About Us

Stokan Jaggers & Associates was created to provide a unique environment servicing clients in a multitude of areas. Mental health professionals rarely have the opportunity to collaborate in order to provide extensive services that foster a more whole approach. At Stokan Jaggers we have the unique opportunity to combine psychiatry, counseling, and behavioral services under one roof.




DS web photoDebra Stokan, M.D. Dr. Stokan is trained as a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She has been serving both the west side of Houston and the Fort Bend County areas for over twelve years in private practice. She completed her medical student education, and both her general psychiatry residency program and her child and adolescent fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Stokan was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. During her child fellowship, she was awarded a fellowship for additional training in family therapy techniques. Dr. Stokan evaluates children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral disturbances, and where indicated, provides medication management. She has a particular interest in early childhood evaluations and intervention. Because she believes early intervention provides the best prognosis, Dr. Stokan has a strong dedication to mental health education in families, schools, and medical communities.  She also has a strong training background in dynamic psychiatry and the integration of psychotherapeutic techniques with psychopharmacology.


Karen Jaggers Dr. Karen Jaggers, LPC, PsyD Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, and a PHD in Behavioral Sciences. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and an LPC. Karen is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Karen is a Certified Professional Life Coach, Professional Family Mediator, and a Certified Parenting Coordinator. Karen has dedicated the past 14 years of her life to helping families and individuals. Karen is well known in the Houston area as a disability advocate, behavior and educational consultant, speaker and group leader specializing in autism spectrum disorders and challenges related to disabilities. Karen is co-founder and past president of Katy Autism Support, a member of the Katy ISD Special Education Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Houston. She speaks at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the Houston area. As a parent of a child with autism, Karen brings both personal and professional experience to helping families with disabilities.


Amy Galpin, MA, LPC-S
Amy Galpin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-S) with extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders, substance abuse or dependency, and those experiencing symptoms related to trauma. She holds a masters degree from St. Mary’s University in Community Counseling and has completed the course work for a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Amy has worked in residential treatment as the Clinical Director for treatment of adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders and the Facility Director of a center treating adolescents with chemical dependency. She has also worked with victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and has trained clinicians in the use of the Trauma Informed Care model. Amy is dedicated to working with adolescents and their families to build strong relationships develop skills to communicate with one another more effectively, cope with grief and loss, and to motivate change. In addition to counseling, she has experience leading groups, speaking at community events, leading workshops and training professionals in understanding the struggles that adolescents face, motivating for change, and building rapport.


JPellerin PhotoJoy A. Pellerin, MA, LPC Joy Pellerin is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a desire to help others who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or relationship difficulties. Joy worked as a psychotherapist in a residential treatment facility for adolescents displaying maladaptive behaviors, such as self harming, verbal and physical aggression, running away, and other self-destructive tendencies. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy as well as Trauma Informed Care. Joy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a teaching certificate and a master’s degree in counseling.

Laura Stark

Laura has over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. The majority of her work has been in the settings of Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Programs and Residential Treatment Centers. Laura spent 5 years as a Special Education teacher coordinating the Behavioral Unit for emotional troubled students at a junior high in North Dallas prior to relocating to Houston. She has also taught single and divorce parenting classes.
Laura’s clinical interests include the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, relational issues, dual diagnosis, divorce recovery and adjustment to life cycle changes. Laura’s therapeutic process is focused on assisting clients in gaining self-awareness while working through life challenges. Assisting clients to build coping skills to deal with struggles and realized that it is “okay” to be human. Laura is currently on the Advisory Board for Sam Houston State University’s Graduate Counseling Programs. 


tom2Thomas C. Merriman, Ed.D. Thomas Merriman, EdD  joined our practice  January 1, 2014 and specializes in Social Skills Groups as well as providing Individualized Social Skills Therapy. Dr. Merriman is a SBEC Professional School Counselor, A.P.A. Board Certified Professional Counselor, A.P.A. Certified Relationship Specialist,  and a Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Merriman specializes in Social Thinking skills training and development.  He is a Certified Professional School Counselor with 25 years experience teaching and counseling at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and graduate levels. He is well known throughout the Houston and surrounding communities.



Cindy Cecil, Clinical Assistant

Christi Seehafer, Clinical Assistant

Lindsey Becerra, Clinical Assistant