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  • 06 May 2015 1:22 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Well Done! HB3995 is Moving Forward.


    To all Texans:

    Great news, I just received a call from Rep. Romero who advises that Chairwoman Crownover told him that the House Public Health Committee voted HB 3995 favorably from committee on a vote of 9-0!!  We have been advised that once the bill gets reported out of committee, HB 3995 will go to the Local Calendars Committee for floor action.  To get this result so quickly, is surely a testament to the groundwork of our author, Rep. Romero, our discipline on witness testimony, and the huge volume of support delivered by the TAMFT, TCA and other groups and individuals weighing in!!   A special thanks to those who called and emailed in support of HB 3995 as we were told that over 1000 calls were made in support of HB3995. An even bigger expression of gratitude is due to Rep. Romero’s strong commitment and hard work since the bill was voted out of the House Public Health Committee on the same day it was heard, which is incredible!!   With only 27 full days remaining in the state’s regular legislative session, there is just one week left before some very real procedural deadlines begin to thwart passage of many stand-alone bills.  We are fortunate that we have a favorable vote on HB 3995, but the time-lines are going to very tight. Today’s vote on HB 3995 goes a long way to meeting that deadline, giving ourselves a good chance to be legislatively succeed. In this political process there are times for a large showing and times for a more subtle approach. For the moment we need to hold off on making calls but we will be reaching out at the opportune time in the near future and will need as strong an outreach as we have had thus far. We are making ground and are making a strong showing in support of all mental health providers across Texas.  You can begin to prepare by learning who your Representatives are.  Reaching out to your particular Representative as a constituent will carry more weight. You can also line up family and friends to prepare as well.  Remember that you do  not need to be a mental health professional in order to weigh in on this important piece of legislature.  If you are a Texas citizen your voice will count when the time comes to make the calls.

    Be proud of our progress and success.  Hold tight as we navigate the political process and be prepared to take action when the time comes. While we still have a ways to go we are headed in a good direction.

    WELL DONE!!!


    Peter D. Bradley, PhD, LMFT, LPC
    President – Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

  • 24 Apr 2015 1:27 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)


    Shana D. Lewis, LPC-S, NCC

    Sally Eisen Miller

    Aisha Ussery

    Domestic violence has made the rounds in social media as if it were a new phenomenon.  A universal fact is that it has existed ever since families have roamed the earth.  Research shows that after completing a therapeutic program, mentoring helps to sustain the gains made.  


    This workshop will be both experiential and didactic.  We will look at the symptom of domestic violence in one family from a systemic perspective.  A new program of mentorship will be presented, and participants will hear from a talented young woman and how she uses her traumatic experience in a creative way to bring awareness to others.


    Shana D. Lewis, LPC-S, NCC is the owner and clinical director of Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC, a private practice counseling agency in Bellaire, TX. Additionally, she is a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, a Doctoral Candidate at Sam Houston State University in the Counselor Education department and the Executive Director/Founder of Her VOICE, a 501c3 organization dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence through mentorship and education.


    Mrs. Lewis is a state approved CEU provider and trains mental health practitioners on a variety of topics including ethics, depression, CBT, and supervision. With over 13 years of experience working in the mental health field serving adult, child, and adolescent clients in schools, day programs, inpatient hospitals, outpatient community mental health facilities and church organizations, Shana's specialty has evolved into addressing women's issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship problems, trauma, intimate partner violence and stress. 


    Sally Eisen Miller, Board member and president of HAMFT in 2012, has had a diversity of experience in her over 40 year career.  She began as Executive Director of the Women’s Home, transforming the place into a home of rehabilitation.  She has worked at DePelchin in adoptions and foster care; as program director of a drug and alcohol program at a military base; assistant chief of social work, Texas Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic; and director of professional services at Jewish Family Service, to name a few.  She has been in private practice since 1978.  

    A graduate of Our Lady of the Lake with an MSW, she received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University.  Post graduate training was done at The Georgetown (Bowen) Family Center with Murray Bowen.  She is a charter member of the American Family Therapy Academy where she originated the Interest Group:  Murray Bowen:  The Man and the Theory.

    Aisha Ussery is a choreographer, musician, playwright, director and educator.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in dance and interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston. She obtained a Post-baccalaureate in Education from LeTourneau University.  She has taught at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and has published curriculum with Houston Teachers Institute.


    Aisha was named Alexander Hamilton’s Teacher of the Year (2006), received the Upton Sinclair Award that recognizes American educators influencing youth around the world (2008) and was inducted into the Willowridge Wall of Honor (2013).


    Aisha has performed in or choreographed Once on this Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dancin’ in The Street, Two Trains Running, Parade and many others.  She played “B Angie B” and an MC Hammer dancer in Vh1's: 2 Legit: The MC Hammer Story. Aisha has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Hubert Laws, Brian Courtney Wilson, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child and others.

  • 23 Feb 2015 11:59 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Check out this link for information and registration for our first program of 2015! 


  • 10 Feb 2015 9:00 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    HAMFT is delighted to announce the following presentations that have been confirmed for our 2015 calendar year!  Please mark your calendar and look for the registration information in your mailbox as each draws near!  You won't want to miss out on hearing from these amazing presenters!

    July 17,2015  “Puzzling Pieces: Relationships Between Early Sexual Trauma and Problematic Adult Sexuality” presented by Elizabeth Maynard, Ph.D.

