Our Counselors

Eve “Evie” Gardner

MA, LPC-S

Evie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as...

 

Eve “Evie” Gardner

Position: MA, LPC-S

Evie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Family Psychology at Hardin-Simmons University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and has worked in community mental health, hospitals, and was previously associated with a large church-based counseling practice. Specialties include couples in crisis, couples healing from infidelity, premarital counseling and marital problems, divorce recovery, healing from sexual abuse, adolescent development/changes, women’s issues, blended family issues, grief, and counseling for those suffering from addiction, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Evie is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Session Fee: $195

R. Lance Gardner

MA, LPC-S

Lance earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as...

 

R. Lance Gardner

Position: MA, LPC-S

Lance earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Family Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University. Lance has been working in the mental health industry since 1997 and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2000. Lance enjoys working with individuals as well as couples and families.  Specialties and interests include couples in crisis, couples healing from infidelity, premarital counseling and marital problems, divorce recovery, blended family issues.  Lance also works with individuals impacted by mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) and anxiety disorders and trauma.  Lance is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He and his wife (Evie) started Family Restoration Counseling Services in 2009.  They have been married since 1997 and have three children.

Session Fee: $195

Brandi Bailey

MA, LPC

Brandi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as well as...

 

Brandi Bailey

Position: MA, LPC

Brandi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as well as a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, behavioral health and the adoption/foster care industry. Brandi is passionate about serving adult individuals as well as children/adolescents and their families. Specialties include Christian counseling, children and adolescents, trauma recovery, grief/loss, school issues, behavioral problems, attachment concerns, depression, anxiety, and women’s issues.

Brandi uses a variety of treatment modalities including play therapy and expressive arts with children. Brandi is currently training in Synergetic Play Therapy as an approach to help kids, teens and parents navigate life’s challenges. Synergetic Play Therapy is a researched-informed model  of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity.

Brandi believes the client/counselor relationship is an important aspect of healing and enjoys coming alongside others in their journey towards a more authentic self

Session Fee: $175

Travis Kern

MS, LPC

Travis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University...

 
Family Restoration Counseling

Travis Kern

Position: MS, LPC

Travis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas and his Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. His experience includes working in community mental health and child protective services shelter settings. Travis is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Travis accepts all clients ages 8 and up and specializes in helping with anxiety, depression, parenting children and adolescents, self-image, anger management, abuse recovery, grief, and marital problems. He also specializes in childhood and adolescent issues including, school issues, divorce, bullying, family issues, trauma and abuse recovery, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems.

Travis is a lifelong Texan and a proud citizen of Dallas. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, cheering for the local Dallas sports teams, the performing arts, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family.

Session Fee: $175

La Tricia Cleveland

LMFT-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, MS, LMFT-A, LPC-S, RPT/S)

La Tricia Cleveland earned her Bachelor of Art and Performance...

 

La Tricia Cleveland

Position: LMFT-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, MS, LMFT-A, LPC-S, RPT/S)

La Tricia Cleveland earned her Bachelor of Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Capella University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate, currently under the supervision of Jennifer Smothermon, MS, LMFT-A, LPC-S, RPT/S. La Tricia enjoys helping couples, families, children, and individuals increase self-awareness, gain new perceptions, decrease symptoms, and enlarge their individual strengths to have a more meaningful life experience.

La Tricia has experience working with couples, families, individuals, and adolescence.

She enjoys being a member of, Delta Kappa, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), and The National Society of Leadership and Success. La Tricia is a proud pet mom to Shih Tzu, Moo Moo and is a lover of the arts. In her spare time, she continues to enjoy acting in theatre as well as independent films.

Session Fee: $135

Cody Franklin

MA, LPC-A, LCDC-I (Supervised by Eve Gardner, LPC-S)

Cody loves walking alongside adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with...

 

Cody Franklin

Position: MA, LPC-A, LCDC-I (Supervised by Eve Gardner, LPC-S)

Cody loves walking alongside adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with maintaining long-term addiction recovery, anxiety, depression, marital conflict, grief, boundaries, and family of origin issues. He earned his MA in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and aspires to specialize in the treatment of multiple addictions, namely in the presence of substance use disorders and sex addiction deeply rooted in attachment-related struggles and complex trauma.

