The Woodlands Therapists

Meet our team in The Woodlands, Texas

Josh Marlar, LMFT

Hi! My name is Josh and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a native Texan from West Texas and I have recently moved to Houston with my wife of 15 years. I have worked hard to become a champion for happy and healthy relationships. I have always had a passion for helping couples and families work through life’s challenges and live the best life possible. No matter what circumstances have brought you to where you are, I want to meet you there and join you on the journey to real and lasting happiness.

I specialize in couples and individuals facing a variety of issues including:

  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual/intimacy difficulty
  • Affair recovery
  • Men’s issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Stage Issues
  • Trauma Recovery


I received my bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University, and my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. I am licensed in Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I have advanced training in

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • EMDR


International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, member

Houston Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, member

Austin Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, member

Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, founding member


I am currently seeing clients in The Woodlands, and Clear lake office and I encourage you or anyone you know that is struggling in some way to contact me at [email protected] or call me at 432-935-1292.

Melaney Bright, LCSW Therapist

Hello, my name is Melaney Bright. I contract with Therapy for Families. I am an enthusiastic, bright, Christian (LDS) clinician. My extensive experiences in social work started in 2010. Ever since I found my calling, I have had so much passion to help families, young couples, and individuals get through each one of their diverse and difficult situations. Such as:

  • Fostering & Adoption Counseling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Affair Recovery
  • Divorce Therapy
  • Bereavement
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

My goal is always to assist you in successfully navigating through some of the most difficult and challenging times of your life. I want to promote valuable life skills such as confidence, assertiveness, and the development of personal boundaries.


I am currently seeing clients in the Clear Lake and The Woodlands office. If you would like to get a hold of me please email at [email protected] or by phone at 281-819-0308.

Jenny Jacobs, Counselor

Hello, my name is Jenny Jacobs and I contract with Therapy for Families. I am a vivacious, cheerful and empathetic clinical counselor. My extensive experience as a child, adolescent and adult counselor has spanned for over 18 years. I have specialized training in play therapy and animal assisted counseling, which is the integration of a trained therapy dog into a goal directed counseling process. My passion is working with children, adolescents and adults using creative counseling techniques providing genuine healing and wholeness to navigate through challenges in life such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • School Issues
  • Grief
  • Self Esteem
  • Impulse control
  • Peer Relationships
  • Divorce
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Coping skills
  • Social emotional regulation
  • Family conflict

With compassion and understanding, my goal is to work with each individual to help them build on their unique strengths and attain the personal growth they are hoping to accomplish in life.


I obtained my bachelor degree from Louisiana State University and my Masters degree in Counseling from Texas Woman’s University. I attended the Animal Assisted Counseling Academy at Texas State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas (LPC #64668), a Registered Play Therapist and a certified Animal Assisted Counselor.

Get in touch!

I am currently seeing clients at the Therapy for Families Woodlands office. If you would like to get a hold of me please email me at [email protected] or call me at 832-422-8171.

Amber Barker, Master Student Counselor Intern

Hi! My name is Amber Barker. I am a counselor intern in the graduate counseling program at the

University of Texas Permian Basin. I am a dedicated, hardworking, and energetic person who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults. The world we live in presents many challenges and it is my goal to help clients navigate these situations successfully. I approach each client from a holistic, client-centered perspective. I believe that change happens through having a good therapeutic relationship and by tailoring each session to what the client needs. Some issues I work with

clients on include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Grief
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Life Changes
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Family Conflict


I received my bachelor’s degree in Education through Baylor University and will be graduating with my

master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Texas Permian Basin in May 2023. I have experience working with a diverse group of clients in the UTPB Counseling Clinic and with elementary age children as a school counselor intern.

Get in Touch:

I am currently seeing clients in the Midland office, The Woodlands and virtually. I encourage you or anyone you know who is struggling to contact me at [email protected] or at 281-819-0308.

PLEASE fill out a form or call today! I can’t wait to get to know you.

Come visit us in our in person offices near Houston in Kemah, The Woodlands, Midland and Belleville.

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