Paula Whitaker
M.ED., M.A.
About Ms. Paula

I have been a practicing therapist for 10 years. My background has been in education as a teacher for 23 years and the founder and administrator of two private Christian Schools for over the past 38 years. During my career, I have had the wonderful opportunity to assist, support and accompany many people as they sought to find the answers and solutions to life's challenges and struggles. There is no issue or concern that is too great or too small for us to resolve together. You may have tried everything you know to do to improve the situation, and yet, no solution has been found. Together, we will identify your concerns and we will develop a solution plan to address whatever concerns you are dealing with. I have 38 years of experience assisting families, children, and individuals to resolve their problems and find happiness. If you have a life challenge we can work together to find a solution and a better life. I am solution-focused therapist; my treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback and solutions to help clients address current life challenges and long-standing issues. With compassion and understanding, I help individuals find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns and psychological issues. With an integration of complimentary approaches, In a safe, comfortable and Christian environment and atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs to help them attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Together, we will work to develop your own personal strengths and help you to achieve your important life goals. Regardless of the life challenges you may face there is always HOPE and there is always a solution to ever difficulty . We can work together to achieve a better more fulfilling life for you.

Paula Whitaker's Professional Qualifactions

Paula Whitaker BA, M.ED., M.A. in Counseling, and a Board Certified Christian Counselor from the International Board of Christian Counseling, as well as a, Professional Christian Counselor. Ms. Paula also holds a license from the State of Texas as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Ms. Paula is the Ministry Director and a counselor of Champions Christian Counseling Center in Tomball, and has worked in the fields of education and counseling for over 38 years. She was also the founder and Administrator of two Christian schools: Tomball Christian Academy and Champions Christian Academy.
Ms. Paula received her first Master’s Degree in Education in 1979 from Sam Houston State University and a second Masters Degree in Counseling from Houston Graduate school of theology Seminary in 2003. At that time she was ordained in the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ms. Paula has devoted her career and expertise to working with couples, families, children, and individuals in a Christian environment. Ms. Paula has had extensive experience in working with women's issues, marriage improvement and enhancement, couples counseling, pre-marital counseling, depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, sexual abuse, and play therapy for children with a variety of issues and difficulties. With a Master's Degree in Education and a Minor in Early Childhood Education, her 30 years of educational experience and expertise allows her to work with children and adolescents for a variety of disabilities, disorders, and difficulties. Using this knowledge of children and adolescents and her own personality she provides a comfortable and open environment for discussion and interaction for almost any difficulty. She also provides educational consultation and some testing for children from ages four through high school. She is often selected as expert witness for child abuse cases and parental issues concelning custody and adolescent cases.
Ms. Paula is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the National Association for Play Therapy. She has been active in the local community for many years through a variety of philanthropic endeavors. She also provides educational training in Parenting Skills, Discipline, and classes for Parents of ADHD children, and has been instrumental in providing information to parents to access resources in local schools. She is also a writer and has been published in numerous magazines and journals with bi-monthly articles being published in Houston Christian Magazine and That Texas Magazine. She is also an author of Natural Beginings Baby Food Guide, as well as Cookbook for parents who want to prepare natural food for their babies.
January 29, 2007, Ms. Paula lost her only child in sudden death. The shock from this loss has added to her resolve to help hurting families and adds a measure of understanding and compassion with other parents who have lost their children. As a way of turning her grief and loss into something positive she wrote "How to Survive the Loss of a Child" that was published in Houston Christian Magazine in the April/May 2007 printing. Also, in memorial to her son, Ryan Paul Whitaker, Ms. Paula has instituted an endowment educational fund with Tomball College to provide nursing scholarships for those who love and want to help people in the nursing career. If you are interested in knowing more about the Ryan Paul Whitaker Nursing scholarship program, you may contact the financial aid office at Lonestar College for more information.
In an effort to help hurting people and to leave a Legacy for Ryan her son, Ms. Paula set up the Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Foundation. The goal of the foundation was to help people in need. One of the first actions taken by the Foundation was to donate Ryan’s inheritance to TOMAGWA HealthCare ministries in memory of Ryan and to promote his goal in life of helping people through medical ministries. On March 7, 2010 the new TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries facility was dedicated as the Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Medical Center and to the Glory of God, in the memory of her son Ryan. Ms. Paula's heart’s desire is working in Christian ministry to benefit those in need and to assist in growing strong individuals and families for God.

