Merlena James Leger


About Me

Merlena A. James Leger, M.A., LPC
Ramir's Counseling Center of Hope was created by a Licensed Professional Counselor who had a vision to encourage, motivate and provide access to tools needed to overcome your current circumstances. Ramir stands for Rising Above My Inner Rival because his creation later became confirmation that I could accomplish anything regardless of the opposition I would face. So, on March 7, 2018 the center was established and confirmation was received that the storm was not meant to last always. As a child, mental health was present in my family and thus prepared me for the dynamics of not only the diagnosis but more importantly the person and those that surround them. Everyone played a part and everyone was treated the same regardless of their mental status, pill count, change in mood, IQ, anxiety level or temporary isolation that would occur. We, as a family, understood what it would take to maintain our family.

My goal as a Licensed Professional Counselor is to provide an environment that reciprocates what my family and community offered. There is no special formula that can erase your situation but there is a way to get through it. The Inner Rival is the battle we have within, which is usually hidden from the world. Although at times, what we are facing is situational, it has an effect on us internally. The purpose of the center is to work with each client to expose, address and conquer whatever that may be. So, I ask, are you ready?

Below you will find my educational background. I am currently licensed to practice in the state of Texas.


University of North Texas

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Minor in Social Science

Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies

Amberton University

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Read more...
Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat


LPC #72524 (Expires: 2021-09-01)


Written by E.R. on Nov 21, 2019 after counseling with Merlena for 2 weeks

I appreciate Merlena's time and her follow up. Very professional and encouraging.

Written by E.L. on Oct 12, 2019 after counseling with Merlena for 1 month

Merlena is a kind soul. She persevered in trying to help me. She never seems to give up on me.

Written by E.M. on Sep 27, 2019 after counseling with Merlena for 2 weeks

Merlena is great and has really helped me so far. I deal with a lot of anxiety and I needed counseling that is convenient since I am currently wedding planning and working. Would recommend.