Jacob Porter, NCC, LPC, CPC, CSAT, CMAT, CCTP, CDWF
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Jake is a Board Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. He is a Level II PACT Clinician and has undergone extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence–based treatment for couples who have suffered attachment injuries. He sees individuals and couples for sex and love addiction; intimacy and attachment disorders; premarital counseling and marital enrichment; and issues of depression, spiritual stagnancy, and growth. Believing in the inherent worth of every person, Jake utilizes insights from psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and spirituality to help individuals experience greater healing and freedom in their lives. He enjoys teaching as Assistant Professor of Counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he is also the Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling program.
Jake has a B.A. in Psychology from Elmira College, a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology and Doctor of Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). Jake has been trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the world’s leading pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sex addiction, and is also trained by Dr. Barbara Steffens to work with partners of sex addicts using the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model of APSATS. He learned Post Inductive Therapy from its developer, Pia Melody, and sat under Drs. Pat Love, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin to learn to work with couples in recovery. Jake has taught and presented research on the topics of theology, counseling, and sexual addiction around the world.
Jake lives in Houston with his wife, Kristen.
Clinical Team Members
Delphi Medina, LCSW-S, LCDC, CSAT-S, CMAT-S, CDWF
CLINICAL CONSULTANT, THERAPIST & ADDICTION SPECIALIST
Delphi Medina, LCSW-S, LCDC, CSAT, CMAT, CDWF, received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in Health Care Administration in 1993 and her Master of Social Work from The University of Houston in 2009. Her career in the addictions field began in 1994. She became interested in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) work in 2005 and pursued higher education so she could attain employment in this field.
Delphi specializes in behavioral addictions and has extensive experience in chemical addictions. She has received her education and training in behavioral addictions by well known professionals such as Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.; Pia Mellody, RN, LISAC; Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S; and Terence Real, RLT. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator utilizing the research of Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™. She also has extensive experience working with co-occurring disorders and psychiatric disorders. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Program, the Organizational Management and Leadership Program, and the Mental Health Counseling Program at the Houston Campus of Springfield College. Ms. Medina has conducted various workshops in the local community, state, and national conference levels in the addiction field. She currently works full time as an Employee Assistance Account Representative & Counselor with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the UTEAP department and provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups through her private practice, DM Therapy Services, specializing in chemical and behavioral addictions.
Carol Ann Ross, LMSW, CSAT, CMAT
THERAPIST & ADDICTION SPECIALIST
Carol Ann joined Daring Ventures at its launch in July 2017, where she serves families impacted by sex addiction, gambling disorder and other chronic financial issues, such as compulsive shopping/spending, compulsive use of debt, work addiction, underearning, and co-dependent giving.
Carol Ann is a native Houstonian with 20+ years of recovery experience. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) in 2014.
While at the GCSW, Carol Ann served as an Intern at Northwest Assistance Ministries where she provided rental assistance to forestall eviction on a FEMA-funded homelessness prevention grant. Later, she was an Intern at Change Happens! on a Department of Labor grant to support youth returning to the community from Harris Co. Juvenile Detention. Upon graduation, Carol Ann was hired by Change Happens! as a Mental Health Case Manager on a SAMHSA-funded grant to serve recovering African American and Hispanic/Latina women who had experienced trauma, mental health, and substance-related issues.
Chris Crawford, LCSW–S, LCDC
THERAPIST & ADDICTION SPECIALIST
Christopher M Crawford, LSCW-S, LCDC has over 20 years working with adolescents, young adults and adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Originally from Houston, Texas, Chris lived in New Orleans for 24 years before returning to Houston, Texas in 2011. Chris graduated from Tulane University in 2009 with a master’s in social work. Chris’s graduate studies focused on individual and couple therapies.
Upon his return to Houston, Chris began working with adolescents in a Substance Abuse Disorder Outpatient Program. Chris’ passion for clients with substance abuse disorders lead him to develop an inpatient Professionals and Executives Program. He has worked for the past 10 years with this specialized population, expanding services and developing treatment assignments and extensive discharge plans and recommendations. Chris’s therapeutic style focuses on Humanistic, Existential, and Gestalt modalities. Chris embraces the emotional responses in relationships, as well as the “here and now” approach. Chris is a strong proponent of 12-Step Recovery Programs. Chris has worked extensively with employee assistance professionals, Texas Physicians Programs, and Professional Recovery Network.
