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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.

 

 

Christy Cull, LPC has a background in working with children, individuals and families for 14 years. She began working in a private practice setting in 2011. Her clinical experience includes: working with grief and loss, abuse, marriage and family issues, divorce care, mood disorders as well as women and children's issues. She provides family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults utilizing a variety of counseling approaches including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Family Systems Theory. She enjoys counseling and walking alongside individuals across the life span as they work through a wide variety of struggles. She believes that the counseling relationship is a supportive, therapeutic environment where individuals, couples and families can work toward healing, growth and meeting personal goals. Her background of being raised overseas, working overseas and now as a military wife has also given her a passion for working with families and children with transition and adjustment issues. She has completed additional training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and the TF-CBT Model. When she is not counseling clients, Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons spending time outdoors and traveling to see family and friends. 

 

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.

 

 

Rick Stotts is a LMFT-Associate experienced in counseling adults and adolescents.  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.

 

 

Vanessa Gutierrez, BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) received her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas in San Antonio in 2015. She has been actively practicing Applied Behavior Analysis since 2014 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Vanessa has experience working with children on the autism spectrum in home, center-based, and in the community as well as supervising Registered Behavior Technicians. She is committed to making meaningful changes in the lives of children and their families.

 

 

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.