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Jill Robin Payne, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency counselor who is also Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA). She is heard weekly on a local radio station commenting on the intersection of current events and social psychology. She also has appeared numerous times on both national television and radio.


During her over 40 years of work experience in the Mental Health field, she has given numerous lectures, taught college level Behavior Modification course as an adjunct professor, written a book on relationships, "Meeting People; It’s Not a Game" and continues to work with a diversity of people with various issues.


Jill is a member of the American Counseling Association, Houston Alumnae Chapter of ZTA, Texas State Society and a life time member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreational Therapy from Longwood University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology with honors from Houston Baptist University.

The Author

Bempathy ® is Banter with Empathy.
An interpersonal technique of verbal and nonverbal communication that facilitates

congruent conversation between people which will improve their lives and increase productivity.

Jill was the first student from her college to intern at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She interned at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston for her master’s degree. While working at Bellaire Hospital in Houston she authored a guide for positive rehabilitative activities for the emotionally and physically challenged. She has taught behavior modification as an adjunct professor.


As a published author and motivational speaker, Jill works to empower individuals in the choice and meaning of their relationships. Jill has lectured in seminars and symposiums to the Texas Medical Center, Ultimate Women’s Expo, West Houston Medical Center, The Empowered Summit, HARCH, Assisted Living Communities and at many health clubs in Houston, Texas. She has contracted at pain clinics and partial hospitalization programs throughout her career as a psychotherapist to facilitate stress, pain and anger management programs, and to provide cognitive behavioral therapy.


Along with Jill’s busy practice, she currently added EAGALA equine for alternative methods in honing communication skills. Jill’s practice is devoted to helping advance the notion that seeking advice for mental health is as important as seeking advice for physical health. All of Jill’s work and efforts come straight from the heart. Her first book, “Meeting People; It’s Not a Game - Footsteps to Healthy Relationships” is designed to help people obtain a partner and maintain a healthy relationship through proven simple techniques in a world inundated with technology. You can purchase it on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Lulu.com, also as an eBook for your iPhone, Kindle and Nook.


Jill’s newly published book, “Bempathy®- Looking thru Children’s Eyes to Simplify Communication” takes difficult analytical techniques in the communication process and simplifies them by “looking thru children’s eyes” that most people of all ages can relate to. You can purchase Bempathy® on Amazon.com and Kindle.


She resides in Houston, Texas where she maintains a private practice and lives with her husband. Her one son Taylor, is doing his residency in Family Medicine.


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