Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Enforcement Actions

Disciplinary actions are taken by regulatory authorities (boards, committees, programs) in response to a violation of the law or rules.  Different kinds of actions may be taken depending on the severity of the offense, the history of previous violations, efforts made to correct the violation, the harm to the victim(s), the likelihood of a repeat violation, and other matters related to each particular case.  These actions are taken to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Texas.

Final Disciplinary Actions - License Denial, Surrender, Revocation
These actions will be permanently posted on this website. Further information, including a copy of the final order, is available upon written request from our office.
Final Disciplinary Actions - All Other, including Probated Suspension, Reprimand, and Administrative Penalty
These actions will be posted on this website for a total of seven (7) years from the date all the terms of the Order have been met, in accordance with our records retention schedule. The regulated individual may now be currently licensed, in good standing, and practicing without any restrictions.

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DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Name  Level of Licensure  License Number  City of Residence Alleged Violation*  Disciplinary Action Date of Action
Acker, Leta
LMFT
2470
Amarillo, TX
22 TAC 801.48(c), THSC 61.0045(a)(b)(c) and THSC 611.008(a)(1)(2) - Relating to failure to timely provide client records and failure to detail reason for denial.
2 yr - Probated Suspension
10/27/2018
Acker, Leta
LMFT
2470
Amarillo, TX
22 TAC 801.44(c)(m) – Relating to failure to obtain proper consent to treat minor client.
22 TAC 801.48(e) – Relating to failure to maintain adequate and accurate records.
Reprimand
10/27/2018
Acker, Leta
LMFT
2470
Amarillo, TX
TAC 801.48( c ) and ( e ) - Relating to record keeping.  THSC 611.0045(a)(b)( c ) and 611.008(a)(1) and (2) - Relating to granting access to patient records.
Probated Suspension
10/27/2018
Adams, Jimmie LMFT 4254 Beaumont, TX 22 TAC §801.44 and 801.45-Related to engaging in unethical and unprofessional conduct that discredits the profession of social work and made false, misleading, deceptive and fraudulent claims about services rendered to clients; fraudulently billing Medicaid for treatment and counseling services that were never rendered. 3 yr Suspension 1/15/11
 Adams, Jimmie LMFT  4254 Beaumont, TX  TOC §505.451-Related to criminal history.  3 yrs Probated Suspension  4/10/10
Alcorn, Leonard D. LMFT 1495 Lake Jackson, TX 22 TAC §801.44 & 801.48 Related to setting professional boundaries and maintaining confidentiality. Probated Suspension 6 months 07/22/06
Aporta, Wendy
LMFT
202926
Dallas, TX
22 TAC 801.48(b) - Relating to failure to comply with client confidentiality by disclosing client personal information.
Reprimand
7/13/2019
Arterburn, Don
LMFT
4922
Waco, TX
22 TAC 801.44( r ) - Relating to relationships with clients.
Probated Suspension
1/26/2019
Bethany, John LMFT 4391 Houston, TX 22 TAC §801.44(j) relating to billing Reprimand 12/16/04
Boger, Peter LMFT 2622 Dallas, TX 22 TAC §801.44- Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries Probated Suspension
2 years
1/17/2009
Boger, Peter LMFT 2622 Dallas, TX 22 TAC §801.44-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries and practicing sexual exploitation by engaging in sexual contact with client. Suspended 1/16/10
Bordelon, Erika Applicant n/a Crossroads, TX 22 TAC §801.44 and 801.45-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into a dual relationship with client and engaging in sexual contact with client. Denied Initial
License
7/9/2010
Boyd, Cynthia LMFT 3134 College Station, TX 22 TAC §681.41-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into a dual relationship with client. Voluntary Surrender 4/02/2011
Boyd, Cynthia LMFT 3134 College Station, TX 22 TAC §801.44(i)(2)-Regarding dual relationships. Surrender 1/16/10
Bull, Dennis LMFT 1626 Richardson, TX 22 TAC §801.44(k) failure to terminate professional relationship with client; 801.44(i) regarding record keeping, 801.48(a) regarding confidentiality surrender 11/16/04
Bull, Dennis MFT 1626 Richardson, TX 22 TAC §801.44 & 801.48 regarding failure to terminate professional relationship, failure to maintain accurate records, & failure to maintain confidentiality Surrender 11/16/04
Burks, Kathey MFT 357 Dallas, TX 22 TAC §681.41 and §681.45 and HSC §611.002-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries, failure to follow the rules of confidentiality regarding the release of mental health records and failure to report suspected abuse or neglect of client’s children. Reprimand 10/3/08
Britain, Mark MFT 3120 Amarillo, TX 22 TAC 801.44 Relating to dual relationships and maintaining professional boundaries. Administrative Penalty
$500
03/06/06
Brophy, Martin LMFT 3739 Graham, TX   Surrender 9/27/97
Bryant, Lonnol LMFT 266 Bedford, TX   Surrender 10/19/98
Burns, Marvin LMFT 13 Cleburne, TX   Probated Suspension 10/25/99
Carney, John LMFT 941 San Antonio, TX  22 TAC 801.44 regarding maintaining professional boundaries Surrender 10/08/05
Carney, MichaelLMFT 201655Flower Mound, TX

