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Hope Program for Adults

Our Team

Patients in the Hope Program for Adults (Hope) are assigned a treatment team that brings together experienced clinical professionals to address their needs.
 
Team Responsibilities

Psychiatrists are employed full-time at Menninger, and office on the unit. They serve as leaders of the treatment teams, and as such conduct the admission interview and take a comprehensive history; coordinate the treatment plan and oversee the treatment teams; prescribe and adjust medications; manage physical problems and refer to specialists as necessary; conduct twice-weekly rounds; and make final decisions regarding treatment. Our psychiatrists have expertise in mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, neurocognitive disorders, somatoform disorders and personality disorders.

 

Psychologists provide psychological testing as ordered, review outcomes assessments with patients, lead groups and provide individual therapy.

 

Social workers provide individual, family and group therapy; communicate with the family regarding patient needs and progress; work with the patient and family on discharge planning needs and coordinate family visits.

 

Psychiatric rehabilitation specialists conduct vocational, social skills, fitness and functional assessments as ordered by the treatment teams; lead psychoeducational groups; oversee wellness activities; and assist in developing a wellness plan, which can provide a blueprint for recovery.

 

An addictions counselor will, if indicated, conduct addiction assessments; meet with patients individually to assess recovery needs; and conduct recovery groups.
 
Registered nurses (RNs) provide compassionate, patient-centered nursing care to patients around the clock. Each patient is assigned a primary nurse, who serves as the principle nursing advocate. RNs care for patients in a holistic manner, providing for their physical/medical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. RNs serve as strong patient advocates who collaborate with patients by reinforcing skills taught in psychoeducational groups. In addition, they facilitate therapeutic activities such as a nightly sleep-promotion group. RNs partner with mental health associates to monitor the unit; together they are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of our patients. Both RNs and mental health associates are active members of the interdisciplinary team, with whom they share valuable information in an effort to provide optimal, evidence-based care for each patient.
 
The nurse manager is responsible for managing and leading nursing resources, including the registered nurses, mental health associates and administrative assistants. The nurse manager supervises nursing staff to provide the safe care of patients within an optimal healing environment. Together with the program director, they lead the program's patient-centered care.
 
The program director is responsible for the direction and management of the clinical, programmatic and administrative functions of the program; additionally, the program director provides individual and group therapy.
 
Team Members
donna-lamb-websiteDonna Lamb, LCSW
Program Director
 
Donna has more than 20 years of experience, and has been with Menninger since 2004. Her expertise includes grief and parental grief, and she facilitates weekend workshops for grieving couples and mothers. Her 7-week grief group that she developed 20 years ago continues to be offered at various locations throughout the Houston community.
 
Donna has been trained in and uses the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach when working with patients who struggle with suicidality. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the The Daring WayTM curriculum. She has authored blog posts, including "Lost: Helping Parents Cope with the Death of a Child," for SayNoToStigma.com. 
 
Donna earned her undergraduate degree from North Texas State University and her master's degree in clinical social work, with a concentration in children and families, from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Trauma Institute and participated in the psychodynamic fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute.
 
buteaux-cheryl-hope-nursse-mgr-web-sizeCheryl Buteaux, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager
 
Cheryl earned her BSN and MSN degrees from Chamberlain College of Nursing and has been at Menninger since 2010.
 
She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
 
Cheryl conducts orientation to new staff on the culture of safety, and has presented on “The Art of the Debrief.” She is interested in nursing resilience and the use of sanctuary model principles and tools to promote patient-centered care.
 
Psychiatrists
gonzalez-cruz-sylvia-waist-up-web-sizeSylvia Gonzalez Cruz, MD
Medical Director, Adult Division
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
 
Dr. Gonzalez has expertise in adult psychiatry with special expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her interests include personality disorders, conversion disorder and psychiatric education.
 
She completed a residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Calif., followed by second residency in adult psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Gonzalez also completed a fellowship in psychoanalytically-oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytics Studies in Houston, where she is currently studying psychoanalytic thinking. She also completed the visiting ECT Fellowship at Duke University.
 
Dr. Gonzalez earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and her bachelor's degree from New York University, where she majored in neural science.
 
Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Group Psychotherapy Association and has participated in research at Menninger.
 
bouras-john-web-sizeJohn M. Bouras, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
 
Dr. Bouras’ expertise is in adult psychiatry with special expertise in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS). He has presented on topics such as TMS, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and aging.

