis, a life member and executive board member of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in India, a Diplomate and credentialed member of the American Academy of Pain Management, a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress studies, and a certified practitioner of the HypnoBand Weightloss System.  I have also completed intermediate level training in Brief Therapy using hypnosis at Milton Erickson Institute.

I specialize in hypnosis for weight loss/weight control, smoking cessation, migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, IBS, mind/body issues, anxiety, shyness, and stress. 

Russel Distefano, 

Practice Manager

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Russel deals with the day to day operations at Sugar Land Counseling Center.   He has a double Bachelor's degree in business and fine arts from Lamar University. His background is in management, construction, and design.