MELINDA DOWN, Ph.D., BCN

Clinical Director

 

Restore Behavioral Health’s Clinical Director is Dr. Melinda Down, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback provider with over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Dr. Down received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University, graduating with the honors of Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1987. Dr. Down earned her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1993. She has conducted extensive research in the area of Depression and the neurophysiological basis of cognitive behavioral and emotional difficulties. Dr. Down has directed Clinical Programs across the state of Texas for the last twenty years.

 

Dr. Down specializes in a neuropsychological and neurophysiological approach to treating cognitive behavioral and emotional difficulties. Dr. Down’s experience includes particular specialization in working with childhood disorders including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She offers a cognitive-behavioral approach to psychotherapy and provides comprehensive Psychological, Neurodevelopmental and Neuropsychological Testing. Dr. Down provides assessments for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Weight-Loss Surgery Evaluations, Pre-Surgical Pain Evaluations, Neurodegenerative Disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease; and Parkinson’s Disease), Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Substance Abuse Disorders. Dr. Down also provides individual, marital, and family psychotherapy based on systematic theoretical approaches and works in a solution-focused manner to restore balance and well-being to each individual in the most expedient manner possible.

 

As a Board Certified Neurofeedback provider, Dr. Down also offers specialization in the area of Behavioral Medicine, addressing the behavioral and neurophysiological components associated with chronic medical conditions. Incorporating the latest advances in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Down believes health and well-being are reliant upon efficient brain function. Patients dealing with Cancer, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Asthma, Migraines, and Coronary Heart Disease can benefit from her experience in addressing the stress of coping with illness and the factors impacting adaptive Disease Management. Likewise Dr. Down offers psychotherapy to assist with the self-esteem, identity, and socioemotional issues associated with Weight-Loss surgeries as well as recovery from injury, stroke, or heart attack. Dr. Down provides state-of-the-art QEEG Neurophysiological Assessments (Brain Maps) and Neurofeedback Brain Training to help identify and normalize dysregulated areas of brain functioning that contribute to neurocognitive and emotional disorders. Additional brain-based interventions are offered to improve auditory and visual processing, mood regulation, attentional functioning, inhibitory control, temporal processing, the functioning of the vestibular system, and sensorimotor integration. This unique approach on utilizing brain-based interventions to optimize neuronal functioning helps patients to attain more comprehensive and lasting symptom reduction and functional improvements. Dr. Down also works with many executives, athletes, musicians, and military personnel seeking to enhance their peak performance though coaching, stress management, and neurotherapy.

HELEN ANGUIANO

Practice Administrator

 

Helen Anguiano provides in administrative duties to Restore Behavioral Health. Helen assists with credentialing, scheduling, phone reception, communicating with patients, overseeing front office operations, coordinating with physician offices regarding referrals, assisting with patient care coordination and provider interface. She brings a warm and professional approach to the administrative aspects of the practice.


 

RUBY RAMIREZ

Billing Manager

 

Our Billing Manager, Ruby Ramirez, brings 10 years experience in administrative duties to Restore Behavioral Health. Ruby manages all billing operations at Restore Behavioral Health and provides administrative support to our Clinicians, assists with scheduling, and verification of benefits and eligibility. Ruby offers organizational efficiency to the many administrative needs of the practice.

 

 

ANDREA "DREA" GUEVARRA

Front Office Receptionist

 

Drea is our Front Office Receptionist and she warmly welcomes all our patients to Restore Behavioral Health. She is excellent with communicating with patients, coordinating with physician offices regarding referral needs, medical records, and assisting with patient care coordination. Drea brings a fun, friendly approach to Restore Behavioral Health!


 

LONNIE CARTER, LPA

Licensed Psychological Associate

 

Lonnie Carter, a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, who is Nationally Certified by the Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology. She has over 25 years experience in the diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders affecting children's academic success, working for many years directly with students in the school system, Mrs. Carter assists in provider Neurodevelopmental, Neuropsychological and Psychological testing batteries to patients of all ages and present with a wide range of symptoms. Mrs. Carter received her Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology from Trinity University in 1982 She also has specialized experience in evaluating early childhood developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lonnie works very well with all ages and clinical conditions and is proficient in neuropsychological and psychological testing.

 

 

 

THERESA HENKEL ORSINGER, LPA

Licensed Psychological Associate

 

Theresa Henkel Orsinger is a Licensed Psychological Associate with 20 years of experience in private practice and other clinical settings. She received her Master’s degree from Texas A&M University-CC and a BBA from Baylor University and is Certified by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability. Areas of specialty include conducting psychological evaluations for the Determination of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, and Social Security Determination Services for the assessment of levels of disability, intellectual capacity, and current psychological and mental status. Ms. Orsinger offers experience working with children, adolescents and adults and is proficient in Neuropsychological, Psychological and Neurodevelopmental testing. She additionally provides psychotherapeutic interventions for children and adults and brings a warm, professional approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy and family-systems therapy.

