Counseling Services

The Gideon Institute Counseling Center provides counseling that is Christ-centered, biblically rooted, scientifically informed and clinically wise. Students from all faiths/spiritual backgrounds are welcome.

All Services are currently provided remotely via HIPAA-compliant telehealth.  There is no waitlist for services.  

The Counseling Center is open for the Spring and Summer Semesters – January 4 to July 30, 2021  

The Counseling Center will be closed July 31 to August 15, 2021 to prepare for the Fall Semester

Contact

Call us to schedule an appointment with a therapist, sign up for a support group, or with questions or concerns.

Email: counseling@hbu.edu
Phone: 281-649-3431 (Phone Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm)

Our Services

Counseling Services are provided to currently enrolled HBU students.
Appointments are available in the Fall starting September 8, 2020 through December 18, 2020.
Appointments resume on January 4, 2021 and continue through the Spring until May 21, 2021.

  • Individual Sessions

    Therapists see students for individual sessions:

    • Must be an enrolled student and residing/physically present in Texas.
    • Current students enrolled in Fall 2021 may also attend in the Summer (does not include incoming Freshmen)
    • By appointment only
    • Based on availability
    • Eight individual sessions per school year, with option for more if needed
    • Cost is $10 per individual session payable by credit card or HSA card
    • Financial assistance available

    Call 281-649-3431 between 8am-5pm to schedule an appointment.

  • Support Groups and Workshops

    FREE – Students can attend as many support group meetings and workshops as desired.  Groups meet weekly while classes are in session – join any time.  Check often for workshop listings.

    • Spring 2021 Groups:
    1. Minds Transformed: for those living with a mental health challenge –
      • Wednesdays 4:15-5:45pm CST
    2. Hearts Transformed: female only – for survivors of sexual trauma/domestic violence
      • Fridays 9:30-11:00am CST

    Call 281-649-3431 between 8am-5pm for  information or to sign up for a support group.

Our Therapists

  • Alessia Madkins, MAMFT, LPC

    Alessia Madkins, LPCWithin each of us lies the desire to find meaning beyond the moment, to unearth our real selves, and to grow closer to God and one another. I approach my work with others from a Christ-centered, biblically rooted, and clinically informed perspective. I believe connecting with someone on a personal level requires a foundation of trust and respect. In my office I strive to provide a genuine, understanding, nonjudgmental atmosphere in which you can work through and find freedom from the issues that may be hindering you from fulfilling your God-given roles.  Helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility is my focus. No one is pressured to move past their comfort zones before they’re ready; only encouraged to seek truth for themselves and supported in setting specific goals for individual and relational growth that are mutually agreed upon.

    I enjoy working with teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, OCD, trauma, family or peer relationships, as well as grief/loss and conflict resolution relationships.  Certifications through the Prepare/Enrich and the SYMBIS program for pre-marital counseling informs my work with couples, and my training in EMDR and Neurofeedback contribute to my work with survivors of trauma to reduce physiological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

    Alessia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University.  With counseling experience since 2011, in addition to her work at the Gideon Institute Counseling Center she is the CEO and founder of The Compass Center for Wellness, PLLC, in Sugar Land, TX and also counsels at the Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center at Houston’s First Baptist Church.  She is a member of Christian Counselors of Texas, The American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts.

  • Diane Lamberson, MSW, LCSW-S

    Diane Lamberson, LPC“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (ESV).  When experiencing difficult times we may feel afflicted, crushed, perplexed, despair, forsaken, struck down, or even destroyed.  Sometimes it’s hard to see the way through or what the next steps should be.  Sometimes we know what the next steps are, but don’t know if we have the strength to take them.

    The good news is you don’t have to walk these steps alone.  Safely sharing with someone you can trust and who will listen without judgment can begin the healing process. I consider it an honor and sacred calling to figuratively walk with people during challenging times in their lives, and believe a Christ-centered, biblically rooted, clinically informed approach to therapy that honors and welcomes people from all faith backgrounds provides a path to hope and healing.  Through this process, with utmost respect for your thoughts, feelings and ideas, we will work together to find ways to manage the challenges you face and continue forward with a firm foundation under your feet and a light for your path.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Diane is the director of the Gideon Institute Counseling Center. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Supervisor (LCSW-S) with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she has worked with adults and children in a variety of mental health and education settings for 29 years. Her areas of clinical expertise include Christ-centered psychotherapy with people who struggle with grief/loss, trauma, past/current abuse, major life transitions, relationship issues, addiction, anxiety, depression and forms of mental illness.

Immediate Assistance

For immediate assistance please contact one of the following counseling resources