Lea May, LMFT-S, RPT-S, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and Play therapy, and maintains a private practice in Oklahoma City, OK. As a marriage and family therapist, Lea is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma specializing in Play Therapy. She is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad range of clients. Among her areas of expertise are play therapy and family therapy.
My personal philosophy regarding therapy is to focus on the family unit and meet each individual member of the family where they are and treat them as an important part of the therapy. Parents often call me and state they need help for their child and my first response is to treat the child but consider the whole family unit as a part of the therapy treatment plan. Meeting the individual needs of the client is of the utmost importance. Play therapy is most important to me, I believe that play is the way that children express themselves and make sense of their on world and begin to heal though their therapy play experiences. Respecting children and meeting them where they are is important. Also being an advocate for children in all instances is important. For information on play therapy, marriage and family therapy, parenting and general mental health information, go to my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/leamaylmft. I am a member of the OkAMFT, Association 4 Play Therapy, and AAMFT.
Jodie McKleroy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been with Instilling Hope and Wellness since 2014. Jodie has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her years of teaching young children and working with students and families as a school counselor contributed to her desire to continue working with children and families in a clinical setting. She is currently a provider for BCBS, Aetna, Magellan, MhNet, and SoonerCare.
Gaye Backer is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 15 years of experience working with individuals and families who are seeking a brighter future. Her specialty is working with children and foster families. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling from UCO in 2002 but continues to be a learner of methods and ideas to enrich lives of clients. She accepts Soonercare and private pay.
“ I believe we all can find ourselves or our loved ones in need of emotional support due to life events, loss or traumatic experiences. As a Client-Centered Therapist I believe in providing a safe and confidential space for self-discovery and positive change. I am here to listen and help identify options as you discover your own strength and your ability to choose. I am here as support for change. I am passionate about supporting children to find their way toward resilience using play therapy techniques.”
Mandi Porras M.S., LMFT- Candidate
Mandi Porras is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2012, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is knowledgeable in a variety of therapeutic techniques.
Mandi has over a decade of experience working with families from diverse backgrounds. She believes all families are unique therefore their therapeutic journey should be tailored to meet the needs and goals of the family. Her personal goal is to provide each family with the necessary skills to effectively communicate with one another while fostering a positive, supportive environment within the home.
Her passion is helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families process feelings of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. She also has experience in ADHD, anger management, trauma, divorce, abuse, and improving social skills.
Mandi understands the importance of working collaboratively. She is willing to work closely with parents, guardians and school staff to help support everyone involved in the therapy process. Therapy can be provided in office, school/day care, and in the home. She is currently accepting Soonercare and private pay clients.
Jana L. Neufeld, MSW, LCSW
Jana has devoted over 40 years to enhancing the health and well-being of children, parents, families, and individuals in various community and educational settings. Beginning in 2011, her practice has focused on working with children, families, and individuals in the Oklahoma City metro area. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma, an Oklahoma Board Approved Supervisor for LCSW candidates, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.
“My clients reinforce my belief in the inner resilience of humanity, and people’s ability to adapt and navigate life transitions and relationships. My counseling philosophy comes from the belief that problems visit people, but people are not problems. We all are practicing life. Problems cannot be understood in isolation from interactions and connections with families/primary caregivers, communities (including our work, school, friends, teachers, and neighborhoods), society and cultural norms. Through practice, play (with toys and ideas), and collaboration, we are able to understand and map the effects of problems and create alternative pathways in our brains and lives to help us respond to life’s situations, and hardships.”
Jana works with persons challenged by life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, neglect, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and the need to learn new behaviors and find new pathways to live life in preferred ways. Multicultural practice is important to her; she speaks Spanish, and has great appreciation for the beliefs, values, and customs of persons from diverse traditions.
Jana’s training and theoretical approaches that support this person-centered work include: Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Marvla Kesler is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children and their families since 2012. Marvla received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and completed her clinical supervision in 2010. Marvla’s passion is working with children who struggle behaviorally at home or at school. As a school social worker, Marvla understands how important it is for children to receive the supports needed to reach their true potential. Marvla uses a client- centered approach that respects the needs of the child and their family. Marvla has training in Trauma Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and varying play therapy techniques. At this time, Marvla accepts Soonercare.