“Freedom is real. It begins with acceptance and the willingness to take the first step.”

Cody grew up in Texas and loves spending time in nature with his family, hiking and camping. He also enjoys watching movies and TV shows with his wife, unplanned travel, hearing tales of authenticity and adventure, and sharing mealtime with friends.

Session Fee: $135

Marisela Linebarger

LPC-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S)

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in...

 

Marisela Linebarger

Position: LPC-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S)

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”

-From “The West Wing.”

Marisela recognizes that sometimes life is tough. Sometimes you just need someone who can listen well, provide a safe space, and jump in with you. Marisela delights in working with individuals of all ages. She offers traditional play therapy for ages 3-12 and a somewhat modified version for teens. Marisela works with couples just starting out as well as those together a long time using her certifications in Prepare/Enrich, Gottman Level 1, CORE Marriage, Relate Strong, and PREP. Marisela is ready to jump right in. Are you?

Session Fee: $135. Sessions in Spanish also available.


“Un hombre está caminando por la calle cuando se cae en un hoyo. Las paredes son tan alto que él no puede escapar. Un médico viene por la calle y el hombre grita, “Oye, ¿me puedes ayudar?” El médico escribe una receta, tirándola en el hoyo y sigue caminando. Luego, un padre viene por la calle y otra vez, el hombre grita, “Padre, ¿me puedes ayudar?” El padre escribe una oración, tirándola en el hoyo y sigue caminando. Luego un amigo viene por la calle y el hombre dice, “¡Oye, José! ¿Me puedes ayudar?” De repente el amigo se mete en el hoyo con el hombre. ¿Estás loco? ¡Ahora estamos atrapado aquí! El amigo dice, “Es cierto, pero he estado aquí y yo sé cómo escapar. ¡Vámanos!”  del programa “West Wing.”

Marisela reconoce que a veces la vida es muy dificil. A veces necesitas alguien que puede escuchar bién, provee un espacio seguro, y que puede meterse en el hoyo. A Marisela le gusta trabajar con personas de todas edades, incluyendo niños. Para los edades 3 a 12, hay terápia de juegos, y para los adolescentes, hay una forma de terápia de juegos un poquito diferente. También Marisela trabaja con parejas juntos por varios años: los que van a casa o los que son recién casados, o los que han casados por mucho tiempo. Ella tiene certificaciónes en Prepare/Enrich, Gottman Level 1, CORE Marriage, Relate Strong, y PREP. Marisela está lista para meterse para trabajar. ¿Y tú?

Para cada sesión: $135.

 

Baileigh Tate

Practice Manager

Baileigh graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a...

 

Baileigh Tate

Position: Practice Manager

Baileigh graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelors in Children’s Ministry and Church Administration in 2005. Since that time, Baileigh has made it her life’s mission to positively impact families toward health and wholeness as both a children’s pastor and an elementary educator. She is continuing that mission by working towards her Masters in Play Therapy and is pleased to serve as the Practice Manager for Family Restoration Counseling Services.

In her free time, Baileigh enjoys sushi date nights with her husband and park playdates with their son. When she’s not studying or spending time with family and friends, you might find Baileigh working out, running to Starbucks, or enjoying an episode of Gilmore Girls.

Daniel Liao

Graduate Student Intern (Supervised by Evie Gardner, LPC-S)

Daniel graduated from Chiayi University with a Bachelor’s in Education...

 

Daniel Liao

Position: Graduate Student Intern (Supervised by Evie Gardner, LPC-S)

Daniel graduated from Chiayi University with a Bachelor’s in Education with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling. After three years of teaching elementary, Daniel is working on his Master of Arts in Licensed Professional Counseling at Oral Roberts University. He is currently under the supervision of Evie Gardner LPC-S. Daniel desires to pursue LPC and LMFT licensure and work with families and couples post-graduation. He specializes in pre-marital counseling, boundaries, depression/anxiety, and communication issues. Daniel’s many talents and hobbies include being bilingual, speaking both English and Mandarin, playing basketball, and cooking. You might also find Daniel attending church, where he and his wife serve on the worship team. At home, they both enjoy spending time with their daughter, making family memories together.

