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At LifeSpring Behavioral Health, we provide exceptional, individualized behavioral healthcare from a Biblical perspective with honesty and integrity. We believe true life transformation requires an integrated approach addressing the whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. In response to COVID-19, Telehealth is available.

Our Team

Peter A. Johnson, M.D.
Dr. Johnson is a board-certified, adult behavioral medicine specialist who inspires and empowers motivated individuals to achieve life transformation. His passion is helping established and emerging leaders achieve their highest potential and maximize their impact on those around them.

Dr. Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College and was awarded departmental honors in neuroscience. He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where he then completed his residency training. He served as chief resident at The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and at The Menninger Clinic. He and his wife have two children. christian counseling

Kathryn T. Rutland, M.D., MPH
Dr. Rutland uses an integrative approach to the treatment of addiction and aims to offer her clients excellence in care for chemical dependency and related problems. She is a fierce advocate for clients with dependency problems and is dedicated to helping clients and families find hope and healing, meeting people wherever they are in the process of change.

Understanding that addictive disorders have many causes, Dr. Rutland will explore the elements leading up to your symptoms and help you find a way forward. She creates a safe, reliable, and nurturing environment through which healing can occur.

During your consultation, you can explore the possible bio-psycho-social contributions to your symptoms and establish a comprehensive treatment plan that is specialized to your needs. Your visit may include psychiatric medications and/or psychotherapy, discussions regarding matters of lifestyle such as stress management & mindfulness, harm-reduction, relapse prevention, or 12- step support. Dr. Rutland may collaborate with trusted practitioners in complementary disciplines when necessary.

Dr. Rutland is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine, completed medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and residency at the University of Louisville. She also has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Kentucky, and a BS in Sociology where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her training in addiction medicine in Houston, Texas under some of the best-known psychiatrists and addictionologists in the state.

Hilary Butella, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Hilary Butella is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a secondary certification in family practice. Hilary provides individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. She strives to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Hilary is passionate about her faith and is inspired to help her patients grow stronger in theirs.

Hilary received her Post-Master’s Certification in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University where she graduated with honors and is currently completing a doctoral program. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Houston where she served as a member of nursing faculty for 2 years. Hilary received Bachelor of Science degrees from Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University. Hilary and her husband live in the Klein area with their two daughters. Christian counseling

J. Michael Smith, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry
J. Michael Smith is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry. He believes that God is the ultimate healer, and that integrating faith and psychiatric medicine provides hope and support to people in need, utilizing best evidence-based practices. He believes in educating patients regarding lifestyle choices to promote mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and utilizes best practices to treat the spectrum of psychiatric conditions, with compassion and a genuine love for his patients.

Dr. Smith obtained his PA training at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a Master’s of PA Studies from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Doctor of Health Science at NOVA-Southeastern University. He has been a psychiatric PA with 35 years psychiatric clinical experience in private practice, the U.S. Navy and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain, Medical Service Corps and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

He worked for 25 years at the VA in Mental Health, with a special interest and experience in sleep disorders, PTSD, neuromodulation, and academic psychiatry. He teaches as clinical faculty for Baylor College of Medicine, UTMB, and Hardin-Simmons University, and has lectured at state and national conferences. Dr. Smith created and served as Program Director for the VA/Baylor PA Psychiatry Residency for five years, where he has trained over a dozen PAs in the specialty of psychiatry. He and his wife have three adult children and live in Sugar Land. Christian counseling

Tammy E. Nix, MA, LPC, LCDC
Tammy Nix is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked in her field for over 8 years. She has a wide range of experience working with kids to adults in all transitions of life. She has extensive clinical experience in mental health hospitals, addiction treatment facilities, nonprofit organizations and outpatient practices. Tammy’s diverse background allows her to help address many topics such as stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, trauma, mood disorders, mental health issues and marriage and family counseling. She has a humanistic style that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and faith based principles to help people achieve their healthiest life possible. She has lived in the Houston area most of her life. She has been married for 17 years, has 5 children and her family has cared for many children in foster care.

