Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center was founded in 2019 by Nicole Bankhead. The center is not just a counseling facility, Nicole has worked hard, with the help of her co-owner, and husband, Bryan Bankhead, to turn it into a sanctuary dedicated to nurturing and addressing the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and soul.
The story of Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center is deeply intertwined with the personal and professional journey of Nicole and Bryan Bankhead. The personal struggles and challenges that Nicole and Bryan have experienced in their own lives drives their passion for the work they do. Both Nicole and Bryan grew up in Cypress, so they share a genuine connection with the community they serve. As Nicole fondly reminisces, "My husband and I are both from Cypress, we both graduated from Cy-Springs." This local touch adds a personal dimension to the center, making it feel like a safe haven for Cypress residents seeking support and healing.
Nicole, a former educator in the school district until 2016, transitioned her passion for helping others into the realm of mental health. Nicole remembers always being the “go-to” friend growing up; she was the one everyone came to when they were in need. Her dedication to understanding and addressing the root cause of her client's mental health concerns is evident in the core philosophy of Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center. "Our ultimate goal is to help our clients find the root cause of their concerns. I don’t have lifelong clients, as much as I’d love to keep seeing my clients forever, it’s my goal that we find their root cause and they kind of become their own therapist in the end." Nicole emphasizes, highlighting the center's commitment to comprehensive and personalized care.
Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center goes beyond traditional counseling services. Nicole proudly shares, "We have therapists who do sessions with kids from age 4 up to adults, an integrated health practitioner, we do family sessions, marriage counseling and medication management, and we even have two service dogs." The inclusion of service dogs exemplifies the center's dedication to creating a comforting and inclusive environment for clients of all ages.
One distinctive aspect of Serenity is its holistic approach to wellness. Nicole and Bryan understand that mental health is not a one-size-fits-all journey. "We're not focusing on our clients' mental health through only talk therapy," Nicole explains. "Our clinicians are also trained in other evidence-based therapies, like EMDR and Cognitive therapies." This commitment to diverse therapeutic modalities ensures that clients receive a customized and effective treatment plan tailored to their unique needs. A few of the other services offered at Serenity are LENS Neurofeedback, Ketamine assisted Therapy, Red Light Therapy and there are still many others.
In the pursuit of whole wellness, Serenity takes an integrative approach that extends beyond mental health. Nicole affirms, "We even have a dietitian because we really want to hone in on whole wellness. We're not focusing on only one piece; we're looking at the whole body." This comprehensive approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mental and physical well-being, promoting a balanced and sustainable path to healing.
The commitment to excellence at Serenity is underscored by Nicole's personal involvement in the services offered. "Every service that we offer at the Center, besides being a dietitian, I have been trained in first and have tried with my clients first, and then I offer to my clinicians to get trained in them," Nicole shares. This hands-on approach ensures that clients receive the highest quality care, with Nicole leading by example and staying informed about the efficacy of each therapeutic technique.
Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center embodies the Bankheads' passion for creating a space where individuals and families can embark on a transformative journey toward holistic well-being. As Cypress residents, Nicole and Bryan Bankhead have not only brought their expertise to Serenity but have also created a haven for the community to find solace and support. The center's warm and inviting atmosphere, combined with the personalized care provided by dedicated professionals, makes Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center a beacon of hope.
"Our ultimate goal is to help our clients find the root cause of their concerns."