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Ashley D. Barnes, Ph.D
Dr. Barnes is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing since 2007.

She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University, as well as her M.S. in Educational Psychology and her B.S. in Psychology. She completed her internship at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center in Knoxville and her postdoc at Baylor University Counseling Center. Dr. Barnes worked in university counseling centers before starting in private practice in 2008 and she opened Great Oaks Counseling Center in Round Rock in 2013. She opened the second location of her practice in Rockport in 2020.

Dr. Barnes specializes in individual therapy with adults, and the treatment of a variety of diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sexual orientation issues, grief, life transitions, and body image concerns. Dr. Barnes also has extensive experience working with active duty soldiers and dependents addressing concerns including PTSD, deployment and reintegration issues.

Dr. Barnes also has expertise in providing psychological testing including pre-surgical screenings for candidates for bariatric surgery and patients pursuing neurostimulator trials. Dr. Barnes also utilizes testing and assessment to shed light on psychological diagnoses and aid in appropriate treatment planning. Her approach to psychotherapy is a blend of interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral theories, and places special emphasis on the strength and quality of the relationship between the therapist and client.



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Brooke Hersh, Ph.D
Dr. Hersh is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing since 2009.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she received supervised training in various therapy modalities with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Hersh has also conducted clinical research in the areas of childhood depression and child assessment and co-authored publications on the topics of childhood depression, self-harming behavior, and assessment feedback with children. She completed her predoctoral internship at a community mental health clinic in White Plains, NY, where she received specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Following internship, she completed a competitive two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the child outpatient psychiatry clinic of New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she conducted psychological assessment and therapy with youth experiencing a broad range of challenges, led social skills groups and groups for children of divorce, and co-facilitated their Adolescent DBT program.

Dr. Hersh evaluates and works with children and adolescents experiencing a range of social and emotional challenges from mild life adjustment difficulties to serious anxiety and depressive disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and major depression. In addition, Dr. Hersh has expertise in family therapy and group therapy. With a background in school-based work, Dr. Hersh also provides school and parent consultation services for children experiencing attention, mood, and behavioral difficulties. In the coming year, she will be launching a children of divorce group and a group for youth with anxiety and mood disorders.

Dr. Hersh’s approach to psychotherapy integrates interpersonal and cognitive behavioral theories with attention to dynamics within the family system. She uses creative, developmentally appropriate strategies for engaging her young clients and helping them to harness their own innate strengths and resources.



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Amy Melling, Ph.D
Dr. Melling is a licensed psychologist.

She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of San Diego’s Counseling Center. Dr. Melling’s experiences have primarily been working with young adults in university counseling centers; however, she has also worked in hospital and community mental health settings.

Dr. Melling enjoys walking along side people through challenging times of change and transition. She works with adolescents and adults who are struggling with relationships, family changes, identity, grief/loss, school, work, self-esteem, or making decisions about the future. She also works with individuals who are suffering from anxiety and depression.

Dr. Melling’s approach to therapy involves a blend of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and existential approaches. She focuses on creating a calm, supportive, and accepting environment which fosters growth. Her goal is to help her clients feel confident in who they are and empower them to use their strengths to overcome obstacles they are facing.

In addition to therapy, Dr. Melling also offers ADD/ADHD coaching to help clients learn strategies to improve their organizational skills, memory, concentration, and work towards long-term goals. She has worked within counseling and disability services at universities and has attended Dr. Barkley’s training.



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Alyssa Gilden, Ph.D.
Dr. Gilden is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.

She earned her B.A. in sociology and B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!). She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gilden completed her internship in clinical and school psychology with the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District and her post-doctoral training in policy and administrative psychology with WICHE. Throughout her career, Dr. Gilden has focused on gaining experiences, knowledge, and understanding of working with children, adolescents, parents, and families from a variety of modalities and settings.

Regardless of the difficulty, Dr. Gilden strives to create a collaborative and supportive environment in which children and families can find new ways of tackling problems in order to live happier and healthier lives. Dr. Gilden’s approach to therapy involves a blend of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and solution-focused approaches. She believes that children and adolescents have much to communicate if we can listen openly, and she uses talk, play, and other creative means to facilitate communication. Through creating a safe environment in which to explore, Dr. Gilden strives to empower children and families to use their inner strengths to solve problems and foster growth.

Dr. Gilden works with children and adolescents of any age experiencing a variety of social and emotional challenges. She specializes in school-related problems, including depression, anxiety, school refusal, social and peer-related issues, and attentional or behavioral concerns. Dr. Gilden has a strong background in family systems and family therapy, positive behavior management, and stress management. Dr. Gilden knows that reaching out can be one of the hardest steps to getting help, and she looks forward to hearing from and working with you and your family.



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Michelle Sanders, M.S. Ed., Psy.D.
Michelle Sanders is a licensed psychologist in New York State and in the State of Texas.

She is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and her M.S. Ed. and Psy.D. in School Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University in New York City.

Dr. Sanders received her pre doctoral and post doctoral training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York where she held a faculty position as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. She obtained supervision from experts in the areas of child development related to diagnoses, assessment and therapeutic interventions. While at Albert Einstein, Dr. Sanders received the prestigious LEND (Leaders in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) which was issued in conjunction with the Maternal Child and Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services. She has published several peer reviewed academic articles.

Dr. Sanders has extensive experience working with young children (from three years of age), parents, adults, couples, and families. She has treated clients who experience the challenges of depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life transitions, family dynamics, parenting issues, chronic stressors, cognitive issues, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Sanders utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy and believes in the innate strengths that every client brings to therapy. Her goal is to promote coping skills, decrease symptoms and improve the emotional well being of her clients.



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Jennifer Tzoumas, Ph.D
Dr. Tzoumas is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing since 2001.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University, and completed her internship at the Medical Center at State University of New York, Syracuse (SUNY Upstate). Dr. Tzoumas has worked in outpatient private practice since 2001.

Dr. Tzoumas focuses on providing a warm and supportive environment to allow gentle exploring of family background and prior life learning experiences that may impact current sense of self and well-being. She specializes in individual therapy with adults, and the treatment of a variety of diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, issues of spirituality and mental health, trauma and abuse, grief, life transitions, and chronic illness/medical issues.

Dr. Tzoumas also has expertise in providing psychological testing including pre-surgical screenings for candidates for bariatric surgery. Dr. Tzoumas also has expertise in psychological testing to aid in diagnosis of ADHD, personality, IQ and informing treatment planning. Her style of therapy emphasizes relationship learning themes and focuses on the doctor-client relationship as the vehicle for growth and change, while utilizing a combination of interpersonal learning theory, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and cognitive-behavioral theories and techniques.



NOTICE

TSBEP's guidelines on telepsychology include Board rule 465.7 requiring licensees who provide psychological services through the internet or other remote or electronic means to provide written notification of their license number and instructions on how to verify the status of a license when obtaining informed consent which can be verified using this link.

Additionally, Board rule 469.2 requires licensees providing psychological services through the internet to display an image of the Board’s complaint notice in a prominent and easily accessible location on the licensee’s website. The instructions about filing a complaint can be found here.