Our Therapists

I have been working as a Licensed Professional Counselor in a variety of settings for 18 years, but most enjoy my work in private practice. It is in this context that I really get to know my clients more deeply and help them better understand themselves.

As a therapist, I feel there’s a dichotomy to the work I do. The first part is the psycho-educational component: teaching my clients to understand more about how their mind works, and the various facets of their lives that influence that process. Then there’s the therapeutic component: helping the client to make changes in how they think and behave to have better outcomes in their lives. Through collaborative goal setting, we can map out a plan to help the client attain those goals.

I particularly appreciate the challenges of adolescents and young adults, and feel I have honed my skills in helping them work through those particular challenges.

I’m happy to schedule a free consultation to see if you think I would be a good fit to work with you or your child to help them attain a more satisfied life.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas, #19857, with a masters degree from the University of Houston in Counseling.


American Counseling Association
Texas Counseling Association
Houston Counseling Association

Amy Gready, M.Ed., LPC

Amy Gready has worked in education for the last twenty years. She earned her M.Ed. from Our Lady of the Lake University and received her LPC license to assist individuals further.

“As far as I am aware, no one received THE book when they were born, containing the answers and guidance on managing life! If you did – then please share with the rest of us! because we all need some help as we maneuver through life and strive to make each day as successful as possible. I have assisted clients with career counseling, grief, stress-management, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, LGBTQ+ issues, and other barriers impeding positive life development. I believe the client’s journey of discovery, evolving, and clearer insight of themselves, can lead towards living a more genuine and productive life. Being a contributor on that journey is a privilege for me as an LPC. The counseling relationship can be a powerful method for positive change. I look forward to working with those who are seeking this positive change in their life!”

John David (JD) Pack, MS, LPC Associate

Supervised by Michael G. DeVoll, M.Ed., LPC-S

 JD provides individual, couples, and group therapy for both females and males 18 years of age and up. He specializes in alcohol and substance use disorders (SUD) that affect individuals and the family system, having worked in the recovery community since 2016. He helps his clients find the roots of the underlying problems, while addressing the negative behaviors.

 JD believes that, in today's world, we as humans have to deal with a number of different situations every day. He realizes sometimes that we make unwise or unhealthy choices. He sees his job as helping others understand why they made those choices, and how different choices in the future can lead to different, more positive results.

 JD says: “I believe everyone has the ability within themselves to flourish and prosper in today's world, and with my help, you will learn how to overcome unnecessary thoughts and behavior patterns that have negative results. You will also have the opportunity to process your feelings and emotions in a safe space free from judgement.”

Shawn Webb, M.Ed., LPC Associate, LCDC, NCC

Supervised by Michael G. DeVoll, M.Ed., LPC-S

With over 22 years of combined experience in non-profit social services, academia, addiction services, and mental health treatment, Shawn possesses a wealth of experience in assisting others with navigating life. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, master’s degree in psychological anthropology, and an additional master’s degree in education and clinical mental health counseling. He was also a professor of anthropology at the University of Houston.

Shawn works with adults and the LGBTQ+ community. He works with folks on recovery using an Integrated Attachment Model, which is person-centered and relational. He is a certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC Associate), and has worked in diverse settings including hospitals, private practices, residential treatment centers, sober living homes, and 12-Step Programs.

Shawn loves yoga, tennis, film, reading, and spending time with friends and his beloved dog, Benjamin. He is an avid traveler having visited 26 countries on five continents.

Melissa Patak, LPC

After spending 25 years in the legal field, Melissa returned to school to pursue a career in counseling and earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Melissa’s desire to go into counseling stems from her personal experience of witnessing others struggle with mental health issues.

Melissa provides individual and group therapy with both adolescents and adults. Her experience includes working in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment center, and juvenile detention. Melissa practices using cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused, crisis intervention, and strengths-based approaches, all tailored to her clients’ needs.

Melissa enjoys reading different modalities and interventions for treating grief, trauma, and attachment theory. During her free time, Melissa enjoys treasure hunting at thrift stores, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family and dogs (Witten the lab, Dizzy the Jack Russell, and Beast the mixed breed).

You are not “broken” or “damaged” you are just stuck.

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