Meredith Kriz, LPC-S

Meredith Kriz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with almost two decades of experience. As the founder and clinical director of Foundations Counseling, Meredith supports the clinicians and staff to create a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where people can heal and reach their full potential.

Meredith created Foundations Counseling to provide a nurturing therapeutic environment where clinicians can develop their clinical skills, collaborate with other exceptional clinicians and provide the best possible care to clients.

As a clinician, Meredith works with individuals and couples who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, life transitions, trauma, and spiritual issues. She typically works within the frameworks of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Education:

    • BA, Texas Christian University
    • MDiv, Lexington Theological Seminary
    • MA, Christian Theological Seminary
    • DBT Certification, DBTNCAA

Shirley Allen, LPC

“Each individual is unique. We all have our own distinctive thoughts and feelings… our own specific life experience and viewpoint.”

As a Licensed Processional Counselor, Shirley draws heavily from a therapeutic style that is client centered . Shirley helps people move forward by “meeting clients where they are emotionally.” Her goal is to create a safe environment for clients to explore their issues and concerns while she assists her clients in finding their own way.

Shirley has an educational background that includes work in early childhood development, substance use, and cognitive psychology. She has experience working with children as young as 3 and adults upwards of 78.  She works with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, families, and groups. Her clients include those who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and various life transitions.

Shirley has additional training in play therapy, sand tray, and is Gottman certified in couples therapy.   She has further elected to complete specific coursework in order to support the LBGT community. Shirley loves to continue learning about different aspects of the therapy field and is currently working on a PhD in Educational Psychology. She has also been an Associate Professor, teaching various courses on Psychology, since 2013.

Education:

  • BS Psychology, Texas A&M Commerce
  • Masters of Science in Counseling, Texas A&M Commerce
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (in progress), Texas A&M Commerce

Katrina Brown, LMFT

Katrina Brown is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with almost 20 years of experience. Katrina’s previous work experience includes working with children who had severe emotional disturbance and behavior problems, working with adults with developmental disabilities, and working with the state as an investigator. However, her passion has always been in counseling. Katrina’s specialties include working with individuals, couples and families dealing with divorce/separation, blended families, and absent parents. She has also worked with a variety of individuals, including those diagnosed with depression and anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and families dealing with substance abuse/alcoholism.

Katrina utilizes a variety of techniques, but focuses on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Systems Theory as an approach to therapy. She likes to point out roles, rules, and dynamics that often play out in families in order to facilitate change. Katrina is not afraid of conflict and helps couples and families learn to interact differently.

Education:

  • BA Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MS in Family & Child Studies, Northern Illinois University

Elina Kharmats, LPC

Elina Kharmats has over a decade of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Elina understands that your perception is your reality. She practices integrative therapy, which combines elements from different therapeutic modalities, and personalizes the treatment according to the needs of each client. Some of these approaches include person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and gestalt therapy, among others.

Elina aims to see your current situation from your perspective, meet you where you are emotionally, and walk with you at your emotional pace, towards the goal of wellness, happiness, and fulfillment. Everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their quality of life, why not start the process now?

Education:

    • BA, Psychology, UNT
    • MA, Professional Counseling, Amberton University

Shele Lillis, LPC-S

Shele is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with almost 15 years of experience.  As a counselor, Shele is dedicated to helping improve the lives of her clients by empowering them with integrative skills and a compassionate listening ear. She is a skilled therapist in working with teens, young adults, couples and adults in a variety of mental health agencies, residential and PHP/IOP treatment facilities, and private practice. She enjoys working with all areas and specializes in trauma recovery and eating disorders.

She utilizes approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as components of EMDR among others to help provide change and growth, as she believes there is no single approach that meets the needs of all clients.

Shele’s faith has been an important part of her life….in shaping who she as a person and a counselor. She is more than comfortable incorporating this into a client’s therapeutic journey however they want that to look, when and if they are ready. It is always at the client’s pace and invitation, never pushed.

Shele is a native Texan, but proud to say that she has lived worldwide in support of her veteran husband. She is a proud parent to a 3 beautiful and smart girls. She enjoys running, cross-stitching, and watching HGTV (or anything with fast cars).