EDDIE CASTILLO, LPA

Licensed Psychological Associate

 

Eddie Castillo graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and later went on to attend graduate school at St. Mary’s University obtaining his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2002. Upon completion of graduate studies, Mr. Castillo received credentials to become a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of Texas and has been working in this capacity for the past 8 years. Instruction in graduate school included extensive training in the administration and interpretation of various psychological test measures. During his professional career, Mr. Castillo has worked with clients ranging from early childhood to late adulthood. Mr. Castillo has worked with individuals with varying diagnoses including ADHD, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and various Learning Disorders in a variety of settings. Although Mr. Castillo has experience working with all age groups, he has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in administering psychological test batteries.


 

ROBIN MOELLER, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Robin Moeller is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the State of Texas and Louisiana. She has over 26 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. For the last 16 years she counseled in the public and private school systems and specializes in working with children and adolescents and both special education students and at-risk students. She has extensive knowledge in the area of learning disabilities, and many years of experience with Individual Educational Plans and 504 Accommodations. Her background also includes counseling in cases of emotional crisis, domestic violence and sexual abuse. She is very familiar with all aspects of mental health counseling with extensive knowledge in family issues, child development, anxiety, childhood anxiety disorders, ADHD, stress, and depression. She is adept at assessment, intervention, and treatment of individuals and families. Robin is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Psychology in1986 and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2003. Robin's clinical experience includes outpatient settings, disaster response teams, at-risk adolescent group homes, rape and crisis centers, domestic violence safe houses, family services agencies, educational settings and private practice. While practicing in Louisiana she served on the Pointe Coupee Mental Health Board, and the Capital Area Human Services Board. Robin offers a cognitive-behavioral approach to psychotherapy and works in a solution-focused manner to help children, individuals, and families reach their goals in a timely and efficient manner.

 

 

JAMES ROBERTS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Jim Roberts is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and his Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Jim is also an EMDR Certified Counselor. Prior to work in private practice, Jim spent many years employed by various hospitals and residential treatment facilities in a wide range of occupational capacities. These included variety of counseling and supervisory positions ranging from working with incarcerated juveniles to managing an emergency youth shelter. Since then Jim has worked as a Certified Behavior Analyst in Tennessee and counseled in a variety of settings in Texas. He provides wide range of therapeutic services that help individuals, couples and families achieve their goals through an authentic, caring and supportive process. Jim’s training, experience and interests allow him to focus on working with troubled youth and families on a wide variety of issues, and helping the victims of trauma with post-traumatic stress disorder through EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jim also enjoys using his past experience as an active duty member of the Air Force to help veterans and their families.

 

Aseel Steward, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Aseel Steward graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She also received a Master's degree at William Carey University in Counseling psychology with an emphasis in child/adolescent counseling. In 2012 she received her LPC license and has been servicing adults, youth and families in crisis related to mental illness, behavioral problems, and drug related issues. Aseel is fluent in Arabic and has over 8 years of experience working with kids and teenagers in a residential treatment center for Inpatient and Outpatient treatment. She is also experienced in working with abused, neglected and troubled youth in CPS custody and juvenile probation and working closely with psychiatrists and psychologist to provide additional support. She has experience working with clients with disorders such as; ADHD, Bipolar DO, Major Depression, Anxiety disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, Conduct DO, Self-harming type issues, and other DMS-IV diagnoses. She has worked extensively in a variety of crisis interventions/situations, such as severe aggression, self-harm/suicidal and risky behaviors. Aseel also has experience in providing family therapy to assist with a healthy family dynamic.


Aseel utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including, brief solution focus, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, and reality therapy and she is also trained in crisis intervention. Aseel has dedicated her career to helping others make positive life style changes and helping others learn to cope with mental illness personally or within the family, past abuse, and many other life challenges.

 

Catherine Widder, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Catherine Widder is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Texas and Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in Human and Family Resources. In 2001 she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. She earned her License as a Clinical Social Worker in 2007.

 

Catherine worked for 11 years providing direct counseling services to children of all ages in the school setting in the State of Illinois. She also has over 2 years of experience working directly with children in the foster care and 2 years of experience working with children and adolescents on probation. She is highly knowledgeable and skilled in addressing the social-emotional needs of at-risk youth and families, children needing special education services and/or 504 accommodations, as well as families in crisis. Catherine has experience working with clients with diagnoses such as: Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Major Depression, Self-Harm, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, School Phobia and many other DSM-IV diagnoses.

 

Catherine utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including brief, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy and strength-based crisis intervention. Catherine is dedicated to helping individuals and families to reach their goals toward optimal well-being.