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About Us

Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, nestled in the heart of Cypress, Texas, is a sanctuary for those seeking deep and lasting healing. Our foundation is built on the conviction that true healing encompasses the mind, body, and spirit in unity. We are home to a compassionate team of experts specialized in talk therapy, employing evidence-based approaches such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to facilitate deep-rooted healing and personal growth. Alongside these traditional modalities, we offer innovative treatments like neurofeedback and ketamine-assisted therapy, as well as emphasizing gut health to support a holistic healing journey. At Serenity Wellness, we are committed to providing a nurturing and safe space where clients can engage with a variety of therapeutic options, ensuring accessible, effective mental health care for our diverse community. Our aim is to empower our clients to navigate life’s challenges with resilience, offering affordable, cutting-edge mental health solutions that foster long-lasting well-being.

Vision

At Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center in Cypress, Texas, our vision is to revolutionize healing by providing fast, lasting results that move beyond the confines of traditional therapy. We envision a future where integrative therapies such as neurofeedback, ketamine, and gut health become accessible, affordable avenues for everyone seeking mental wellness, ensuring clients don’t spend years in therapy with minimal outcomes. Our commitment is to remain at the cutting edge of innovative healing practices for the mind, body, and spirit, offering a diverse range of options including MDMA and Ketamine Assisted Therapy, especially for veterans, first responders, healthcare workers, and individuals facing complex PTSD. We aim to be a beacon of hope for individuals, children and couples, providing tools for emotional regulation and relationship support, all within a safe, nurturing environment. As we work towards launching a nonprofit to bridge gaps in care, our vision extends to serving all community members, regardless of cultural or socioeconomic background, ensuring everyone has a choice in their journey to healing from within.

Mission

At Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center in Cypress, Texas, our mission is to empower individuals, children, and families to achieve lifelong inner healing and well-being. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health that transcends traditional talk therapy, integrating cutting-edge treatments like EMDR, Ketamine, and Neurofeedback with insights into gut health, diet, and overall lifestyle to foster RAPID and ENDURING healing. Our comprehensive toolkit, including EMDR, IFS, CBT, DBT, and Gottman Method is designed to address anxiety, depression, past traumas, and relationships at their root, enabling our clients to reclaim the joy and peace in their lives.

We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where clients feel heard, safe, and supported, offering a pathway out of prolonged therapy and into tangible, substantial progress. It’s our goal to strengthen and enrich relationships, ensuring that every individual, couple, and family leaves with the skills and insights needed for a thriving, happy life. We aim to be at the forefront of innovative healing techniques, combining the strength of integrative practices with the unique wisdom of each client, steering them towards a fulfilling life with fewer therapy sessions and deeper, transformative progress.

The Founding Story

In the heart of the Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center lies a story – a life story marked by resilience, transformation, and an unwavering commitment to helping others find their own path to healing. It’s the story of how my life journey unfolded, how my own experiences shaped the center, and how my mission to help others find serenity was born.

My journey began as a young girl who faced unimaginable challenges that could have defined my life. These challenges included the pain of sexual trauma and the anguish of witnessing both physical and emotional abuse within my own household. However, instead of succumbing to bitterness and despair, I channeled my anger towards a dedication to rise above my circumstances. This commitment was the seed from which my lifelong journey of helping others would grow.

As a teenager and young adult, I was always the “go-to” friend, the one who would drive across town to pick up a friend in need. My friendships became family, and I cherished the bonds that were formed. I also drew inspiration from my mother’s dedication to her career and my father’s commitment to a non-profit organization, supporting college students through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. These family influences shaped my understanding of the importance of making a positive impact on the world.

I initially embarked on a career in business and law but soon realized that these paths left me feeling lost and unfulfilled. My life took a transformative turn after a period of overseas travel and a heart-wrenching experience: the suicide of a close family friend. These events ignited a profound realization – my true calling was to help others.

This calling led me to a career in education. My landing a job at a behavior program was, in my eyes, nothing short of “divine intervention.” It was here that I found an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of troubled teenagers. I was known for my unique ability to connect with these young individuals, often being the one they would open up to. My impact grew, and I took on leadership roles, advocating for their needs and providing the support they desperately required.

Several years of infertility followed, a deeply personal struggle that ultimately led to the birth of my twins. Through the unwavering love and support of my husband, a friend from my early years, I discovered my potential to help even more people by venturing into the world of health and wellness. I established Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, initially providing therapy myself, but quickly realizing that talk therapy alone couldn’t provide the comprehensive healing experience I envisioned.

Drawing from my educational background, my advocacy skills, and my innate empathy, I started to incorporate evidence-based practices like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into my approach. I saw how these tools allowed my clients to heal at a faster pace, addressing not just the surface issues but delving into the root causes of their struggles, be it life experiences, mind, or body.

The journey didn’t stop there. I expanded my toolkit to include innovative techniques like LENS Neurofeedback and nutrition therapies, aiming to heal not only past traumas but also the mind and body. Every practice offered at Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center had to meet the rigorous standard of my having experienced its benefits. I knew these tools could have accelerated my own healing journey, and I witnessed them bring transformative changes in my husband’s path to recovery.

Over the years, owning and leading Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, my team and I have witnessed the transformative power of a holistic healing journey for over 20,000 clients. We’ve seen the profound changes that occur when clients are treated as individuals with unique needs and when practitioners, no matter their specialty, delve deep into the client’s concerns to facilitate healing from the inside out.

