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Career opportunities available for full-time and part-time fully licensed therapists.

Woodlands Family Institute has limited openings for properly credentialed and experienced therapists. Applicants must be capable of working collegially in an outpatient team setting and provide stable professional services to clientele experiencing life problems---such as depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, disorders related to eating, addictions, intimacy, parenting, family dynamics, marriage, trauma, and transitory existential concerns. Therapists with specialized training and clinical focus are also encouraged to apply.

Interested? Please complete the Application Form in the Careers section above.

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Service List

  • Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Addiction Treatment
  • Help with Parenting
  • Assessment
  • Children’s Therapy
  • Trauma Recovery


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Nicole Suarez-Bronfman

Nicole Suarez-Bronfman, MSW, LMSW

I am a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker with over fifteen years of clinical experience. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families of all kinds. My focus in treatment is on relationships, communication patterns, coping techniques, and building self-reflective capacities. My areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, social issues, self-harm, trauma (current and past), self-esteem and identity issues, relationship troubles, life transitions, and family conflict. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents and millennials as they transition into adulthood. I am LGBTQ-friendly and happily welcome clients from all walks of life. I am currently engaged in supervision towards my clinical licensure, and am excited to be joining the team at the Woodlands Family Institute.

I grew up in South Florida in a working class, bilingual household with roots in both Cuban and Midwestern communities. My dad was a minor league baseball player, and I was raised in a baseball family, always at practices or games or weekend tournaments. As an adult I’ve called several states home, including Oregon, North Dakota and now Texas, where we relocated in 2016. I love road trips, and travel in general, especially to big cities and sleepy beach towns. Music is a constant in our home. My husband is a college professor of music, our kids play piano, and we listen to everything from Bach to Beyonce. I love dinner parties and potlucks and pretty much anything that involves people coming together for good conversation and good food. These days you will likely find me gardening halfheartedly, baking (especially pie), biking around the Woodlands trails, or watching Star Wars movies over and over with my husband and three awesome kids.

My approach to therapy is strengths-based and collaborative. I draw from a variety of methodologies, rooted in client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, empowerment, and attachment theories. I walk alongside clients who might be grappling with a situation or feeling “stuck” in unhealthy patterns, to help them find a way forward that makes sense and feels right. Successful therapy, much like successful living, is built on trusting, healthy relationships, and I am committed to building such relationships with my clients. To that end, I bring my genuine self–my sense of humor, compassion, experience, and strong belief in shared humanity–to every client interaction. 

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Ali Lichty

Ali Lichty, MA, LPC

Credentials: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), having obtained my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. I am also a Registered Health Coach (RHC) through the Health Sciences Institute. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Houston LPC Association.

Professional Background:  Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to work in a field that focused on the mind. It was not until I took psychology courses as an undergraduate that I realized that I wanted to study psychology and become a therapist. During this time, I had the pleasure of working to help open the National Dating Abuse Helpline as an advocate and crisis counselor. This work further solidified my goal; I wanted to help facilitate positive change in other people’s lives.

In Denver, I worked at Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center treating substance abuse and dependence in adults. I completed my internship for graduate school at Maria Droste Counseling Center, where I worked on treating adults and children's various mental health needs.

Since graduate school, I have worked in a variety of mental health outpatient settings, including as a Therapist at IntraCare Behavioral Health treating Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Use Disorders. Most recently I worked as a Program Therapist as part of the Wellness Department at Memorial Hermann, focused on improving employee mental health and facilitating the weight management program. I currently work part-time as a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center in The Woodlands. As a native Houstonian, it feels good to be back home and serving the community I grew up in.

Clinical Focus: I use a variety of different methods that are individualized to meet the need of each client. My therapeutic techniques are primarily based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a short-term, goal-oriented therapeutic style that is focused on changing thought patterns or behaviors in order facilitate change. I also use a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of obstacles, including: anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, anger, relationship issues, communication issues, work and school-related problems, stress, obesity, food addiction, eating disorders, life transitions, and grief/loss.

Philosophy: I believe that every individual is capable of making positive changes to improve their lives. Some changes can be more difficult than others, and I believe therapy can help individuals navigate through difficulties and other stressors. My goal as a therapist lies in working to help my clients overcome obstacles and life stressors by teaching skills to improve thoughts, overall mood, and move towards healthier behaviors in order for them to meet personal goals and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Personal Interests: I love using my free time to be with my friends, family, and my dog, Lola. I enjoy spending time outside on a beautiful day, going on walks with my dog, picnics in the park, exploring new museums, and playing sand volleyball throughout the week. I also enjoy traveling, food, live music, movies, and art. I am always looking forward to my next adventure!

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Megan de la Pena

Megan de la Pena, MA, LPC

Credentials:  Master of Arts, Licensed Professional Counselor

Professional Background: Early on I had the pleasure of taking psychology college courses and immediately knew that I found my calling. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio and began exploring my skills in advocacy and assisting those in need. My journey began working as a social worker and helping children in the foster care system resolve behavioral, mental, and emotional issues. I worked closely with foster families to assist in facilitating healthy attachments in a safe environment. The experience I gained was invaluable and decided to continue my education by obtaining a graduate degree. Throughout my graduate and post graduate program I worked in inpatient hospital settings treating adults and children's various mental health needs and facilitated family, group, and individual therapy.

Clinical Focus: Assist to find meaning in times of uncertainty, clarity when searching for a fresh perspective, and hope/support during times of distress. I also guide those hoping to empower themselves through assertiveness and help mend bridges between couples.

Treatment Philosophy: I am a CBT solution focused therapist that facilitates and guides change by assisting to identify potential unhelpful thinking styles and behavior that may be plaguing your life. With a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach, I help by creating an atmosphere necessary for growth and change. My goal is always to provide clarity when seeking meaning in your life, reframe the way we think about obstacles that keeps us from moving forward or keep us stuck, and identify as well as obtain your needs and wants in healthy productive ways for your individual lifestyle. As a therapist my ultimate goal is always to work myself out of a job by assisting to develop tools, foster empowerment and independence. My eclectic approach will be tailored to your individual needs.

Personal Interest: Traveling, food, art, and music are experiences that I savor. I love being outdoors and soaking up the sun with family, friends, and my fur babies.

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