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.

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Debra 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.

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Dr. Karen Jaggers, LPC, PsyD

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.

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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.

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Joy 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.

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Thomas C. Merriman, Ed.D.

Thomas Merriman, joined our practice January 1, 2014 as an Educational Consultant and specializes in Individualized and Group Social Skills Therapy.  Dr. Merriman is a Certified Autism Specialist, an SBEC Professional School Counselor, a Board Certified Professional Counselor, Certified Relationship Specialist, and a Diplomat and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the A.P.A., where he contributed and peer reviewed professional articles. Tom provides Social Skills Training for children, adolescents, and adults with an identified social skills deficit, often (but not necessarily) associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD.  This has been his exclusive therapeutic focus for nearly fifteen years.  His work is often associated with life transitions, relational conflict and development, managing the challenges of early adult life, and the ability to read and convey social cues.

Tom also provides academic services to students with social challenges seeking to identify “good fit” academic opportunities in higher education, or to repair unsuccessful ones. He is available for help with a wide variety of school related needs, usually with an emphasis on social issues. He advises parents and young adults in methods of navigating school and university systems, attends campus meetings, and even facilitates private campus visits for students who need extra time and direction in their choice of a campus.

Prior to joining SJ&A as an Educational Consultant, Tom owned and operated The Phaedrus Group (a team of therapists whose primary focus was ASD), and Merriman Consulting (which provided a wide variety of therapists for Texana MHMRA).  He worked as a school counselor for Katy ISD, and as a crisis counselor for the Harris County Department of Education. Tom’s early career was spent in Education, mostly at the Post-Secondary level. He has either taught or counseled at every level from Pre-K through Doctoral.  He is SBEC certified in several professional and academic fields including Professional School Counseling, and holds ten undergraduate and graduate majors or minors. His therapeutic temperament is generally quiet and low key. Tom insists that students learn best in a calm, welcoming, and affirming environment.

In 2016 and 2017, Tom received the Best of Katy awards for Best Therapy Services and Best Counseling Services (along with other members of the SJ&A team).  The practice was also recognized for Best Psychiatric Services.

Ruth Wilson, M.ED., LPC-Intern is supervised by Amy Galpin MA, LPC-S She earned her Bachelors in
Curriculum and Development from Texas A&M University and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Lamar University. For the past 10 years, Ruth was the Curriculum Coordinator and Professor atbHouston Community College in the VAST Academy. VAST is a post- secondary vocational and skills training for students with learning differences. She also created and published curriculum to meet the needs of this population.
Currently, while working at Stokan & Jaggers, Ruth serves as the Counselor and Director of Student
Achievement at Launch Academy in Sugarland. Launch is a specialized, private junior high and high
school for students on the Autistic spectrum.
Ruth has a passion for assisting clients in navigating life’s challenges using evidenced based practices.
Her approach is collaborative, empowering and empathetic and together we will discover your inner
strengths and work towards the barriers that exist between you and your life goals.

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Mendy K Ferrara, M.A.C., L.P.C. received her bachelors degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and received her masters degree in counseling from St. Edward University in 2002. Mendy has spent the past 18 years working with adolescents, young adults, adults and geriatrics in out-patient, inpatient, and residential settings. Her passion is working with individual clients and/or couples dealing with relationship problems, as well as individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image issues, sexual dysfunction, dynamic shifts within a family and life style adjustments.
The therapeutic approach Mendy most often uses with her clients is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Mendy believes we are the products of our thoughts and core beliefs. Most of the time, what one thinks and believes often becomes their reality. To help each patient move forward and live a balanced and enjoyable life, core problems will be explored and tools provided to reinforce empowering, positive, future behaviors.
Mendy’s clinical strength comes from taking extensive time to understand the person, their journey, their hopes and future goals, to see clearly where they may feel stuck or at a total impasse. Each person is unique to Mendy and therefore she tailors her approach to best meet each client’s needs.
Mendy deeply desires for each person and couple to realize their full potential in life, work and relationships and takes great joy in seeing her clients move forward with joy and confidence!

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Nazia Islam, LPC, RPT
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist; my passion is working with children and adolescents. I pride myself on using various therapeutic techniques and
creativity during my sessions. I believe in the power of play.

Play helps with self-expression, creativity, resolving trauma, connecting with others, regulating emotions, and increasing self-
esteem.  Through play and other interventions some of the issues that I have successfully addressed are ADHD, Anxiety, behavior problems, Mood disorders, divorce, grief and loss, family conflicts, parenting skills, school adjustments, and PTSD. I am also dedicated to empowering adults through individual counseling and helping them overcome obstacles such as Depression, Anxiety, relationship problems, social skills, trauma, and other psychiatric difficulties.

Some of my work experiences include Residential Treatment Centers, Partial Hospitalization
Program, Outpatient Individual and Family Counseling.

Cindy Cecil, Clinical Assistant

Morgan Seehafer, Clinical Assistant

Lindsey Becerra, Clinical Assistant