Rise Wellness Group

Meet Our Therapists

Selenia Pellerin

Selenia Pellerin

M.A., LPC-S

When people are faced with difficulties in life, we are presented with a beautiful opportunity to flourish in unimaginable ways. Every human being possesses a resilient spirit within them to overcome obstacles. There are times, however, when it can be very difficult to connect with that resilient spirit. The decision to reach out for a helping hand can be one of the healthiest and most life changing investments you can make in yourself. It is a great honor and privilege for me to be a gift of service to my clients during some of the most challenging seasons of their lives, and to watch them RISE.

I am a proud Houstonian and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston (Go ‘Coogs) and Master of Counseling from Houston Baptist University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice since 2014. I am also licensed to supervise and train other therapists in the State of Texas. I have been trained in numerous therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Therapeutic Yoga, and many more. I am a fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma therapist and well versed in somatic experiencing practices to compliment EMDR through healing trauma in our bodies.

I operate a general practice, giving me the ability to see individuals and families of all ages including individuals struggling with trauma, shame, anxiety, depression, self–esteem, divorce, and life adjustments of all types. I very much enjoy, yes enjoy, working with teenagers and young adults during the complicated and difficult transition to adulthood.

My favorite things in the world are spending time with the loves of my life, my husband and my sassy and smart daughter.

Alicia Gilpin

Alicia Gilpin

M.A., LPC-S

I was born to do this! It is an honor and privilege to live and thrive in my purpose, as psychotherapist. I believe in a customized therapeutic approach that is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual, couple, or group.

I believe in the resiliency of people and the innate desire to RISE out of their current challenges, obstacles, circumstances and dispositions. I am committed to providing a safe place to address your vulnerabilities, growth areas, current challenges and past pains. In this cultivated space you will be encouraged to learn and use positive coping skills, increase your personal awareness, improve communication, become empowered to stretch and to celebrate your victories. I have a directive therapeutic style. I am honored to partner with you on your journey as you do the work of healing.

I am known for the diversity of my clientele that range in age from 3 to 103 years old, that encompass all genders, orientations, religions, and ability status. I am equipped to treat emotional dysregulation, behavioral challenges, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and self-esteem challenges. In addition, I work with those who are having difficulty navigating life transitions like death, marriage, divorce, general relationship and professional distresses. I can also assist you in acquiring healthy boundaries, positive coping skills, performance enhancement skills, as well as assertiveness training.

In order to meet the diverse needs of my clients, I continually invest in my professional development and acquisition of training in evidence based therapeutic approaches. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2016. I received my Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and Master of Arts in Christian Counseling at Houston Baptist University, where I was recognized as Most Distinguished Student in the program. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Neurofeedback and Biofeedback. I am a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and have received extensive training in Play Therapy. I integrate mindfulness, relaxation, CBT, art and faith-based interventions as appropriate.

I have been joyfully, peacefully and excitedly married to my best friend, journey mate and partner in crime Winston. Together we have 3 daughters, a son-in-law and 2 granddaughter’s that inspire us to be better human beings every day.

Celani Rodriquez

Celani Rodriquez

M.Ed, LPC

Let me start by saying, I love what I do. I believe it’s my job to work alongside my clients, help lessen their burden, and equip them with additional skills to live a more fulfilling life. I believe the things you have gone through, or are currently going through, have an impact on how you interact with life and the way you engage with the world. Unfortunately, sometimes those experiences hinder us from the things we actually want to achieve and how we want our relationships and life to look. Therapy is a place you can learn to grow as a person, find new ways to communicate, and learn to address challenges and patterns you may find yourself stuck in currently. My desire is to join you in that work if you decide I am a good fit for you.

I work with clients in the adolescent to senior age range who have a wide variety of concerns and goals for their therapy. Some of these include, anxiety, boundaries work, depression, developing coping skills, divorce, grief, life transitions, relationships, self-esteem, stress, trauma and PTSD. I love incorporating different approaches to help my clients work towards their goals based on their individual and specific needs. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and love incorporating that approach to help clients overcome unhelpful cognitions as well as work through distressing events they might have experienced.

I came to this career with some additional stops along the way, but all of my experiences led me here and have made me a better counselor. I have an extensive background in K-12 and higher education prior to entering the counseling field. I graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Houston Baptist University with my Master of Education in Counselor Education. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) as well as the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

I know, from personal experience, that looking for a counselor can feel challenging at times. I firmly believe it’s important to find the therapist that is a good fit for YOU specifically. I would love to meet with you and see if I might be that good fit.

