Merlena A. James Turks, M.A., LPC, CAGCS

Merlena A. James Turks, M.A., LPC, CAGCS
Modality: Individuals
Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Eclectic, Grief, Person-Centered, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Trauma Focused
Age Specialty: Adults, Elders (65+)
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, EAP, Optum, UnitedHealthcare
Cost per Session: $100-150, Sliding Scale
Payments Accepted: American Express, Cash, Discover, EAP, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa
Additional credentials: Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies and Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist
Services (Cultural Healing): Grief, Personal Development
Ethnicity Counselor Identifies As: African American
Other Mental Health Related Services: Consultation, Crisis / Emergency Counseling, Emotional Support Animal Letters (ESA), Letters of Readiness & Support for Gender Affirmation Surgery

Ramir’s Counseling Center of Hope was created by a Licensed Professional Counselor who had a vision to encourage, motivate and provide access to tools needed to overcome current circumstances. Ramir stands for Rising Above My Inner Rival. Ramir is confirmation that we can accomplish anything regardless of the opposition we face. On March 7, 2018 the Ramir’s Counseling Center of Hope, PLLC was established and confirmation was received that the storm was not meant to last always. As a child, mental health was present in my family and thus prepared me for the dynamics of not only the diagnosis but more importantly the person and those that surround them. Growing up, I played a part and everyone was treated the same regardless of their mental status, pill count, change in mood, IQ, anxiety level or temporary isolation that would occur. We, as a family, understood what it would take to maintain our family.

My goal as a Licensed Professional Counselor is to provide an environment that reciprocates what my family and community offered. There is no special formula that can erase your situation but there is a way to get through it. The Inner Rival is the battle we have within, which is usually hidden from the world. Although at times, what we are facing is situational, it has an effect on us internally. The purpose of Ramir’s Counseling Center of Hope, PLLC, is to work with each client to expose, address and conquer whatever that may be. So, I ask, are you ready?

Below you will find my educational background.


University of North Texas
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Minor in Social Science
Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies

Amberton University
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

*I am a Therapist licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

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