Alison Raymer, LPC received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from St. Mary's University. In addition to working with individuals and families in private practice, she has also served children, adolescents, and parents for over 20 years as a counselor in private schools. Alison combines a warm, thoughtful, and compassionate approach with a systemic, strength-based perspective to help her clients identify and utilize their inner resources to overcome personal challenges. Her therapeutic toolbox includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and other brain research-based therapies to achieve growth, balance, and personal healing. Her specialty is helping clients through times of major transition such as adjustment to parenthood, divorce, grief, and empty-nest syndrome. Her experience counseling in an educational setting has also given her a deeper understanding in parental coaching for the development of healthier families and adolescents.
Karina Schwarz, MS, LPC, ATR is a Licensed Professional Counselor who utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and person-centered therapy approaches to help children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families find there strengths and reach their goals. She received her Master of Art Therapy at Eastern Virginia Medical School and her undergraduate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her clinical experience includes working with clients experiencing: grief and loss, trauma, death and dying, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, and sleep challenges. Her training as an art therapist allows her to explore her clients thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and assists clients in discovering their awareness in instances where words cannot express what other mediums can.
Tim Erhardt, LCSW. For the last 14 years, Tim has gained experienced working in clinical settings in all walks of life - children through adults, with a wide variety of mental health needs. He has worked with kids and adolescents who have experienced significant mental health issues as well as taught related classes at the graduate school level. He's partnered with families and kids walking through adoptive and foster care placements, attachment therapy, and couples seeking to strengthen their marriages. He's worked in a medical setting specifically with active duty and retired military service members diagnosed with substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and PTSD both combat and non-combat related. In addition to these services, he has a special interest in assisting clients desiring to increase their business, sports and academic performance and decreasing anxiety and increasing their focus. In his my spare time, he spends time outdoors and with my family. Tim's current certifications include: EMDR, Trauma-focused CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, & DBT Therapy.
Shey Wood, LPC. She works on the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) team and holds a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dallas Christian College. Shey has a passion for working with clients of all ages and has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. Shey specializes in working with children. As a part of Shey's graduate training, she has had experience in several clinical settings including, an out-patient clinic, an in-patient behavioral health hospital, and a long-term residential treatment center. Shey uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach to help her clients achieve their goals. She has experience with a variety of concerns/issues including: social skills training, self-esteem/body image issues, anxiety, mood disorders, and behavioral issues. Shey has a desire to see her clients strive for the future that they envision for themselves and the passion for helping them on their way.
Jessica Harrison, LPC utilizes evidence-based practices to aid clients in uncovering practical solutions and positive coping mechanisms to address their personal issues. She earned her Master of Education in Counseling from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She also holds a Texas State License as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. During therapy, she uses a client-centered approach allowing for a non-judgmental environment where her clients comfort is her highest priority. Jessica has a passion for working with today’s youth. As a former school employee of 9 years, she has witnessed many of the difficulties that today’s children, adolescents, and families are facing, firsthand. Her experience working with children and adolescents, both individually and in groups, as well as their families, provides her the building blocks necessary for restoration in one of the most vital areas of life, the family unit. Her specialty areas include: autism spectrum disorders, selective mutism, social disorders, behavioral issues, mood disorders, and substance abuse issues, among others. She works with clients from all walks of life and is excited to have the opportunity to provide exceptional counseling at Forever Hope.
Rick Stotts is a LMFT-Associate experienced in counseling adults and adolescents. Rick Stotts is a Doctoral Level Intern under the supervision of Dr. Jason Northrup, LMFT-S. With expertise in conducting marriage, and couples therapy from his time in the United States Air Force through his current focus on relationship dynamics, Mr. Stotts has developed significant perspective into the characteristics which create sound, stable, lasting connections. His counseling experience has involved work with active duty military/families and he continues to provide individual, couple and family therapy while completing his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary's University. He has worked with parents, children, and adolescents in addressing school and family systems approaches to learning and motivation. He holds a Level I Certification in Restoration Therapy and uses collaborative approaches to create positive outcomes for clients. His many years of active duty and subsequent business experience provides his clients with a balanced set of insights into the dynamics of relationships set against the pressures and stress of life demands. Rick has been a frequent presenter on marriage and family issues at local and international conferences sharing insights and creating advanced perspective for fellow mental health professionals.
Dena Willeford is an LPC-Intern (License # 74799) under supervision from LPC-Supervisor Denise R. Espino, M.S., LPC-S. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007. She also holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University. She taught high school for six years and is a Texas Certified School Counselor. Throughout her graduate studies, she worked alongside school counselors at the high school she taught at in Stone Oak. In 2008, she started working at a church in a Christian counseling setting.
Dena works to create a collaborative therapeutic bond with her clients through rapport, acceptance, listening, and communication. She can also work with clients looking to incorporate their Christian faith into their counseling journey. Dena uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to best fit her client’s needs. Her experience includes working with children and teens in a group setting whose parents are separated, going through a divorce, or been divorced for many years. She has worked with teens and adults individually to help them in their healing from anxiety, depression, grief/loss, abuse, PTSD, mental health issues, school issues and family issues. Dena has knowledge in working with adults in a group setting for depression/anxiety, mental health struggles, and healing from unhealthy relationships in their past. She has also run support groups for family members who are caring for someone living with mental health issues. Dena also supervised lay people, who provided biblically based individual counseling, at the church she worked at. She considers it a blessing to partner with you throughout your healing process.
Michelle Chong-Macias is a LPC-Intern and National Certified Counselor under the supervision of Jillian Denman, MS, LPC – Supervisor. Michelle graduated from The University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology. She also earned her Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University. During her graduate years, she worked with individuals of different ages; however, she focused on working with children. Michelle loves children and has been blessed with the opportunity to provide therapeutic services to them both in a school and a shelter setting. She has experience in working with young individuals dealing with many difficulties, and she is passionate about working with those struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, body-image issues, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.
As a counselor, Michelle’s goal is to build a strong relationship with her clients to work collaboratively and, as a team, find a method to achieve the client's goal. She believes in her clients’ strengths and abilities and will provide guidance and support throughout the therapeutic process. Michelle feels thankful when families allow her to be part of the team in assisting their child in finding healing and success in life. When she is not counseling, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and their puppy at home relaxing. She enjoys watching movies, going to the gym, crafting, and she loves to crochet.