Dr. James Poysky, Ph.D.
Dr. Poysky has a doctoral degree and has completed advanced training in neuropsychology / clinical psychology at top children's hospitals. He is licensed in the state of Texas and is an active member of many psychological organizations.
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).
Alyssa L. Muchaw, MA, LPC Intern, NCC
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.
Keri Mosk, MA, LSSP
Keri is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and is available to conduct Independent Educational Evaluations.
Keri graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon her return to the Houston area, Keri completed a Master of Arts in Psychology at Houston Baptist University. Following post-graduate course work at Houston Baptist University, Keri became a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in 2005. During her time in the public school setting, Keri worked as an LSSP in Katy ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Waller ISD, and Belleville ISD.
Keri currently lives in Katy with her husband and 3 children, one of whom has special needs. Keri is passionate about equipping and empowering parents, with an emphasis on productive collaborative relationship between home and school, as they seek the educational supports and services their children may require.