Dr. Elise Griffin is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger management and mood disorders. In her practice, Dr. Griffin’s philosophy of care is to use treatment history and listen to the patients’ needs in order to come up with the best treatment options.
Dr. Griffin’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed naturally due to her general curiosity of why people behave the way they do and how it relates to brain function.
Dr. Griffin has traveled to almost all U.S. states. She likes collecting buttons and loves shopping.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
Amy Kovach is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in LGBTQ, trauma and abuse, and motivational interviewing. Amy believes in client–centered and strengths-based therapy. She practices a mind-body-spirit approach to help clients find self-compassion and increase awareness and acceptance.
Amy’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her experience growing up in poverty and being told by a counselor that she was not “college material.” Since then, she’s held on to the belief that individuals have the resilience to overcome tough problems, rise out of poverty, grow their resources for healing, and find true happiness and peace.
Amy published a book called Burn Survivors Journey: Real Stories of Challenges, Strength, and Triumph. In 2018, she was named NASW, Texas Chapter’s Social Worker of the Year and spearheaded a Stop, Drop & Run 5K event to increase awareness for burn survivors.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
Cathryn Paton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent, and adult residents in Florida, Texas and New Jersey. She specializes in relationships, grief counseling, stress management, anxiety disorders, depression and life transitions. In her practice, Cathryn’s philosophy of care is person-centered and strength–based. She believes that human beings are hardwired for connection and that healing and transformation take place through relationships. She is deeply committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals so that they can work collaboratively to create a connection based in authenticity. Her therapeutic style is warm, playful, accepting and affirming. She enjoys learning about her clients and building on what they are already doing well. Moreover, she believes that inside each of us is a wealth of tenacity and grit; as a therapist, she nurtures the resilience already within.
Cathryn’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed when her career path veered from an interest in advocacy to clinical studies. Originally, she saw herself getting a job to advocate for policy changes to increase access to quality mental health care in the state of Texas. Then, an unforeseen string of events led her to take the only field internship left available in her first year of graduate school – a mental health therapist position at a middle school. She was skeptical at first but to her surprise, she fell in love with the work and her clients. She developed a curiosity and respect for the work that she still holds to this day. She continues to be grateful and honored by clients that invite her to work alongside them. She learns with them and stands in awe of their tenacious spirits.
Cathryn enjoys training parents and educators on trauma, attachment, and the power of positive relationships. She loves hiking through desert landscapes and swimming in Texas rivers. Her favorite place to be is at home cooking a big meal with friends and family.
We’re all just walking each other home. -Ram Dass
Betty Quintana is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in geriatric therapy, life coaching, grief counseling, life transitions and parenting. In her practice, Betty’s philosophy of care is centered around the beliefs that everyone is unique, everyone has both good and bad qualities, and the coping skills that we learn throughout life help us to grow and master our minds.
Betty’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started as a teenager when she began struggling with excessive worry, social anxiety and self-esteem issues. She found it hard to connect with anyone and felt no one understood her. As a young adult she began to realize her potential and started to put herself first. She soon enough stopped worrying about what people thought about her and finally embraced her uniqueness. Betty loves helping people discover their true potential no matter what age they are.
Betty is a Disney fanatic and loves a Disney vacation over any other vacation. She has three beautiful children: a teenager, a middle schooler and a toddler. And her best character strength is her sense of humor.
“Everyone has bad days and bad moments, but it is how you handle them that matters the most. Even champions lose rounds.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Rebecca Poage is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and Texas. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are working with trauma survivors, veterans, learning issues, mood disorders, medical issues and autism immune issues. In her practice, Rebecca’s philosophy of care is to look for strengths, resources and spiritual and community support that individuals may have. She assesses areas of need and seeks to help empower individuals to access resources to promote growth and aid in reducing their challenges. Rebecca works to help individuals see their challenges from a perspective that allows for breakthroughs. She will typically use metaphors adapted to everyone to describe situations to help facilitate problem resolution.
Rebecca’s interest in mental and behavioral health care comes from having benefited from her own therapy. Her interest then developed when those close to her sought her support. She feels well suited for the field.
Rebecca once rented a stick-shift car to explore Normandy, France for a week on her own. She has fond memories of going on road trips as a child with her family around the US, some of Canada and Mexico. She has an interest in art, music, dance, drama and cinema. Humor is a key value of hers.
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Duke Ruktanonchai is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in Pennsylvania and Texas. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychopharmacology and wellness and health promotion.
Duke sees himself as a guide and advisor for each person he cares for. Decisions on treatment involve careful discussions, and decisions are made collaboratively.
Duke’s interest in mental health care stems from having always found the mind as being the most fascinating part of a person. He aims to treat the whole person, not just a specific organ or part. For him, caring for the whole person involves the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional components of a person.
Duke loves spicy food – all spicy food but especially Thai. He did a CDC fellowship in public health and is a big college basketball fan.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
Emma Negron, Ph.D. LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and Texas. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and grief counseling. In her practice, Emma values respect for the client’s situation, the client’s perception, and the client’s ability to reach their own truth.
Emma identifies as somewhat of an extrovert, but more of an introvert. She likes physics and wishes that she had a better understanding of it. Emma is young at heart; she loves and respects children at their own level of cognitive functioning.
Prescribes Medication: No
Age Range: 5 – 65+
Specialties: Trauma and Abuse, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Grief Counseling