He completed a residency in psychiatry at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He also completed a visiting fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation at Duke University in Durham, N.C., as well as an intensive course in TMS at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Bouras earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., and his undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he majored in applied physics with minor in psychology.

Dr. Bouras is board certified in psychiatry and is a member of both the Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Society. 
 
puri-neil-web-sizeNeil Puri, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
 
Dr. Puri's expertise is in adult psychiatry with special expertise in psychosomatic medicine and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He regularly presents on such topics at national conferences, including those of the American Psychiatric Association, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Association for Academic Psychiatry and the Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.
 
He is also the co-author of several articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Psychosomatics, Academy Psychiatry and the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
 
Dr. Puri completed his fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at George Washington University's Inova Fairfax Hospital and his psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He also completed a one-year fellowship in psychodynamic therapy at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center and a fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
 
He earned his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where he majored in religious studies.
 
Psychologist
obyrne-colleen-web-sizeColleen O'Byrne, PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
 
Dr. O'Byrne's expertise includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive processing therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and clinical hypnosis. Her research interests include trauma and attachment. She co-facilitates the Group Psychotherapy and Trauma Education groups.
 
While earning her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, Dr. O'Byrne completed a clinical internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Psychiatric Center in New York City; a fellowship in child psychotherapy at the Baltimore-Washington Institute/Society for Psychoanalysis; a fellowship in psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and a fellowship at the Baltimore-Washington Institute/Society for Psychoanalysis.
 
Dr. O'Byrne earned her undergraduate degree in neurobiology and physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
 
Social Workers
gardner-jennifer-2017-for-websiteJennifer L. Gardner, LCSW
Staff Social Worker
 
Jennifer joined Menninger after she completed her graduate internship and postgraduate fellowship in social work at The Clinic. Jennifer earned her master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, where she majored in psychology and philosophy.
 
Jennifer is a certified facilitator for The Daring WayTM and has received additional training in mentalization-based therapy and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). 
 
A member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Houston Psychoanalytic Society and the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, Jennifer has presented on topics related to emotional development and attachment and has been a guest lecturer at Baylor College of Medicine.
 
She provides individual, family and group therapy on Hope.
 
renneker-deborah-web-sizeDeborah Renneker, LCSW, DOT/SAP
Staff Social Worker
 
Deborah completed a graduate internship and postgraduate fellowship in social work at Menninger. She earned her master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and her undergraduate degree in social work and women's studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
 
Deborah has additional training in acceptance and commitment therapy, sexual health assessment, mentalization-based therapy, and cognitive behavioral techniques for patients with a trauma history. She is licensed by the Department of Transportation as a substance abuse professional.
 
She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Houston Group Psychotherapy Association and the Houston Psychoanalytical Society.
 
Deborah provides individual, family and group therapy on Hope.
 
Addictions Counselor
wall-berry-web-sizeBerry Wall, MEd, BS, AAC, LCDC
Addictions Counselor
 
A licensed chemical dependency counselor with more than 25 years of experience, Berry's expertise is in co-occurring disorders and chronic relapse. He joined the Hope team in 2004.
 
His research interest is in how drugs affect the mind. He facilitates the chemical dependency group, chemical dependency process group, the 12-step group and chemical dependency relapse prevention group on Hope.
 
He earned his master's degree in counseling education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his bachelor's degree in psychology from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Okla. 
 
Berry is a member of the Texas Association of Addictions Professionals.
 

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Chelsey Philipp, CPRP
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services
 
Chelsey began her career at The Menninger Clinic in 2006, working as a mental health associate for the Professionals in Crisis Program. She transitioned into the rehabilitation department as a rehabilitation specialist for the Hope Program for Adults in 2008 and soon after earned her certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. Since then Chelsey has focused primarily on behavior therapies and interventions, with a strong emphasis on group work and dynamics. 
 
Chelsey has pursued training and certification as a cognitive-behavior group facilitator, as well as training in dialectical behavior therapy and mindful self-compassion. Through the frame of psychiatric rehabilitation, she strives to take a person-centered approach as she helps individuals move toward functioning as their most capable selves and in ways that are meaningful to them. Chelsey implements these practices through individual services, such as social skills training, money management and budgeting and independent living assessments.
 
Chelsey also earned her certification as a yoga teacher in 2010 and currently offers yoga as a physical outlet for mindfulness, relaxation and mastery. 
 
Chelsey received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling through the University of Kentucky.