22 TAC 801.291 Engaging in conduct that discredits the profession                
22 TAC 801.44 Lack of professional boundaries                                            
22 TAC 801.44 Failure to keep accurate records

Probated Suspension for 1 year
1/23/2016 
Carr, Andy LMFT 2334 San Antonio, TX   Surrender 7/14/03
Case, Robin LMFT 2998 Keller, TX   Reprimand 10/7/02
Claflin, Janice LMFT 4495 Austin, TX   Probated Suspension 10/19/98
Compton, Ashley
LMFT
203098
Marfa, TX
22 TAC 801.237(b) - Relating to voluntary surrender of license in lieu of disciplinary action.  3 TOC 502.251 - Concerning License Required; 22 TAC 801.58(a) and (d) - Concerning Technology-assisted Services, 22 TAC 801.53(a) and (d) - Concerning Finding of Advertising and Announcements; 22 TAC 801.92(1) and (3) Concerning Finding of Non-Fitness for Licencure and 22 TAC 801.93 - Concerning Finding of Non-Fitness for Licensure Subsequent to Issuance of License.
Surrender of License
4/13/2019
Curley, Mary LMFT 2692 El Paso, TX 22 TAC §801.44
Failure to comply with HSC 611.008(a) relating to release of records.
Administrative Penalty
$250
01/12/08
Daniels, Troy LMFT 3983 Temple, TX 22 TAC §801.53 and TOC §502.251-Related to misrepresentation of credentials and practicing without a license. Reprimand   4/10/10
Darwin Jr, Charles W. LMFT 1446 Dallas TX   Probated Suspension 7/12/02
Davis, Bill Jack LMFT 2504 Conroe, TX   Probated Suspension 5/21/01
Debord, Bryant LMFT 78 Garland, TX TOC §502.351 & 22 TAC §801.44
Related to practicing in a manner that is detrimental to public health or welfare and failure to keep accurate billing records.
Probated Suspension
1 Year
07/12/08
Degraw, Darrel G. LMFT 2653 Livingston, TX 22 TAC §801.237-Related to failure to comply with Confidentiality and failure to provide accurate records of therapeutic services. Voluntary Surrender 7/12/13
Dews Jr., Travis LMFT 2769 Wichita Falls, TX 22 TAC §801.44(f) failure to maintain professional boundaries. Surrender 10/30/04
Dinoto, Caroline
LMFT
247
The Woodlands, TX
22 TAC 801.48(c), THSC 611.008(a)(1)(2) and THSC 611.0045(c) - Relating to failure to respond to written request for client records by parent of minor client. 
Reprimand
7/13/2019
Dotson, LindaLMFT 124 Rockwall, TX Relating to TOC 502.251(a)(b), (c)(1) and (c)(2)
24 month Probated Suspension4/21/2018 
Duffy, Richard LMFT   San Antonio, TX 22 TAC §801.45(b)(1) relating to sexual misconduct. Surrender 10/6/03
Fashimpar, Gary Allen LMFT 1615 Wichita Falls, TX Related to failing to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with a client, engaging in a sexual relationship with a client, and exploiting a client Voluntary Surrender 07/11/2015
Fischer, Jason B. LMFT 201506 Austin, TX 22 TAC §801.44 and 801.45-Related to engaging in unethical and unprofessional conduct that discredits the profession of social work by failing to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into dual relationships with clients/former clients and engaging in sexual conduct with clients/former clients. Voluntary Surrender 4/02/2011
Garrison, Bruce L. LMFT 60 Euless, TX   Surrender of License 10/7/02
Gilliam, Robert LMFT 760 Irving, TX   Revocation 7/14/03
Harnan, James Applicant None Splendora, TX   Denial 08/30/96
Hedgpeth, D. Walker  LMFT 1494 Dallas, TX   Surrender 01/27/98
Hibbs, Kay LMFT 1798 Austin, TX   Revocation 08/12/96
Humphries, Erin G.LMFT 201047 Austin, TX 22 TAC 801.237 Voluntary surrender of license as a result of disciplinary action
Voluntary Surrender 1/21/2017
Hurlbert, David LMFT 227 Belton, TX   Surrender 07/26/99
Hymel, Francis LMFT 2739 Lubbock, TX 22 TAC §801.43-Related to making fraudulent and misleading claims regarding qualifications, education and services. 1 Year Probated Suspension/
$500 Admin Pen
7/12/14
Juarez, Jesus R.LMFT 4603 Brownsville, TX

