For more than 40 years, Burke Center has served East Texans across our 12-county service area. As we prepare for the next 40 years, we have renamed the organization Burke. Our services and commitment to our clients and East Texas are stronger than ever.


Closing the Gap in East Texas: Improving Mental Health Care for Disadvantaged, Rural Populations

Recently, Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott was interviewed by Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian magazine. Read below to learn more about Burke's partnership with the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Seminary of the Southwest to improve access to mental health services in East Texas counties. Seven patients. Two clinics. One elementary school. That's the typical day for therapist Stephanie Knott. She works for Burke, a mental health agency serving low-income adults and children across 12 East Texas counties surrounding Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Every patient Knott visits was previously one of the hundreds of people in…— Read more

Woodville Woman Survives Depression and Drug Abuse

This spring, Woodville woman, Kelli Fields found help through Burke's medical detoxification program. Fields recently visited with KTRE and shared her story of overcoming depression and her addiction to prescription medications. Check out the story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. An East Texas woman suffered years of depression and drug abuse that was fueled by the victimization of sex trafficking. “It’s hard to be in such dark deep depression where you feel like you’re in a cage and there’s nothing to reach up to,” survivor, Kelli Fields said. “My biggest…— Read more
The Right Diagnosis Brings a New Start for Nacogdoches Woman

The Right Diagnosis Brings a New Start for Nacogdoches Woman

Deborah Scroggins describes the last year as a roller coaster ride of emotions. “I feel like I’ve been squeezing the handles so hard that my whole body was numb,” she said. Deborah has lived in Nacogdoches most of her life. She was working as a Certified Nurse Assistant when she began suffering from severe weakness and depression. It was a strange combination of physical and emotional symptoms. She was both sad and anxious and had trouble staying focused. But she also felt bad physically. She felt so weak and stiff it took a…— Read more

Using myStrength for Self-Care

In December, Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott, submitted her story to the myStrength "Stories of Impact" contest.  MyStrength selected Knott's story as one of the top five finalists in this nationwide challenge.  She was interviewed by myStrength and recently featured on their Editorials and News page on their Provider Connect website. Read below Knott's experience with myStrength and how she utilizes the tool with her clients.  A provider shares her story and tips for staying healthy with myStrength Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott, MA, LPC Intern, LCDC, loves to learn. So when her East Texas…— Read more
Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Published in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel on May 30, 2016 News Editor’s note: The following feature is the last in a series highlighting May as mental health month. By Kinnie Reina, Burke Two years ago, retired United States Army major, Jeffrey Smith found relief in the Lufkin-based Military Veteran’s Peer Network. Smith retired from the Army in 2006 after 21 years of service. During his last three years of service, he served as XO (executive officer) at Fort Polk in Louisiana, where his brigade ensured that National Guard and Reserve units were trained and ready…— Read more