KRIS KERLIN, M.A. LPC-S (Founder)
Kris is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor. She obtained her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Phillips Graduate Institute in California. She has over ten years of experience helping clients and professionals manage challenging life situations. She specializes in helping people whose lives have been affected by an illness. She has worked with people with chronic pain, cancer, and other illnesses and caregivers and family members also impacted by their loved one’s illness. She began her work with people living with cancer and their loved ones over ten years ago at the Wellness Community in Los Angeles where counseling services and support groups and service are offered to those affected by cancer. Here in Houston she provided services to those impacted by cancer through Cancer Counseling. She also worked in multi-disciplinary pain management programs to assist people injured at work. She is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, pain management, psychological first aid and ropes experiential learning modalities. In addition to her direct care with clients, she has worked in management in community mental health settings for seven years, supervising other mental health professionals and staff. She designs and delivers programs for professionals to promote self care and prevent burnout. In 2012 Kris founded the Center for Stress Management.
DEBBIE ZIEGLER (Chaplain and Spiritual Director)
Having a chronic illness can cause one to struggle emotionally and spiritually. Debbie Ziegler has over twenty years of experience providing emotional and spiritual support and helping to improve the lives of others to enable them to live to their fullest potential. She completed her Spiritual Direction Training at the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the medical center. She has a heart for being with people as they face the uncertainty that comes with illness, end of life and personal crisis. She is gifted at helping people find meaning and hope in difficult situations.
PAT KERLIN (Spiritual Director, Success: Full Living Instructor & Life Coach)
Pat is a certified Spiritual Director for over 23 years and trained at the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston where she was involved in the supervision of spiritual directors in training for many years. She is a certified Success: Full Living Instructor, a workshop that teaches how to use the ‘Life Mechanism’ to live a more meaningful and engaged life. Pat’s training and personal experience combine to offer a practical and straightforward approach to recognizing and achieving one’s goals in life. Her dynamic and engaging presentation style has made her a favorite of many that have attended her sessions over the years. She has extensive experience both in the U.S. and overseas in facilitating and training various youth and adult groups including planning teams, meditation and support groups. Pat lives in Katy, Texas with her husband, Dick, and enjoys her family of six adult children and nine grandchildren.