OUR STAFF

Dr. Tracey Ungar

PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Tracey Ungar is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience that includes psychotherapy practice, university-level teaching, and consultation/advisement. Her concentrated areas of expertise are small and large group dynamics, childhood and combat-related trauma, adult ADHD, educational achievement issues, and personal identity development through the lifespan. Additionally, Dr. Ungar has studied indigenous, spiritual healing methods. Dr. Ungar takes an insight-oriented, client-centered approach to treatment. She uses her understanding of large group (e.g. culture, school systems, workplace), small group (e.g. family, peer groups), and internal (e.g. mind, body, heart, and spirit) dynamics to explore sources of depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. She then pulls from evidence-based interventions, the mindfulness technique, and psychodynamic models to facilitate transformation, increase functioning, and improve clients’ overall sense of wellness.

Dr. Ungar earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University, completing her internship in the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Department at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Human Development in Brooklyn, NY where she studied the impact of race and ethnicity on health and medical assistance-seeking behaviors. Dr. Ungar then obtained a post-doctoral certification in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy at The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She rounded off her academic exploration of groups and social pressures with The AK Rice organization. Early in her career, she divided her time between private practice and providing psychology-related services at institutes of higher learning, namely New York University, Vassar College, and Long Island University. In 2008, she was recruited as a civil servant by the US Army, moved to Texas, and spent 12 years working with active-duty service members until she returned to private practice in 2020. Happily, she is now a member of the team at Chosen for Hope Counseling Group.

Devona Bonner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Devona Bonner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 24 years of experience working as both a clinician and educator in the field of mental health. She is a compassionate, experienced, Social Worker who possesses advanced and extensive skills in a range of Evidenced-Based practices and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations such as veterans and their family members. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans and civilians with multiple traumatic injuries, traumatic brain injury, loss, burns, amputations, disfigurement, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She treats children, adolescents, and adults utilizing a wide range of orientations and techniques that can provide every client with an individualized experience. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing; and Prolonged Exposure among others in the treatment of trauma.

Ms. Bonner served in the US Army where she began her work in the mental health field over 28 years ago. She served a diverse population with a variety of topics ranging from marital discord to post traumatic stress disorder. Her approach to therapy is to meet each individual where they are and work in a collaborative, supportive process led by the person; to reach their identified goals. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of Texas and North Carolina. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is affiliated with Chosen for Hope Counseling Group in San Antonio, Texas.

Education:

  • Master of Social Work, 2010-2011: Army Fayetteville State University, San Antonio, Texas

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2006-2008: Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey

Affiliations and Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of North Carolina, 2014

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Texas, 2018

  • Certificate, Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy Training

  • Certificate, Motivational Interviewing Course

  • Certificate, Collaborative Assessment for Management of Suicidality Basic and Groups

  • Certificate, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

  • Certificate, FASTA Multi-Victim Cases of Child Sexual Abuse Couse

  • Certificate, Traumatic Event Management Course

  • Certificate, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder EMDR Course

Deondra Crippen

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Associate Supervised by Dr. Mee-Gaik Lim, LPC-S

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Deondra is a military veteran who has spent all of her adult life in and surrounded by a military community. Being connected with the lifestyle and challenges that come with that, her passion for working with service members, past and present, and their family members have continued to grow. Additionally, her experience in working with grief has expanded her knowledge and passion for working with those who struggle with the pain loss can bring, whether death-related or associated with other significant losses that can create a similar grief response.

She has learned that this life journey can consist of many twists and turns, and it can be overwhelming trying to approach things alone. Sometimes those difficulties can be emotionally taxing, disrupt the balance, and trigger past experiences we have endured. Even things that seem simple can create hardships, and reveal some of the unhealthy coping behaviors we use to deal with them. She wants to partner with you to help unpack the things that keep you stuck, and face those challenges effectively.

Deondra uses a variety of therapeutic methods to explore how your experiences impact your life. She wants to collaborate with you to help find your voice, tap into your strengths, find beauty in your vulnerabilities, reach the growth you desire, and discover how your unique differences contribute to those around you.

With growth comes the ability to be true to your authentic self, lead a healthy and holistic life, and explore new possibilities in your journey. Deondra recognizes you are the best advocate for your life. She is here to facilitate the healing process by helping you implement healthy practices, and discover the best approach for you.

Tasha Collier Bush

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Associate Supervised by Chiara Scott, MA LPC-S

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Latasha (Tasha) Collier Bush is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned both her Master of Arts in Counseling (MA) and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (BSOE) degrees from Wayland Baptist University. Tasha is currently working toward full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Chiara Scott, LPC-S

She has experience counseling teens, adults, and couples. Additionally, she has facilitated and co-facilitated personal growth and grief groups. Tasha’s goal in the counseling relationship is to create a safe and supportive space where her clients feel empowered and develop skills to overcome their personal challenges. It is Tasha’s hope that her relationship with her clients will lead them to healing and developing the fulfilling and peaceful life they desire and deserve.

In addition to work, Tasha enjoys a good laugh, an occasional craft, organizing, and spending time cooking for and loving on her husband, their sons, and family.