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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 Manager
Donna has 21 years of experience, 11 of those with Menninger. She has authored blog posts, including "Lost: Helping Parents Cope with the Death of a Child," for and frequently presents to the community on grief and parental grief. In addition to providing individual therapy, Donna co-facilitates The Daring Way™ group on Hope. 
Donna earned her undergraduate degree from North Texas State University and her master's degree in 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.
Cheryl Buteaux, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager
Cheryl earned her BSN and MSN degrees from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, from which she received a scholarship in 2011. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Cheryl is the current chair of the Staffing Advisory Council and past chair of the Nursing Quality and Practice Council. She conducts orientation to new staff on the culture of safety.
Sylvia 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.
John 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. 
Neil 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.
Colleen 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
Jennifer L. Gardner, LMSW
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 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.
In addition to providing individual and family therapy, she co-facilitates The Daring Way™ and Group Psychotherapy groups on Hope.
A member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Houston Psychoanalytic Society and the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, Jennifer has presented locally on topics as varied as support for parents in treatment, loss and children and Nietzsche's antidote to apathy.
Deborah Renneker, LMSW
Staff Social Worker
Deborah completed a graduate internship and postgraduate fellowship in social work at Menninger. She earned her master's degree in 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.
In addition to providing individual and family therapy, Deborah co-facilitates the Group Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups on Hope.
She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Houston Group Psychotherapy Association and the Houston Psychoanalytical Society.
Mychal Riley, LCSW
Staff Social Worker
Mychal joined Menninger after completing a fellowship in social work at The Clinic. He earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. He also earned his bachelor's degree in brain, behavior and cognitive science from Michigan.
In addition to providing individual and family therapy, Mychal co-facilitates the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups on Hope.
Addictions Counselor
Berry Wall, MEd, BS, AAC, LCDC
Addictions Counselor
A licensed chemical dependency counselor with nearly 25 years of experience, Berry's expertise is in co-occurring disorders and chronic relapse. His research interest is in neurology. He facilitates the Chemical Dependency group, Ghemical Dependency Process group, the 12-Step group and the SMART Recovery 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.