    Program 1:00 - 4:00 PM, 3 CEU's, Check-in, lunch and networking from noon-1:00 PM 

    August 21, 2015  "Healing from Marital Infidelity", presented by Rob Hochschild, Ph.D and Lee Winderman, Ph.D.  Program 1:00 - 4:00 PM, 3 CEU's, Check-in, lunch and networking from noon-1:00 PM

    Both of the above presentations will be held at Interface Samaritan Counseling Center, 4803 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77056 

  • 03 Feb 2015 8:59 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    We're working hard to create a most interesting, exciting and useful calendar of events.  Until we get everything in place, take a moment to add these dates to your calendar!  Remember....your membership gives you entry to each and every CEU opportunity!  Every program will offer 3 CEU's, lunch and networking opportunities!  Know someone who might enjoy and/or benefit from our programming?  Bring them with you and invite them to join us!

    February, 2015 - no program as TAMFT is in Austin, February 25-28, 2015!

    March 13, 2015

    April 24, 2015

    May 15, 2015

    June 19, 2015

    July 17, 2015

    August 21, 2015

    September, 2015 - no program as AAMFT will also be in Austin. Save the dates: September 3-6, 2015

    October 16, 2015

    November 20, 2015

    December 2015 - currently no date has been set for events - stay tuned though!

    January 2016 - annual HAMFT banquet - plan to join us for an evening of good friends and fun!

    Want to be a part of the HAMFT Board?  A creative team, we're always looking for new energy and ideas and people ready to carry on the board in new and innovative ways.  Not sure where or how you might support us?  Contact Anne Way at AWay@interface-samaritan.com for more information!

  • 22 Jan 2015 6:20 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,
    I have been working with the local chapter of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation as member of the Medical Advisory Committee. The Foundation would like to gather the names of experienced therapists in the greater Houston area who have experience with and are interested in treating patients with chronic Illness. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that affect children and adults. Onset can occur at any age. Like all chronic illnesses, severity can range from mild to severe. In its more severe form, these diseases can create a profound physical, emotional, and psychological burden for both patients and families. Specific experience treating patients and families with IBD is not necessary. If you have experience treating patients and families dealing with chronic illness, we would like to add your name to a referral list that the Foundation is gathering for the greater Houston area. For the time being I will be triaging calls asking for referrals.
    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me
    If you are interested, please fill out the form below and email it back to me.
    Lee Winderman Ph.D.

    Name: __________________________________________ 

    Degree:________ License:______
    Office Address: ____________________________________________________________

    Geographical areas served _______________________________________
    (e.g. Med Center, Memorial, Woodlands, Spring etc.)

    Do you accept insurance:_______Sliding scale? Y___N___ Experience with IBD: Y__N__

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  • 12 Aug 2014 9:22 AM | Deleted user

    Experienced and new therapists are invited to meet aspiring healers at the annual student reception. The reception provides an opportunity for students to meet professionals in the field, learn about benefits of membership in HAMFT, and network with other students, professionals and potential supervisors.

    When: Friday, August 29, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Where: Chelsea Grill

    4621 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

    There is free parking behind the building.

    Who: Alumni as well as students pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or counseling from schools such as UHCL, OLLU, University of St. Thomas, Capella University, Sam Houston State University, Theological Seminary, etc. are all invited.

    Cost: FREE. This will be a cocktail type reception with buffet items and vegetarian options. Drinks will be available for purchase.

    Here’s what former student and current HAMFT board member Sam Caplan had to say about her first student reception:

    “When I was a new student, attending the New Student Reception gave me the opportunity to network with students who were above me in the program and professionals in the field. It was an extremely beneficial experience that led to me receiving the Warm Hearth Scholarship to present a poster at the 2013 TAMFT Conference. When I attended a board meeting to thank HAMFT for the scholarship, I was asked to join the board while I was still a student. I met my current supervisor and employer through HAMFT, and I received my job offer at the 2014 HAMFT Banquet. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had, and I look forward to continuing my involvement in HAMFT.”

  • 16 Jun 2014 9:54 PM | Deleted user

    By Jessica Hernandez

    Jeanna Gomez, LCSW, presented “Trauma Therapy: Resources for the Healer” to a packed house for HAMFT’s June workshop. She used her expertise and sense of humor to provide a primer on the neuro-biological underpinnings of trauma. Ms. Gomez engaged participants in experiential activities. Here are some points Ms. Gomez made during her presentation:

    Vicarious TraumaA negative change that happens over time as one witnesses other people’s suffering.

    •  Because it happens over time, it can be hard to recognize it.
    •  A strong sense of commitment and responsibility to our clients can lead to  high expectations which can contribute to feeling overwhelmed, burdened,  and hopeless.
    •  What you can do:
      • Have a support system.
      • Do your own trauma work.
      • Be aware that vicarious trauma can occur.
      • Be proactive.
    Somatic Experiencing
    • Founded by Peter Levine, it provides a psycho-biological perspective on treating trauma.
    • Uses body work to repair thwarted fight-or-flight reactions at the time the trauma occurred.
    • Therapist does not need to know the full details of the trauma in order to  heal it (results in decreased risk of vicarious traumatization).
    • Trauma can be healed by working with body sensations and emotions.

    5 Core Symptoms (in clients with unresolved trauma)

    •  Issues with self-esteem and self-worth.
    •  Inability to set boundaries with self and others.
    •  Difficulty knowing and expressing own reality (thoughts, feelings,  behaviors, physical sensations).
    •  Difficulty knowing and meeting own needs and wants.
    •  Inability to moderate and contain the self in an age appropriate manner.
    • A system of limit setting that protects a person from becoming a victim, and contains a person so that he/she is not offensive to others (provides protection and containment).
    • 2 types of boundaries: internal and external.
    • Boundary work helps open clients awareness of other choices and options in their lives.
    Thank you to Ms. Gomez for an informative and fun workshop!

    For more information about the neuro-biological underpinnings of PTSD, check out the video The Secret Life of the Brain.

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