Jessica Guillory, LPC Intern
Under the Supervision of Pam Cosart, LPC–S
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the State of Texas. She has worked in the past with non-profits that serve clients from diverse walks of life, with particular experience with couples and trauma survivors. Her latest work has been with Hope House Houston, a non-profit serving at-risk students and families in Houston’s Fifth Ward, where she trained staff members in providing trauma-informed care.
Jessica’s passion is to help individuals experience a more integrated internal world and leverage external resources with an increasing felt sense of safety and flexibility. Particularly, Jessica is passionate about healthy human sexuality and life-affirming gender relations. Her therapeutic paradigm combines multicultural and feminist values with person-centered and emotionally-focused methodologies. Her ongoing training is a source of fulfillment and excitement, enriching her personal journey of wellness.
Jessica lives in Houston, Texas, with her cats.
Coaching Team Members
Kathy Reynolds, CPC
RELATIONAL RECOVERY COACH
Kathy is a Certified Professional Coach who works with partners of sex addicts and couples. She is the founder of Recalibrate Coaching and has trained under Dr. Barbara Steffens in the APSATS Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model. Kathy is skilled in facilitating women’s support groups and helping partners of addicts prepare for disclosures with their husbands. Her passion for the field of betrayal trauma healing is born from her own journey. Kathy lives in Mont Belvieu, Texas, with her husband, Conrad.
Connie Spiegel, CPC
RELATIONAL RECOVERY COACH
As a Certified Professional Coach, Connie is equipped to work with partners of sex addicts. With a passion born from her own experience, she helps women escape the insanity of living in relationship with an active sex addict and provides a safe place to create the life her clients desire. Connie is an artist, a writer, a woman of faith, and a fighter of things that cause people shame. She has a Bachelor of Science in Art and English. She attended iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, receiving over 400 hours of training and is also a Certified Gottman Educator. Connie is an APSATS Certified Partner Coach. She is the Founder and Owner of Reconciled Relationships. She coaches women to identify their core values, recognize their intuition, develop their voice, and create healthy boundaries while reconstructing their life. Her greatest passion is helping women walk out of their shame while choosing to stay with their husband after infidelity. Providing space for intimacy to blossom within relationships brings her incredible joy. She is grateful for the opportunities life has handed her and has learned to love intimately, forgive others and herself frequently, and laugh out loud at her own humanity.
Connie is the mother to three amazing adult children who are married to some of her most favorite people and who gave her precious grandchildren. She and her husband Bob divorced for three years of their marriage due to sex addiction, yet with great courage remarried each other. After working alongside her husband in their construction and excavation company for 20 years, she knew she answered the call to help reconcile marriages being threatened by sex addiction.
Dr. Windell Gill, PSAP
DISCLOSURE PREPARATION COACH
Windell has more than twenty years of pastoral ministry counseling experience. His experience includes working with families and individuals on issues ranging from sexual identity to multiple addictions. He coaches individuals, couples, and families toward a holistic cognitive/emotional awareness that results in behavioral transformation. He serves as a consultant to local municipalities training adolescent offenders to make better choices by managing emotional impulses. He is a certified faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute, which presents emotional intelligence research promoting life transformation. Windell has conducted multiple seminars on emotional literacy for behavioral management and consults through SELAH4Life. His doctoral research identified the impact of emotional labor on well-being and found specific behavioral mechanisms necessary for maintaining positive health when undergoing life stresses.
Dr. Gill earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, a Master of Science in Education from University of Houston at Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Education from Lamar University. He trained through the International Association of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and is a Certified Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional. He has also trained through the Thinking Collaborative in Cognitive Coaching, which is a research-based model to enhance cognitive processes that support self-managing, self-monitoring and self-modifying behavior.
Andy Johns, CPC
RELATIONAL RECOVERY COACH
As a Certified Professional Coach, Andy works with partners of sex addicts. He is especially passionate about helping male partners of female sex addicts recover and heal from the devastating effects of chronic betrayal. He believes that sex addiction affects male and female partners alike, and is passionate about raising awareness about betrayal trauma. He also believes that both genders need a safe place to heal, gain support, and recover. He closely works with partners in every step of their healing journeys, and helps them to accept their reality, reclaim their intuition, set healthy boundaries, and take active steps to heal their trauma and their relationships. He also assists them as they prepare and go through a therapeutic disclosure. He has faith that no relationship is too far gone to save, and that a couple’s most painful struggles can become their greatest source of growth. Andy believes that freedom from addiction and betrayal can be one of the most transformative and empowering events in the life of both individuals, and he enjoys seeing the true connection and intimacy that can be achieved after recovery.
Andy lives in Baytown, Texas, with his wife and son, Nikki and Kaden.