About Us

Houston Educational Consultants (HEC) is comprised of a group of professionals who believe our clients want to make positive changes in their lives. We can help lead them through our multiple services designed to meet the needs of the community from children and adolescents to adults. The professionals at HEC provide evaluation, counseling, and educational services to help you to meet the demands of today’s world.

Professional Staff

Spyros Catechis, Ed.D., LPA, LPC, LSSP, CGT
Founder and CEO

Dr. Spyros Catechis with over 25 years of executive leadership experience in public/private education, school psychology and business development has focused on developing educational learning teams to enhance people skills in community based organizations and business enterprises.

Dr. Catechis has founded a variety of schools and programs designed to serve the needs of a wide range of students.  From Pre-K through High School age, underachieving students, children with special educations needs, students who thrive in a virtual learning environment and kids who just need a smaller, more focused classroom setting.  He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Schools( www.swschools.org) , Young Learners Schools ( www.younglearners.org)  , and The Bridge School ( www.thebridgeschool.net). .

Since 1979, Dr. Catechis has maintained a psychology private practice, Houston Educational Consultants, which provides assessments, counseling, executive coaching, and consultation to community agencies and business organizations.

His doctoral degree was earned at the University of Houston in Educational Psychology.  Dr. Catechis holds numerous professional certifications and licensures and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 13 Consulting Psychologists;  National Association of School Psychologists, American Group Psychotherapy Association, Society of Psychologists in Management and holds Diplomat status in Behavioral Medicine. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of Central Michigan University , Global Campus teaching both psychology and education courses.


Sunetra Tarafdar Martinez, Ph.D, LSSP

Dr. Martinez received her undergraduate in Psychology from The University of Texas.  She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and went on to get her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University.  Dr. Martinez provides psychology and educational assessments for both private and public community organizations.

Laura Strople, Ph.D

Dr. Strople has worked for HEC for over 15 years providing psychological, educational, and emotional testing to school age children/adolescents in a variety of settings, e.g. public schools, residential treatment centers and juvenile justice systems.