Middle School Guys Group starting this February!

Highschool Guys Group starting this Spring!

Marrieds Intensive Group starting this summer led by Ann Marie Godines LPC NCC Board Certified Marriage and Family Therapist

Because The Family Matters

We believe that you are worthy and capable of living a life that you love. We're dedicated to providing relief for our clients, but more importantly we provide therapy that goes to the root to create lasting positive change.


Meet The Team

Because every family matters to us!
  1. Ann Marie Godines LPC NCC Board Certified Owner of BTFM
    Ann Marie is a Christian Marriage and Family Therapist, LPC NCC, Pastor, Wife and best friend of 35 years to her high-school sweetheart Dave, Grandma (Mam) to 4 adorable grand babies, Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, and mom to the most amazing son. Ann adores her dogs Rexie & Timmy. She is currently trying to convince her hubby to let her get a pot belly pig. Her heart is to restore marriages. No marriage is too difficult or too broken that she would give up on them. She sees the most broken of broken, where only she would see beauty, opportunity and hope. She founded Because the Family Matters in 2011 and has turned her ministry into a family private practice and organization for therapists to train, as well as to meet the needs of our community. She spends her free time collecting Weeble Wobbles from the 1970s, decorating and antiquing. Something interesting: At Christmas time she puts up 11 Christmas trees.
  2. David Godines (My Beloved)
    David runs the practice in the evenings and weekends. He spends the evenings filing and entering all data into their spreadsheets, handling all the little details, working behind the scenes to make sure BTFM is running smoothly. He is the friendly guy that you will occasionally find behind the computer trying to catch a football game, basketball game, or a baseball game while his wife is in session. He is the rock and support to his wife's thriving practice. He keeps his wife's desk free from stacks and keeps her as organized as possible. Ann is a stacker. Dave's pet peeve. He brings her coffee and water with lemons (her favorites), between each clients' session, rubs her shoulders, fluffs her pillows in between each session and then cheers her on to keep going, prays with her, and motivates her. "because to my wife, Every Family Matters!"—David Godines
  3. Beatriz Lemus
    Beatriz is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, who provided mental health services to individuals, families, adolescents, and children in Guatemala, Central America for 10 years. She is in the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program at Abilene Christian University. Her Bachelors is in Clinical Psychology. Her vision is to provide help to individuals and families, to meet their needs and achieve their goals. She is blessed with a beautiful family. She and her husband celebrate a 13 year marriage, and are happily raising their two boys. They have a chihuahua named Chipi. She will be joining our practice as an LMFTA in 2019. Beatriz is family at BTFM. She often handles crisis situations as they arise and has helped many of her clients reach their goals mostly because she is truly a servant of the Lord. We are so blessed and honored to have her at BTFM.
  4. Stephen Dunne Garcia
    Stephen Dunne Garcia is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, who served as a Mental Health Specialist in the Army by providing services to military members and families since 2001. Stephen continues to serve in the military today as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and will retire in three years. He is in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree program at Lamar University working towards Licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He enjoys weekends with his children and taking part in outdoor activities and practicing guitar.
  5. Shelby Hawkins
    Shelby Hawkins is a Marriage and Family Therapist in training earning her Masters’ degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Counseling. She has been happily married to her gracious husband, Weston, for almost 3 years. The couple moved from North Carolina to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2016. Shelby seeks to aid in the restoration of broken marriages and family relationships by employing the use of empirically-based practices while instilling hope for a new and bright future.
  6. Timothy Kelm
    Timothy Kelm is Ann Marie's Admin. He is a Business Administration student attending Del Mar College. He attends New Life Church, and is heavily involved in many different areas of serving the community of Corpus Christi. One of those areas being youth, Timothy is passionate about elevating the next generation with his lifelong ambition of becoming a Pastor. He is a youth leader at his church and leads the 7th grade bible study nights. He enjoys jazz music, likes to play music, and read in his free time.
  7. Jon David Godines Co-Owner/Vice President of BTFM Pastoral Care
    Jon co-owns BTFM and leads our Pastoral Care. He often leads Friday staff meetings, trains the team on leadership, guides the direction of the family business meetings, and prays for the ministry team. Jon is currently attending Bethany Divinity College and Seminary where he is attaining his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. Jon started BTFM with his mom and his sister Michelle. Michelle went off to Law School at St. Mary's and Jon stayed behind to run and manage BTFM. Jon serves in Youth Ministry at our church. Jon will be leading small groups for guys at BTFM, and we are excited to get these growing once again. He will be doing some traveling this year. We are excited to watch him grow into the Pastor God has called him to become. Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. He would like to be a Youth Pastor.
  8. Stacy Moody
    Stacy is a Marriage and Family Therapist in training, earning her M.S. in counseling. She has two Bachelor’s degrees, in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Stacy is an Army veteran who served from 2008-2012, and understands that some battle scars don’t show. Stacy has experience working with PTSD, Substance Abuse, Dependency, and Military Sexual Trauma with active duty military personnel, veterans, and dependents. Her husband is current active duty in the Army. He will be retiring in September 2019, after serving 20 years. They have been married for 7 years, have two wonderful children, a dog, and two cats. Stacy currently works with youth with various mental health disorders. Stacy has experienced high level crisis situations in both residential treatment centers and as a member of a team working with families in their homes, schools, and communities. Her hope is to build an atmosphere where individuals feel safe and comforted knowing they have someone to listen, advocate, and care in times of struggle. It is her hope to help others find the strength and faith to persevere and find their identity in the midst of difficult times. She enjoys big Saturday breakfasts with her family, beach days, and traveling.

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