Ms. Monica Oliver, MA., LPC, offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients. A long-time residence of East Texas, Monica received her first college degree from Angelina College, in Lufkin, Texas, where she earned an Associates of Applied Arts in social work. She continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, and a Master of Arts in Counseling. Having held several mental health and counseling-related positions with agencies throughout East Texas, Monica began her counseling career as a school counselor with Shepherd High School. Six years later, she joined the staff of Samaritan Counseling Center in Lufkin, Texas as a staff therapist, where she provided a diverse range of mental health services. Monica has been professionally associated with the Burke Center in Lufkin since 2010 as well, where she began working in 2010 as a crisis therapist. In 2013 she began working exclusively for the Burke Center in that capacity then began in early 2015 working as an intake therapist. Over the course of her career, Monica has acquired extensive training in a broad range of counseling areas wherein she utilizes cognitive-based theories and therapeutic techniques to assist her clients. Monica extends her practice to include counseling with children, adolescents, as well as adults. She offers after-hours counseling services to couples or individuals with difficult day-time schedules.
Brandy Goins, MS, Ph.D (abd), LPC, LSOTP, CTHP
Brandy Goins has a Master of Science and PhD (abd) in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Goins is a licensed professional counselor, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and a certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTHP).Ms. Goins is a licensed professional counselor and an Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider, supervised by Dr. Jean Stanley, LPC, LSOTP. Ms. Goins is also a certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTHP)She has a diverse forensic and mental health professional background that includes: mental health and addiction counseling adults and adolescent, group facilitation, forensic interviewing of children and victims of crime, advocacy in domestic violence, sexual assault and outreach and education in both the private and government/military sectors, non-profit program management, grant writing. She has served as expert witness in courts throughout Louisiana and provided specialized mental health services to clients associated with the legal system, criminal and civil. She began a Children’s Advocacy Center in Louisiana in 2010 that is still running today. She has earned more than ample hours of Continuing Education to receive the highest level of national certification in advocacy. As a therapist with Pathways FMHS, Brandy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both victim advocacy, counseling, and community education. Her focus is to help facilitate growth, change, and resolution for individuals, families, and couples seeing help with behavioral or relational challenges.
Brandy has the following certifications, academic degrees, and affiliations:
Licensure (State of Texas):
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider
- Advanced Advocate Level – National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)
- Advocate Level IV – Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, abd) – in progress – for Forensic Psychology from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Psychology with minor in Legal Systems from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Addiction Studies from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana (NSULA)
- American Psychology – Law Society (AP-LS)
- Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP)
- National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC)
- National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)
- Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA)
- National Children’s Advocacy Centers- Southern Region (NCAC-SR)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Julieta Edmond, MA, LPC, PCIT Therapist
Julieta Edmond, MA., LPC, PCIT, a bilingual mental health professional, offers treatment services for both English-speaking and non-English-speaking Hispanic individuals, children, families and couples within Nacogdoches, Angelina, and surrounding counties. Ms. Edmond is certified as a Parent-Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT brings young children and parents together to build on their relationship foundation, while providing appropriate discipline skills for parents to use with children who have difficulty with self-regulating. Ms. Edmond is also certified in Texas Children and Adolescents Needs and Strengths Assessments (CANS). With her background in criminal justice, Ms. Edmond is also well qualified to provide services associated with the Court system. Ms. Edmond is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience in providing trauma-based therapeutic services related to various forms of abuse including sexual and domestic violence; and has extensive experience in working with Hispanic families to address both mental health and behavioral issues. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals; and, she considers it an honor to be able to walk alongside her client’s journey to achieve their goals by providing a safe and supportive environment for them to grow.
Jen LoStracco, MA, LPC
It is with great excitement that Pathways Forensic and Mental Health Services, PLLC announces the addition of Jennifer “Jen” LoStracco, LPC to its list of trusted providers. Jen comes to Pathways having had multiple years in the mental health field with experience representing a diverse range of services she has provided throughout her career. Ms. LoStracco is no stranger to private practice having provided individual and family services through Nacogdoches Counseling, PLLC for several years. Very close to her heart, are the many years she has spent working with school-aged children in the capacities both as a counselor at Cushing ISD for four years and as a counselor for special education children attending the Nacogdoches County co-op. Ms. LoStracco. Through her extensive experience in working with children with behavioral problems, emotional disturbance, and Autism, Ms. LoStracco adds a valuable therapeutic resource available to Pathways FMHS clients. In addition to her work with children, Ms. LoStracco has experience in working with families in divorce crisis, those struggling with addiction issues, and others facing the need to identify, understand, and cope with a wide variety of mental health disorders. As a trained administrator of ADHD testing, Ms. LoStracco administers TOVA (ADHD) testing and highly skilled in working with this population of children experiencing symptoms associated with ADHD, particularly through family education, skills training, and treatment planning that flows out of a Functional Behavioral Analysis Assessment. Originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, an avid sports fan and participant, Ms. LoStracco earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Kinesiology and Special Education from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christy, then earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently residing in Nacogdoches, Texas with her husband Jared LoStracco, she is Mom to two young boys and a lover and collector of animals, including her therapy dog, Speck, whom she has utilized over several years to assist her in helping her child clients in developmental areas such as social skills. Ms. LoStracco stated, “I believe in people’s ability to achieve positive change or improve their lives whether in disposition, behavior, attitude, or perhaps to better understand and manage other, more complex life issues. In either case, I look forward to being a part of helping individuals, couples, families, and children in our community; and I am very excited to do so as part of this Pathways team.”