About Mind Works
In the middle of the pandemic, in July of 2020, Joshuah Ellis decided it was time to realize a dream that he had been carrying for years.
"I always knew I would end up in private practice. I just never knew exactly how or when it was going to happen."
When a 200 square ft. office suddenly became available, he jumped, terrified into the abyss and on September 16, 2020, Mind Works saw client number one.
"I remember thinking that I needed to see at least 7 clients that first month just to be able to keep the lights on."
Since then, Mind Works has continued to grow, adding 4 more therapists and moving to a larger office suite. Still, the goal has never changed.
"Mind Works exists because men have a uniquely difficult time fitting in to the therapy setting. That, however, doesn't change the fact that men need access to good mental health services now more than ever. We strive to provide empirically based techniques and practices, but in an environment and manner that makes men comfortable and positioned to succeed. That has always been, and always will be the primary goal of Mind Works Counseling Services."
Meet the Mind Works Team
At Mind Works Counseling Services, you will find not only a uniquely educated, qualified, and competent team of counselors. You will also find a group of people who are filled with passion for what they do. Each counselor has a unique perspective and approach to counseling and they all do things their own way. Nobody does the same thing here. So, take a moment, click on their pictures and get to know them a little bit better. We are confident you will find the right counselor to help you reach your goals in life.
Joshuah Ellis, PhD, LPC
Cristy Martinez, MA, LPC
Cody Curbo, MEd, LPC, LCDC
Paula Bibbs-Samuels, MS, LPC
Christian Enevoldsen, MA, LPC
My Counseling Specialties:
Who I Work Best With:
Adult and Adolescent Males
Adults and Teens with Autism
How to Get Ahold of Me:
(806) 553-6068 ext. 701
Joshuah Ellis, PhD, LPC
Dr. Ellis has been a minister since 2004 and a part of the counseling world since 2011. He has served on the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains and has worked with many first-responders and military personnel. Josh is passionate about providing an environment where men feel comfortable receiving counseling services. He has also had success in bringing this approach to couples and helping them reestablish strong and intimate connections with one another. While Josh may specialize in treating men and couples, he is competent and qualified to accept all clients.
Using an integrative approach to counseling, Josh uses many methods that focus on finding the best possible solutions for his clients as quickly and safely as possible. The goal is self-sufficiency, and not having to stay in therapy forever.
Josh received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Counselor Education where he began researching help-seeking behavior in men.
A Message from Josh:
I am just a regular guy in my 30's. I have been married to the love of my life since 2004 and together we are raising our three boys. I like video games, baseball and tacos.
I happen to have knowledge, training, and expertise in a very particular area and I would like to put that to good use. If you are on the fence about counseling, I understand. It's not an easy decision. Just know that if you decide to give me a call, I will work my hardest to work with you to help you navigate this time in your life.
Give it a shot. I look forward to meeting you.
Cristy Martinez, MA, LPC
Cristy Martinez is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in Lubbock as a mental health provider since 2016. She is a member of the Lubbock Fire and Rescue Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and is on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Cristy is also a part of the Human Trafficking Initiative with TTUHSC. With her experience, she is uniquely qualified to work with men in the first responder community yet proficient in working with clients from all backgrounds.
Cristy specializes in trauma work and utilizes her knowledge and training on the impacts of trauma on the brain and body to support her clients who work with high-risk populations suffering from secondary trauma.
Cristy works with adult individuals and couples using an integrative approach heavily influenced by Person-Centered and Gestalt theories. She is passionate about working with her clients to help them understand themselves as part of a bigger environment and then helping to facilitate the change her clients are looking for.
A Message from Cristy:
I have spent the last several years gaining experience in the counseling field by not only practicing, but having been a client for my own growth. I use an approach that is tailored to each individual; learning their needs, goals, and understanding their story. I am here to help you and if you still don't know exactly what you need, that's okay too.
Therapy is an investment and you may believe that you do not have the time, money, or space to focus on you, but what will it look like if you don't? I believe that as long as you take that first step to reach out, anything can happen. You are worth investing in.
Cody Curbo, MEd, LPC, LCDC
Cody is dually credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Throughout his career, he has worked in treatment for addiction, trauma, and most recently as a counselor for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Burkhart Center at Texas Tech University.
Cody's uses an integrative approach to counseling combining Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and he is also certified to practice EMDR. Cody works with adults, adolescents, and couples.
Cody's passion for counseling comes from his first hand experience as to how effective counseling can be. He is constantly learning and developing his skills. He is also pursuing a PhD from Texas Tech University in Counselor Education where he is researching therapeutic approaches for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A Message from Cody:
Since 2010, I have been able to witness the impact that counseling can have on people. One of the greatest things about my profession is being able to assist people to make positive changes in their lives. There is nothing like watching someone regain the feeling of hope they thought they had lost.
Aside from that, I love muscle cars, heavy metal, and I also have a background in martial arts.
I hope you will consider reaching out. We really are here to help.