Tammy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She then went on to get her Master of Arts in Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology. She has additionally been trained in addiction, trauma focused care and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Life is not always easy. If you are struggling and looking for support, why don’t you take that first step and give her a call. Through a relationship based on trust and respect, in counseling, you can walk through life’s journey together and make positive changes in your life! Tammy understands life is a journey and it does not have to be done alone. Her greatest joy in life is helping others reach their full potential. She is here to support you in achieving the goals you have for your life.

Christopher M. Crawford, LSCW-S, LCDC
Christopher M. Crawford, LSCW-S, LCDC, has over 20 years therapeutic experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Chris, a native Houstonian, returned home, after living in New Orleans and completing his master’s in social work from Tulane University with a focus on individual and couple therapies.

Upon his return to Houston in 2011, Chris began working with adolescents in a substance abuse disorder outpatient program. Chris’ passion for clients with substance abuse disorders lead him to develop a relapse and recovery program and expand services in an inpatient professionals/executives program, which included developing treatment assignments and detailed discharge plans. Chris’ 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 has researched, developed, and implemented interventions related to the relapse and attachment theory approach. Chris, a strong proponent of 12-Step Recovery Programs, has worked extensively with employee assistance professionals, the Texas Physician Health Program, the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, and The Professional Recovery Network.

Chris resides in Spring, Texas, with his wife, two boys, and two wonderful cats. Chris is an avid sports fan, who is happiest when coaching his boys in baseball.

Emily M. Lash, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern
Emily M. Lash, MA, NCC, LPC-I strives to embolden individuals to meet life’s challenges with insight, courage, and hope through a constructive therapeutic relationship. She is licensed to practice professional counseling in the state of Texas and receives supervision from Sonya Heckler-Cheyne, Ph.D. Emily earned her master’s degree in counseling from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.

Her clinical experience includes working with a diverse clientele of adolescents and adult individuals, couples, and groups in the Charlotte and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. She integrates psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and logotherapy to help individuals gain self-understanding, implement helpful thought and behavior patterns, and find opportunities for healing and growth. Her core counseling values are rooted in Biblical teachings.

She and her husband are thrilled to return to the Houston area where they are surrounded by family, friends, and a supportive church community. Emily enjoys leading group fitness classes and spending time in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Christian counseling

Heather Loftus, MA, LPC-Intern, NCC
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor-I supervised by Pam Cosart, M.A., LPC-S. Heather received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University. Her experience in counseling covers a variety of settings including private practice, non-for-profit, agency work with young adults who have aged out of foster care, and several local churches in the Houston area. Heather specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management and struggles with life transitions.

After spending 20 years in the business world and raising a family, Heather followed her passion into counselling. Her goal is to create a therapeutic relationship built on safety, trust, and hope, where people feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways. She considers it a privilege to be able to walk with someone through their fears, challenges, and hurts, and help them experiencing healing and restoration. For this reason, she sees counselling as an opportunity to help people diminish pain and suffering, cope with the challenges of life (both normal and extraordinary), and experience increased joy, purpose, and self-acceptance.

Michael P. Groves, MA, NCC, LPC-Intern
Michael Groves is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern supervised by Dr. Richard C. Henriksen, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC. Michael received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a bachelors from Auburn University. He spent more than 20 years in pastoral ministry in Texas counseling individuals, couples, and families facing many diverse life challenges. He then spent 11 years in the construction industry in Alaska managing his father’s company and performed sales and management for another large construction company. Recently he served as counselor intern for the Good Shepherd Mission in Huntsville working with the homeless and transient dealing with addictions, transition from prison life, and numerous disorders and other life difficulties.

Michael’s goal is to empower individuals, couples, and families to deal with tough and debilitating problems and empower them to reach their personal, relational, educational, and professional goals in life. He believes this is best accomplished in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and encouraging relationship between counselor and client. Michael’s approach is both positive and challenging as he enters the world of the client to journey together probing underlying complications and discovering life changing solutions. Michael’s focus is marriage and family issues, dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, and life transitions. He strives to aid individuals, couples, and families by diminishing hurt and pain, developing strategies to cope with life’s trials, and increasing a sense of joy, purpose, and meaning in life. Michael is the father of three grown children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Our support team

Becky Watkins
As our full-time administrative professional, Becky ensures our practice runs smoothly and that our guests are well-served.

