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History of

Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern

 Doctor of Educational Leadership


Founder and President

     Sixteen years ago, Mary Ann Sartori left her home in Louisiana and moved to Texas following a divorce. She brought her athletically active and academically successful children with her. Within 6 months of arriving in Texas, they began to struggle behaviorally and academically. Efforts to find help from schools, counseling agencies, and churches were unsuccessful. Because Mary could not give up, she went back to school and became a counselor so she could help them. Ultimately, she saw that what she experienced as a parent and learned in school could be valuable to other families needing help with her children. From there grew her passion to do what she could to ensure no family would have to “walk the walk” her family walked.


      FYI began as a one-person counseling agency in 2003 with Mary Ann Sartori seeing two or three clients at night each week while working as a school counselor. She soon learned she needed therapists experienced in a variety of specialties to meet the needs of the community. From this grew her dream to build a practice offering a comprehensive set of services. Today, FYI has five licensed therapists, each with a unique skill set and life experiences, and three Licensed Professional Interns. All are working together to help people find creative solutions to today's challenges.


Our Counselors:

Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori, M. A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern

Doctor of Educational Leadership

Specializes in Family, Adolescent and Co-Dependency 

      Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori, founder of Family & Youth Institute is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern, and Certified School Counselor.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Louisiana State University and her Master's in Counseling and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Her experiences include counseling couples with marital problems, individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and codependency, and teaching parent skills.  As both a school counselor and a professional counselor, she has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. Attention deficit disorder (ADD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and general behavioral concerns represent a major focus of her practice. 

      Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori and all the FYI counselors have extensive experience working with difficult youth and out-of-control teens. As an educator with 27 years of experience teaching children in Grades K – 12 and working with schools as a teacher and counselor, she helps clients work with schools to maximize their child’s school success. In addition, she is a certified instructor for parenting classes and works with both parents whose children are in the juvenile justice system and those who want to prevent an escalation in misbehavior. She teaches parents how to write ironclad, loophole-free behavior contracts while strengthening the relationship they have with their children. Mary Ann also supervises counseling interns.

Most insurances and Traditional and TCHP Medicaid accepted.

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Amanda Koenig-Reed, M.A., LMFT

Specializes in Individual and Marriage Therapy, Women's Issues, Infertility, and Foster Care/Adoption

Amanda began her association with Family & Youth Institute in January, 2010. Since that time, she has proven herself to be devoted to the Family & Youth Institute LLC mission to provide creative, customized, quality, and afforadable mental health care to all our clients. In January, 2014, she joined Family & Youth Institute LLC as a partner. Denise and I appreciate the support she has provided us and the care she has provided clients. We welcome her to FYI and look forward to a long and successful association.

For the 5 years prior to her association with FYI, Amanda provided therapeutic services to foster children and their families with a specialty in Family System's Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. In addition, Ms. Koenig-Reed has over 5 years experience in supporting adoptive families and children through their adoption experiences. Amanda also worked closely with youth in a residential treatment center, where she carried an individual caseload, facilitated groups for youth ages 5-18, and facilitated art therapy groups for girls.   Amanda is adept and experienced with working through issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, grief, loss, depression, sex education, social skills,  preparation for independent living, parenting,  ADHD, and behavioral issues such as ODD. 

Amanda's passion is working with adoption and infertility issues to address loss/grief and the social stigma attached to these life experiences, and her goal is to help families and individuals create lasting positive change through an accessible, trusting therapeutic relationship. Amanda works with children, adolescents and adults in an individual, family or group therapy setting, and she sees individuals for infertility support and facilitates infertility support groups for Family and Youth Institute, LLC.  Amanda Koenig-Reed is a Marriage and Family Therapist with in depth experience supporting individuals, groups, and families. Amanda earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Houston-Clear-Lake. Amanda is very active in continuing her education and regularly takes courses to maintain competency and relevance within the field.  

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP Medicaid, and Out-of-Nework insurances are accepted.

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Laura Barber-Henderson, M. Ed., LPC 

Specializes in Christian Counseling and Relationships

      Mrs. Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Master's degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. As an educator with 18 years of experience working with schools as a teacher and counselor, she helps clients work with schools to maximize their child's success. Her education and experience have prepared her to counsel individuals, groups, parents, families, children, and adolescents. Her primary focus is in the areas of Christian Counseling, Family Therapy, Marital/Couples Therapy, Grief/Loss, Anger Management, and ADHD/ADD. She views the counseling process to be a partnership in which she may assist clients in understanding patterns that exist in their lives, help them recognize and use their own strengths and abilities, and assist them in taking responsibility for their behaviors and emotions.  

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network insurances, and sliding scale are accepted.

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Connie Hoagland, M. Ed., LPC

Specializes in Christian Counseling and Women's Issues

      Connie Hoagland is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor.  She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Academic Studies with a certification in Special Education.  Connie’s areas of interest include Faith Based Counseling, women’s issues, past abuse, family therapy, marital/couples therapy, relationship issues, grief/loss, and divorce.  She works with children, adolescents, adults and families in individual or group settings. 

      Connie has worked with women and women’s issues in a faith based setting for the past 10 years.   She has worked as an educator and school counselor in an elementary school setting for the past 16 years.  She has experience helping students, parents and teachers deal with academic issues, grief/loss, crisis, and pre-teen issues.  In addition, Connie has 10 years of experience working with youth ages 12-18 in a youth group setting.  Her training and experience also enable her to work with individuals with special needs and their families. 

