The Woodlands Therapists and Counselors

Meet our therapy team in The Woodlands, Texas

Joshua Marlar, LMFT and one of the therapist of Therapy for Families.

Josh Marlar, LMFT

Hi! My name is Josh, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. While I am a native Texan from West Texas, I have recently moved to Houston with my wife of 15 years. 

Welcome to my bio! You might be wondering how you ended up on a therapist's page—did you take a wrong turn or did fate bring you here? Well, either way, I'm thrilled to have you.

I've always been a naturally curious soul, and over the years, I've unintentionally become a repository of semi-useful information. Did you know that honey never spoils? Archaeologists have discovered pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible. Now you're in on the secret. Somewhere along my journey, someone wise dropped the gem, "everything makes sense if you have all the information." I didn't think much of it then, but boy, did it change my life.

So, what do I bring to our sessions? Picture this: a blend of genuine curiosity and honest concern. I don't do fake emotions, and our connection will be as authentic as it gets. Shedding tears? Well, there's a chance I'll be shedding a few with you (it's happened). And when you're conquering life's challenges, count on me to be your biggest cheerleader. No judgments here—we've all got our stories, and hey, nobody's perfect.

Why does all this matter? Whether you're navigating past traumas, stuck in a relationship loop, or simply lost in the dark trying to find a connection, I know you're doing your best. Sometimes, we all need a little help figuring things out or finding what we already know we need.

Enter yours truly! I've intentionally acquired skills like Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the gold standard in relational counseling, and EMDR, a groundbreaking trauma treatment. With a toolbox full of tips, tricks, and insights gathered throughout my career, I'm here to accompany you on your journey to the best version of yourself or your relationship—maybe even both. I get it; you're tired of the fight. Let's dive into it once and for all.

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


I received my bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. In addition to being licensed in Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I also have advanced training in the following:

  • 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 offices. I encourage you or anyone you know who is struggling in some way to contact me --at therapyforfamiliestx@gmail.com or call me at 281-819-0308.

Melaney Bright, LCSW Therapist

Hello! My name is Melaney Bright, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker contracting with Therapy for Families.

I am an enthusiastic, bright Christian (LDS) clinician. I have over 13 years of experience providing counseling services to those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, faith transitions, and stress. Additionally, I also provide foster and adoption counseling, couples therapy, and divorce therapy.

Therapy is truly my calling. I am passionate about helping families, young couples, and individuals get through their diverse and complex situations. Some areas I specialize in include:

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


I see clients in the Clear Lake and The Woodlands office. Please contact me via email at therapyforfamiliestx@gmail.com 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 spans 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 while providing genuine healing and wholeness to navigate through challenges in life such as:

My goal is to work with each individual with compassion and understanding and to help them build on their unique strengths to attain the personal growth they hope to accomplish in life.


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


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 jennyhjacobs@gmail.com or call me at 832-422-8171.

Amber Barker, LPC- Associate

Supervised by Julia Ayraud

Hi! My name is Amber Barker and I contract with Therapy for Families.

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:

  • Stress
  • Life Changes
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Family Conflict
  • Sexual Assault Trauma
  • Domestic Violence Trauma


I received my bachelor’s degree in Education through Baylor University and my master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Texas Permian Basin. I am licensed in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I am trained in EMDR therapy and Level 1 of the Gottman Method.


I am currently seeing clients in The Woodlands office and virtually. I encourage you or anyone you know who is struggling to contact me at amberbarker.counselor@gmail.com or at 281-819-0308. Call today! I can’t wait to get to know you.

Lori Morton, LPC

Hello! My name is Lori and I contract with Therapy for Families. 

With a genuine passion for supporting individuals, couples, and families in their pursuit of mental and emotional well-being, I bring a wealth of experience and a warm, non-judgmental approach to my counseling. I firmly believe that each person is unique, and I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet your specific needs, fostering a trusting and collaborative relationship.

Whether you're navigating life transitions, facing challenges in relationships, coping with anxiety, managing stress, or seeking personal development, my goal is to create a safe and empowering space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings openly. I work with individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life, embracing diversity and understanding that everyone's journey is distinct.

Some topics I commonly address include:

My counseling style is rooted in empathy, active listening, and evidence-based therapeutic techniques. Together, we'll explore your strengths, resilience, and untapped potential to help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. I am committed to providing a supportive and uplifting environment where you can feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in your life.

If you're ready to take the first step towards a more fulfilling and balanced life, I invite you to reach out. Let's embark on this journey together, unlocking the tools and insights you need to create lasting positive change. Your well-being is my priority, and I look forward to being a part of your transformative process.


I received my bachelor’s in human development as well as my master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. In addition to my clinical experience, I have been teaching future mental health professionals as adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University Idaho for over ten years.


I am currently seeing clients in The Woodlands office and virtually. I am qualified to see clients residing in both Texas and South Dakota. To make an appointment, please contact me at hello@therapyforfamilies.sprucecare.com or at 281-819-0308.

Therapy services near Houston, The Woodlands, Kemah, and Midland.

At Therapy for Families, we offer individual, couples, and family counseling near Houston, Clear Lake, and The Woodlands areas. Our offices are conveniently located and offer competitive rates for the area. Additionally, we provide online therapy in Florida, Utah, and Texas.

Contact us today to begin your journey towards healing and happiness.