Meredith Kriz, LPC-S
Owner and Clinical Director

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
Staff Therapist

“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
Staff Therapist

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
  • Gottman Level 1 Certification

Elina Kharmats, LPC
Staff Therapist

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
Clinical Supervisor

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 Basic Training completed through EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association)
    • PESI EMDR  Certification Course

Sarah Oliva, LPC
Staff Therapist

Sarah Oliva is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of clinical experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and their families. Sarah hopes to be someone you can seek support from, but who can also help to guide you to feel more in control, more grounded, and better able to face everyday stressors that pop up along the way. She believes we all have the power to grow from challenges; we just need the right guidance and space to do so.
 
Sarah‘s experience as a therapist is diverse and includes work in a crisis contact center environment, mobile crisis intervention and stabilization, university counseling center, and outpatient therapy settings. She utilizes approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing. 
 
Her clinical focus is to assist those struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD and impulse control, daily life stressors, self harm, trauma, children affected by parental conflict or divorce, behavioral outbursts and anger management issues, and youth transitioning to young adulthood. Sarah offers a safe, non-judgemental environment for you to figure out what is working in your life, what is not, and how to move forward.

Education:

  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, The College of New Rochelle  
  • B.A. in Psychology, B.S. Criminal Justice, University of New Haven

Jessica Pirzadeh, LPC
Staff Therapist

“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

Aundrea Scott, LMFT
Staff Therapist

Aundrea Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for offering support to individuals during their most trying times. Aundrea’s approach to therapy is client-centered. She believes that her clients are the expert of their lives and that she is here to assist them as they navigate and explore life’s journey.

Aundrea’s previous work experience includes adolescents, individuals, couples, and families dealing with juvenile probation, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, and anxiety. She utilizes a variety of techniques that include cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.

Aundrea’s ultimate goal is to meet you where you are emotionally and help guide you towards healing and wellness with compassion and understanding.

Education:

  • BS Psychology, Prairie View A&M University
  • Masters of Science in Family Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

Kelly Sevin, LMFT, LCDC, CDWF
Staff Therapist

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

Rachel Jackson, COC, CBP, CPPM
Practice Manager

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 .

Stephanie Baker, NRCMA

Stephanie is a passionate and motivated Medical Office Manager, Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant, and Healthcare professional with over 10 years of leadership and medical healthcare experience.

Stephanie firmly believes in the core values of Foundations Counseling; therefore, her mission is to provide the highest quality healthcare to our communities in a family-like environment, while providing the ultimate client experience. She enjoys serving the community and speaking with anyone who would like to reach out and talk.


Feel free to call and get started on your Foundations journey!  Stephanie will be your personal advocate navigating you through any inquiries you may have on getting registered, billing questions, or scheduling.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact her via email at Stephanie@YourNewFoundation.com.

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.