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Patient Education Articles

The following links take you to patient-friendly information provided by mentalhealth channel, a physician-monitored resource:

Support Organizations and Additional Resources

General Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (1 800-826-3632)

Mental Health America of Greater Houston (1 800-969-6642)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (1 800-950-6264)

National Institute of Mental Health (1 866-615-6464)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1 800-273-8255)

The JED Foundation (212-647-7544)

The National council for Behavioral Health (202-684-7457)

Women's Mental Health Issues (617-724-7792)

More Useful Resources

Five Horses LLC

www.fivehorses.com

Using horses to provide education, imagination, and support to individuals and groups so they may realize their full potential.

Vision Learning Center

visionlearningcenter.com

Working collaboratively with Bellaire Family Eye Care and the NeuroSensory Center of Bellaire, P.A., the mission of the Vision Learning Center™ is to help individuals reach their full potential through vision, neurosensory and educational therapy services in a creative, positive and supportive environment and senses are working together to support motor, attention, and learning or cognitive skills.

Our doctors utilize advanced evaluation techniques which allows them to provide an extensive assessment of an individual’s neurosensory system and how well vision is functioning as the dominant sense. Standardized battery of tests as well as electro-diagnostic testing are used to assess the performance of the complex visual system that utilizes all areas of the brain to receive information from the outside world, process, store, and integrate it with our other senses so that we may understand and respond to what is seen, felt and heard.

Behavior Analysis

Melissa B. Waters, M.A., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
melwatersbcba@gmail.com
832.420.0168

Ms. Waters has been working with individuals with special needs and their families for over thirteen years, beginning as a teacher at the Rise School of Houston in 2000. She is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. Ms. Waters has served as a behavioral consultant for numerous families, schools and group homes in the Houston area, and her research on classroom management of challenging behavior has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her interests also include parent training, psychiatric consultation, and the clinical supervision of BCBA candidates. She is the proud mother of two.

Post-Abortion Support Groups and One on One Counseling:

Surrendering The Secret

A powerful off campus 8-week study that helps hurting women find the path to healing through honest, interactive Bible study. Meetings are NOT held at the church. ALL CONTACTS are CONFIDENTIAL.

Contact Mary Whittington for more information at healingtheheart2014@gmail.com

Website: www.kingsland.org/surrendering-the-secret

New Beginnings

www.actoflife.org

Faith-based support for post-abortive women...One on One Counseling

Abortion & Post Abortion Stress (PAS): When a woman chooses to have an abortion her initial reaction may be one of relief, however at some point, whether sooner or later, the full implication of that decision can impact her in a negative, painful way.

MISSION: NEW BEGINNINGS seeks to help turn back the tide of post-abortion stress (PAS) by encouraging, enabling, and equipping the woman hurt by abortion to receive, and walk victoriously in, healing and freedom through faith in Jesus Christ - One Soul At A Time!

VISION: A Certified Abortion Recovery Leader will minister one-on-one, with compassion and understanding, to the woman hurt by abortion.

New Beginnings will be a safe haven where the post-abortive woman can share her deepest pain, sorrow and regret without fear of being judged or rejected.

We will serve as a messenger of encouragement, healing and hope in the 'wilderness' of post-abortion.

We strive through Prayer and Bible Study - to know Jesus and to make Him known.

Call or email for more information/an appointment.
Contact Information: Email: yvonne@actoflife.org or Phone (713) 991-5433

Tears of Life – Abortion Recovery : Support Group

Contact Alicia Bell, abell@whatisgrace.org in the Care Ministry.
Are you struggling with the guilt and shame of a past abortion? Please let us walk with you as you find healing and freedom in the truth of God's Word and start to see yourself as God sees you, fearfully and wonderfully made. Find more information in our brochure.

Cancer Support Group For Women:

Victorious In Pink—V. I. P.

Victorious in Pink - A woman's small group seeking victory thru the cancer journey
V.I.P. is a women's small group meeting twice monthly to offer emotional and spiritual support for those who have been diagnosed with cancer – thru the study of God's Word and fellowship with other women. Whether you are presently undergoing treatment or are a cancer survivor, we would love for you to join us.

It is our mission to be each other's Barnabas, "…he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts" – Acts 11:23. Together, we will explore what scripture says about such issues as hope, anger, fear, denial, joy, healing, and most importantly – trusting God for the outcome. Through Bible study, prayer, praise, and fellowship, we can learn to be women who are "joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer," (Romans 12:12) all to the glory of God!