Paula Bibbs-Samuels, MS, LPC
Paula is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Lubbock, TX. She is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University and has worked with a diverse populations throughout her career. She has worked in the non-profit setting while accruing hours for her license and has continued since.
Paula's approach to counseling is integrative. She feels it is important to find the best approach for each client. She also believes that the mutual respect between client and counselor is critical to a productive counseling relationship.
Paula appreciates that counseling is a big decision and vows to giver her clients her undivided attention, expertise, and honesty in session; even if it is not always easy and not always pretty. Her passion for mental health is matched only by her care for her clients.
A Message from Paula:
I work with teenagers, adults, individuals, couples, and families to encourage, help communicate, express emotions, deal with the hard things, & grow. I will help you grow in areas that are needed, while still allowing you to be comfortable in the skin you are in. Understanding yourself is imperative to creating and cultivating healthy relationships.
Good mental health is critical for our entire wellbeing. Achieving good mental health involves hard work, dedication, and tenacity. Let me help you achieve your life goals, career goals, relationship goals and be the best you possible by dealing with the hard issues, addressing, and changing what needs to be changed, and having forward progression in life.
Christian Enevoldsen, MA, LPC
Christian Enevoldsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began as mental health provider in 2016 while getting his start over a decade ago supporting those who seek to improve their mental wellbeing through his work in various roles. Christian was previously the Director of a local sober-living program for men and women who were in transition from inpatient substance abuse treatment to everyday life and has volunteered in the past to help coordinate a local non-profit substance abuse outpatient treatment program.
Throughout Christian’s time in the mental health field, he has found his specialization in working with men, as well as couples, who are seeking more effective ways to cope with stress, communication, depression, and anxiety amongst other varied topics. He understands that these aspects can affect not only the person experiencing these symptoms, but often times their relationships with significant others and in order to make improvements, an integrative and often educational approach can be the building blocks towards future growth. As a relatively new parent, Christian knows that scheduling can be hectic at times and has provided extensive telehealth services to the benefit of those with especially busy lives.
A message from Christian:
From the start of my work in the mental health field in 2011, I have been able to witness the impact of having an unbiased and supportive therapeutic relationship can have on a person’s wellbeing. Taking that big first step to admit that we might not have all the answers, but through self exploration and a bit of work, a person’s future can be much brighter because they were willing to have some honest conversations. I really appreciate being able to have those conversations with clients and seeing people make opportunities from the challenges presented in life. The first step towards progress is recognizing you can benefit from some assistance, so I hope that you take that next step to reach out and start your counseling journey.
Step 1: Give us a call at (806) 553-6068 or send us a message by clicking here. As part of your free consultation, we will be happy to answer any questions to help you find what you are looking for.
Step 2: We will take some basic information from you and email you all of the paperwork that you can electronically sign (no special software is needed). We will also send you a questionnaire to fill out in your own time so that we can have some more information about you, your history, and your goals before we get started.
Step 3: Once your paperwork is submitted, you counselor will contact you and set up a time for you to come in that works best for you.
Step 4: You and your counselor will work together to help you reach your goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only offer services for men?
No. While we may specialize in treating men, our counselors are more than capable of offering high quality counseling services to all.
How do I know if I even need counseling?
This is something that we could help you to understand during your free consultation. A lot of the time, people just need to come in for a few sessions. There is no way to say for sure over the phone, but chances are you just need some help managing your symptoms.
How do I know this will actually work?
Of course, there are no guarantees. However, all of our counselors used evidence-based counseling techniques that have shown to be successful. Most mental issues are treatable. At the very least, you could learn some skills to help you manage your symptoms.
How much does it cost?
For a full explanation of our fees, please click here.
Do you take insurance?
We do not contract with any insurance companies currently. However, your insurance company may reimburse your for your counseling sessions. For more information, please click here.
Do you provide virtual counseling?
Yes. For clients in Texas we can provide remote counseling. Just let your counselor know if that is what you prefer.
How do I know which counselor is best for me?
Counseling is about the relationship. All of our therapists are well educated and trained to do the job they do. However, you want someone who you can connect with. To learn more about our counselors, please click here.
What if I don't feel like it is helping?
If you are a few weeks into your therapy, and you are not sure if it is working, the best thing to do is to talk to your counselor. Therapy is collaborative and we rely on your feedback in order to tailor our treatment to you as an individual. Remember, counseling is not "one size fits all." It may take some time to find what works best for you.
How long does it take?
Each of our sessions is 50 minutes. As far as the number of sessions, that is between you and your therapist. If you can only afford 4 sessions, then let us know so we can do what we can in the time we have available to work with you.
What happens when I am ready to stop counseling?
A lot of people get nervous about termination. That is perfectly understandable. This will be a conversation that takes place between you and your counselor. Even after you stop weekly sessions, you are still able to contact your therapist as needed and come in for a maintenance session as needed.
Mind Works Counseling Services is a Lubbock, TX based Counseling Practice.