Dr. Poysky and Dr. Lyle-Lahroud have doctoral degrees and have completed advanced training in neuropsychology / clinical psychology at top children's hospitals. They are licensed in the state of Texas and are active members of many psychological organizations.
Dr. James Poysky, Ph.D. - Katy
Dr. Poysky completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Seeking to increase his knowledge and expand his ability to help others, he attended the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary – the first private school to earn accreditation by the American Psychological Association. During his time there he earned a Masters degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Christian Leadership, and completed clinical training rotations at the University of Southern California, UCLA, and a variety of other locations. Upon completion of his pre-doctoral internship at London Health Sciences Centre, he graduated from Fuller in 2002 with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Poysky moved to Houston to complete a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Upon completion of this specialized training in 2004, he accepted a position at Texas Children’s Hospital as a clinical neuropsychologist, and joined faculty at Baylor College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Child Psychology.
Dr. Poysky opened his private practice, Katy Child Psychology Associates, in 2008 in order to offer the same quality care to patients in Katy and surrounding areas. In his clinical work, Dr. Poysky strives to obtain a broad perspective of each child’s strengths and weaknesses, rather than focusing solely on “problem areas”. He believes that parents are a vitally important part of the clinical and decision-making team, and that they are the ultimate experts on their child. Although correct diagnosis is important, he works to ensure that parents also have an understanding of what is causing their child’s difficulties, and the implications that this has for intervention.
Dr. Poysky lives with his family in Katy and has two children one of which has special needs. Having a child with special needs gives Dr. Poysky an even greater understanding of the unique challenges of special needs families as well as the issues and struggles that all parents face. He has a passion to work with parents as a team to help children reach their best potential.
Dr. Poysky also has a strong commitment to the community, and regularly participates in educational forums and presentations to parent groups on a volunteer basis at the local, national, and international level. He is internationally recognized as an expert on muscular dystrophy, and is chair of a muscular dystrophy expert panel coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC).
Dr. Teresa Lyle-Lahroud, Ph.D. - Primarily in Austin beginning in August 2017, with limited availabilty in Katy.
Dr. Lyle-Lahroud was raised in the Katy area and enjoyed her learning experiences while attending schools in the Katy district. Upon graduating from high school she developed a career goal of working with children, adolescents, and their families to help them overcome difficulties and challenges in order to reach their potential. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and subsequently attended the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited School Psychology Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where she received doctoral level training in providing assessment and intervention services for youths and families in addition to providing consultation services to schools.
Dr. Lyle-Lahroud has received extensive training in clinical child psychology and has training and experience in treating a variety of behavior and emotional concerns. During her graduate school training, Dr. Lyle-Lahroud completed externships in Austin, TX, in addition to an APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center – Children’s Psychiatric Services in Albuquerque, NM, that focused on evaluation and intervention for depression, anxiety disorders, behavior disorders (including AD/HD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder), childhood maltreatment, and adjustment issues. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud has worked in a variety of settings during her predoctoral training, including school districts, community mental health agencies, a children’s hospital, a shelter for maltreated youths, and a residential treatment facility for youths.
Following completion of her predoctoral internship, Dr. Lyle-Lahroud returned to her hometown of Katy, TX, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Texas Children’s Hospital that focused on enhancing her clinical skills in providing effective, evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, behavior disorders, and adjustment issues. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud also received specialized training in the evaluation of children with possible autism spectrum disorders and working with parents who have children with developmental concerns, including language delays. Dr. Lyle was offered a position as a Clinical Psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital with a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor with the Baylor College of Medicine, and she continued providing bilingual intervention, evaluation, and consultation services for children and adolescents presenting with a variety of emotional, social, and behavioral concerns. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud has also presented to medical providers, mental health providers, and doctoral level psychology trainees as well as the Spanish-speaking community about childhood development, autism, behavior interventions, special education, assessment of anxiety disorders, and cultural competency.
Dr. Lyle-Lahroud is excited to work at KCPA and bring the same quality care to youths and families in the Katy area, where she lives with her family. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud is bilingual in English and Spanish and is committed to working with children, adolescents, and families to help them overcome difficulties and reach their potential. Dr. Lyle-Lahroud recognizes and respects cultural diversity and strives to incorporate cultural values and attitudes in her work with children and their families so that she can be culturally responsive and adapt interventions that have been proven to work well with children and adolescents to fit better with an individual’s culture and values. She also utilizes an individualized assessment and treatment planning approach that incorporates a youth’s strengths and weaknesses to guide generation of recommendations and treatment goal.
Alyssa L. Muchaw, MA, LPC Intern, NCC- Katy
Supervised by Brett Bergvall, MA, LPC-S, CART
Aly Muchaw is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, who believes in the healing power of relationships and is committed to creating a comfortable and trusting environment for all. She respects and incorporates the cultural values of her clients while making every effort to empower and motivate individuals to reach their goals. Aly believes in building a strong working alliance between the client and herself, which centers on honesty, authenticity, and education. She enjoys teaching her clients how to use therapeutic tools for coping and problem-solving in order to reduce a client’s dependence on therapy as they encounter challenges later in life.
Aly’s approach to counseling primarily comes from a reality/choice theory and family systems therapy perspective. She believes in focusing on problem-solving skills and helping clients to make healthy choices, so they reach personal goals and satisfy their basic psychological needs. Aly incorporates a variety of therapeutic tools and strategies into counseling to develop the most effective and individualized method of treatment for each person. For some younger clients, Aly utilizes a play therapy approach to help them process emotions and reach therapeutic goals based on their developmental level. Play therapy is a therapeutic medium for helping children express feelings, improve communication, and resolve conflicts through the child’s natural ability and interest to play. Aly regularly attends workshops in play therapy and sand tray interventions to further her education and bring new approaches to counseling. Aly has experience working with clients facing varying severities of behavioral or mood regulation difficulties, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, OCD, relationship/social issues, and difficulties adjusting to change.
It was in 2012 that Aly graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was the recipient of the 2012 Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Award for Outstanding Service in Psychology. In her free time, Aly dedicated herself to volunteer work at the Waco Family Abuse Center along with participating in a number of academic honor societies and service organizations through Baylor University. In 2016, Aly graduated from the CACREP-accredited Master of Arts program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. During her graduate studies, she worked to provide individual, group, and family counseling services, as well as play therapy at the SHSU the Woodlands Counseling Clinic.
Prior to working in private practice, Aly worked in education as well as in residential treatment settings that specialized in child and adolescent populations. When she was a supplemental instruction leader, Aly discovered the importance of teaching. She found that through educating clients, they were able to make better choices and solve problems that led to greater success and happiness. Furthermore, when Aly worked in residential treatment, she gained valuable experience in trauma informed care and case management. She also developed skills for planning and implementing treatment goals for a variety of severe mental health and behavioral disorders.
Aly enjoys being with her family in Sealy, TX, where she also spends her time with exotic animals, being outdoors, and doing crafts in her spare time.