Paige Cryer

Paige Cryer

M.A., LPC

Paige’s general approach to counseling is eclectic and person–centered. She enjoys working with a diverse group of clients and seeks to meet clients where they are. Paige believes that our past experiences shape the way we respond and react to present challenges. Her therapeutic interests include trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, family of origin issues, life transitions, and postpartum and maternal mental health. In addition to talk therapy, Paige incorporates her training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and play therapy into her practice. Paige particularly enjoys working with children under the age of six, adolescents over the age of sixteen, college students, young adults, and parents. She believes that every person is valuable and deserving of respect, care, and empathy.

Since the relationship between counselor and client is an integral part of the therapeutic process, Paige strives to promote a warm, empathetic, and trusting environment. Her objective is to treat the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. She desires to tap into clients’ personal strengths to overcome struggles. Paige feels honored that clients allow her to step into their stories and walk with them through hard times.

Paige graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, she worked for a non–profit serving as an after school enrichment program director for elementary, middle, and high school aged adolescents. After several years in the non–profit sector, she began to pursue a degree in counseling. Paige holds a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary’s Houston campus. Her experiences both in and out of the counseling office lead her to be a strong and compassionate therapist for a wide variety of clients. She considers counseling to be her life calling and is humbled by the path that brought her to this field.

Jennifer Welch

Jennifer Welch

M.A., LPC

Jennifer places a high value on meeting each client with empathy and understanding, providing compassion and support, and offering hope to those in need of encouragement. She seeks to approach each therapeutic experience with the mindset of empowering her clients to develop qualities that will have a lasting effect on their overall well-being and quality of life. Her overall goal is to guide clients through the process of accepting and integrating their life experiences in order to reach a new place of peace and understanding.

Jennifer primarily works with adolescents, college students, young adults and professionals. Her areas of experience and interest include: ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress and job related issues, trauma, relationships, grief, identity issues, bullying, self–esteem and life transitions. She offers expertise in conducting ADHD and psychoeducational assessments. Jennifer also focuses on guiding clients through understanding their emotional responses, building regulation skills, establishing healthy boundaries and developing healthy coping and communication skills.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Youth Development from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Houston Baptist University. Jennifer’s experiences with adolescents in various nonprofit organizations and ministries over the past decade shape her therapeutic approach today, and she feels honored and privileged to enter into every client’s life and story. She values meeting each of her clients in whatever season of life they may be in and looks forward to creating a safe place for healing to flourish.

Dan Chung

M.Ed./Ed.S., LPC-Associate
Under the Supervision of Selenia Pellerin, M.A., LPC – S

Dan has always been interested in how cultural factors may impact the therapy space and, as a result, understands that the topic of mental health can be very intimidating to even approach. Being brought up as a 2nd generation, Korean American, cultural values of “respect your elders”, “never talk back or raise your voices”, “listen and be respectful to those around you” were always taught from the household. While this can be adaptive on one hand, Dan realizes this can sometimes lead to you having no space to have your own voice on the other.

With that being said, Dan’s goal in partnering with you as your therapist is to provide anon-judgmental, safe space for you to express your creativity, discover who you are as an individual, and process through your own emotions, thoughts, and past experiences. His hope is to help you understand yourself better in relation to your unique social spheres, identify your values and strengths, and learn to use them in rising above your personal challenges to eventually thrive in a life that is meaningful to you.

As an aspiring professional counselor, Dan believes everybody’s core desire is to be understood and seen: the experience of intimacy and connection. This is what Dan believes the therapy space is supposed to provide and achieve for all clients. Becoming more self-aware isn’t being “selfish” but instead, the counseling journey is an opportunity to learn how to be your most authentic self, be vulnerable, and foster deep intimacy and connection with those around you.

Dan’s education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and an M.Ed./Ed.S. in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. He sees clients from a variety of ages ranging from four years of age to adults navigating through acculturative stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, low self-esteem issues, trauma, emotional regulation, daily life stressors and transitions, anger management, and other experiences not limited to what was just mentioned.

During his free time Dan enjoys doing photography, long-distance running, playing tennis (and dominating in pickleball), watching movies, and playing video games. He considers his wife to be his best friend who he enjoys his favorite past-times with, whether that be chilling at home with some good matcha or being present with the mountains together.