Meetings held
1st and 3rd Mondays
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Grace Fellowship
United Methodist Church

For more information, please contact:
Karen Kennedy, Group Leader
kmk77777@aol.com
281-395-4319
Paula Moyer - pmoyer@whatisgrace.org
281-646-1903, Ext. 153

Chronic Illness & Support Group for Those Caring for Chronically Ill, Elderly or Disabled:

Dr. Guerrero’s areas of expertise do not include pain management and substance or alcohol abuse. The resources listed below are only to help you find more informational on these conditions.

HopeKeepers – Chronically Ill Ongoing

Contact Mary Newman, mnewman@whatisgrace.org in the Care Ministry.
If you or someone you know is dealing with long-term chronic illness or pain, please consider this small group. Fear, isolation, and depression that accompany illness can weigh heavy. This group provides encouragement and support while turning to the ultimate physician, God.

HopeCaregivers

HopeCaregivers is a small group of men and women providing care for chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved ones. If you are serving as a caregiver and you desire fellowship and Bible study with others who are walking the same path, this group is for you.

We care. We give...
but our spirits could use a lift.
We are here to encourage each other,
and to find biblical support to
draw strength from.

HopeCaregivers meets second and fourth Saturdays from 10 am - noon in the Mansion, second floor.
For more information view our brochure.

Contact Mary Newman, mnewman@whatisgrace.org, 281-646-1903 ext. 134
or Jean McKinney, jeanmckinney1@yahoo.com, 281-395-3323.

Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Children with Disabilities Support Network & Group:

Family to Family

Fourth Tuesdays of the Month (except Dec. and Summer months)
Family to Family Network Meetings
Kingsland Baptist Church 7 p.m.

Family to Family Network - Katy Chapter - is an organization dedicated to helping families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support in order to help families successfully navigate the complex education, medical and social service systems. Their goal is to maximize each child's potential, so they can be included in schools and communities. The purpose is to provide positive support and encouragement for parents while helping them to be active and involved advocates for their child. Meetings also provide opportunities for networking with other parents to gain new ideas and information. Contact Brenda at 713 466-6304, for more information.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

AACAP for Families

Depression & Anxiety:

Depression and Bipolar Monday Support Group For Adults & Adolescents

Katy – Young Adult Support Groups (ages 18-30)

St. Peter's United Methodist Church
20775 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77450
Tuesdays at 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Education building, 2nd floor Room S-212
For information about other groups in the Greater Houston Area, please go to http://www.dbsahouston.org/ and click on "find support" or call us at 713-600-1131.

Katy – Adult Support Groups

St. Peter's United Methodist Church
20775 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77450
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Education building, 2nd floor Room S-209
For information about other groups in the Greater Houston Area, please go to http://www.dbsahouston.org/ and click on "find support" or call us at 713-600-1131.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE:

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program. For information, please visit their website: Click Here

KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION:

For Ketamine infusion therapy, contact Dr. Ramana Surya at the Behavioral Health Center of Katy. 21308 Provincial Blvd. Katy, TX 77450. Phone: 832-913-1460. Visit Website

Grief Share & Support Groups:

For those experiencing the loss of a loved one:

If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, please consider our GriefShare small group.

You will learn how to move forward on your grief journey in a way that is healthy, day by day.

You will also have the chance to spend time with people who understand the deep pain and intense emotions of loss.

GriefShare leaders understand what you are experiencing, and can help you find comfort and tools for coping during this difficult time. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, please consider our GriefShare small group.

You will learn how to move forward on your grief journey in a way that is healthy, day by day.

You will also have the chance to spend time with people who understand the deep pain and intense emotions of loss.

GriefShare leaders understand what you are experiencing, and can help you find comfort and tools for coping during this difficult time.
GriefShare features biblical teaching on grief and recovery.

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on the subject, and you'll have the opportunity to interact with and learn from others who have also experienced loss.

Whether you feel like sharing or prefer simply to listen, you'll find it helpful just being a part of a group where you can sense genuine understanding.
For more information on the GriefShare program, see the GriefShare website, www.griefshare.org.
(View the brochure.)

Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm for thirteen weeks in the Mansion, second floor.
Next session begins March 3, 2010.
Contact Mary Newman, mnewman@whatisgrace.org, 281-646-1903 ext. 134,
Linda Taylor, taylorfarmers@yahoo.com,
Deanna Durden, ddurden1@gmail.com, or
Vickie Sayles, vmks15@aol.com.

