Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Chief Operating Officer


Ellen believes all people possess the potential to be successful, and she is passionate about helping people overcome personal obstacles to attain their own definition of success.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Ellen has worked as a substitute school teacher and as a neuropsychology testing clinician prior to becoming licensed as a professional counselor.

Ellen has been a counselor for the past 6 years and is experienced working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and ADHD among other challenges.

She works primarily from a person-centered and cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling. Her goal is to help people identify the ways that their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are interconnected and to help motivate progress toward goals that individuals set for themselves.

Ellen is leading the opening of the new Houston Avant-Garde Center located in Humble, TX, We could not be more excited!

As a native of Southeast Texas and a resident of Houston for the past 3 years, she’s thrilled about the opportunity to serve her community.


Email: eortega@avantgardecenter.com

Laura Ramos


Laura received her Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at El Paso in Psychology. She also has a Master’s in Child and Developmental Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Presently, Laura is pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is in the final year of her program. She is our practicum student finishing her hours needed for completion of her degree. 

Laura hopes to work with athletes who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities, as well as issues with Anxiety and Depression. She also hopes to pursue her education in Sports Psychology so she can work with their performance both on the field, as well as in life and in the classroom. Laura wants to help athletes develop effective skills to deal with the difficulties of balancing school, personal life, and sport. She has worked with athletes at all different levels and wishes to continue that into her career by helping athletes develop skills to better their overall performance. Laura is bilingual in Spanish. 


*Master level interns:  These clinicians are doing their supervised clinical work hours to complete requirements for their master’s degree in counseling.  They are supervised by Licensed Professional Counselors who meet supervisor requirements.  We only accept interns who have been interviewed and demonstrate a high level of professionalism and ethical standards.  

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