Meet Our 2021-2022 Leadership

cynthia mulder, lcsw


Cynthia Mulder, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst, Director of Education and Training at the Menninger Clinic, Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and on the faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. She received her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work as well as a certificate in Clinical Supervision. Cynthia began her career working in community mental health with victims of trauma and then as a family therapist at the Austen Riggs Center, in Stockbridge, MA. In 2010, she joined the Menninger Clinic as a senior social worker on the Professionals unit, working with individuals and families as well as facilitating The Daring WayTM, Brené Brown’s curriculum on shame, vulnerability and authenticity.  In 2013, she became the Director of Education and Training overseeing multiple training programs and coordinating local and national continuing education events. Passionate about education and training, she continues to supervise, provide individual and group therapy, and host Family Education Day, a bi-monthly event for families to understand the impact of mental illness.

Leticia Fallick, lpc


Leticia Fallick, LPC is a bilingual Psychotherapist currently in private practice in Houston, Texas. She was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico, in 1978. In 1981, she completed the two-year Child Analytic Study Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This is a training program that specializes in the study of psychological development from childhood to maturity, and training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. In 1982 she earned a Master of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She relocated to Texas and while raising 4 children she earned a Master’s of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston in 2001 and obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC license, to work as a Psychotherapist. In 1997, she co-founded Latin Women’s Initiative LWI (formerly known as Mexican Women’s Initiative), a non-profit organization focused on improving the health and education of Latin women and their families. In 2000, she co-founded the "Center for the Development of Women" CDM, an educational forum offering self-improvement conferences addressing psychological and emotional issues for Latin woman and their families. She is a consultant on Mental Health issues to the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce making several television appearances. In 2012 she completed the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training program at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston where she is co-founder and past President of the Alumni Group.

sharon chada, phd

Immediate Past President

Sharon Chada, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Sugar Land, Texas. She received her clinical training at UCLA, Clark University and CSPP-San Diego, and her psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a faculty member at CFPS, where she teaches and is Chair of Progressions. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at BCM, where she supervises residents. She is past-president of the Fort Bend Psychological Association (2010, 2011, 2016). Prior to private practice, Dr. Chada held clinical positions in non-transitional residential programs for adults with severe and chronic mental illness, and was the director of two residential treatment programs for adults with both intellectual and psychological disabilities. She has conducted forensic evaluations, and has served as a certified expert in court. She has taught at three universities, and was a member of four research groups at UCLA. In addition to therapy and analysis, she has a special interest in psychological testing, both psychodynamic and neuropsychological.

joann ponder, phd

Program Committee Chair

JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Austin providing psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, family/couples therapy, consultation, and study groups. She was trained in adult psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she previously served on the faculty. She also completed postgraduate programs in infant-parent mental health intervention, object relational family and couples therapy, and psychoanalytic writing. Over the years, JoAnn has presented papers on a variety of clinical and applied psychoanalytic topics at national and international conferences. In 2004, she was awarded the David A. Freedman Candidate Paper’s Prize by HPS. Her publications include a co-edited book about women’s issues, book chapters about adoptive motherhood and the childhood loss of a parent, and journal articles about narcissism in psychoanalysis, collective trauma following the Tower shootings in Austin, psychological defenses against climate change, the influence of childhood trauma on subsequent career choice, and patients’ identifications and projections onto dogs.

Elaine Loiselle, PhD

Marketing Chair

Elaine Loiselle is a psychologist and therapist working in private practice in Houston, Texas. She completed Masters and PhD programs in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. Thereafter Elaine began private practice in addition to providing psychological consultation at The Kinkaid School for 12 years. She subsequently matriculated through the Academic Associate program at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is currently in a study group for Self Psychology with Dr. Richard Geist. Elaine serves as an Educational Consultant to Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry residents and works with older adolescents, adults of all ages, couples, and families.

Kervil Durand, LCSW 

Membership Chair

Kervil Durand, PhD Candidate, LCSW, LCDC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, TX, and social services clinician at University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Hospital. He is currently enrolled in Walden University PhD Social Work Policy program and received his clinical training at University of Texas-Arlington. He is a member of the University of Texas Psychiatry Inclusion Council. Kervil has over 10 years in the behavioral health field and has received his clinical training in Psychodynamic Theory. Within his private practice, Kervil provide services to individual clients, to include adolescents, adults, couples, and family. Kervil specializes in grief therapy, personal development, substance use therapy, and anger management.



Beverly Bontrager, LCSW


Beverly Bontrager, LCSW, received her Master’s degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Following graduation she was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and worked at the DBT Center in Houston, treating individual clients and leading DBT groups. In 2011, Beverly began training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies where she completed the studies in Adult Psychoanalysis, where she is now a member of the faculty. Beverly now works with clients in her private practice, where she sees both individuals and couples. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship problems, as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Kacie LIput, PhD


Felecia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S

alternate Councilor

Felecia Powell-Williams is a native Houstonian, where she earned her degrees, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Counseling . She completed her post graduate education at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, formerly known as Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, and recognized by the American Psychoanalytic Association as an adult, adolescent and child psychoanalyst. Dr. Powell-Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor, and also a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, who provides clinical supervision for the State of Texas licensing board. Along with maintaining her private practice, Felecia has volunteered multiple hours training clinicians from Baylor and University of Texas medical schools. She also teaches on a collegiate level, and provides consultation and professional training with many state and local agencies on recognizing the need of mental health services for children, adults, and families. Among her many roles at the CFPS she is currently a faculty member in the Adult and Child & Adolescent training programs, Chair of the Child Program, and board secretary. Felecia also holds board positions with the Alliance of Psychoanalytic Schools and Association of Child Psychoanalysis, along with other national mental health organizations. Throughout her distinguished career, she has generously donated her time and talents to numerous organizations serving children throughout Houston. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends and actively serving in her church.

Kim haq


Kim Haq is the HPS administrator and has served with five different and amazing board of directors. She has been married for almost two decades and spends her time doing work for HPS & National Charity League and raising teenagers. She was a systems administrator in her pre-children life, working for technology and gaming companies during the .com bubble. They were fun times, and she learned to be a good teammate, a patient problem solver, and client-focused in that work. With kids, she has perfected the art of communication, mediation, research, prioritizing, planning, organizing, and yes, more teamwork, gaining cooperation from the uninspired. She studied interior design and architecture at Berkeley and has enjoyed remodeling fixer uppers that she and her family have purchased and lived in. She doesn't get dirty anymore, but she can sometimes still diagnose a house problem, and if she's not sure, she'll find the answers on YouTube. She really enjoys administrative work and creating processes that work better, save time, and make people happy.

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