In all their distress He too was distressed,
and the angel of His presence saved them.
Isaiah 63:9

Infertility, Reproductive & Postpartum Support:

Infertility Support Group:

Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope is a ministry for women who, like Hannah, desire a child. We welcome with open arms any woman who may be experiencing infertility, the loss of a baby, and/or failed adoption. This is a tough road to travel alone, and we each deal with the frustrations of unfilled dreams differently. Cradle of Hope provides an opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences as we encourage one another through the Scriptures. Whether you are desiring your first child or adding to your family, we welcome you to join us. For information please contact Care Ministry Pastor Cindi Lomax at clomax@whatisgrace.org, 281-646-1903 ext. 143.

Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Female Reproductive Function:

Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH

Information regarding mental health and female reproductive function including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), pregnancy-associated mood disturbance, postpartum psychiatric illness, and peri- and post- menopausal depression. https://womensmentalhealth.org/

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Postpartum Support International (PSI). Its purpose is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. http://www.postpartum.net/

MCPAP for Moms

Resources to effectively prevent, identify, and manage depression and other mental health concerns in pregnant and postpartum women. https://www.mcpapformoms.org/Resources/PregnantWomen.aspx

Reprotox

REPROTOX® contains summaries on the effects of medications, chemicals, infections, and physical agents on pregnancy, reproduction, and development. https://reprotox.org/

Divorce Support Groups:

DivorceCare and DivorceCare For Kids (DC4K)

Divorce is painful for the entire family.

If you or someone you know has experienced the pain, heartache, and anger of divorce, please consider DivorceCare and DivorceCare For Kids (DC4K).

This faith–based recovery program provides valuable help and healing, regardless of the time that has elapsed since the divorce.    For more information on DivorceCare, go to www.DivorceCare.org or view the brochure.
The next session of DivorceCare and DivorceCare For Kids (DC4K) begins January 25, 2010. Meets Monday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm for 13 weeks in the Mansion Vista -- dinner is included.    Fee: $35 per family.

Early registration is encouraged.
Online registration is available for your convenience -- click here.
Contact Alicia Bell, abell@whatisgrace.org in the Care Ministry
or Rick Weber, webodespo@yahoo.com, 281-829-0212.

Marriage Support Groups & Classes:

Marriage Matters

A great class for taking your marriage to the next level!

Marriage Matters can:

  • Strengthen and stabilize healthy marriages
  • Equip engaged couples for the future
  • Heal and restore broken/hurt marriages

Online registration available for your convenience.

Click here to access the website: http://www.whatisgrace.org/careministry/

Questions? Call: 281-646-1903 ext. 153 or email kalt@whatisgrace.org

"I've been married 35 years and have not heard this taught."

"This is the key that I have been missing."
 

Twogether in Texas

www.twogetherintexas.com

Are you planning on getting married? Did you know that Marriage Matters qualifies as a Twogether in Texas marriage education class? After completing the class, you will get a certificate that you can take to your county clerk to save $60 on a marriage license. Also, the waiting period is waived for couples who complete the course.

Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries:

Caring Professional Christian Marriage Counseling, Retreats, Seminars, Intensives, & Conferences.

If your marriage is struggling and you feel like all hope is gone, you've come to the right place. The pain of divorce impacts a family deeply. The good news: with Cornerstone's nationally acclaimed Christian Marriage Counseling Retreat there's HELP and there's HOPE.
Visit full website.

Parenting Support Groups:

Parenting With Grace

Contact Paula Moyer, pmoyer@whatisgrace.org in the Care Ministry. Are you interested in being the best parent you can be? Join Parenting with Grace and discover how God's timeless design for parenting can apply in your own family.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

International OCD Foundation

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ( www.houstonhelper.org)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobia, and Anxiety Disorders
Michael D. Soderstrom, M.A., LPC, and current member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

Surviving Your Child's OCD. The Seminar No Parent Should Miss!

Visit michaelsoderstrom.vpweb.com for more information.

Speech and Reading Therapy

The Carruth Center

Developmental Assessments
Speech/Language Assessments and Therapy

The Texas Reading Institute-Family Literacy Network

3130 Rogerdale Rd. Ste.180,
Houston, TX 77042
Phone: 713-784-7373

Occupational Therapy:

A thorough list of resources created by Katy Autism Support.org.

