"I greatly appreciate all your help, and I feel that I have had some breakthroughs under your care."        --- R.H

Our Team

We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional staff. Our therapists are licensed in the state Texas. We regularly attend seminars and conferences to ensure that our work is informed by the most advanced therapeutic methods.

This is who we are:

Michelle Richards, Ph.D.

Senior Therapist, Coach, & Trainer


Michelle Richards, Ph.D.,is passionate about empowering you to discover your joy for life! She will apply the knowledge she's gained as a university faculty member, therapist, and clinical supervisor to help you achieve your goals. You will gain remarkable insight into your situation as Dr. Richards shares her wisdom, forged in years of training graduate students to become therapists and working with survivors of abuse and violence. After being in the field for twenty years, most likely Dr. Richards has guided others through issues that are similar to yours. Whether working one-on-one, in couple, family, or groups, you will receive caring nonjudgmental guidance from Dr. Richards that can help you make the decisions and the changes you desire. Learn more.


Psychotherapy Session

Dreamer, CGC 

Therapy Dog


Hi! My name is Dreamer. I am a "rescue dog" turned "therapy dog." I have graduated from advanced canine obedience training. I earned an AKC Canine Good Citizen ® (CGC) Certificate. I was registered with Therapy Dog International as a therapy dog. I am working on the Delta Society certification.


I currently perform animal assisted activities. I am still in training to perform animal assisted therapy.


Research suggests that animal-assisted therapy can increase trust, self-esteem, motivation and attention span. It can also decrease lonliness and anxiety. It would make me so happy to help you. Learn more.

Animal Assisted Therapy
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