Martha Fontana, LCSW, is the owner and Clinical Director of the PRISM Programs, which opened in Bellaire in 2003. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston.
Martha was intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, and has completed advanced training in biofeedback from the Biofeedback Institute in San Francisco. She has completed the Chemical Abuse Counselors Course in chemical dependency at the University of Houston.
Other post-graduate clinical experience includes internships at the University of Texas Mental Science Institute in the Child, Adolescent, & Family Therapy Clinic, and Orchard Creek Hospital.
Martha has extensive clinical and managerial experience working in outpatient and hospital- based programs with children, adolescents, adults, and family members. She has specialized in complex psychiatric syndromes and high stress family systems.She has a supportive, relaxed, and creative approach in working with clients and is dedicated to helping individuals and family members cope more effectively at home, school, and in the workplace. Her approach also emphasizes helping individuals “create a life worth living” and assisting families in strengthening family relationships.
As the Team Leader of the PRISM Programs, Martha Fontana, LCSW, has worked over 30 years to develop ethical, creative, positive treatment teams who deliver an exceptionally high quality of service.
Suzanne Counts, LPC, joined The PRISM Programs in 2011. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas and received her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from Houston Baptist University.
Suzanne counsels clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She provides a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech.
In addition to providing individual counseling, Suzanne facilitates adult DBT skills groups that teach coping strategies such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. She believes self-compassion and acceptance are important components that empower and restore a sense of balance and wholeness.
Sherry Poole, LPC, joined The PRISM Programs in 2007.Sherry completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University in College Station and received her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from Houston Baptist University.
Sherry specializes in treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and relationship difficulties.She treats adolescents and adults, providing both individual therapy and teaching DBT Life Skills training groups.She is also a therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program, working with clients who need a higher level of care.
Sherry’s treatment approach is eclectic with a heavy emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology.Her style is goal-oriented and solution-focused, combining a caring and casual style with warmth and understanding.She tailors treatment to the unique needs and personality of each of her clients as she helps them work through life’s transitions and challenges.
Sherry also does consulting work and gives presentations to other health care professionals on the DBT treatment approach, a treatment modality in which she has been intensively trained by the organization developed by DBT creator, Marsha Linehan, PhD.She is available to give talks to schools, hospitals and other organizations.
Bob Woest, LCSW, ACSW, CEAP,joined the PRISM Programs in 2009. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska and received his Master of Social Work in clinical treatment from the University of Houston.
Bob has long-term experience as a nationally Certified Employee Assistance Professional and Clinical Social Worker.He has utilized his clinical background in the corporate arena of Fortune 100 companies to provide management consultation, clinical assessment and counseling services with their employees, as well as creating and delivering trainings on various mental health-related topics.
In Bob's psychotherapy practice, he utilizes a mix of therapeutic approaches, ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to Positive Psychology, among others.He works effectively with individuals dealing with a wide range of clinical issues, including anxiety and depression. One of Bob’s special interests involves working with adults of all ages that are dealing with difficult transitions, either professionally or personally. He also works with couples in addressing a variety of concerns that may include such challenges as unresolved conflict, parenting issues and difficulties in communicating effectively.
Bob also incorporates his clinical skills into his coaching work with professionals in all stages of their careers.He often utilizes multiple psychometric tools to help them target, and move more effectively toward, their personal and professional goals.These goals may involve career change, leadership development, ordeveloping greater resiliency and wellness.Psychometric tools that he may use with career professionals including an in-depth version of Myers Briggs, Strong Inventory, Firo-B and ESSI Resiliency Map.
Whether in his coaching or psychotherapy practice, Bob utilizes a client-centered approach that is enhanced by his sense of humor.He provides his clients a safe, yet challenging environment to explore and thrive through transition and change.