      During the counseling process, Connie strives to treat each person with respect and concern.  Her focus is on helping the client recognize individual personal needs, discover strengths and abilities, set and reach personal goals, and communicate needs to family members and friends.   

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network insurances and sliding scale are accepted.

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Philip Harris Jr. RRT, LPC, LCDC

Specializes in the treatment of addiction/alcoholism, PTSD, sexual trauma, anxiety, traumatic grief, fears and phobias.

     Phil Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) , and a Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist (RRT) who has recently moved his psychotherapy practice from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Phil is committed to the mental health and well being of his clients. He received his education at The University of Illinois, Saint Leo University, and Nova Southeastern University..

          "In my private practice, I assist clients coping with depression, anxiety, addiction issues, PTSD, and sexual trauma. I utilize a blend of cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and client centered therapy while also incorporating elements of the Connelly Method of multi-level communication. These advanced methods promote healing and desired change in a unique, gentle and respectful manner."

          Rapid Resolution Therapy eliminates the ongoing effect stemming from disturbing or painful experiences. Trauma is resolved gently and painlessly. Conflict blocking desired change disappears. Because the root causes of problems are pinpointed and cleared, positive changes endure. Negative emotions and destructive behavioral patterns are eliminated. There are dramatic improvements in thoughts, feelings and behavior. Rapid Trauma Resolution with Clinical Hypnosis.docm

          "What interests me...I'm interested in what we can do that can make a significant difference in your Life...Some people see me in order to eliminate feelings that trouble them...sometimes that's jealousy, anger, sadness, fear, shame, and guilt... Some people see me because they're looking to eliminate craving, interest, openness, or desire to drink or use...Sometimes people continue to be troubled by impressions that were left by experiences that were difficult for them... When we get it done, what can we get done that would make a difference for you?"

          Phil is in process of insurance empanelment, Out-of-Network Insurances, and sliding scale are accepted.

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Tel: (305) 509-0352

FYI Interns and Associates:

Lindsay Gentles, M.A., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC Intern, Doctor of Educational Leadership

                   Phone: 281-724-7416

Specializes in Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults, Individual Therapy, and Christian Counseling

        Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern.  She received her Master’s in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.   A love for people and an understanding for the connection between Spirit, Mind, and Body has given Lindsay the passion to work with adolescents and adults as they face various obstacles in their lives.  She specializes in perfectionism, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, and disordered eating issues. Lindsay also works closely with clients for faith-based counseling as well as relationship struggles and other difficult life transitions.  She can share her experience as a college athlete living with the demands and pressures to produce at the highest level.  Lindsay has experience working with junior high, high school, and college-aged students for nearly 10 years in a various settings. 

        After years of personal growth, Lindsay enjoys a healthy balance of faith, family, exercise, and leisure activities.  She enjoys staying active—running, cycling, or anything on the water.  Lindsay values spending time with her husband and family whether it’s watching football on the couch or vacationing at the beach!

        She respects the clients’ beliefs and values and has genuine concern for her clients.  Lindsay believes that everyone has a right to enjoy their life and she desires to share the tools and techniques that will help individuals experience that joy.

Out-of-Nework insurances and sliding scale are accepted.

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Fernanda “Fergie” Havemann, M.A., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, LCDC-Intern, Doctor of Educational Leadership

Specializes in Relationships, Career Guidance, Young Adult Concerns, Women’s issues, Anxiety/Depression, Grief, Sudden Life Changes, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Couples Counseling, Parenting

 Fergie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She received her Master’s in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and her Bachelor’s from Texas A&M University.

 Her career in serving others has led her to a variety of clients and different needs. Working with men and women and the struggles of life changes, which bring on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma etc., Fergie has been able to assimilate to their needs through a range of therapeutic approaches.


She is dedicated to providing the client with holistic and all encompassing support. Each client may require a different approach to their healing process including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Behavior Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, or an Integrative i.e. a combination of such approaches.

She has over 10 years experience in working with youth in middle school and high school along with understanding their strengths so it can best benefit their adult life.

She is also a certified exercise instructor and teaches women the importance of their overall health and wellness and the impact of their mental well-being.

 Accepts Sliding Scale and Out-of-Network Insurance

Contact: or 832-543-1189

Amanda Norminton, M.A., LMFT, LPC

Phone: 832-271-7780

Specializes in working with relational problems, behavioral disorders(ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, ODD), women’s issues, parenting, and anxiety/depression.

Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis in couples and families from Sam Houston State University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. 

Amanda works from a systemic and relational standpoint.  In addition to relational and systemic ideas, she believes in tailoring techniques to each client and may employ ideas from CBT, Solution Focused, person centered, etc.… when appropriate. She values each client’s unique perspective and recognizes the importance of each client’s culture and belief system. Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals.

Amanda has experience working in a variety of settings including schools, homes, clinics, and community counseling settings in addition to experience in private practice. She has been working with children, and families of children with behavioral disorders for more than ten years. Most recently as a therapist providing mainly social skills training and parent training for a behavioral therapy company. She did a one year internship at a crisis and trauma center where she gained experience with a very diverse clientele, most of whom who had extensive trauma histories.

Accepts out-of-network insurance and sliding scale.

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The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe,
Houston, Montgomery, Willis, & Surrounding Areas


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