This list will help you to find therapy providers in the Katy/Houston area that provide services from hippo therapy to play therapy. There are a few ABA providers as well. Click Here

Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services:

NTS is a private pediatric therapy practice which provides physical, occupational, speech and massage therapies for children. Click Here

Pornography Support & Sex Addiction Treatment:

www.covenanteyes.com

www.pinegrovetreatment.com (Mississippi)

www.hopeandfreedom.com (Houston)

Recovery Groups For Those Struggling with Destructive Habits & Addictions:

Dr. Guerrero’s areas of expertise do not include pain management and substance or alcohol abuse. The resources listed below are only to help you find more information on these conditions.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Recovery with Grace:

Recovery With Grace is a biblically-based support group for men and women struggling with destructive habits or co-dependency -- anything that competes for total lordship in their lives.

The group meets weekly -- contact leaders for details.
For more information, please contact
Tonya Mowrer, tmowrer@whatisgrace.org in the Care Ministry,
Sonja Pixley, pic.pixley@att.net, 713-303-0510,
or Victor Wilson, wilsonv00@gmail.com. Childcare with reservations. Contact csmith@whatisgrace.org.

Are you struggling with:

drug abuse, co-dependency, insecurity, eating disorder, sexual addiction, infidelity, anger, fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, overeating, alcohol abuse, perfectionism, dishonesty, guilt and shame, pride, abusive relationships, anxiety, vanity…

You are not alone!

Recovery With Grace is a safe place where you can…

  • share, find refuge, belong
  • give and receive caring
  • practice respect
  • be assured of confidentiality
  • take off your mask
  • find an accountability partner
  • locate other recovery meetings
  • grow strong again
  • learn vital life lessons
  • dare to take healthy risks
  • get referral to counselors
  • decide to change your life

This group is not a place where you can get therapy, keep secrets, practice selfish control of others, look for a dating partner or find a quick fix.
Our churches and communities are filled with people who are struggling with pain, shame and addiction. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we work together to accept God's grace in solving our lives' problems.
At Recovery With Grace, we become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

Celebrate Recovery At Kingsland Baptist Church, Katy, Texas

The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to encourage fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. By working the steps and applying their Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually, and eventually become free from our hurts, hang-ups and habits. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with Jesus Christ and others.

The Bible states, "All have sinned". This means each of us needs repentance and recovery in order to live our lives the way God intended. The good news is this: regardless of the problem you need recovery from, whether it's emotional, financial, relational, spiritual, sexual or whatever, the steps to recovery are always the same.

Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical program based on 8 principles that Christ taught in His message from the Sermon on the Mount. There are only two things needed for someone to start recovery, a desire to stop living in the past and a desire to start living in the truth. Our focus is on spiritual progress as opposed to perfection, and as we work through the Christ-based 12 steps, we become willing to accept God's grace and forgiveness in solving our life's problems.

In Celebrate Recovery our identities are not in our past behaviors. We are believers recovering in Christ who struggle with past hurts and habits. The program is short term, lasting one to two years, depending on the individual. We cannot keep what we have unless we give it away therefore, the ultimate goal is to produce purpose driven disciples that take the message of recovery in Christ to those who still suffer.

 
Celebrate Recovery Thursday Night Schedule!

7:00 - 8:00pm General meeting in The Legacy Building in the Garage. This is a time of worship and praise along with a teaching or testimony.
8:00 - 9:00pm Small Group meetings. This is the time to get together, share and listen with others of similar hurts, hang-ups and habits.
9:00 - 9:45pm Solid Rock Cafe. Please come for coffee and dessert. Great time to get "1 to 1" with others from your group or just unwind and relax in good fellowship.

 

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage
to change the things I can;
and wisdom
to know the difference.

Lifeway International. God Centered Enthusiastic Recovery:
www.lifewayinternational.org

Lifeway is your family's expert for recovery, intervention and prevention for chemical use, abuse and dependency and addictive behaviors.

Lifeway has served individuals, families, schools, community institutions and professionals with comprehensive programs of recovery, intervention, prevention, education, consultation and support since its establishment in 1985.

Lifeway's approach to recovery is based on two proven principles:

  1. Recovery requires new knowledgeable friends! True especially for those experiencing compulsive disorders, Lifeway builds and maintains Alternative Peer Groups integrated with traditional therapeutic vehicles such as group and individual counseling, to give a family in trouble the kind of support, and accountability they need.
  2. Reconstructing a relationship with a power greater than oneself (God) is widely recognized as a must for longstanding recovery! Lifeway has gone to great lengths to highlight the spiritual side of recovery through program planning and partnering with neighborhood faith-based institutions to produce the optimum scenario for a suffering family to return to their spiritual roots or develop new ones.

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