Compass Program for Young Adults

Our Team

By choosing a program that specializes in treating the special developmental needs associated with young adulthood, patients receive treatment specifically designed for their unique issues. Menninger’s Compass Program for Young Adults' clinical treatment team members are experts in recognizing and helping patients manage the difficulties in transitioning into young adulthood.
The Menninger treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help with treatment planning.

Compass Team Responsibilities and Leaders

A patient’s clinical treatment team forms during the first days of a stay at Compass. This team includes the patient, a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a social worker. If needed, specialists for addictions, eating disorders and more can be added to the core team.
This team performs the following functions:
  • The psychiatrist generally leads and coordinates the team, and manages medication.
  • The social worker communicates with family and coordinates the post-discharge wellness plan.
  • The psychologist performs diagnostic testing and communicates with the patient about progress.
  • Individual psychotherapy is conducted by a clinical professional on the team, generally two times per week.
Together, the patient and Menninger treatment team set goals for treatment. With diagnoses and functional problems in mind, an individualized course of treatment is developed. Treatment modalities for which there is support in the literature are used; however, since not all therapies are rigorously evaluated, the team also relies on the clinical expertise it has developed during many years of treating patients in a comprehensive bio-psycho-social setting.
Patients with addictions receive additional therapy, along with education about addictions. They are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
daza-patricia-phd-2017-for-linkPatricia Daza, PhD
A senior psychologist and the program director for Compass, Dr. Daza is the director of Clinical Training for The Menninger Clinic and an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Daza earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, from which she also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She completed an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. 
Dr. Daza has given presentations across the country on depression, smoking cessation, motivational interviewing and suicide prevention. She serves as an examiner for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and is a member of the Standards and Review committee of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
Dr. Daza is a tad bit obsessed with Rob Lowe, enjoys her Tex-Mex and can spend hours watching Food Network while never actually making a meal.

Nurse Leaders

thakkar-avni-11-17-copyAvani Thakkar, BHMS, PMHNP-BC, MHA
A nurse practitioner, Avani has been a member of the Compass team for more than ten years. She leads meditation groups and brings hope to patients by helping them find purpose in their lives through meditation, spirituality and motivational stories.
She is a past winner of Menninger's Gary Napier Excellence in Nursing Award and the Pillar Award, The Clinic's highest employee honor. 
Avani graduated magna cum laude from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She also earned a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Houston Baptist University. She earned undergraduate degrees in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Houston as well as an undergraduate degree in homeopathic medicine and surgery from the University of Mumbai in India.
She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
In her spare time, Avani enjoys listening to Bollywood music, watching suspenseful television shows and hanging out with her beautiful daughters.


davidson-2011-websiteJoyce Davidson, MD
In addition to serving as medical director for the Adolescent and Young Adult Division, which includes Compass, Dr. Davidson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Her interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder and cognitive therapy.
A member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Davidson is board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry.
Dr. Davidson has a special place in her heart for opossums.
ashraf-deeba-md-2015Deeba Ashraf, MD
A Houston native, Dr. Ashraf is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She has more than 15 years of experience treating individuals with serious mental illness.
Her areas of expertise include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychoanalysis, attachment disorders and personality disorders.
Dr. Ashraf earned her medical degree from the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She completed her residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Ashraf is currently a candidate at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
In her spare time, she performs and serves on the advisory board of the Next Iteration Ensemble a local arthouse theater that showcases underrepresented voices. She enjoys sci-fi and fantasy TV series and movies and can’t resist a chance to karaoke.
kayatekin-emel-2011-websiteEmel Kayatekin, MD
Dr. Kayatekin has nearly 40 years of experience helping individuals with mental illness as well as their families. 
An associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kayatekin earned her medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey, and completed post-graduate training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. 
She has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as hospital psychotherapy, the treatment of cognitive impairment in individuals with schizophrenia, attachment theory and psychoanalytic family therapy.
Dr. Kayatekin says that if she could have any superpower, she'd choose to be able "teleport" herself all around the world to visit family.


bhuyan-devi-phd-2017-websiteDevi Bhuyan, PsyD
A psychologist with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Bhuyan is also an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Her expertise includes integrative psychotherapy and psychology, trauma and the treatment of complex psychiatric disorders.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Sophia College in Bombay, India, her master's degree from Radford University in Radford, Va., and her doctoral degree from James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va.
Dr. Bhuyan completed an internship at Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, Va., and a postgraduate fellowship at The Menninger Clinic.
A member of the International Beliefs and Values Institute, she is interested in the integration of insights from psychology to address global issues like gender, environmental concerns, civic engagement and global studies.
In her free time, Dr. Bhuyan enjoys cooking and creating her own recipes. She also has plans to visit every national park in the U.S. 
hogan-lindsey-11-17-websiteLindsay Hogan, PhD
Dr. Hogan is a psychologist on Compass and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Baylor University.
Dr. Hogan interned at State University of New York-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Menninger on the Hope Program for Adults.
Her clinical and research interests include collaborative/therapeutic assessment, psychotherapy process and outcome, psychodynamic and integrative approaches to psychotherapy and attachment trauma.
Dr. Hogan likes to travel, read and spend time with her family, including her two quirky, mischievous cats. She is a Texas Rangers baseball fan, but secretly loves the Astros, too.
sharma-schweta-team-photoShweta Sharma, PsyD
Dr. Sharma is a senior psychologist on the Compass Program and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
Her expertise includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy, personality assessment and trauma. Her research interests include personality disorders, trauma and dissociation-related disorders, psychotherapy processes and outcomes.
She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Delhi, India, and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rajasthan, India.
Dr. Sharma completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Menninger Clinic and an internship at the Vidhyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India.
She has had research published in the journals Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. She has also presented on a range of topics to both consumers and mental health professionals.
Dr. Sharma is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.
While her colleagues tease her that she likes to read and write manuscripts for fun, in reality, she loves learning, being with family and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Addictions Counselors

