Dr. Marty Lerman earned his masters and doctorate degrees in counseling from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. For more than 30 years he has provided mental health services as a counselor, therapist, college instructor, lecturer and consultant to businesses, hospitals and government agencies. He's owned his own successful private practice in the Houston area since 1985.
Initially specializing in working with adolescents and families, he began seeing more and more of the parents change their concerns and problems apart from the children.
This led him to obtaining additional post-doctoral training in the areas of hypnotherapy and sex therapy. Dr. Lerman completed advanced training at the Ericksonian Institute for Hypnotherapy in Houston and at the Texas Institute for Hypnosis in Dallas. He is nationally board certified as a hypnotherapist, sex therapist and clinical supervisor, and medical psychotherapist.
Dr. Lerman is the proud father of four incredible children and grandfather of two.
Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern with a Master's of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University with over 2 years of clinical experience in classroom and clinical settings. She works with adults and adolescents, divorced and single parents, and blended families. She sees people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations. "You're wanting things to change and I can help you experience that change."
Specialty areas include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, substance abuse, and adjustment disorders. Shannon provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which clients can safely explore and work through feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. Her training includes a holistic, integrative approach to client-centered therapy using traditional psycho-dynamic and family systems work, with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. She also incorporates a faith-based understanding of psychology for those clients wanting to reconnect or strengthen their spirituality.
Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association & American Association of Christian Counselors.
Deanna's career until recently was in the area of computer technology. For years she worked in IT, trouble shooting glitches, and repairing faulty operating systems and applying/integrating software. She also designed web sites. The underlying motivation for this work was the positive difference Deanna made in people's lives. The transition into helping people more effectively use their unconscious minds was not that big of a stretch for her.
Using hypnosis as a tool for showing people how to open their minds into wholeness and release negative thoughts and feelings, is amazing. This fulfills Deanna's passion to help people realize their goals and doing it in a caring and supportive way. This is her gift to cherish and pass on to others.
Deanna's specialty area includes helping people overwhelmed by the pain and grief of a pet's death. She teaches how to ease the emotional loss and become more focused on the goodness of that special relationship. Learning how to honor that beloved animal and sustain the good memories that are meant to be for a lifetime.
She is available to help adults reduce all types of stress, weight reduction, smoking cessation, sleep better, and performance fear.
Valerie Johnson joined Allied Mental Health Services in 2011. She is our office manager and administrative coordinator. Part of her job is overseeing all of our client and business contact scheduling, billing, and day-to-day operation. She brings with her 14 years of administrative experience in the medical field and cannot imagine doing anything else.
Her personality is warm, soothing, friendly and yet efficient and professional. Valerie loves talking with people and knows how to prioritize the scheduling needs of new and continuing clients, as well as our referral sources. Her management skills are only a part of what contributes to the practice. She is amazing at functioning as the hub of our creative energies and business development and strategic planning.
Seems like Valerie is always wearing a radiant smile -- even when things go awry, as they sometimes do.