. . . Offering creative solutions for today's challenges.

Family & Youth Institute, LLC

Call Us in The Woodlands, Texas

at (866) 341-9488

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About Us

History of
Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S
Doctor of Educational Leadership

About Our Founder and President

       In the summer of 1995, Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori moved from Louisiana, to Texas, following a divorce. She brought with her three athletic, academic, and, seemingly, well adjusted adolescent children. Shortly after they settled into the area, her children began to struggle behaviorally and academically. They had difficulty feeling accepted by peers and dropped out of extracurricular activities. Mary Ann sought help from schools, churches, counselors, and friends. She soon learned others did not know how to help, did not have time to help, or were just too overwhelmed with their own personal lives. She was determined to find answers and began attending parenting and psychology workshops and seminars. Ultimately she found she needed to learn more and decided to pursue her degree in counseling. From her personal experienes grew a passion to share her experiences, strendth, hope, and knowledge with other families facing similar struggles, hoping to help them avoid "walking the walk" she and her children walked. Thus began her path toward establishing her own counseling practice.

About Family & Youth Institute, LLC

         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 to help individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life. Today, FYI has seven licensed therapists, each with a unique skill set and life experiences, and four Licensed Professional Interns. All are client centered and working together to help people find creative solutions to today's challenges. 

Our Counselors:

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Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori

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

Aetna, UHC, Cigna, Out-of-Network, and Sliding Scale are accepted.

Please contact her at familyandyouth1@gmail.com

Limited Evening Appointments Available

Mary Ann Hunt-Sartori, the founder of Family & Youth Institute, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, 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, and codependency and parents who want to learn parenting 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 not only with adult issues but also 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.

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Ariel Batton

Ariel Batton, M.A., LPC

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

Aetna, BCBS, UHC,  Out-of-Network Insurances, and Sliding Scale are accepted.

Please contact her at familyandyouth1@gmail.com.

(713) 965-4590 or (281) 748-0233

Limited Evening Appointments Available

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 toolbox 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.

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Laura Barber-Henderson

Laura Barber-Henderson, M. Ed., LPC

Specializes in Christian Counseling and Relationships

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

Please contact her at familyandyouth1@gmail.com.

(281) 748-0233

Evening Appointments Available

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.

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Connie Hoagland

Connie Hoagland, M. Ed., LPC, CSC

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

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

Please contact her at familyandyouth1@gmail.com.

(281) 748-0233

Evening Appointments Available

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 ten 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 ten 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.

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Amanda Norminton

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.

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

Contact her at AmandaNorminton@gmail.com.

(832) 271-7780 or (281) 748-0233

Evening Appointments Available

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 on 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 had extensive trauma histories.

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Jessica Talamantez

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Fernanda “Fergie“ Havemann

Specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Eating Disorder, Trauma (PTSD) among children and adolescents. 

She also specializes in Postpartum depression, also called "the baby blues" and depression after abortion.

 Stephanie is working with FYI Learning Zone (d/b/a Family & Youth Institute LLC) as a Group Facilitator and Life Coach. She has graduated summa cum laude from the Northwestern University Masters of Arts Counseling Program and plans to continue her path to LPC licensure.

Prior to entering the field of coaching and counseling, Stephanie enjoyed a decade-long career in business and received her MBA and BBA, graduating summa cum laude in both her classes. Her achievements, coupled with her ability to speak multiple languages, has enabled her to travel internationally, trading up to millions in commodities. 

Stephanie enrolled in the Counseling@Northwestern program and became interested in depression. She focused her capstone project on evaluating depression with an emphasis on, "The effects screen time among children, adolescents and the family". She also believes nuero-cognition heavily influences the child’s psychological development.

While Stephanie specializes in working with children and adolescents, her therapeutic approach lies in CBFT coupled with psychoeducation, and group therapy. Stephanie believes that although parent training is essential in psychotherapy, nothing is more important than families, who seek therapy as a cohesive unit.

She is also a strong advocate for psychoeducation surrounding the teenage brain and its influence on an adolescent's developmental stages. Additionally, she works with children, whose parents are going or have gone through separation or divorce. 

As a mother of two children, Stephanie understands postpartum recovery and postpartum depression among women. Stephanie has several years of experience working with mothers who have struggled with postpartum depression, anxiety and depression after abortion. She has as well, worked with mothers with Special Needs children, helping them transition.

Among some of her future goals include pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, writing & publishing children books, exploring international school counseling opportunities and setting up non-profit organizations for foster children and orphans.

Stephanie currently resides in The Woodlands with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, swim and spend time with her little ones! She also serves as the Secretary to the Saint Anne's Society at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and volunteers her time at St. Anthony's Career Support Ministry, Divorce and Support Group and St. Martha's Society. 


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Charles “Chad” Odom

Charles "Chad" Odom, M.S., LPC-Intern

Supervisor: Dr. Andres Tapia, Ph.D., LPC-S

Specializes in ADHD (ADD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Autism, "Video Game Addiction", and Men's Issues

Accepts Out-Of-Network Insurance and Sliding Scale

Contact him at chadodom@outlook.com

(832) 510-6805 or (281) 748-0233

Weekend and Evening Appointments Available

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 eight 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.

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Mary-Margaret Bollato

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

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

Accepts Sliding Scale and Out-of-Network Insurances

Contact her at mmbollatolpc@gmail.com.

(281) 748-0233

Evening and Weekend Appointments Available

Mary-Margaret Bollato is a Licensed Professional Counselor 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 , 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 in the school system working with adolescents, Ages 11-20, 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.

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Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills, M.A., LPC-Intern

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

Specializes in Anxiety/Depression, Stress Management, Anger Management, and Self Esteem

Accepts Sliding Scale and Out-of-Network Insurance

Contact her at lpc.laurenb@gmail.com.

(281) 748-0233 or (281) 826-9686

Weekend Appointments Available

Life can be hard, but it doesn’t always have to be. Not only will I listen to what you are going through, but I will work with you on the challenges you are facing. If you have been feeling overwhelmed by life, I want to help by listening to what you’re struggling with and provide you with skills to combat those struggles. There are many different reasons to come to therapy, and I would love to help you. I can guarantee that I will provide a non-judgmental and safe space for you as we work through your struggles. I see adults, adolescents, and children. I also provide play-based therapy for children.

While I worked at NDDTC, I got valuable experience working with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, & Personality Disorders. I also work with stress management, family concerns, ADHD/ADD, defiant behavior, anger management, self-esteem, motivation, life changes, and overall wellness. In our sessions, we will work together as equals based on mutual trust and respect.

I am very passionate about helping others create a more fulfilling and balanced life. I plan to make it easy for you to fit therapy into your schedule. I offer a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone consultation for you to ask me any questions. Call today, and I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you! I also offer Saturday appointments!