Monday - Friday 9 am - 5pm, Saturdays 9am – 1pm.             281-299-8607
   5870 Highway 6 N, Suite 310. Houston, Texas 77084

Marcel Gamboa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of
Life Cycles Counseling.
He started his journey as a counselor over 20 years ago doing a comprehensive mental health program in a pain management setting. This was the time when cell phones were ‘barely’ invented, so things were kind of basic back then. In the years since, Marcel has received extensive training in Trauma work, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

When not at the office, Marcel is busy running, doing yoga, swimming, and anything else active. He further loves traveling and spending time with his elementary school-aged daughter, his wife, and his adorable Goldendoodle. Marcel speaks English, Russian, Norwegian, Italian, and some Spanish (still improving).

While knowledge of techniques and strategies is important, Marcel’s main forte is his compassion and care for his clients and the authenticity that he brings to the sessions. Marcel sees clients with a wide range of problems/issues, but his passion is helping individuals with trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, and men’s issues. He also loves helping couples resolve conflict, build communication skills, and come together in a unified fashion. Finally, Marcel is also a credentialed advanced mediator, helping clients with dispute resolution, divorce, customs modifications, parenting plans and more. 

Fatima Ali, LPC Associate
Supervised by Marcel Gamboa, LPC


Fatima is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who is a Mental Health advocate and is passionate about empowering other individuals. Fatima graduated in 2020 from Marymount University, Arlington (VA) with a Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling.

Counseling with Fatima Ali, counselor with experience

Fatima has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse locally and internationally. Fatima also has experience working with individuals with Depression, Trauma, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, and Suicide Ideation.

Fatima incorporates different theoretical approaches in therapy based on the needs of her clients but mostly uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques. Fatima also believes that faith and spirituality can be avenues of hope and healing and she is open to incorporating those in sessions upon the client’s request. Fatima can provide therapy in English and Urdu. Fatima Ali, LPC-Associate is supervised by Marcel Gamboa, LPC

When Fatima is not seeing clients, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and traveling around the world. Fatima loves spending quality time with her two beautiful daughters and her husband.

.Lauren specializes in working with adults and children with depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various forms of trauma. She further assists clients with anxiety, emotional regulation, improving frustration tolerance, behavioral and academic struggles, motivation, self-esteem, close relationships, communication, boundaries, and divorce.

In community health settings, Lauren has worked with individuals facing severe and persistent mental illness, crisis, suicidal ideation, addiction, mood disorders and personality disorders. She has helped rehabilitate individuals across Harris County by addressing related challenges such as finding housing, employment, and food, managing medication, navigating the legal system, and adjustment to major life changes.

Lauren integrates various theoretical methods in her sessions; however, her primary methods typically involve Person-Centered techniques and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She believes that when people are provided conditions that foster growth, they have the freedom to become the best version of themselves. Her passion is providing that safe, authentic, judgment-free space that is needed for change to occur.


In her free time Lauren enjoys gardening, hiking, watching documentaries, playing video games, and traveling. She loves spending time with her family and dominating family game nights 😉. Lauren, LPC-Associate is supervised by Marcel Gamboa, LPC.