This is my story – a story of hope, resilience, and a relentless dedication to helping others find their serenity. My life’s mission has been to create a space where individuals can heal not only through therapy but through an integrated approach that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a place where I, my team, and my clients journey together towards rejuvenation, embracing every facet of human existence. It’s a place where healing goes beyond the surface to uncover the root causes of concerns and provides the tools for profound transformation.

My story is intertwined with the stories of thousands of clients who have found their path to healing and well-being at Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center. Together, we continue to inspire and create a legacy of serenity and fulfillment.

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Bryan’s Story

In the heart of my family, we had a legacy that resonated with electrical currents. It was almost an unspoken expectation that I would carry forward the tradition—a heritage passed down from my father, grandfather, and cousins. As a young boy, I felt a profound connection with the world of electricity, viewing it as the natural course of my life. The pride I took in upholding this family legacy ran deep.
 
Life, however, often takes us down unexpected paths. The tranquility of my world was shattered when I received the heart-wrenching news of my older brother’s suicide. It was an inexplicable pain that left me emotionally scarred, struggling to make sense of such a profound loss. To cope with my grief, I threw myself even deeper into my work in the electrical field, hoping to bury the pain within.
 
But, fate can be cruel. I faced a devastating blow when my wife at the time and I lost our twins to Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). The agony of that loss weighed heavily on our relationship, eventually leading to our separation. In those dark days, a glimmer of hope appeared. I reconnected with Nicole, my best friend since childhood. Our families had shared countless joyful memories, and Nicole had always been a beacon of light in my life. She recognized the depths of my suffering and, with unwavering love, encouraged me to seek help and embark on a healing journey.
 
With her unwavering support and determination, I set out on a path of healing and personal growth, slowly reclaiming my life and embracing a healthier lifestyle. The road was treacherous, but my resilience and commitment to vanquishing my inner demons only grew stronger.
 
As Nicole and I fell in love and later married, we became each other’s rock, steadfast through life’s storms. Together, we confronted the heart-wrenching challenge of infertility. Countless rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) tested our spirits, but our love endured.
 
In the midst of our trials, I made a life-altering decision to change career paths. This shift marked a turning point, compelling me to prioritize my own healing journey. Committed to personal growth, I embraced a holistic approach that encompassed integrative wellness, mindful nutrition, and various therapeutic techniques.
 
It was during this transformative period that I discovered the remarkable power of LENS Neurofeedback. The potential to heal and restore balance to the brain fascinated me, and I eagerly delved into its study. The more I learned, the more I felt a profound calling to share this knowledge with others who were grappling with their own mental health challenges.
 
Propelled by my own experiences and newfound passion for mental health, I discovered a renewed sense of purpose. I embarked on a career at the Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, where I could provide guidance, support, and healing to those navigating their mental health journeys.
 
My warm heart and joyful personality resonated with both clients and colleagues at Serenity, and I became an integral part of the center’s success. I offered hope and understanding to those who felt lost in their own darkness. Through my dedication to helping others, I found my own solace and fulfillment in the healing journey.
 
As the years passed, my commitment to a healthier lifestyle remained unwavering. I became a beacon of hope, inspiring others to believe in their capacity for transformation. My life had come full circle—from a young man embracing a family career in the electrical field to a warrior who conquered his demons and dedicated himself to the path of healing.
 
Join me at Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center, where I bring my unique journey to help you find your own path to healing.

OUR TEAM

Our Talented Team

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Amanda Bush

Receptionist

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Bethany Wehring

Student Therapist Supervised by Nicole Bankhead, LPC

Bryan Bankhead

Co-Owner/Office Manager
LENS Neurofeedback

Jamillah Elvehoey

Medication Management Nurse Practitioner

Jonathan Semro

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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Julia Novosad

Student in Masters program

Lori Weber

Registered Dietitian

Micah Ducros

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Associate

Michelle Wright

Licensed Professional Counselor

Morgan Davies

Licensed Marriage Family Counselor

Natalie Parffrey

LPC-Associate Supervised By Supervisor: April West LPC-S Lisc# 76059

Nicole Bankhead

Founder/Owner
Licensed Professional Counselor

Rubi Lopez

Licensed Professional Counselor | Spanish Speaking

Stephanie Romero

Licensed Professional Counselor | Spanish Speaking

Company Values

At our Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center in Cypress, Texas an integrative wellness center, we value a comprehensive and holistic approach to healthcare that addresses the unique needs of each individual, promoting optimal health and wellbeing in mind, body, and spirit. By placing the client at the center of all aspects of our work, we can create an environment that supports optimal health and wellbeing.

Client- Centered & Compassion

Prioritize the well-being and unique needs of each client, offering tailored, evidence-based treatments with empathy and understanding.

Collaboration

Work as a team to provide clients with the most effective and integrated services possible.

Integrity

We are committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in all our interactions, maintaining transparency, honesty, and accountability.

Confidentiality

Maintain the highest level of confidentiality and privacy for clients.

Life Long Innovative Learner

Stay up-to-date with the latest research and techniques, continuously improving skills and knowledge. Embracing new and alternative therapies recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit

Accountability

Take ownership of our work and its outcomes, delivering our best to each client, other staff, and our space. Commitment to self-care and work life balance.