Education:

    • BA Psychology, Texas Tech University
    • Master’s of Counseling Psychology, Bowie State University
    • EMDR certification in process

Pam C. Lyons, LPC-S

Pam C. Lyons is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor with 15 years of professional development as a therapist. Pam is also a Hurricane Katrina Survivor, so she knows first hand how trauma can affect someone and their family, and how utilizing help can heal, restore, and give one’s power back to become resilient and pay it forward. She loves what she does and would love to instill hope and provide tools to live a transformational and empowered life.

Pam is an interactive, Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Pam C. Lyons serves individuals, couples, and families. Her specialities are: Addictions, Behavioral Issues, Life Transitions, Trauma and PTSD.

Education:

  • BA Psychology, Dillard University
  • Master Degree in Counselor Education, University of New Orleans
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Professional Coach
  • Level 1 EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
  • Trauma Informed Care (SAMHSA)

Jessica Pirzadeh, LPC

“Just because you aren’t making progress as fast as you think you should doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress.” -Unknown

Jessica Pirzadeh is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for offering support to individuals of all ages. She believes that our past experiences shape how we think about things as adults and if we heal old wounds, we improve our chances to feel more successful in all areas of life. Jessica regards the ability to learn as a necessary tool for all individuals to maintain throughout life; whether you are a student in school or the CEO of a global corporation, it is essential to continue learning about yourself. When we have a solid understanding of why we think, act, and feel the way we do, then we set ourselves up to improve our relationships, especially the one with ourselves.

Jessica’s extensive career history includes working with children, adolescents, individual, couples, families, and group therapy. She also has served as the clinical manager for a behavioral health partial hospitalization program that treats adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar episodes, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, and chemical dependency. Working in the hospital setting has helped shape Jessica’s skills as a professional counselor to be what they are today. She describes her therapeutic style as genuine and supportive while also being direct in facilitating change and growth within each individual’s life. Some of her preferred techniques derive from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and self-compassion.

Jessica hopes to help her clients achieve true self-awareness so they can feel happy and whole while maximizing their full potential.

Education:

  • BS Psychology, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • BA Child Learning and Development, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • MS Counseling and Development, Texas Woman’s University

Kelly Sevin, LMFT, LCDC, CDWF

Kelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Certified Daring Way Facilitator. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families find healing and personal growth through authentic connection and compassion. She has worked in various clinical settings and residential treatment for substance use, mental health and trauma.

Kelly is skilled at working with clients struggling with substance use, trauma, mood disorders, eating disorders, communication, conflict resolution, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality and healing from shame. Kelly has studied Dr. Brene Brown’s work with shame and utilizes The Daring Way in individual and group sessions. She tends toward an Interpersonal and Person-Centered approach to therapy while incorporating CBT and DBT techniques to provide relational support and practical tools for healing and change. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) trauma treatment.

Kelly wants to meet clients where they are and collaborate on goals to optimize a genuine experience of fulfillment, connection and joy.

Education:

  • BA, Concordia University
  • MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, Richmont Graduate University
  • Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), Levels 1-4
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained, Levels 1 and 2
  • Certified Daring Way Facilitator

Doug Kriz, Executive Director

Doug Kriz serves as Executive Director of Foundations Counseling. He manages the business operations and marketing, and oversees the administration, programs, and strategic planning. Doug has more than two decades of experience in communications, marketing, fundraising, and community outreach and development. He enjoys working with the Foundations Counseling team and exploring creative ways to build an amazing environment for our clinicians and a great experience for clients.

Rachel Jackson, Practice Manager, COC, CBP, CPPM

Rachel Jackson is Foundations Counseling practice manager and biller. Rachel is a Certified Professional Biller, Certified Outpatient Coder, and Certified Physician Practice Manager who received her education and training through the American Academy of Professional Coders. Rachel believes in educating and empowering patients with the knowledge and understanding on how to utilize and get the most out of their health insurance benefits! She aims to remain the friendly face/voice to calm any concerns regarding your care, treatment, and overall happiness here with us at Foundations Counseling! Whether you are looking to schedule an appointment for the first time, reschedule your appointment, or just want to give us a call and say hello, she loves nothing more than to hear from our patient base – aka you!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact her via email at .