Counseling for Individuals, Families, Marriages and Children

At Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center, our staff are committed to meeting you where you are. We attend to the mind, body, and spirit while offering you a safe, comfortable, confidential space. No matter your age, life situation, or challenge, we are here to help you cope, heal, find wellness, and rediscover hope.

KSC staff are specially trained to work with an array of behavioral health concerns and life situations.
Life is complicated. Help doesn’t have to be.

Counseling Services Offered:

  • Abuse – Physical, Emotional, or Sexual
  • Academic Issues
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • ADHDAdjustment Disorders
  • Adoption
  • Aging Issues
  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s / Dementia
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Chronic Health
  • Conditions
  • Clergy
  • Care and Support
  • Communication Issues
  • ConflictCouples and Family Issues
  • Custody Issues
  • Cutting / Self-Harm
  • Death and Dying
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Faith and Spirituality Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship and Relationship Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Hopelessness
  • Immigration Issues
  • Infidelity
  • Learning Differences
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Transitions
  • Men’s Issues
  • Military Related Issues
  • Miscarriages
  • Mood Disorders
  • OCD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Postpartum Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Retirement
  • Schizophrenia
  • School / Work Related Issues
  • Self Esteem / Growth
  • Seniors and Geriatrics
  • Sexual Issues
  • Sleep Issues
  • Social Skills Training
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide
  • Veterans and Veteran Family Support
  • Wellness and Preventative Care
  • Women’s Issues

We are here to help.

 

Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center offers psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults who are in need of intellectual, academic, emotional, and behavioral testing. Psychological testing enables our psychologists to identify underlying issues that may present as a stall in or poor response to treatment, academic challenges, social struggles, mood changes, or career or relationship dissatisfaction. Once the core issues are identified, a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan can be tailored to address your individual needs, which will help to promote mental health and wellness while jumpstarting your personal journey towards success and happiness.

 

Developmental Testing

Whether or not your pediatrician has raised concerns, if your gut is unsettled by your child’s development, you may want to consider scheduling a consultation with one of our psychologists who specializes in child development. Research points to early intervention as key to developmental progress, but, often times, a diagnosis has to be confirmed before this intervention can begin. Let us help ease your mind and discover your child’s strengths and areas of growth while offering guidance towards the next steps.

 

Psychoeducational Testing

Is your child or adolescent struggling in school? Is he bored and losing interest or having trouble maintaining his attention and focus? Is she having trouble with reading comprehension, math concepts, or dictation? Is homework a constant fight, or is test anxiety getting in the way? If any of this sounds like your child or teen, you may want to consider scheduling a consultation with one of our staff. There are a variety of reasons a child may struggle in school, and it is usually not because he is “lazy” or she “simply needs medication” to help pay attention. An evaluation will help to determine your child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses (or IQ), learning style, and aptitude. Many of our testing services can also be used to help your child qualify for accommodations or other specialized school services.

 

Psychological Testing

Sometimes, cognition and aptitude are only a small piece of the puzzle. Inefficient coping skills, emotional and behavioral issues, and personality styles can complicate things and hinder an individual’s ability to reach his full potential at school, work, and in relationships. By using a variety of psychological assessment measures, these roadblocks can be unearthed and then targeted for treatment. No matter if you are a parent still looking for answers, a college student searching for direction and meaning, or an adult who is dissatisfied with her current life situation, a psychological evaluation may give you the direction you are craving.

 

Our testing can help identify:

ADHD

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder

Behavioral Disorders (such as ODD or Conduct Disorder)

Career Aptitude and Vocational Testing

Depression and Bipolar Disorders

Developmental and Cognitive Delays

Gifted and Talented

Learning Disorders (such as Dyslexia or Dysgraphia)

Personality Traits

PTSD, OCD, and other Anxiety Disorders

Schizophrenia

Substance Abuse and Dependency

We also offer evaluation services for various religious organizations, adoption agencies, training programs, and corporations. At this time, we do not offer forensic based services or custody evaluations.

If you are looking for a safe and comfortable environment for psychological testing, we are here to help. For more information about our testing services or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

FAQ (link to Testing FAQ).

Classes and Groups

No matter your circumstance, we are here to help.

