Because the Family Matters​​

Ann Marie Godines LPC NCC Board Certified
 361-442-2211


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
    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. Beatriz is also our Office Manager, and runs all things BTFM. She is currently the backbone to BTFM. We are so blessed to have Beatriz. She organizes Ann's schedule, lately her life, and even helps with little Olivia (Ann's granddaughter). Beatriz organizes all the interns and runs the office. She will be joining our practice as an LMFTA in 2019.
  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. Ashleigh Forney, MA, LPC – Intern, supervised by Cathy Armstrong, MS, LPC-S
    Ashleigh is a licensed professional counselor–intern (LPC-Intern) who grew up in a military family. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on clinical work. She is currently seeking a doctoral degree in Counselor Education while gaining experience by providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children in the community. Ashleigh has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has a passion for helping people overcome challenges associated with trauma, anxiety, depression, and stressful life changes. As a future counselor, she seeks to work alongside her clients to help them find their inner and outer strengths and overall sense of wellness. Ashleigh also has a passion for animals, wildlife, art, and spending time with her family and friends.

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