Cami Jones

M.A., LPC-Associate
Under the Supervision of Selenia Pellerin, M.A., LPC – S

I have been on a journey to my true calling as a therapist all of my life. My life experiences and subsequent journey for personal insight and healing, coupled with my educational pursuits have equipped me for the work ahead with you. I was built with the empathy, discernment, and compassion to do this! 

Your pursuit of healing and wholeness can start here, today! I will honor your voice and partner with you in your journey or even help you to find your voice and learn how to use it. I know the deep impact the work towards wholeness can have on a person’s life and want you to experience the peace and clarity that you deserve.

My desire is to facilitate an environment that is safe for you to heal and grow. Some areas of my therapeutic focus include depression, trauma, living well with personality disorders, disordered eating, the mind-gut connection as well as major developmental stages and/or life transitions. My therapeutic focus is general and includes all ages, genders, races, religions, and abilities. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and I am an Eating Disorder Informed Professional with intensive experience at the partial-hospitalization level of care. 

I love to rescue stray animals, read, be outside, and spend time with my husband and three little people. I have a knack for finding the funny in a tough situation, and I am passionate about encouraging others to do their work. Together we can RISE to the next level of peace, joy, and healing!

Emily Rucker

M.A., LPC - Associate
Under the Supervision of Selenia Pellerin, M.A., LPC – S

Emily’s approach to counseling is integrated and eclectic. Emily emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship through creating a warm, empathetic, and trusting environment. Emily believes that integrating the whole person through a wide variety of tools enables one to be fully alive, connected, and whole in mind, body, and spirit. Emily strives to help her clients become more grounded and connected by using Person Centered Therapy along with other integrative and holistic resources. Emily’s areas of expertise include the following: anxiety, stress, trauma, self-esteem, holistic health and wellness, depression, life transitions, emotional regulation, identity, distorted eating, body image, autism, spiritual and religious struggles, and ADHD.

Emily works with clients of all ages from kids to adults. She has a realm of experience working with elementary aged children, middle to high school aged individuals, and young adults. Emily also uses her skill set to provide parent coaching that empowers parents to maintain healthy family systems.

Emily graduated from Baylor University with her undergraduate degree in Education and Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Counseling degree. Emily has a realm of experience in education, behaviorism, youth ministry and mentorship, women’s ministry, and instructing in the fitness industry. Emily cherishes meeting her clients where they are and values getting to connect with them in a way that allows her clients to feel truly known, seen, and heard. She views her role as a counselor as a gift to empower and equip her clients to step into deeper integration and wholeness that establishes solidified identity and enables one to live truly alive, present, and whole.

Annie Petroshus

Graduate Student Intern
Under the Supervision of Alicia Gilpin, M.A., LPC – S

Every person has a unique and beautiful story. Annie developed a love for the power of stories while guiding at Wilderness Ranch, a Young Life camp where high schoolers spend a week in the mountains telling their life stories. Bearing witness to a person’s story is a sacred endeavor. Helping clients share their life stories and make meaning out of the highs and lows of life is something Annie considers the honor of her life.

Annie believes that understanding why you came to live and behave the way you do is an important piece of implementing long-term change. A central theme in her practice is facilitating self-knowledge which provides fertile soil for self-compassion. She also believes that healing happens in the context of relationships. Establishing a strong therapeutic alliance rooted in empathy, honesty, and unconditional positive regard is at the heart of Annie’s counseling approach. Her hope is that therapy would be a safe space where clients can openly navigate the challenges of life and heal from the wounds that left you feeling broken. Creating a safe and non-judgmental space allows her clients to explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insight, and develop a true sense of self-worth. Annie’s passion lies in helping people navigate life’s challenges, discover their inner strengths, and cultivate resilience.

Because each individual is unique, Annie tailors her approach to meet the specific needs and goals of her clients. Her therapeutic interests include anxiety, depression, grief recovery, behavioral concerns, emotion regulation, trauma and CPTSD, ADHD, learning differences, family of origin work, relationship issues, substance use, and life transitions.

Annie graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health. After graduating she worked as a medical assistant at a pediatrician’s office while applying to nursing school. During this time she realized her passion was caring for people’s mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. She moved to Dallas to pursue a master’s in counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. There she adopted an integrated approach to psychotherapy based on a unity of truth model. As a native Houstonian and graduate of Memorial High School, Annie is thrilled to be home and serve in the community where she was raised. She is currently under the supervision of Alicia Gilpin, LPC-S.