Community Service Involvment

Ms. Paula is very active in community charities and organizations. She works tirelessly in the community to help those in need. She is a member of the Tomball Rotary, Tomball Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Directors for several community programs, including:
TRAC-Tomball Regional Art Council - Board of Directors (2004-2010)
TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries-Advisory Board
Shattered Lives Program
Northwest Assitance Ministries
Inter-Faith Hospitality Network
Karios Prison Ministries
City of Tomball Centennial Project - Director February Celebrations
Stephen's Ministry Counseling Program
Salem Lutheran Church member and leader
Tomball Rotary Club
Tomball Pregnancy Center - Board of Directors
Tomball Day of Prayer - ShareFest Chair 2003,2004,2005
Christian Business Leaders
Lone Star College Foundation
TOMAGWA Health care Ministry - Donor, Partner in Ministry Chair
TOMAGWA Capital Campaign Committee
The Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Medical Center - Donor
St. Luke's Community of Hope - Chaplin
Life Solutions Hospice - Chaplin
Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce - 22 years
Paula is also very involved in church missions in Kenya, S. Africa where she has worked to help people, Ryan. She and her husband, Ken Hancock, are involved in many positive endeavors for our community.


  • Champions Christian Counseling Center, Administrator, Director, & Professional Counselor
2003 - 2010
  • Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Program Tomball
Sept. 2010
  • M.H. Addictions Treatment Center Director
Sept. 2010
  • Founder and Administrator of Champions Christian Academy
  • Founder and Administrator of Tomball Christian Academy
  • Founder and Administrator of Northwest Montessori School
  • Public School Teacher for 23 years
  • Cooperative Education Teacher/Coordinator 14 years


Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Training 2010
Masters of Arts Counseling
Houston Graduate School of Theology
Masters of Education
Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Arts
Teacher Education

University of Houston


Stephens Ministry Counseling Training 2000-Present
Lay Academy of Theological Studies, Woodlands UMC 1998-2000
Advanced Mediation Training, Worklife Institute , Houston, Texas 2000
Family Mediation Training, Worklife Institute, Houston, Texas 2000
Basic Critical Incident Management, Houston, Texas 2000
Play Therapy- Sam Houston State University 2002
St. Luke’s Community of Hope Lay Chaplain Certification 2005
Life Solutions Hospice Chaplain Certification 2005
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Training 2010;

Fields of Expertise in Counseling

  • Group Therapy
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Individual Therapy
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Testing and Assessment
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Career Counseling and Life Styles
  • Advanced Individual Counseling
  • Counseling Statistics and Instrument Interpretation and Ethics and Counseling
  • BI-Polar
  • Mood Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Anxiety (GAD)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Brain Dysfunction
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Children and Psychotherapy
  • Parenting with Love and Limits
  • Play Therapy
  • TheraPlay
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Sexual Addiction Training.


Spring Independent School District, Westfield High School, TEACHER OF THE YEAR 1983
Business Woman of the Year , Houston Community News 1996,97,&98
Chronicle This Week, “Business People Of Interest” June 2005

Professional Organization

Associated Christian School International
American Association Christian Counselors
National Association of Education of Young Children
American Association School Counselors
Association of Play Therapists

Community Service Activities

Northwest Assistance Ministries
Counseling Homeless Children & Women
Inter Faith Hospitality Network
Prison Ministries
Champions Christian Counseling Ministry
Board of Directors
Stephen’s Ministry
Counseling Program
Salem Lutheran Church Member
Kenya Missions Team
Tomball Rotary Club
Community Service
Tomball Pregnancy Center
Board of Directors
Tomball Regional Arts Counsel
Board of Directors
Tomball Day of Prayer
ShareFest Board 2003, 2004,2005
Christian Business Leaders
Tomball Chamber of Commerce
TOMAGWA Health Care Clinic
Donor, Partners in Ministry Chairperson
The Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Medical Center
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