Clarissa Webb is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist who works with Instilling Hope & Wellness, LLC and iAspire, LLC to help children, adults, and families who need individual and family therapy services. Clarissa also has her private practice, Clarissa Webb, LLC. She is currently a provider for BCBS and SoonerCare.
Clarissa is passionate about helping children, adults, and families strengthen their relationships, co-create a path for change, and thrive in life.
Clarissa holds a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling and a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University. She has her certification as a Registered Play Therapist from the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and is a member of APT.
Elaine Demke M.S., LMFT-Candidate
Elaine Demke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate. She received a Bachelors degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has had training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Play Therapy.
She has experience assisting children, adolescents, and adults through trauma, anxiety, depression, social skills, and behavioral issues. She also has experience developing parenting and communication skills with families.
She believes it important to collaborate with her clients as each client is the expert of their own lives. Her personal goal is to empower her clients and develop the skills they need to address any issues that are prohibiting them from living the life that they want live.
Elaine is currently accepting Soonercare and private pay clients.
Mary Beth Nelson, M.Ed.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have worked with children and families for over 20 years. My past experiences include providing case management to individuals / families, school guidance counseling, skill-based therapy and licensed counseling services (licensed since 2013). I have experience helping children and adults with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, foster care, anger management, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental disabilities, and children on the autism spectrum. Counseling will be provided in a comfortable, non-judgmental, confidential environment where you can feel safe to express yourself. Together we can discover what is holding you back, explore your thoughts, feelings and actions in order to develop a plan for success, personal growth, and happiness. I am passionate about working with individuals who are ready to begin the counseling process. I welcome clients of all ages, backgrounds, faiths, gender orientations, and sexual preference. Therapy can be provided in the home, office, school / day care, or telemedicine services can be provided through a confidential online platform.
Le is a Candidate for licensure in Marital and Family Therapy. Trained in family play therapy by Dr. Eliana Gil, Le has experience helping children and adolescents with concerns of anxiety, depression, transitions, academic and social challenges, trauma, and loss. Le has worked with families and couples on parenting/co-parenting, communication, and relationship challenges, and she is a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator for pre-marital counseling. Le is a bilingual therapist, and her approach involves creating a safe and supportive environment with respect for the clients’ worldview and cultural identities. Le graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s in Couple and Family Therapy. Le is a member of the OKAMFT, AAMFT, and APT. She currently accepts Soonercare and provides private pay services.
Britanie Ramirez is a Counseling Intern at Instilling Hope and Wellness under the supervision of Lea May, LMFT RPT-S, and a member of the American Counseling Association. A Kansas native, Britanie developed an aspiration to meet the needs of local families when she was a young adult. This resolve lead her to obtain a BA in Sociology from Emporia State University. She is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Counseling from Walden University with an emphasis in marriage, couple, and family counseling.
Currently, Britanie is the Director of Whiz Kids, a nonprofit that works to meet the literacy needs of children in Oklahoma City. In addition, Britanie possesses years of experience working within the Kansas foster care system through her work in the family court, as a supervising coordinator with CASA, and personally as a foster parent.
For many years Britanie has served and mentored those on the verge of losing their marriages and families through her heavy involvement in her home church. She has seen restoration and healing where it didn’t seem possible and she passionately works towards the goals of each individual she works with.
Britanie practices from an attachment based, emotionally focused perspective. She works with individuals, couples and families. She believes everyone has an inherent need to genuinely connect with others and that each person has an innate capacity for healing when given the opportunity. She believes in the uniqueness of each story and is energized to invest in the healing and growth of each individual.
Our Treatment specialization includes:
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Play Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Grief Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Addiction & Recovery
- Conflict Resolution
We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are seeking.
Child–Parent–Relationship (C-P-R) Training
Learn the Keys to Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life.
A 10-Session Parenting Program for parents of children under 10 years of age.
Insurance accepted: • Aetna • HealthChoice • Coventry/First Health • OK Health Network • Tricare Standard • Soonercare • Blue Cross & Blue Shield