 

Should one or more of these classes speak to a need, please talk with one of our intake coordinators. They will be happy to assist you. Registration is required to attend these classes.

 

Here at KSC, your family is our priority.

For Kids’ Sake – Nurturing Children Through the Transition of Divorce

This class offers in-depth information in supporting children through the process of divorce. This is a 4-hour class approved by the Harris County Family Courts.

Classes meet Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Co-Parenting Successfully

This group is designed to help parents care for their children after divorce. Tips and resources are provided to empower parents to raise healthy and confident children.

Classes meet Mondays from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Personalized Parent Coaching

Personalized parent coaching is designed for parents struggling with issues related to co-parenting, high-risk behavior, and/or ongoing custody disputes.

Learn how to create family contracts and obtain lasting behavioral changes for your child.

Schedule by appointment only.

Anger Management Classes

This Anger Management Program aims to teach participants to abstain from angry and rageful behaviors. The program provides tools that the client can use to identify his/her patterns of rageful behavior and learn appropriate ways of responding to situations that have been problematic in the past.

Women’s class meets Mondays from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.

Men’s class meets Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm.

Schedule individual consultation by appointment only.

Anger Management Classes for Children (Ages 8-12)

This 4-course series is designed to help children gain a new understanding of their anger, identify triggers, and learn alternative ways of responding.

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The Sound Relationship House: A Class for Couples

This is a 4-course series for couples who are searching for happiness and shared meaning within their partnership.

The Sound Relationship House theory was developed by relationship expert Dr. John Gottman and follows the notion that it’s essential for couples to cultivate and build a fundamental process for the success of the relationship. In this class, you will learn the 7 building blocks of a strong relationship.

Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

For additional information regarding class meetings or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

Family Mediation

Mediation is a confidential process used to resolve conflicts in an amicable manner.  An impartial mediator directs the process and facilitates the communication between the parties in an effort to explore solutions and obtain a mutually satisfactory agreement.

The benefit of mediation is it is voluntary, flexible, economic, fast, and confidential.  If an agreement is met, everyone wins.

The following mediation services are offered at KSC:

 

Family Reconciliation Mediation – Conflict resolution in the areas of marital issues, parenting, and extended family disputes.

 

Family and Divorce Mediation – Custody agreement plans, parenting plans, financial and other relevant issues in divorce.

Other issues may be considered for mediation such as community disputes or workplace conflict.

For additional information regarding mediation services or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

Irlen Services

Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center has a Certified Senior Irlen® Screener and Diagnostician who was trained by Helen Irlen. Age range of clients is usually from age 5 to adulthood. A screening determines if a particular color of overlay (transparent plastic sheet) can aid reading by reducing distortions and/or visual stress. Overlays are commonly allowed as accommodations in examinations and can also help clients at home and work. The screening also determines if clients are likely to benefit from precision spectral filters (a specific tint color worn as glasses) which, along with aiding reading, is designed to: reduce light sensitivity, help with visual distortions in the environment, and minimize headaches/migraines.

 

What is it?

Irlen® Syndrome is caused by a sensitivity to particular wavelengths of light. It is a difficulty with visual processing rather than an optical problem so it cannot identified by a standard eye test.

 

Who experiences it?

Anyone. It is hereditary but can also be brought on by a brain/head injury. It can occur in those with a learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism. Some psychological and medical conditions, which include aspects of light sensitivity, processing difficulties, and sensory overload, have also been helped by the Irlen® Method. Some examples include depression, light-induced epilepsy, and Lyme Disease. Some current and former members of the armed forces are also benefiting from this process.

 

How does it manifest when reading, writing, studying, or note-taking?

Visual stress, physical symptoms – headaches, dry/itchy eyes

Light sensitivity especially bright / fluorescent (often used in education environments)

Reading difficulties – slow, can’t read for long, difficulty tracking, distortions of the text, poor comprehension, can’t copy from the board

Writing difficulties – messy handwriting, poor spacing, lack of punctuation, cannot keep on the line or in squares when using graph paper

Difficulty maintaining concentration / focusing

 

How can it be helped?

An Irlen® Screener can prescribe a particular color of overlay (clear, plastic sheet) to alleviate particular symptoms. Colored writing / graph paper may also be useful.

