Providing
Christ-centered mental health care with compassion.

At the Memorial Christian Counseling Center, we are dedicated to providing Christ-centered professional mental health care. Our therapists are equipped with a heart to serve and a desire to come alongside you, helping you navigate through difficulties & find healing.

Dr. Lindsey Hawkins
Jacob Hicks
Bethany Hutchinson
Olalekan Oloyede
Marley Hayman
Haley Carter

The mission of the Memorial Christian Counseling Center is to provide professional counseling within a
Christ-centered framework.

We believe you can’t heal what’s hidden and journey by your side as a unique individual to nurture, inspire, and empower you to live a more purposeful and thriving life, embrace your need for growth, tap into your strengths, and fulfill your highest potential.

Counselors & Staff

Meet our team

Our team of dedicated therapists and staff is here to support you.

Dr. Lindsey Hawkins
Dr. Lindsey Hawkins
Clinical Director

Lindsey aims to help people plot their course to advance over obstacles such as trauma, abuse, high stress, women’s issues, adolescent issues, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

Focusing on helping individuals, couples, and families navigate some of life’s most difficult setbacks, Lindsey journeys alongside each client to find a place of hope and healing. Lindsey’s extensive experience in play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, specifically for sexual abuse, allow her to stand by each client to allow space for growth and resilience in the face of trying circumstances.

Lindsey received her PhD in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Lindsey is licensed in the State of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor.

Brooke Johnson
Brooke Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor

Brooke is committed to walk alongside each client in the journey through self-discovery and healing. Brooke works to create a safe space that fosters trust, open communication, and understanding so that her clients can discover what a life worth living looks like for each unique individual.  

Brooke works with female adolescents (12+) through adults for a variety of concerns. Her focus is on women specific issues such as post-partum depression, sexual trauma, post abortion healing, grief and loss, and PTSD. Brooke is also comfortable working with couples, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, and mental illnesses.  

Brooke received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Houston Christian University after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University. She am licensed in the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

When not working, Brooke can be found spending meaningful time with her husband, chasing around, and giggling with my toddler, or watching reality TV. She loves to catch up with friends over Tex-Mex or coffee and will never miss her afternoon Dr. Pepper! She loves all things lime green, doing her nails, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

Haley Carter
Haley Carter
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Relationship problems, struggles at work, and life events can challenge our ability to cope and ultimately to thrive in life. Patterns may emerge in your life that are confusing, that make you feel stuck, uncertain, and conflicted. Life transitions can tax our internal resources, and we may find ourselves lacking in fulfillment.


Haley strives above all to support her clients to increase their life satisfaction, reduce their suffering, and strengthen their relationships and capacity for joy. As a therapist she engages in a warm and empathic style. Haley joins with her clients to help them develop greater self-understanding and to identify the patterns holding them back from living their fullest life. Haley has experience counseling a diverse range of individuals and particularly enjoys counseling clients struggling in relationships or life transitions, and those looking to explore the deeper parts of themselves to effect positive change.

 

Haley received her Master’s Degree in Counseling as well as her Bachelor’s Degree inPsychology from Humboldt State University. Haley is Board Certified and licensed to practice in the State of Texas under the supervision of Dr.Alycia DeGraff, PhD, LMFT-S (202842) .

Marley Hayman
Marley Hayman
Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate

Eager to walk alongside others as they take steps towards living in the joy and peace that their heart longs for, regardless of their situation or their past, Marley truly believes there is always hope. Marley focuses on her client’s individual needs as they work together to find healing. A wise professor once told her that “It is not our situations that make us unhappy, it is how we perceive them and how we choose to respond that matters”.

Marley received her Master’s in Counseling Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. She is Board Certified and licensed to practice in Texas under the supervision of Nicole Ponce, LPC-Supervision (#70868).

Marley has worked with clients of all ages, including many years of experience with children, teens, and young adults. She has experience working with individuals walking through anxiety, depression, and trauma. Outside of the office setting Marley enjoys spending quality time with her husband and kids. She loves the outdoors, coffee shops, and investing in the community the Lord has led her to.

Jacob Hicks
Jacob Hicks
Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate

Viewing the world as former Green Beret and Army Aviator gives Jake a unique perspective as he works alongside clients to help them launch on their own and soar to their highest capacity.

Jake’s unstoppable drive to help people develop their fullest potential propelled his focus as a Trauma and Crisis Counselor with a specialty in Military Culture. Before receiving his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in Minneapolis, MD,  Jake served as a Volunteer Crisis Chaplain for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office providing services to the deputies and their families. In addition,  Jake’s work with inmates advanced his abilities to support individuals and couples as they learn new tactics to grow from their life experiences.

As a Board Certified counselor licensed to practice in Texas under the supervision of Shaun Burrow, PhD, LPC-Supervision (#63973),  Jake devotes his skills to assisting individuals and their families as they maneuver through concerns such as anger management, sexuality, relationship building, spiritual issues, and conflict resolution in a comforting and trusting atmosphere. By learning new strategies, each person is empowered to heal and grow from the challenges they may be facing.

