We will be hosting a panel of mental health professionals who responded in various ways to Hurricane Harvey to discuss what we can learn from the disaster response effort and how counselors can be prepared to help respond to ongoing recovery and to future disasters. Our panelists' experience range from navigating the shelters and identifying immediate mental health needs during and following the storm, to responding with trauma informed services and care once the recovery effort was underway.
Our panelists will include the following mental health professionals who have played crucial roles in the Harvey response and recovery effort:
Bridget Allen, LCSW
Bridget Allen is a licensed clinical social worker who lives in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work from St. Edward's University. Bridget then earned her Master's in Social Work from The University of Houston. While working on a psychiatry grant at Houston Methodist Hospital she was intensively trained in Motivational Interviewing. Bridget also attended a foundational training in DBT. After her work on the grant, she took the position of Director of Counseling Services at an emergency shelter for homeless youth, where she assisted in reestablishing their counseling program and trauma- informed care practices. Bridget currently works as a middle school counselor in Houston, and has a small part-time private practice.
Ashlie Brown, M.Ed, LPC
Gomez Counseling and Consulting Services
Trauma Healing and Recovery Center
Ashlie Brown is an LPC and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She is Trauma Therapist at Gomez Counseling and Consulting Services, Trauma Healing and Recovery Center.
Ashlie's clinical experience as a counselor has included working with clients of all ages and backgrounds who have experienced trauma, severe mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety, and early onset psychosis. She is fully credentialed by the National Academy of Cognitive Therapy as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, and continues to have ongoing training in EMDR, Hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing, and Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Therapy Model. She holds a Masters in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Bachelors in Psychology and Communication from Southwestern University.
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPCSean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, is the executive director of The Jung Center. He has master’s degrees in religious studies and clinical psychology, and he completed his doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies, at Saybrook University. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and is a member of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers.
Gabrielle Hargrove, M.Ed., LPCGabrielle Hargrove is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has had experience working with a variety of populations and ages over the past 15 years, but has mainly focused on working with the severely mentally ill population, substance abusers, and victims of Domestic Violence. She graduated with BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and earned her Master of Education in Community Agency Counseling from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Currently, Gabrielle is working for the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD as a Clinical Team Lead for the Texans Recovering Together program. The Texans Recovering Together is a grant based program run by FEMA that consists of field based Crisis Counselors that provide brief counseling and community resources and outreach to survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Harris County.