Our Staff

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Grover C. Shaunty, MSW – Founding Director

Graduate of Florida State University. 49 years experience as clinical social worker/psychotherapist with the mentally ill. In the 1960s, Grover developed a model of cognitive therapy with the young adult mentally ill, designed to increase awareness of the impact of the illnesses on social/emotional functioning.

One of the major impacts of this work is to reduce anxiety associated with newly diagnosed schizophrenia, schizo-affective, bi-polar, and related disorders. The combination of guided cognitive awareness, living in a relative stress free, open campus environment and access to ongoing supportive therapy has allowed thousands of clients to return to as near normal social and work environments as their illnesses will permit

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Chase Walding, M.Ed – Director of Adults in Transition

Graduate of the University of Houston – Victoria, Masters in Education with concentration in Counseling, Chase began working with students with mental and emotional disorders as a special education teacher for two years. He then moved to San Antonio for a two year period to work as a High School Counselor for a private school in north central San Antonio. In 2012, Chase moved to Houston to join the Mental Health Co-op as a clinical therapist and was named Director of Adults in Transition in 2014.

Chase’s interests include the interconnection of mind/body/spirit and the creative pursuit of self-discovery within this interconnection. He provides training in mindfulness meditation, introductory flow yoga, exploration of healing literature as a group process, poetry, and musical exploration and improvisation. He works with individual, group, and family units to build a cohesive team for the betterment and growth of the individual client. Chase takes a keen interest in higher development of self to explore and discover meaning especially within the older adult population.

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Dewey Paris, LCSW – Clinical Director

Graduate of the University of Houston, School of Social Work, Dewey entered the profession as a second career, bringing maturity and experience of the work world to his work with the adult mentally ill. Dewey’s interest in addictions, co-dependency, and behavioral interventions in maladaptive behavior patterns has led him to develop specific programs of care at The Mental Health Co-op.

Coupled with cognitive therapy, individual and family work, as well as extensive use of group processes, Dewey provides individualized treatment planning within the agency for clients with significant self destructive patterns of behaviors. This group includes the dual diagnosed with substance abuse issues as well as clients with developmental disorders related to Asperger’s, mild retardation, OCD, Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders, and Anti-Social Personality Disorders.

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Christine Curiger – M.S – Director of Assessment Services, DBT and CBT Training Specialist

Graduate of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. Christine was born and raised in Switzerland and completed all of her studies there. After graduating she started working as a Clinical Psychologist at the Psychiatric University Hospital in Zurich. After working at the Psychiatric University Hospital for five years Christine moved to Houston and was hired by the Mental Health Co-op in May 2015. She works closely with the residents during their assessment period, providing individual, group and family therapy.

Christine is a very caring and understanding therapist who has a keen sense of responsibility and dedication to her work and takes great pride helping her clients achieve personal growth.

Christine’s interests outside of work include traveling, music, soccer, personal fitness as well as spending time with her family and friends.

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Matthew Browning, B.S. – Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) Coordinator

Matt completed his B.S. in Psychology at Texas State University in 2012. Matt began working at the Co-op in 2013 and focused on teaching life skills to his clients like self-reliance, employment skills, and social skills. He works from a multimodal perspective with a concentration on helping clients break patterns that simply don’t work for them. He is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) at University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.

As the CET Coordinator, Matt maintains CET groups and develops new future groups. He works as a team with fellow staff and the CET parent agency, CETCleveland, to best serve the CET groups and clientele. As one of our certified CET Coaches, Matt meets individually with CET group members to address challenges from group.

Click here to learn more about our CET services.

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Jessica A. Brodie – B.S. Psychology – Director or Dual Diagnosis, Sobriety Coach

Graduate of the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Bachelor of Science with focus on Abnormal Psychology & Addiction. Before graduation, Jessica worked as an intern for The Mental Health Co-Op with heavy participation in the CET (Cognitive Enhancement Training) program and began working with the dual diagnosis population.

‏Upon graduation in December of 2012, Jessica was hired full time as a Sobriety Coach and was directed to create a Dual Diagnosis Program for the population of residents with substance abuse issues. Through this program, three chronic clients have fully recovered from drug and alcohol abuse and are in the maintenance portion of their recovery, while currently nine others are participating in the program and are no longer active users.

‏Jessica’s interests include helping others realize that they can help themselves. She is very motivating, results oriented and patient. As the Director of Dual Diagnosis, she understands and takes pride in that she is working with a very special population of adults with mental illness and addiction, and does not expect groundbreaking changes overnight, but instead a steady progress measured by client’s behaviors, realizations and desire to move forward.

‏Jessica’s personal interests include Texas Ice Hockey, staying physically active, the outdoors, volunteering, gardening, the beach and spending time with her nine year old son, fourteen year old daughter and husband.

Dr. Norma V.L. Clarke, MD – Psychiatrist

I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in acute care, residential settings and in outpatient settings. In all my work I have learned the value of careful history taking and slow and careful medication management for all diagnostic categories. I have expertise in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, mood and psychotic disorders. Psychopharmacology with adults and adolescents is one of my strong areas. I’m very careful and thoughtful with medications. I work with adults, children as young as six years old and with adolescents.

Mohammad Rizvi

Mohammad Rizvi, MHA, MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Graduate from University of Houston – Clear Lake, Masters in Business Administration and Master in Health Administration. Mohammad has a history of working in healthcare administration. He has previously gained experience working in a nursing home in Houston for medical records department. He then interned at a home hospice company in Chicago in the Summer of 2013.

Mohammad started working at The Mental Health Co-op on August 2013 where he started off as an Administrator. In March of 2015 he was promoted to CFO for the company.