Meet: Dr. Velma “Jean” Stanley, Ph.D

Dr. Velma “Jean” Stanley, Ph.D
Dr. Velma “Jean” Stanley, Ph.D

Velma “Jean” Stanley, PhD, LP, LPCS, LSOTPS is owner and clinical director of Pathways Forensic & Mental Health Services, PLLC with offices located in Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas. She is a Licensed Psychologist practicing clinical and forensic psychology, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider-Supervisor. Dr. Stanley is certified through the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC) as a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. She is also Certified by the Council on Sex Offender Treatment as a Deregistration Evaluation Specialist.

Having been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in October of 2020, Dr. Stanley also serves as a clinical member of the State Board for the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment (CSOT). Dr. Stanley is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA); and the Texas Psychological Association (TPA). As such, Dr. Stanley offers a wide range of psychotherapy, consulting, and evaluations services.


  • Forensic: With over 20 years of experience working with the offender population and criminal court systems throughout East Texas, her practice is heavily represented by clients referred by criminal defense and prosecuting attorneys seeking evaluation and/or psychotherapy services, consultations, or expert testimony mostly related to sexual risk. She is contracted with numerous agencies, State and Federal, to conduct psychological and psychosexual evaluations and to provide mental health, sex offender, and substance use treatment for individuals on supervision. More specifically, she does psychosexual risk assessments, evaluations of deviant sexual interest, competency to stand trial, violence risk assessments, and sentence mitigation evaluations.
  • Non-Forensic: Dr. Stanley also offers non-court-related psychotherapy, consulting, and evaluations services to private clients and other entities. This includes pre-weight-loss surgery (pre-bariatric) psychological evaluations that are often required by either bariatric surgeons or insurance company for surgery candidates. Pre-bariatric surgery evaluations are conducted in compliance with the guidelines of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. Dr. Stanley offers pre-employment psychological evaluations, evaluations for suitability to carry a firearm, and occupational interest assessments. Adult and child and adolescent ADHD and/or IQ testing, are also available. Other counseling and psychological services may be available upon request. Dr. Stanley reserves the right to accept or refer cases.*
  • General Psychological Evaluations: In some cases, when speaking with a client at intake, Dr. Stanley will recommend a psychological evaluation to obtain in greater detail information about a client that will establish or rule out the presences of certain psychological traits and/or disorders. When conducting psychological evaluations, Dr. Stanley will utilize valid and reliable psychometric testing to assess for the psychological symptoms and personality traits that could be contributing to the client’s problems or dissatisfaction or that may be shaping certain problematic thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. This type of assessment is done in the early stages of treatment to solidify diagnosis and lay a firm foundation for treatment planning.



  • Indiviual Therapy: When treatment with Dr. Stanley begins, she generally does a psycho-diagnostic evaluation designed to clarify, identify or differentiate a client’s symptoms, improve diagnostic accuracy, and provide insight into the client’s common experiences . This evaluation may include gathering general or detailed information during a clinical interview about the individual’s background. With client input, Dr. Stanley will formulate a client-centered treatment plan designed to address the client’s clinical needs or treatment targets, establish the frequency of sessions and an estimated number of sessions, if possible.
  • Non-agency Private Clients: Dr. Stanley’s most common clientele from the private sector are adults seeking treatment for impulse control problems including process addictions such as pornography, gambling, hypersexuality, infidelity, or deviant sexual interest and/or behavior; however, she also is highly experienced with assisting clients with life planning and with working through issues stemming from significant life changes such as grief and loss, divorce, empty nest, mid-life crisis, and other issues, conditions, or situations causing emotional disruption in various stages of adulthood. Dr. Stanley reserves the right to decline services on a case by case basis.

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*Dr. Stanley is in-network as a psychologist with a variety of insurance companies. Verification of in-network insurance coverage is required prior to services. Out of pocket estimates are available upon request.