22 TAC 801.44, Relating to Client Relationships,
22 TAC 801.47, Relating to the  use of illegal drugs 

Suspended until 8/22/2017, Probated Suspension until terms are met
7/15/2017 
Kampf, Elizabeth LMFT 3286 Houston, TX 22 TAC §801.48(a) relating to confidentiality; Reprimand 6/3/04
Kelly, Harold H.
LMFT2416McAllen, TX22 TAC 801.43 & 801.44 Related to making misleading and deceptive claims about the services to be provided and housing amenities. Failure to disclose fees & arrangements for payment. Billing for services not provided.
Probated Suspension
1 year

11/04/06
Kheribi, Habib LMFT 4303 Huntsville, TX    Surrender 07/26/99
Lawrence, Carl LMFT 2278 Lufkin, TX   Surrender 5/21/01
Lee, Kyung LMFT 201017 Lubbock, TX 22 TAC 801.49 Failure to cooperate with a department investigation. Revocation 01/12/08
Leos, LuisLMFT 201213 Carrollton, TX 22 TAC 801.44 Failure to set and maintain professional boundaries            
22 TAC 801.45 Non-Therpeutic relationship with client
Probated Suspension for 18 months
4/7/2017
Litsey, Elaine LMFT 1244 Houston, Texas 22 TAC §801.48(a) relating to confidentiality Reprimand 1/18/04
Lloyd, JohnLMFT 201737 Denton, TX 22 TAC 801.44 Failure to terminate a professional relationship when that was not benefitting client                              
22 TAC 801.49 Failure to report allegations to the Board, Arrest 
Probated Suspension for 5 years
4/7/2017
Loev, Irv LMFT 1550 San Antonio, TX 22 TAC §801.48, HSC 611.0045, & 611.008 Failure to comply with confidentiality requirements Reprimand 02/18/06
Logan, Jean LMFT 4140 Houston, TX

