We Are Inspired.
Kimberley Montgomery, LPC-S
OWNER, THERAPIST AND CLINICAL SUPERVISOR
Our founder is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor. She has been helping people since learning how to talk. She has experience helping children, teens, and families find peace in all areas of their lives. She is committed to helping anyone that is brave enough to ask for help.
Her background began in education. She was a first grade teacher for 5 years. During this time she learned many valuable principles about parenting and became trained in “Love and Logic”. She used these techniques in her classroom and taught other parents how to use these skills to raise more responsible children. During her time teaching, she realized that she was created to help others through therapy.
She was trained in EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). and was also trained in Functional Family Therapy(FFT) after being mentored and supervised by the clinical director and founder of FFT.
Dr. Curtis Hill, MS LPC NCC
Dr. Curtis Hill has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education, and he has leveraged that experience to serve clients as a Licensed Professional Counselor. His tenure in higher education included serving as a Vice President, Director of Counseling, and Counselor. Also, his background includes teaching counseling courses through the graduate programs at Prairie View A&M University and Southern Arkansas University.
Dr. Hill’s counseling and life coaching experience extends beyond higher education as he has facilitated groups for “non-offending” fathers with Dallas County Child Protective Services; Bill Glass Prison Ministries where he worked with offenders on death row in Texas; and provided leadership in the Free at Last support groups in the Counseling Ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church—Anger Management, Boundaries, Pre-Marital Counseling, Relationship Strongholds (Co-Dependency), and Satisfied Singles.
He is a lifelong learning that continues to develop his relational skills evidenced by becoming a Safe Conversations Master Trainer under the tutelage of Imago Therapist Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt. He earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Baylor University, and his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce where he majored in Guidance & Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education.
Lizandra Sanchez, LPC
Lizandra Sanchez has 11 years of experience practicing professional counseling. She began her work soon after graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, where she offered college counseling services as General Studies Faculty.
After she gained additional experience working as a school counselor in a private schools, offering counseling services to high schools students. She also spent more than 5 years working as a school counselor for the Department of Education in Puerto Rico.
In 2019, Lizandra moved to Texas and continued working as a counselor for people with IDD and Autism diagnoses and Mental Health patients. Her hobbies include reading and learning new recipes. She loves to cook! Her principle interest: being a competent professional and an empathetic human being for her clients!
Brenda Johnson, LPC
Brenda Johnson has more than five plus years of experience working in the mental health field. She enjoys helping clients address various issues especially in the areas of mental illness, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss. She has experience working with the geriatric population, adults, and adolescents. She obtained her master’s degree in counseling and a master’s degree in family studies. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is currently working on her certification as a Certified Grief Counselor.
While pursuing her career, she had the opportunity to work with county agencies, psychiatric facilities, and private behavioral health agencies. She has training in various techniques and therapeutic practices which include Person-Centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, and Motivational Interviewing. She believes in an integrated approach in order to best serve the needs of everyone.
Brenda enjoys being a therapist and was drawn to this field because of her passion for human behavior. Every individual has a choice to live their best life. She will listen and will be filled with compassion and inspiration on your behalf. Her job as a counselor is to help you be more successful at targeting any problems.
Barbara comes to Therapy Inspired with seven years of experience in office management , customer service and medical billing. She is a devoted wife, mother and friend. She loves to cook, spend time with her family, attending her kids’ sporting events, karaoke, and crafting.
PRACTICUM COUNSELING INTERN
Kassidi is a current graduate student at Grand Canyon University where she is completing her degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescent Disorders. She has experience working with children, teens, and their families – whether it is to overcome challenges with communication, trouble managing emotions or behaviors, or to reinforce resilience within a person, Kassidi is devoted to helping others meet their goals and needs.
After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in psychology, Kassidi moved to Texas with her husband and worked at a youth residential treatment center for adjudicated youth. During this time, she developed skills to assist troubled youth, helping them achieve goals to lead productive lives, develop their skills to effectively communicate with family and peers, and to manage their feelings and behaviors. In order to continue to pursue her passion to help others, Kassidi is committed to learning further counseling skills with Kimberley Montgomery, LPC-S, as her supervisor at Therapy Inspired.
Ashley Chirayil, LMSW
Ashley graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BSW in 2017, and with her MSW in 2018. She has a passion for working with individuals suffering from mental illness, victims of abuse/neglect, substance abuse issues, grief/loss, postpartum, behavioral issues in adolescence, and identity issues.
