(Left to Right)

Guy Bender, MS, LPC   |   Renee Sanwald, MS, LPC, LCDC   |   Merilee Minshew, LPC-I, MAAT   |   Ely Pugh     Joni Ogle, LCSW, CSAT


Our goal is to help clients continue down the treatment path created by the entire “treatment team” – the client, their therapist, and the client’s family. Led by CEO Joni Ogle, LCSW, CSAT and Director of Operations, Guy Bender, LPC, Heights Treatment will collaborate with all parties involved in the recovery process.


Joni Ogle, LCSW, CSAT

Joni leads as the CEO of Transcend Texas, and brings over 25 years of clinical experience, management, and leadership in working with adults and young adults suffering with addiction and trauma. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified sex addiction therapist with additional training in Recreational Therapy, Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy, and Dr. Brene Brown’s The Daring Way Shame Resilience curriculum.


Guy Bender, LPC

Guy brings a unique blend of clinical sophistication, creative program design, and practical business development experience to his role as Clinical Director at Heights Treatment. Heights Treatment offers Partial Hospitalization program (PHP) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Supportive Outpatient (SOP) levels of care for Addiction and related issues in Houston TX.

Additionally, Guy has served as a Treatment Placement Specialist to Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and therapists throughout the United States and Internationally. Guy offers extensive program knowledge and clinical experience to help find the most appropriate programs for adolescent and adults seeking treatment of all types related to addiction and other mental health issues.


Merilee Minshew

Merilee is an LPC-Intern, supervised by Joanna Smith, LPC-S, with a Masters of Art in Art Therapy. Merilee serves as Intake Coordinator and Program Therapist at The Heights Treatment. Her welcoming spirit and warm nature help clients feel safe and cared for from the moment they come into treatment. When facilitating groups, she uses an assortment of knowledge and skills gained from life experience as well as experience in art psychotherapy, trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic awareness, and mindfulness.


Renee Sanwald, LPC, LCDC

Renee holds a Masters of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University.  Renee began in the counseling field in 2011 working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  In 2012, she transitioned to working with primarily young adults in a substance abuse residential and outpatient treatment facility.  Renee’s training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps her to utilize much of the theory to inform her counseling practice.  Along with DBT, Renee also uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to guide much of her work.


Jon Carapezza

Jon provides a safe and supportive environment as a facility technician to the client’s of Heights Treatment. He is CPI certified from the Crisis Prevention Institute and draws from years of knowledge coupled with personal experience in the recovery community. In 2008 Jon started mentoring for an IOP program in which he helped facilitate support groups, led program provided sober activities in the community, as well as personalized individual assistance to teens and young adults in early recovery. In 2015 Jon began working as the Lead Alternative Peer Group (APG) facilitator for an IOP treatment center. There he led a multitude of support groups along with weekend hangouts for adolescent, young adult, and adult clients. Jon also ran recovery engagement groups for PHP/IOP clients as well as biofeedback.