22 TAC §801.45 regarding sexual misconduct with a former client (2 years)

Probated Suspension 7/8/05
Luedde, Fullerton LMFT 233 Houston, TX                  Surrender 8/14/00
Malley, JonathanLMFT 201977 San Antonio, TX 22 TAC 801.43 Practicing with Expired License                                                          
22 TAC 801.42 Misrepresentation of Licensure status to clients
Probated Suspension for 2 years
1/23/2016 
Malley, Jonathan
LMFT201977San Antonio, TX 22 TAC 801.291(1)(K) - Relating to complaints and violations, general.  22 TAC 801.297(b) and (f)(3), (4) and (11) - Relating to monitoring of licensees.
Probated Suspension1/26/2019
Martin, Lisa M LMFT 4856 Kerrville, TX 22 TAC §801.44 Relating to Maintaining Professional Boundaries & unauthorized billing. Probated Suspension
3 years
02/18/06
Martinez, Armando LMFT 210 El Paso, TX   Surrender 4/26/03
McCall, DanaLMFT 5028 Fort Worth, TX  Relating to 22 TAC 801.44(a)(c)(i) and 801.48(b)Reprimand4/21/2018 
Meredith, Denise LMFT 3630 Cedar Park, TX 22 TAC §801.237-Related to misrepresenting information on an application to the Board. Voluntary Surrender 04/13/12
Meredith, Denise LMFT 3630 Lago Vista, TX 22 TAC §801.292-Related to misrepresenting information on application to the board by failure to report a criminal conviction. 1 yr Probated Suspension 04/14/11
Mitchell, Treasa
LMFT201521League City, TX
22 TAC 801.49(c) - Relating to failure to submit change of address in writing, to the Board within 30 days. 22TAC 801.291(1)(K) - Relating to failure to comply with the Board's Order/Conditional Letter of Agreement
Reprimand
7/13/2019
Natter, Theophilis LMFT 3031 Houston, TX Relating to 22TAC 801.43(b)(2), (e). 801.53(a), (b)(5), 801.291(I), (K), 3TOC 502.351(7), (9).. Revocation of Licensure
01/27/2018
Nieman, Carl LMFT 4670 Ft.Worth, TX   Surrender 01/27/98
Paugh, Jonathon LMFT 2671 The Woodlands, TX 22 TAC §801.44-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into a dual relationship with a client, failure to take reasonable precautions to protect minor client from physical and emotional trauma, failure to offer services within professional competency, failure to keep accurate client records and failure to timely respond in writing, to a Board request regarding client records. Revocation 04/05/12
Phillips, Jim Gaston LMFT 4036 Mesquite, TX 22 TAC §801.44 & 801.45 Related to maintaining professional boundaries with clients. Surrender 07/22/06
Prillwitz, Laura LMFT 3403 Denton, TX 22 TAC §801.44 and §801.45-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into a dual relationship with client. Revocation 8/1/09
Price, Cinda LMFT 3565 Conroe, TX   Surrender 8/14/00
Rice, Jeffrey
LMFT
200906
Houston, TX
22 TAC 801.44(c) - Relating to failure to obtain appropriate consent for treatment befrore providing professional services and maintain consent in the minor clients record.
Reprimand
10/19/2019
Robertson, Barbara Lynn LMFT 4442 Houston, TX   Reprimand 10/24/00
Robichaux-Brewer, Claudia LMFT 1008 Austin, TX 22 TAC §801.291 and 801.44-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries; failure to protect client from harm and engaging in dual relationships with clients. Voluntary Surrender 4/02/11
Ruffin, Rosalyn LMFT 4510 Houston, TX TOC §502.351 and 22 TAC §801.44-Related to failure to maintain records and failure to maintain informed consent on file.         Reprimand 1/16/10
Scheef, Betty LMFT 2086 Lewisville, TX 22 TAC §801.49(f) - The board may consider the failure of a therapist to respond to a request from the board or executive director for information or other correspondence as unprofessional conduct and grounds for disciplinary proceedings in accordance with Subchapter L of this chapter (relating to Complaints and Violations). Reprimand 7/14/05
Shepherd, Natalie
LMFT5105Rockwall, TX22 TAC 801.44(y) - Relating to relationships with clients.  22 TAC 801.143( e ), (f)(l) and (5) - Relating to supervisor requirements .  22 TAC 801.53(a) and (d) - Relating to advertising and announcements.  22 TAC 801.58(a) and (d) - Relating to technology-assisted services.   
Probated Suspension1/26/2019
Shipp, Gerald LMFT 201486
Round Rock, TX 22 TAC §801.44, 801.45, and 801.291-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries, engaging in a sexual relationship with a client, and practicing therapeutic deception. 5 Year Probated Suspension 7/13/13
Shipp, Gerald Harvey
LMFT
201486
Round Rock, TX
22 TAC 801.297(g)(2) - Relating to failure to complete Board ordered supervision.  22 TAC 801.297(h)(1)(A)(c) and (2) - Relating to failure to submit Board ordered supervision plan and timely complete supervision reports as well as address behavior that led to Board discipline during supervision session.  22 TAC 801.291 (1)(K) - Relating to failure to comply with Board order.
1 Year Probated Suspension
4/13/2019
Stewart, Christopher   1948 McAllen, TX   Surrender 8/14/00
Swinhoe, Walter LMFT 2381 Wichita Falls, TX 22 TAC §801.44(i) - Related to engaging in a dual relationship with a client and failure to comply with an Agreed Order. Voluntary Surrender 1/12/13
Swinhoe, Walter LMFT 2381 Wichita Falls, TX 22 TAC §801.44, 801.404 and 801.49-Related to failure to set and maintain professional boundaries by entering into a dual relationship with client; failure to timely respond to a request from the Board regarding a complaint filed against you and a request for records. 2 yr Probated Suspension 4/02/11
Verlander, Cheryl LMFT 1249 Houston, TX 22 TAC §801.48 Regarding failure to release confidential records. Reprimand 07/22/06
Watkins, Jong Hui LMFT 200733 Houston, TX 22 TAC §801.144(a) relating to practicing without supervision. Revocation 4/2/04
Watson, William LMFT 3285 Dallas, TX 22 TAC §801.44(d) relating to activities that meet the therapist's needs instead of the client's needs; §801.44(e) relating to dual relationship and §801.44(f) relating to professional boundaries; Probated Suspension 7/11/04
Weinberg, Denise LMFT 3037 Houston, TX   Probated Suspension 01/29/97
Werner, William Jon LMFT 3894 Waco, TX   Suspension 4/14/03

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Last updated November 19, 2019