Judy McHam
With many years of medical administrative experience, Judy provides outstanding part-time support whenever needed. Christian counseling
At LifeSpring Behavioral Health, we provide exceptional, individualized behavioral healthcare from a Biblical perspective with honesty and integrity. We believe true life transformation requires an integrated approach addressing the whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. In response to COVID-19, Telehealth is available.

Our Team

Peter A. Johnson, M.D.
Dr. Johnson is a board-certified, adult behavioral medicine specialist who inspires and empowers motivated individuals to achieve life transformation. His passion is helping established and emerging leaders achieve their highest potential and maximize their impact on those around them.

Dr. Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College and was awarded departmental honors in neuroscience. He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where he then completed his residency training. He served as chief resident at The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and at The Menninger Clinic. He and his wife have two children. christian counseling

Kathryn T. Rutland, M.D., MPH
Dr. Rutland uses an integrative approach to the treatment of addiction and aims to offer her clients excellence in care for chemical dependency and related problems. She is a fierce advocate for clients with dependency problems and is dedicated to helping clients and families find hope and healing, meeting people wherever they are in the process of change.

Understanding that addictive disorders have many causes, Dr. Rutland will explore the elements leading up to your symptoms and help you find a way forward. She creates a safe, reliable, and nurturing environment through which healing can occur.

During your consultation, you can explore the possible bio-psycho-social contributions to your symptoms and establish a comprehensive treatment plan that is specialized to your needs. Your visit may include psychiatric medications and/or psychotherapy, discussions regarding matters of lifestyle such as stress management & mindfulness, harm-reduction, relapse prevention, or 12- step support. Dr. Rutland may collaborate with trusted practitioners in complementary disciplines when necessary.

Dr. Rutland is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine, completed medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and residency at the University of Louisville. She also has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Kentucky, and a BS in Sociology where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her training in addiction medicine in Houston, Texas under some of the best-known psychiatrists and addictionologists in the state.

Hilary Butella, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Hilary Butella is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a secondary certification in family practice. Hilary provides individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. She strives to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Hilary is passionate about her faith and is inspired to help her patients grow stronger in theirs.

Hilary received her Post-Master’s Certification in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University where she graduated with honors and is currently completing a doctoral program. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Houston where she served as a member of nursing faculty for 2 years. Hilary received Bachelor of Science degrees from Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University. Hilary and her husband live in the Klein area with their two daughters. Christian counseling

J. Michael Smith, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry
J. Michael Smith is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry. He believes that God is the ultimate healer, and that integrating faith and psychiatric medicine provides hope and support to people in need, utilizing best evidence-based practices. He believes in educating patients regarding lifestyle choices to promote mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and utilizes best practices to treat the spectrum of psychiatric conditions, with compassion and a genuine love for his patients.

Dr. Smith obtained his PA training at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a Master’s of PA Studies from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Doctor of Health Science at NOVA-Southeastern University. He has been a psychiatric PA with 35 years psychiatric clinical experience in private practice, the U.S. Navy and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain, Medical Service Corps and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

He worked for 25 years at the VA in Mental Health, with a special interest and experience in sleep disorders, PTSD, neuromodulation, and academic psychiatry. He teaches as clinical faculty for Baylor College of Medicine, UTMB, and Hardin-Simmons University, and has lectured at state and national conferences. Dr. Smith created and served as Program Director for the VA/Baylor PA Psychiatry Residency for five years, where he has trained over a dozen PAs in the specialty of psychiatry. He and his wife have three adult children and live in Sugar Land. Christian counseling

Tammy E. Nix, MA, LPC, LCDC
Tammy Nix is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked in her field for over 8 years. She has a wide range of experience working with kids to adults in all transitions of life. She has extensive clinical experience in mental health hospitals, addiction treatment facilities, nonprofit organizations and outpatient practices. Tammy’s diverse background allows her to help address many topics such as stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, trauma, mood disorders, mental health issues and marriage and family counseling. She has a humanistic style that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and faith based principles to help people achieve their healthiest life possible. She has lived in the Houston area most of her life. She has been married for 17 years, has 5 children and her family has cared for many children in foster care.

Tammy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She then went on to get her Master of Arts in Counseling from Houston Graduate School of Theology. She has additionally been trained in addiction, trauma focused care and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Life is not always easy. If you are struggling and looking for support, why don’t you take that first step and give her a call. Through a relationship based on trust and respect, in counseling, you can walk through life’s journey together and make positive changes in your life! Tammy understands life is a journey and it does not have to be done alone. Her greatest joy in life is helping others reach their full potential. She is here to support you in achieving the goals you have for your life.

