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We’re here. When you need help. When you need a safe place to talk. When you need a plan to get things back on track. We’re here – for you. HGI Counseling Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1978 as the Houston Galveston Institute. Every day we strive to use the groundbreaking therapies developed over decades of practice to help people like you achieve their goals and lead happier, more fulfilled lives. We offer individual, family and group counseling, where you decide what you want to talk about, and in what areas you would like to see improvement. We make counseling accessible to people from all walks of life and in all situations. Don’t let another day go by feeling hopeless, lost, or confused. Click the button below to make an appointment today.

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For the last 36 years, HGI has been offering training to mental health professionals, locally and around the world. Our current training opportunities include: Continuing Education Workshops International Certificate in Collaborative Practices Visitor Study Program Internships – LEARN MORE

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The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Houston Galveston Institute, dba, HGI Counseling Center are please to announce the Champion of Change honoree for the 2015 Chocolate, Champagne & Charity fundraising event, is Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, daughter of Jim and Linda McIngvale.

Dr. McIngvale-Cegelski is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at age 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth began her advocacy platform at age 17 where she was featured on the first ever IOCDF public service campaign for OCD, titled “What does OCD Look Like? Me, my name is Elizabeth”. Elizabeth’s journey with OCD has been featured on international, National and local news outlets including Good Morning America with Barbara Walters, Inside Edition, The View and others. Elizabeth received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Social Work. Elizabeth completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Houston Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Elizabeth is a faculty member at Baylor University’s school of social work.  Elizabeth’s non-profit foundation runs the ocdchallenge.org which is a free interactive self-help website for obsessive compulsive disorder based on the principles of exposure with response prevention.  Elizabeth is a therapist, advocate and researcher who dedicates her time to OCD, mental health stigma and issues surrounding access to care. In her lifetime, she hopes to see everyone diagnosed with a mental illness have access to evidence-based treatment and to be a part of the movement that stamps out the stigma of mental illness