roschelli-sonia-2017-websiteSonia Roschelli, LCSW, LCDC
Sonia is an addictions counselor who has expertise in co-occurring disorders, family therapy, group therapy, mentalization-based therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
She completed a two-year social work fellowship at Menninger on the Adolescent Treatment Program.
Having earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va., Sonia then earned a master's degree in social work from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. 
A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, she has given presentations about co-occurring disorders and teen depression, suicide and anxiety.
Sonia enjoys rock climbing, hiking and practicing and teaching yoga in her spare time. She loves being a cat mom to the best cat in the world and all things cat related.
smith-torresy-2016-websiteTorresy Smith, LPC, LCDC-I
Torresy is an addictions counselor with more than 15 years of experience. His expertise includes substance abuse, anger management, sexual health and life coaching.
He earned his master's degree in counseling psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and his undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Eastern Washington University.
Torresy can be humorous like Dave Chappelle, loves to barbecue brisket and ribs and is the Ping Pong champion on the unit. He also coached Division 1 football for 12 years.

Social Workers

arango-elizabeth-websiteElizabeth Arango, LCSW
Elizabeth is a senior social worker with more than 10 years of experience. Her expertise includes personality disorders, mood disorders and attachment issues.
She earned her master's degree in clinical social work from New York University and her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington-Seattle.
Her experience includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, a community-based Office of Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York, the New York City Public School System and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital.
Elizabeth is an intrepid traveler and likes to consider herself an amateur scholar of Brazilian samba.  She also really enjoys spending time with her family and neighbors with no particular agenda whatsoever.
cherry-amanda-2018-websiteAmanda Cherry, LCSW
A social worker with nearly 10 years of experience, Amanda's expertise includes substance use disorders.
She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Houston and her undergraduate degree in social work from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Her post-master's clinical supervision was completed at The Council on Recovery in Houston.
She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Amanda is a proud dog mom, a taco enthusiast and an avid reader with a love for the smell of old books.
ruben-kira-2017-websiteKira Ruben, LCSW
Kira has experience working with patients who have mood disorders, personality disorders and substance use disorders. While she specializes is dialectical behavior therapy, she uses a patient-centered approach that also incorporates mentalization-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential therapy techniques.
A member of the National Association of Social Workers, she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and bachelor's degrees in communications and human and family development from the University of Houston.
Kira enjoys preparing an array of recipes (sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing), going on adventurous trips with her children, watching This Is Us because it gives her “the good cry” and, whenever possible, she loves taking long naps.
marcus-lenni-2017-websiteLenni Marcus, LMSW
Lenni is a social worker with a particular interest in supporting "just" relationships in family therapy.
She completed a social work fellowship at Menninger and year-long postgraduate internships at Walden Behavioral Care and Yale Child Study. 
Lenni earned her master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass. and her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Lenni is a former New Englander who never saw herself in Texas but feels this relocation was a fortuitous accident, as she has now been introduced to the miracle that is queso.

Cesar Seveso, LCSW

A licensed clinical social worker, Cesar uses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, existential psychotherapy and a solution-focused approach to promote the development of resilience, acceptance and courage.

Before becoming a social worker, Cesar taught world history and worked as a journalist. The common thread throughout his professional endeavors has been an unfailing curiosity about how people live and make sense of the things that happen to them, and the things they do to others.

He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston and completed his post-master's clinical training at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the National University of Rosario in Argentina, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and both a master’s degree in Latin American studies and a doctorate in history from Indiana University. 

If he were not a clinical social worker, he would like to be Metallica’s drummer.


Rehabilitation Specialist

moore-kula-16-websiteKula Moore, LPC, ATR-BC, CPRP
A certified psychiatric rehabilitation professional, Kula has expertise in art therapy, mentalizing and the development stages of emerging adults. Her research interests include mentalization-based art therapy, about which she is currently writing a book.
Kula earned her master's degree in art therapy counseling from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her bachelor's degrees in studio art and biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
She has presented at local and national conferences on art therapy, mentalization-based art therapy and cultivating creativity and is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the South Texas Art Therapy Association and the Creative Arts Therapists in the Texas Medical Center.
In her spare time, Kula enjoys traveling, painting and letting others know about the power of creativity.