How We Can Help
At MHThrive, our mission is to help people live healthier and happier lives.
We believe that all individuals have unique abilities and strengths and that they have an inherent capacity to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. While the challenges of life can sometimes make life difficult, we believe that all people have the ability to develop the skills that they need to overcome the pain from the past, become happier in the present, and learn to thrive in the future.
Sometimes people become stuck in old patterns of thinking, feeling, and being. This can occur because of past traumas, unresolved losses, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse, or other life stressors. Our goal is to provide individuals, couples, and families a safe, supportive environment where they can heal from the hurts of the past and develop the skills that they need to make life more meaningful and fulfilling.
Areas Of Expertise
MHThrive provides Individual Therapy, Couples and Marriage Counseling, and Family Therapy at our locations in Katy, The Woodlands, and the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. We also provide telehealth therapy for anyone who resides within the State of Texas. Some of the areas that we treat include:
- Panic Attacks
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
- Relationship Conflicts
- Adolescent Issues
- Blended Family Issues
- Anger Issues
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Grief and Loss
- Career Issues
- Personal Growth
Get to Know Our Staff
Anetra Williams, M.Ed., LPC, Associate supervised by Morgan Tuck M.A.. LPC-S, NCC
Anetra received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She received her Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling and Development from Lamar University. She is experienced in working with trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Autism, and IDD. Anetra’s experience includes working with children, adolescents, couples, families, and adults. Her specialization is working in marriage and family therapy. Anetra also has certifications in Reiki II and Children’s Yoga. Her previous experience includes over 10 years in education working with children with behavior issues.
Terri Yanoviak, LCDC
My name is Terri Yanoviak and I am the counselor for the Chemical Dependency Program in Katy. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) specializing in adult and adolescent outpatient treatment. I received my LCDC from St. Thomas University in Houston. Through my own lifetime journey with addiction and recovery I discovered a passion in working with people who are battling substance abuse issues. I have a natural innate calling to help people and can quickly establish a great rapport and harmony with all my clients.
It is my goal to help you reach your full potential in life and realize that you can enjoy happiness substance free. Take that first step and come meet me where you are, this is a judgement-free area. I know you will love our therapeutic approach where we practice didactic techniques and process through internal and external barriers to recovery. Stop hurting, and begin your recovery today! In my spare time, I like to travel, sail, hike, cook and read while lounging on a beach.
“I do not think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” -Anne Frank
Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Banking and Financial Institutions at the University of Houston, Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC worked as a banker for several years prior to a second career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Gary started his career as an addictions specialist with the Cenikor Foundation in Dayton, Texas, where he worked for four years. In 2011, Gary joined New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers where he works as the Director of Substance Abuse Counseling.
Laura Alper, MA, LCDC
Laura is the Director of the Adult Chemical Dependency Program in the Woodlands. Laura is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in adult outpatient treatment. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Laura has experience working with clients involved with the Criminal Justice System, Specialty Courts and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She also has training and experience working with dual diagnosis clients. Laura previously worked as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist educating youth and families on drug and alcohol prevention, teaching family dynamics and parenting skills.
Jessica Preston, M.Ed., LPC-Associate
Hi! I’m Jessica. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (under the supervision of Ashley Anglin, LPC-S) and an Adolescent Therapist. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in psychology in 2014 and began teaching shortly thereafter. In 2021, I earned a Master of Education in School Counseling from Nicholls State University but remained in the classroom. I moved to Texas and decided it was time for a career change. I joined New Dimensions in May of 2023. I have helped adolescents with depression, anxiety, substance use issues, low self-esteem, suicidal ideations, self-harming behaviors, life stressors, trauma, and communication with parents. I have nearly 10 years of experience with adolescents from diverse backgrounds, including immigrants, LGBTQ, and low socioeconomic populations. I use a combination of modalities, but my approach focuses on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I am continuously learning and implementing techniques to help my clients heal and become their best possible selves. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Holy Cross. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and going to Astros & Space Cowboys games and concerts.
Regina Elrod, LPC-Associate
Regina Elrod joined NDD Treatment Centers in the April of 2023 as an Adult Mental Health Therapist. Regina is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate under the supervision of Professor Larry Garrett. She brings 17 years of experience in education from Houston ISD, Katy ISD, and KIPP Texas, where she worked as a Lead Math Teacher, Athletic Director, Head Track & Field Coach, and Dean of Students. Regina received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 2002, where she was also a member of the Women’s basketball team and a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. Soon she would work in banking, payroll accounting, and then teaching her in Texas. In 2013, she received her master’s in educational leadership and then her second master’s degree in 2022 in Counseling and Development from Lamar University.
Regina has worked in “counseling” over the years in various forms, beginning in high school as a peer mediator, then six years as a teacher as a Restorative Circle/Justice facilitator at Morton Ranch High School and Junior High, five years as a counselor in an international women’s group, and finally, and as a counseling intern through Lamar University. She has experiences with individuals with addictions, marital issues, depression, family issues, and suicidal ideations. “I continue to be a teacher, encourager, and coach patiently working with every person I encounter. I want people to know that their information is confidential with me, and I work my hardest to guide them in their change for the better.” Regina enjoys spending time with her husband and watching their two college kids and youngest play sports and develop their talent in the arts.
“You are planting seeds now and one day when you least expect those flowers will bloom. Trust the process.” -Germany Kent
Dr. Jasime Sonny, Psy.D
Dr. Sonny is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (TX License #39625). She holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Psychology from Touro University Worldwide, as well as a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.
Dr. Sonny believes that every person is a unique individual and should be treated with the utmost respect. When working with clients, her primary goals are to be compassionate, culturally sensitive, and professional. Dr. Sonny specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations of mood disorders, ADHD, ASD, and many other mental health disorders. In addition to treating depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and ADHD. She has many years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings with both children and adults. She has experience providing individual therapy, family therapy, and crisis intervention. Dr. Sonny is passionate about assisting her clients with appropriate interventions so that they can live their lives to the fullest.
John OShee, Marketer
John was raised in Louisiana and in his early twenties decided to serve his country as a United States Army Infantry Officer. Following his career in the military he changed his focus to mental health with an interest in substance abuse.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree in social work from Northwestern State University and a Master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He has been employed in the mental health field for over 20 years, with 15 of those in residential substance abuse and psychiatric inpatient work.
For the past five years, John has directed his passion for helping those suffering from addiction in combination with his education and training to pursue business development for New Dimensions and share our co-occurring treatment approach.
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