Our team would like to welcome you to our recovery center and offer insight into what it’s like working with our clients at Cypress Lakes Lodge. Our team are either living in recovery actively or are part of a specialized trained medical team that deals with addiction and mental health. Read through their profiles and get to know them before you schedule your intake call. We can’t wait to go on this journey toward recovery together. Remember, recovery is found with a great support system behind you.

Jason Shirley, MA LPC Executive & Clinical Director

Jason Shirley is a Licensed Professional Counselor LPC that attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and B.H. Carrol Theological Institute. He is trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) through EAGALA. Jason’s background in trauma therapy has allowed him to work with different people and family situations over the years. He has previously served as a primary therapist at Cypress Lakes Lodge and was promoted to Clinical Director in 2021. He enjoys getting to know people where they are and begin walking with them to establish a relationship. He enjoys spending time with his wife, five children, and granddaughter.

Tobin Wells, LCDC Crisis Intervention Counselor

Tobin Wells brings extensive community-oriented experience to his role at Cypress Lakes Lodge. During his education in Human Services at Angelina College, he specialized in drug and alcohol counseling and went on to receive his chemical dependency counseling license. He has previously served as an outreach, screening, assessment and referral supervisor for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council; has spoken at community-based agencies including Child Protective Services and probation departments; and has played key roles in organizing local recovery events with 600+ attendees. His wholehearted investment in each client shines through in his dedication to the work we do at Cypress Lakes. He says, “In our field, it is so important that no one is left behind. Anyone can get clean and sober if they are willing to do the work -- we can’t give up on anyone.” Tobin enjoys bike rides, traveling and spending time with his family.

Deborah (Debbie) Darnell-Drake, LCSW-S, LMFT, ACSW Family Program Director

Deborah (Debbie) Darnell-Drake, LCSW-S, LMFT, ACSW joins the team at Cypress Lakes Lodge as the Family Program Director. Debbie has over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health disorders and substance abuse i.e., facilitating Family Weekends for clients in treatment and their family members, marital therapy, assisting clients to re-enter back into the family system prior to discharge from treatment if they are unable to transition to a sober living environment and/or a lesser level of care. It is an honor to work with the clients and their families as they work towards their journey to healing and recovery.
She has a small private practice where she sees clients and families who are in the early stages of recovery and have little to no resources; clients who struggle with Major Depression, Anxiety, Co-Occurring Disorders, and PTSD.
Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish, French & Sociology from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in Group Work, Family Therapy and Casework.
Debbie has facilitated several workshops and presentations in the community and served as an Adjunct Instructor at Lone Star College teaching students who were studying to be Chemical Dependency Counselors. Throughout her career, Debbie has been the Director of Clinical Services at free standing psychiatric facilities and residential treatment facilities.
Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, RV camping, hiking, 5 -10 k walks and white-water rafting.

Bree Brown Regional Director of Business Development

Bree Brown has worked in the behavioral health industry since 2015, and her passion for the work has only multiplied over the years. She began in mental health primary treatment, but in the later years of her career has focused on Co-occurring treatment. Bree is also the Co-founder of Sober Eve, Houston’s first sober pop-up night club on New year’s eve. The event selects various nonprofits that support recovery, and donates all proceeds to decrease barriers for treatment . Connecting community to resource is her mission. When Bree is not focusing on the community she serves, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Joani Burchett Primary Therapist

Joani Burchett, B.S. Psychology, LCDC-I.
Joani believes that the benefits of therapeutic work include experiencing wholeness as
a person and making vital changes to one’s life in order to live in freedom and fullness.
After graduating with a Bachelor in Psychology, she now is currently working on her
Masters in Professional Counseling, and co-currently is a Licensed Chemical
Dependency Counselor Intern. She holds special certifications in Domestic and
Community Crisis Treatment; Acute Stress, Grief, Trauma Care; Stress and Trauma
Care with Military Application, and Substance Use Recovery. Through techniques such
as EFT, DBT, and CBT she seeks to help the well-being of the clients in their personal
journey. Joani also facilitates groups in Art and Music Therapies, processing the
emotions and thoughts through artistic expression.
Joani enjoys reading, music, writing, coffee, and loves spending time with her five sons
and daughter in law.

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