Member spotlight: Luniece Evette Obst, MEd, LPC.
Subject: Medical societies (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
Pub Date: 09/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 3
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Evette, Luniece
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 208639923

Luniece Evette Obst. MEd. LPC & LPC Supervisor, is currently on the Executive Advisory Board of the American Psychotherapy Association and serves as Chair of the American Board of Professional Counselors.


Luniece holds a Masters in Education degree from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in psychology with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Luniece completed honors research studies at University of Texas at Arlington. She spent a year in Southeast Asia at a Cambodian refugee camp and in the Singapore Hospital working under Dr. Freda Paul through the American Women's Association.

Career History

Luniece has an extensive background in mental health and for over 25 years has served in various capacities, including research and work in both the private and public sectors. Her contributions include the development of the disaster mental health response team for Central Texas Red Cross: active participation in developing the response strategies for aviation disaster for Austin Bergstrom International Airport; and the restructuring of non-profit mental health networks and organizations. Some of those organizations include United Ways of Texas, SIMS, Travis County MHMR, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The City of Austin, and The Wright House Wellness Center. She also headed a project for the Travis County Probate Judge, Austin Police Department, and the Travis County Sheriff s Office, through a Department of Justice grant, to improve the interaction between the criminal justice system and citizens with serious mental illness.

Luniece managed a counseling practice for 17 years. Her primary focus was supervising interns working toward LPC licensure through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and providing psychotherapy services to adults and couples. Luniece has had four years of experience as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University and Austin Community College. Her course instruction has included Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Adjustment, and Survey.

Her consulting services focus on aligning and managing human and financial resources to develop sustainable strategies for success. Luniece has convened and facilitated functions for large agencies and built collaborative strategies for community outcomes in the State of Texas for nine years. She has built marketing plans and developed corporate business plans for a variety of organizations. Examples of these engagements include the development of new business initiatives for a health and financial services corporation; executive coaching programs resulting from mergers, downsizing, and best practice innovation in Fortune 500 companies; and work with non-profit organizations to support business strategies and management.


Luniece received the Austin Mental Health President's Award for services as a developing founder of the disaster mental health program for the American Red Cross of Central Texas. She was awarded academic honors in both Alpha Chi and Psi Chi.

Professional Affiliation

Luniece is an Executive Advisory Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association, Chair of the American Board of Professional Counselors, a Charter Member of the International Institute of Responsible Conflict Resolution, and a past member of the Texas Women's Federation.


Luniece is enjoying sabbatical by editing and endorsing colleagues' work, mentoring interns; and writing.
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