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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, CSC

Doctor of Educational Leadership

Specializes in Family, Adolescent and Co-Dependency, ODD, Parenting, Depression and Anxiety

      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.

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, UHC, Magellan, BCBS, CIGNA, TCHP, Out-of-Network, and Sliding Scale are accepted.

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Limited Evening Appointments Available


Ariel Batton, M.A., LPC

Specialzes in Adolescent Issues, Stress Management, Self-Esteem, Poor Motivation, LBGQTIA, Eating Disorders, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Self Harm

     Have you been feeling anxious, depressed, or stuck? Are you experiencing some life changes and find yourself struggling to cope? People come to therapy for many different reasons, and I would love to work with you and help you move forward. We can work on adding tools to your tool box so that you can overcome whatever challenges or changes come your way. I can guarantee a non-judgmental, safe space for us to speak openly about your concerns. We will use a variety of techniques including CBT, grounding, mindfulness, DBT skills and others to help you achieve your goals.

     My main focuses are anxiety, depression, and trauma. I also work with challenges like parenting/family concerns, adolescent issues, stress management, self-esteem, poor motivation, adjustment/life transitions, eating disorders, wellness, domestic violence, sexual assault and self harm. Additionally, I work with many issues the LGBTQIA community faces.

     Please don't hesitate to reach out today. We can start this journey together as soon as you're ready.Take the first step to help.

Traditional Medicaid, Aetna, Magellan, BCBS, Superior Health, Out-of-Network insurances, and Sliding Scale are accepted.

Please contact her at

(713) 965-4590

Limited Evening Appointments Available

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, UHC, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network insurances, and Sliding Scale are accepted.

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Evening Appointments Available


Connie Hoagland, M. Ed., LPC, CSC

Specializes in Christian Counseling, Women's Issues, Couples, Depression, and Anxiety

      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, UHC, Magellan, BCBS, TCHP, Out-of-Network and Sliding Scale are accepted.

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Evenimg Appointments Available


Dr. Sharese Martin, Ph.D.,LPC

Specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Domestic Violence, Childhood Abuse, Anger Management, AnxietyDepression, Bipolar Disorder    

     Dr. Sharese Martin began her counseling journey at the age of twelve after witnessing community and family violence resulting from untreated mental health issues and substance abuse. Inspired by childhood traumas of her own, Dr. Martin started seeking answers to problems that existed in her immediate community and later realized that opportunities for reeducation and encouragement existed through the field of counseling. Dr. Martin believes that reeducation is a life-long process and should respond to one’s season of life. She has served clients of all ages and from various backgrounds.

     As a therapist, Dr. Martin assumes a holistic and humanist approach that is also influenced by Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory. She considers a range of influences such as: (1) the client’s own motivation and biological environment; (2) the client’s immediate surroundings, including his/her  family; and (3) the client’s interactions within larger environmental systems consisting of society and culture.  

     Dr. Martin completed her Doctorate in Counselor Education with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities at Sam Houston State University in 2016. She received her master’s degree in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University in 2006.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education in 1997, from Texas Southern University.  

Accepts Out-of-Network Insurances and Sliding Scale

(BCBS and Aetna Credentialling in Process)

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Saturday Appointments Available

Amanda Norminton, M.A., LMFT, LPC

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 BCBS, Out-of-Network Insurance and Sliding Scale.

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Evening Appointments Available

FYI Interns and Associates:

Fernanda "Fergie" Havemann, M.Ed., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S. CSC

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

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Limited Evening Appointments Available

Charles “Chad” Odom, M.S., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Dr. Andres Tapia, PhD, LPC-S

Specializes in working with Pre-K through Young Adult with ADHD (ADD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Autism, "Video Game Addiction"


How can I help you and your family today? It is both my passion and goal to serve the families of The Woodlands and Spring through evidence based youth and family counseling.

I grew up right here in The Woodlands/Spring area before going to Baylor University for my Bachelor’s degree. After working in public schools as an educator I decided to get my Master’s in Counseling from Springfield College so I could help youth and families with difficulties and conflict.

I have 8 years of experience working with youth in schools and community settings, including substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention, as well as teaching family communication courses. I have even had the privilege of flying around the state teaching teachers, counselors, and other community professionals state curriculums about these subjects.

My counseling approach uses a blend of evidence based cognitive behavioral (CBT) practices with family systems work, play and art therapy. Its purpose is to be very open and easy for children and teens to have fun and share while getting the help they need. I strongly believe that the parents/guardians should be as much of a part of therapy as possible, because the more people on our team the better. If you have any questions or just want to see if I might be a good fit please give me a call or shoot me an email, I welcome any opportunity to be of help to you and your family.


Accepts Out-Of-Network Insurance and Sliding Scale

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Limited Saturday and Evening Appointments Available

Richard "Rich" Thomas, M.A., LCDC, LPC-Intern

Supervisor:Sara Bradfield, M.S., LPC-S

Specializes in working with Addiction and Trauma in Adolescents, Adults, and Families

     Are you struggling with mental health concerns and in need of extra support? Are you having issues with life stressors or difficulty addressing problems independently? I have experience working with individuals struggling wtih various mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Most individuals seek counselinjg to effect positive change in his/her present life circumstances or to relieve symptoms related to mental health concerns.

     I provide individual counseling from a person-centered perspective, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatment modalities and interventions as required for best outcomes. Collaboratively, I work with individuals to address identified issues and build a treatment plan tailored to the client.

Accepts Out-of-Network Insurance and Sliding Scale.

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Saturday Appointments Available

Mary-Margaret Bollato, M.E., LPC-Intern, CSC

Supervisor: Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S

Specializes in Crisis, Trauma, Grief, Adolescent Behaviors, Life transitions, Life Coaching

     Mary-Margaret Bollato is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and a State of Texas licensed and working school counselor. Mary-Margaret earned her education degree from Texas State University and her Master's in Educational and Community Counseling from Lamar Uiversity.

     As an LPC-Intern, Mary-Margaret utilizes an eclectic theoretical approach with an emphasis on solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She provdes a holistic approach with clients in order to support both short-term and long-term goals for healing and mental wellness. Clients will experience an environment of compassion, understanding, and support while exploring the realities of their lives.

     Having 20 years' experience working with adolescents, Ages 11-20, in the school system has provided Mary-Margaret with a uniquely qualified perspective to the academic and behavioral challenges arising during adolescence. Additionally, her own family and life experiences ground her with experiential knowledge when working with all types of individuals and their unique circumstances.

Accepts Sliding Scale and  Out-of-Network Insurances

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Evening and Weekend Appointments Available




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


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