Message From Our Founders
First of all, congratulations. There’s a part of you, deep down inside, that knows there’s still something which needs to be healed. That’s why you’re here. Despite all the roadblocks, struggles and heartache, you made it this far, and your resilience and courage needs to be acknowledged, and celebrated.
Through our combined 35 years of clinical practice in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dissociative identity disorder, eating disorders and the many different ways we experience psychological pain, we’ve found that treatment is only effective when we strike at the root cause of our suffering.
This is why we started enCOURAGE, and it is why our approach works.
We’ve trained with several of the world’s leading experts in trauma treatment, brought together our years of experience in delivering individual therapy, and running a successful eating disorders program, and have combined it with trauma sensitive mind-body practices such as Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement to deliver a program we are proud to say has helped over 100 people have a better life.
Thank you for your trust, and thank you for acting on your knowing that there can be a better tomorrow. We look forward to getting to know you, sharing more about our model, and supporting you in your transformation.
Meet The Team
We are a team of highly skilled clinicians who have dedicated our careers to help people
get free from psychological suffering. We bring our decades of combined
experience to addressing the root cause of our symptoms and pain.
As an intern at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, I had my first exposure to the concept of trauma and the pervasive effects it had on our veterans. It was such an honor to work with them. My subsequent work in a variety of settings showed me that trauma was rarely fully addressed in treatment. As an eating disorders specialist, I came to realize that full recovery from eating disorders requires working on past traumas.
My training and experience:
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Tulsa.
Houston Eating Disorders Center (Now part of Eating Recovery Center), Founder and Executive Director.
Menninger Clinic, Primary Clinician.
Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
International Society for The Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Member
I greatly appreciate the mentorship of leading national experts in trauma. I am excited to work with my equally committed colleagues to provide support for deep trauma treatment.
I have been a clinical social worker for 13 years and operate a private practice in the Rice Village area. I earned my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work in 2006 and have worked with individuals with mental illness in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. I worked at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston with individuals with co-occurring disorders and at The Menninger Clinic in Houston for almost 5 years working on the Hope Unit with individuals with depression, anxiety, addictions, and personality disorders.
I have expertise and specialization in trauma-focused treatment, addictions work, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy. I provide individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to individuals with a history of trauma, mood and personality disorders. I am also leading a trauma psychoeducational group and trauma processing group.
Even in the most desperate of times when repair seems impossible, one thing that I have always known is that there is always hope and help. Personal and professional experience has taught me that deep pain and suffering can be alleviated with therapy. It is my privilege to be able to dedicate my journey to helping individuals heal through their trauma and live a valued life.
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate Univ., a Master’s degree in Counseling from U of H, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My broad experiences working in correctional facilities, private practice, a psychiatric hospital, and child welfare agencies have instilled in me the competency, compassion, and evidence-based interventions for walking alongside and guiding individuals on their path of liberation.
I am humbled and honored to have received training and supervision from leading experts in eating disorders, trauma, and various mental illnesses. My hope is to provide the much needed support and guidance to those seeking healing because we are not made to go through this life and its challenges alone.
Czarina Azzam, LPC, Ph.D.
Summer is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Hawaii at Hilo. Her clinical interests include relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, personality concerns, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and addictions. She draws from her training in a variety of modalities including psychodynamic therapy, attachment-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidenced-based practices.
Summer works primarily with adults and has experience within multiple settings including residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient care, where she provided individual and group therapy. Currently, Summer practices at Ethos Wellness- Lovett and co-facilitates the alumni groups at enCOURAGE.
Summer Grace Danner, LPC-A
Alumni Group Leader
Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., holds the position of Clinical Professor as a member of the Voluntary Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine. He retired from clinical practice after 40 years at The Menninger Clinic, where he taught and supervised fellows and residents, and he conducted psychotherapy, diagnostic consultations, psychoed programs, and research on clinical outcomes. His books include Coping with Trauma: From Self-Understanding to Hope, Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope, Mentalizing in Clinical Practice, Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships: Treating Trauma with Plain Old Therapy, and Mentalizing in the Development and Treatment of Attachment Trauma.
Dr. Allen serves as a consultant to the enCOURAGE program and leads the final session of the Psychoeducational Group for each round of the program on the topics of Hope and Trust. Dr. Allen has a forthcoming book on this important topic.
Jon G. Allen,