Therapist Staff at the Center for Recovering Families

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The Council's Center for Recovering Families employs a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists. They will help you and your family with problems related to alcoholism, substance abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. The personalized treatment plans they use are comprised of powerful and proven therapeutic techniques that create healing through self-discovery, recovery, and support.

Lori Fiester, LCSW-S, MAC, CIP, CDWF

Therapist, Clinical Director for the Center for Recovering Families Education: University of Texas at El Paso & University of Houston Areas of specialization: Addiction & Recovery, Family Systems, Codependency, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

Lori oversees a team of eleven clinical staff who serve clients in the Center's various programs. These include the Healing Choices intensive outpatient treatment program and supportive outpatient program, as well as all clinical services (individual, family and couples therapy). She also directs evaluation and assessment services, aftercare, intervention, and executive services. Prior to her 14-year tenure at The Council on Recovery, Lori worked with the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Department of Public Safety, and Montrose Center. Lori’s vast experience focuses in several areas of specialization for which the Center for Recovering Families is nationally-known, including Addiction & Recovery, Family Systems, and Codependency. In her free time, Lori enjoys motorcycling and has a deep love for her three dogs and other creatures great and small.

Cheryl Kalinec, LCSW-S

Therapist, Director of Clinical Admissions & Operations
Education: University of the Pacific & Arizona State University
Areas of specialization: Addiction & Recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Children’s Therapy, Family Systems

Cheryl oversees The Council’s intake team at the Center for Recovering Families, as well as the Welcome Center staff. Her team is responsible for clinical utilization reviews and coordination of Substance Use Evaluations. She has clinical experience and extensive training in Addiction & Recovery, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Children’s Therapy. Originally from Southern California, Cheryl worked for as the Mental Health Program Manager for a children’s counseling center prior to relocating to Houston in 2008. She worked for Cenpatico for two years before joining The Council on Recovery in 2010. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Viola Chavez, LCSW

Education: Cornell University & University of Houston

Areas of specialization: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Veteran Populations, Trauma, Grief, Gerontology, Suicide Prevention, Crisis Interventions

Ann Spataro, LCSW, CDWF

Family Therapist
Education: Kent State University & University of Houston
Areas of specialization: Addiction & Recovery, Adult Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Systems. Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

Ann works with individuals, couples and families who struggle with the impact of addiction on their family system. She facilitates both intensive and supportive outpatient treatment programs for her clients and their families. Ann leads weekly family recovery sessions, as well as a weekly educational/support group known as the Multi-Family Group.  In addition to therapeutic counseling for her clients, Ann also facilitates the Family After Care interpersonal process group and the Mindful Eating process group. She has been a member of the Kids Camp team for 4 years and facilitates the parent component of that vital program. In her time away from work, Ann plays tennis, practices yoga, and enjoys traveling, especially to spend time with her children and 13 grandchildren.

Andrea Washington, LCSW-S, CSAT, CDWF

Education: University of Texas at Austin & University of Houston
Areas of specialization: Addiction & Recovery, ADHD, HIV/AIDS; Anxiety, Bipolar, Behavioral Addictions (including Sex Addiction), Depression, Couples Therapy, LGBT issues including gender identity, Older Adolescents Therapy, Young Adult Therapy, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

Andrea provides therapeutic counseling to individuals with substance use or mental health disorders and their families. Her specialization as a CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) allows her to work with people struggling with problematic or compulsive sexual behavior. Her work focuses on family of origin issues and the part they play in other relationships throughout life. Andrea has been a presenter at SAMHSA’s national conferences. She was also sole clinical/practice consultant to CSWE and SAMHSA in the development of an integrated primary care behavioral health practicum curriculum used by many graduate social work programs. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys attending festivals, the zoo, and museums. She loves poetry readings, books, volunteering, creating zentangles, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Evans, LMSW

Family Therapist
Education: University of Houston & Greenville University
Areas of specialization: Addiction and Recovery, Adult Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Systems, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Rachel is the Family Therapist for The Center for Recovering Families. Along with earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston, Rachel completed an internship and clinical fellowship with The Council on Recovery. Rachel also held a Master’s level internship with Child Advocates of Fort Bend. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greenville University. In her free time, Rachel enjoys live music of all kinds and visiting the beach as much as possible.

To make an appointment for a clinical assessment, or if you have any questions, call 713-914-0556 or contact us online.