Christopher M. Crawford, LSCW-S, LCDC
Christopher M. Crawford, LSCW-S, LCDC, has over 20 years therapeutic experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Chris, a native Houstonian, returned home, after living in New Orleans and completing his master’s in social work from Tulane University with a focus on individual and couple therapies.

Upon his return to Houston in 2011, Chris began working with adolescents in a substance abuse disorder outpatient program. Chris’ passion for clients with substance abuse disorders lead him to develop a relapse and recovery program and expand services in an inpatient professionals/executives program, which included developing treatment assignments and detailed discharge plans. Chris’ 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 has researched, developed, and implemented interventions related to the relapse and attachment theory approach. Chris, a strong proponent of 12-Step Recovery Programs, has worked extensively with employee assistance professionals, the Texas Physician Health Program, the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, and The Professional Recovery Network.

Chris resides in Spring, Texas, with his wife, two boys, and two wonderful cats. Chris is an avid sports fan, who is happiest when coaching his boys in baseball.

Emily M. Lash, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern
Emily M. Lash, MA, NCC, LPC-I strives to embolden individuals to meet life’s challenges with insight, courage, and hope through a constructive therapeutic relationship. She is licensed to practice professional counseling in the state of Texas and receives supervision from Sonya Heckler-Cheyne, Ph.D. Emily earned her master’s degree in counseling from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.

Her clinical experience includes working with a diverse clientele of adolescents and adult individuals, couples, and groups in the Charlotte and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. She integrates psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and logotherapy to help individuals gain self-understanding, implement helpful thought and behavior patterns, and find opportunities for healing and growth. Her core counseling values are rooted in Biblical teachings.

She and her husband are thrilled to return to the Houston area where they are surrounded by family, friends, and a supportive church community. Emily enjoys leading group fitness classes and spending time in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Christian counseling

Heather Loftus, MA, LPC-Intern, NCC
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor-I supervised by Pam Cosart, M.A., LPC-S. Heather received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University. Her experience in counseling covers a variety of settings including private practice, non-for-profit, agency work with young adults who have aged out of foster care, and several local churches in the Houston area. Heather specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management and struggles with life transitions.

After spending 20 years in the business world and raising a family, Heather followed her passion into counselling. Her goal is to create a therapeutic relationship built on safety, trust, and hope, where people feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways. She considers it a privilege to be able to walk with someone through their fears, challenges, and hurts, and help them experiencing healing and restoration. For this reason, she sees counselling as an opportunity to help people diminish pain and suffering, cope with the challenges of life (both normal and extraordinary), and experience increased joy, purpose, and self-acceptance.

Michael P. Groves, MA, NCC, LPC-Intern
Michael Groves is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern supervised by Dr. Richard C. Henriksen, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC. Michael received a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a bachelors from Auburn University. He spent more than 20 years in pastoral ministry in Texas counseling individuals, couples, and families facing many diverse life challenges. He then spent 11 years in the construction industry in Alaska managing his father’s company and performed sales and management for another large construction company. Recently he served as counselor intern for the Good Shepherd Mission in Huntsville working with the homeless and transient dealing with addictions, transition from prison life, and numerous disorders and other life difficulties.

Michael’s goal is to empower individuals, couples, and families to deal with tough and debilitating problems and empower them to reach their personal, relational, educational, and professional goals in life. He believes this is best accomplished in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and encouraging relationship between counselor and client. Michael’s approach is both positive and challenging as he enters the world of the client to journey together probing underlying complications and discovering life changing solutions. Michael’s focus is marriage and family issues, dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, and life transitions. He strives to aid individuals, couples, and families by diminishing hurt and pain, developing strategies to cope with life’s trials, and increasing a sense of joy, purpose, and meaning in life. Michael is the father of three grown children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Our support team

Becky Watkins
As our full-time administrative professional, Becky ensures our practice runs smoothly and that our guests are well-served.

Judy McHam
With many years of medical administrative experience, Judy provides outstanding part-time support whenever needed. Christian counseling
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