Ashley has worked in a variety of settings including NICU, in-patient psychiatry, in-patient/residential detox, and IOP/PHP groups. Therapeutic interventions she enjoys using are CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Strength based, mindfulness, play therapy, and art therapy. She enjoys working with pediatric, adult, LGBTQIA+ populations and is open to all religious and cultural backgrounds. Ashley is determined to meet her clients where they are and support them in a safe space. She prioritizes empowering clients to strive for continuous growth and self love through their individual journeys towards wellness.
Ceselie Tobin, M.S., LPC
Ceselie Tobin has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2016. She has gained experience working with a variety of clients and issues in individual and group settings while working in psychiatric inpatient hospitals, higher education, and as a psychometrist. She received her training and education from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the University of Texas at Tyler, where she earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology.
Ceselie enjoys assisting clients with a variety of concerns, especially those coping with feelings of depression and anxiety. She also has a passion for working with young adults and those struggling with stages of transition. Ceselie utilizes a solution-focused and mindfulness approach to counseling. She has pursued a career in mental health to help others on their paths towards fulfillment, healing, and individual growth.
Pamela Ortega, LPC
Tere Pamela Ortega is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor that has been providing counseling services in East Texas for over four years. Pam received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Texas A&M University in 2014 and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UT Tyler in 2016. She is a bilingual, trauma-informed counselor and she is also a EMDR trained therapist. She has experience working with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and more. She specializes in working with individuals that have a history of trauma, specifically survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Pam’s approach to counseling is led by believing that the client is the expert of their life so she will listen intently and ask questions to make sure that she truly understands you and your concerns. Her role as your counselor will be to support you, empower you and to walk with you in your healing journey. Her theoretical orientation is known as “eclectic”. This means that she draws from different theories and interventions in her work with clients. She would be honored to walk with you in your journey and give you the support you deserve.
Joshua Burks, LPC
Josh has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2018. Josh received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 2013 and his Masters from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2016. He has experience working with with many populations including adolescents and adults. Josh also has experience in different settings including a residential treatment center providing individual and group therapy, and private practice therapist.
Josh envisions the counseling relationship as a collaborative journey of improved wellness and skills development. He enjoys working with men and men’s issues as well as a variety of other life difficulties including anxiety, depression and other hang ups. Josh uses many different approaches to help his clients live the most authentic and fulfilling life as possible.
Maronda Allen-Chenault is a Counselor, an Author, and a Mother. She was born in Washington DC but moved to California at 21 where she started a family and earned two college degrees. Maronda graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling. She has been a counselor for over 15 years where she has served students from Elementary to High school along with supporting youth in rehabilitation detention programs in California and Nevada. After her divorce in 2011, she moved to Las Vegas as a respite to complete her healing. Maronda has worked in various areas of ministry including teaching Divorce Care, Boundaries and she started a prayer ministry called WEEP (Womens Establishing Earnest Prayer). She has earned her AA in Biblical Studies, a Lay Counselor Certification and currently completing her Mental Health First Aid Coaching Credential.
Maronda has taken her pain and turned it into purpose as she began to use her story to create a platform to inspire uplift and support those who have experienced heartbreak, loss, and trauma. She is the Creator of BOUGIE Girl Cyber Happy Hour is where she Hosts “HerStory” and “Night of Encouragement”. She empowers women to discover their God-given purpose after heartache in order to live purposeful lives.
Christina Roy, LPC
Christina is an has been and LPC for 7 years. She believes life is a journey full of bumps and bruises. She has worked in education with children for over 20 years, and I have been a licensed professional counselor for 7 years. Her style of therapy is open, and eclectic based upon the needs
of my client. She believes in an honest direct approach in which you the client will learn to assume responsibility and take ownership and control over whatever is affecting their life.
She is Black American with Latino background. I believe in unity and multiculturalism. Her goal is for you to feel comfortable and not judged. The more you are comfortable, the better the experience and I will provide that safe harbor you may need in times of worry and doubt. She works very well with young adults and families, but she is also well versed in other areas such as anxiety, depression, drug addiction with or without dual diagnoses, anger management, work related stressors, as well as parenting and Autism.
Also experienced in: Addictions, LGBTQ+, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, ADHD, abandonment, antisocial personality, attachment Issues