Olalekan Oloyede
Olalekan Oloyede
Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate

Currently accepting telehealth clients across Texas, and open-minded to facilitate a therapeutic journey! Meet Lekan Oloyede, he has extensive experience working with diverse populations and ages, in various settings. Lekan specializes in helping individuals overcome mental and emotional challenges including overcoming depression, breaking the cycle of anxiety, improving self-esteem, anger management, helping with relationship and marital needs, Integrating faith for Spiritual support, Multicultural Counseling, and beyond. In addition to his clinical work, Lekan hosts a weekly Christian podcast and is passionate about humanitarian services across the globe.

As an author and research-oriented individual, he is dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based support to empower his clients' well-being. With a deep understanding of human nature, and non-judgmental, Lekan is dedicated to empowering his clients and committed to helping individuals navigate their mental health journey toward living a fulfilling life.

Lekan Oloyede is a board-certified Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) in Texas under the supervision of Shaun Burrow, PhD, LPC-Supervision (#63973). Also, Lekan is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia. Book a session today and start your journey towards healing and growth!

Cynthia Wellman
Cynthia Wellman
Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Student Intern

Cynthia believes that everyone can benefit from therapy, and that mental health should be given the same attention that we give our physical health. Cynthia believes that being a therapist is an honor, and she is eager to work with individuals, couples, and families to grow her experience and to assist those that are wanting to improve themselves and their relationships.  

A native Houstonian, Cynthia moved from coast to coast after receiving her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She took graduate courses in forensic psychology, and eventually discovered she wanted to focus on the issues faced by people in everyday life. Cynthia is currently a student, in her second year of the Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program at Abilene Christian University.

In her free time, Cynthia enjoys creating abstract art and attending art shows and galleries. She enjoys all types of movies but has a love for old black and white classics and indie films. Traveling and meeting new people is one of her favorite things, and you might also call her a foodie.  

Bethany Hutchinson
Bethany Hutchinson
Clinical Mental Health Practicum Student

Bethany is inspired by watching others thrive. Her goal is to see each client flourish in their lives, and she is committed to creating a welcoming and safe environment. She is honored when others share their life with her, and she is committed to helping them grow and gain autonomy.

 

Bethany was born in Florida and has lived in Costa Rica, Ecuador, North Carolina and now calls Texas home.  Bethany has spent time in education and in full time ministry. She believes that Mental Health Counseling will use all the training and gifts that she has to impact others. In her free time, she enjoys reading and she and her family enjoy trips to the beach anytime they are able. She also enjoys coffee and spending time with her dog.

 

She has her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Florida. Bethany is currently working toward her Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate degree from Liberty University. Her diverse background in education, ministry, and her experiences in various locations contributes to a rich perspective in her approach to mental health counseling.

"Memorial Christian Counseling has been extremely helpful in my therapeutic journey. The staff is well trained, friendly, and everything you’d hope for."

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"I referred a family friend to Memorial Christian Counseling Center, Jake. Huge improvements were made even after the first session. God centered therapy, counselors that practice what they preach, and a heart for the person is what sets them apart!"

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How can therapy help me?

Our Christian therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find therapy beneficial to managing personal growth, improving interpersonal relationships, and addressing family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Our therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.

While the benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn, some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. Even though you may have successfully navigated through previous difficulties you many now find you need extra support. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; in fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand. This is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting your position in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.

Why do people get therapy?

Each person’s therapy experience will be slightly different based on the presenting issue and goals you have for therapy. Generally, you can expect your therapist to ask questions about the current events occurring in your life that has led you to seek therapy and any personal history relevant to the presenting problem. Depending on your specific needs, the therapy process may be short with 6 to 8 sessions, or longer with 12 to 16 sessions as you work toward reaching your therapeutic goals. Typically, we see progress occur at a faster pace when clients schedule weekly sessions with their therapist. Additionally, you can expect your therapist to ask you to do things outside the weekly session that may involve reading a pertinent book, journaling about specific topics, reflecting on certain behaviors, and taking specific steps to reach your goals.

What is therapy like?

Because people have different issues and goals for their therapy, each person's therapy will differ depending on the individual. Generally, you can expect to discuss the events currently happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to address more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions (usually weekly) with your therapist.

You will get better results from therapy when you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in therapy back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.

Do I have to be a Christian/member of the church to receive care?

We meet every individual, couple, & family where they are and connect them with a Christian-based, professionally trained therapist to begin the healing journey. While we provide professional counseling within a Christ-centered framework, there is no requirement for clients to be associated with any faith based organization, and clients direct how much, if any, spiritual integration is part of their therapy process.

What about medication versus psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of simply treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what is best for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Do you take insurance?

The Memorial Christian Counseling Center is a self-pay clinic.

None of the therapists in our center participate as members of any insurance panels.

Our fees are based on a sliding scale according to household yearly income.

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What about confidentiality?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components of the client/psychotherapist relationship. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter, usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of his or her confidential disclosure agreement (called "Informed Consent"), and you can expect what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.

Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your physician, naturopath, attorney). By law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires therapists to report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources, or if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

What is the privacy policy?

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions to this are noted below.

  • If child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse is suspected, the therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation to ensure his/her safety. If they do not cooperate, the therapist will take further measures, provided by law and not requiring the client's permission, to ensure the client's safety.
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