If colored overlays improve text, the next stage can be colored lenses. An Irlen® Diagnostician helps determine a combination of colors to form the filters. The filters do not color the surroundings.

 

How can we help?

At the Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center, we have a fully trained Irlen® Screener and Diagnostician who can determine if a client is showing typical symptoms, and, if so, prescribe a particular color of overlay followed by tinted lenses. The lenses do not have to contain a prescription.

Colored overlays often have a dramatic effect on how easily a client can read and their motivation to read. The screening is ideal for ages 5 upwards and even poor communicators can be screened, for instance those with Autism. The screening takes up to 2 hours and a summary report is provided. The report will advise if tinted lenses are likely to aid reading and other difficulties that the client is experiencing. The Irlen Filter Diagnostic takes up to 3 hours. It is a precision process determined by the specific visual processing difficulties a client is experiencing.

Below is a short questionnaire detailing possible Irlen® difficulties when reading. It can be filled out by: the client, a parent, a teacher, or teaching assistant. Results of this will help determine if you wish to schedule a screening or talk further with our specialist. Please also contact our specialist if your difficulties relate to another aspect of Irlen® Syndrome such as: writing/math difficulties, light sensitivity, headaches/migraines, or visual perception of the environment (including depth perception difficulties).

For further information about Irlen® Syndrome, please visit www.irlen.com.

(Link to Irlen® Reading Questionnaire)

For additional information regarding Irlen® services or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

Speech Therapy

With services tailored to your individual needs, our experienced, professional speech-language pathologists offers innovative programs that address the following areas of difficulty for toddlers, children, teens, and adults.

Aphasia (stroke rehabilitation) Autism Spectrum Disorder Speech disorders
Articulation disorders Dysfluency (stuttering) Teacher in-services & school screenings
Auditory processing disorders Language disorders Voice

 

Currently, our speech-language pathologists are contracted through local school districts and are unable to see clients at the Center. Please be on the lookout for more to come!

Tutoring

If your child, teen, or college student is struggling academically, look no further.

 

Our tutors hold graduate degrees in special education and are trained to teach to your individual learning differences.

They design individualized programs that incorporate multisensory teaching. This approach especially benefits long term memory and fluency as the information is presented in a variety of senses (seeing, hearing, doing, speaking) so connections are more easily made in the brain. They incorporate technology, such as apps and computer games, to facilitate learning while making it fun! They address the following areas:

 

Math Writing ADHD
Reading Handwriting Autism Spectrum Disorder
Reading Comprehension Organization Specific Learning Disabilities
Spelling Study Skills (e.g., Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)

For additional information regarding tutoring services or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

Continuing Education

Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center periodically offers continuing education training events for area mental health professionals. These CE programs are approved by Texas Licensing Boards for LMFT, LPC, Social Workers, and Licensed Psychologists.

 

Topics frequently covered include:

Integrating one’s faith into clinical work

Ethical practices

Clinical supervision

Psychological testing and diagnosis

Risk assessment

Treatment modalities for specific mental health disorders
Please click here to see our schedule and register for upcoming classes:

Rates

Our mission is to serve the mind, body, & spirit regardless of one’s ability to pay.

Our staff are able to accept most major insurance plans, including Tricare, Medicaid, and Medicare.

 

Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we are able to provide our services on a sliding scale for those who are uninsured and underinsured.

 

Fees:

 

Initial Mental Health Consultation $145 per hour
Counseling with a Licensed Clinician $130 per hour
Family/Couples Counseling with a Licensed Clinician $145 per hour
Counseling with a Supervised Graduate or Post-Graduate Level Trainee $50 per hour
Psychological Testing $200 per hour
For Kids’ Sake Co-Parenting Workshop $50 per class
Co-Parenting Successfully Workshop $25 per class
Personalized Parent Coaching $60 per hour
Anger Management Classes $25 per class
Couples Classes $50 per class
Mediation $150 per hour
Irlen Screening $200 2-hour session
Specialized Academic Tutoring

Massage Therapy

$60 per hour

$25 (1/2 hour), $50 (1-hour)

Continuing Education Dependent upon length of training.
See registration for more details.

For additional information regarding our services, to learn if you qualify for our sliding scale rates, or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.