Session Fee: $85 (first session $110)

Ranesa Goss

Graduate Student Intern (Supervised by Evie Gardner, LPC-S)

Ranesa earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at LeTourneau University. Her...

 

Ranesa Goss

Position: Graduate Student Intern (Supervised by Evie Gardner, LPC-S)

Ranesa earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at LeTourneau University. Her experience includes working alongside hospital, law enforcement, and school personnel for emergent and urgent crisis evaluations, working in the community mental health setting, and teaching English at the middle school level. Ranesa is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) at LeTourneau University, and is under the supervision of Eve Gardner LPC-S.  After graduation, Ranesa plans on continuing to pursue her license as an LPC to work with adolescents, families, and adults who struggle with mental health challenges, self-worth, oppression, behavioral difficulties, and spirituality issues.
Ranesa grew up in Texas and loves spending time with her husband, children, and two fur-babies.  Ranesa also enjoys reading psychological thriller and suspense novels, singing, cooking, and hiking.

Session Fee: $85 (first session $110)

Melissa James

LPC-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT/S)

Melissa graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in...

 

Melissa James

Position: LPC-A (Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT/S)

Melissa graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies and received her Master of Education in Counseling from Texas A&M Commerce in 2007. She has been in education for 21 years and her experience includes teaching Personal and Family Development Classes, serving as a Parent Educator, teaching Special Education and School Counseling. She is an LPC associate currently under the supervision of Jennifer Smothermon, LPC-S, LMFT -S, RPT -S.

Melissa has a passion for helping children, adolescents, young adults and their families through situations of trauma, school issues, grief/loss, behavioral problems, anxiety and depression. Her background and experience have strongly equipped her with a variety of techniques to help meet the needs of children with ADD, ADHD, and Autism as well. She plans to pursue her RPT licensure along with her LPC.

Melissa has been married to her husband for 19 years and has 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling anywhere there is sun and water.

Session Fee: $135

Dawn Evertson

M.Ed, LPC-A (Supervised by Julie Coleman, LPC-S)

With over 25 years of working with children and young...

 

Dawn Evertson

Position: M.Ed, LPC-A (Supervised by Julie Coleman, LPC-S)

With over 25 years of working with children and young adults, Dawn has a passion for working with adolescents, and their families, addressing and managing behavioral problems, anxiety and depression, grief/loss, as well as school issues.  Her tenured experience as an educator and counselor in Texas Elementary and Middle Schools has equipped her with techniques to help meet a wide range of client needs including those with ADD/ADHD.

Dawn understands that everyone walks through life differently and everyone deserves to be heard.  She creates a safe environment where her clients are empowered and allows them to work towards developing and implementing skills necessary to walk their own path.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She continued her education at Lamar University and received her Master of Education in Counseling.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate currently under the supervision of Julie Coleman, LPC-S.

Session Fee: $135

Shaynor Newsome, Pastoral Coach

DMin, MDiv

Shaynor earned his B.S. in Ecology from Baylor University and...

 

Shaynor Newsome, Pastoral Coach

Position: DMin, MDiv

Shaynor earned his B.S. in Ecology from Baylor University and both his MDiv and DMin degrees from Truett Theological Seminary. He spent his first twelve years of vocational ministry as a campus minister at New Mexico State and Baylor Universities. After that, Shaynor spent nearly eight years as a pastor overseeing church revitalization work in Oregon. His DMin focus and dissertation was on the dynamics of growing post-Christian communities and how those of faith are to posture ourselves toward them.

Shaynor is certified in the RightPath behavioral assessment tool and as a RightPath Coach. He is also currently pursuing The Allender Center’s Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level 1 certificate as well as moving toward certification in Internal Family Systems therapy.

Shaynor brings twenty years of pastoral care and counseling experience to his coaching. Additionally, he brings a love for theology combined with his own lifelong story in the church as well as his story of trauma, grief, and the often-lurching process of healing. Shaynor particularly enjoys partnering with those who simply don’t know where to turn, whose faith experience has left them unsure whether psychological care is safe, or those who carry the fear that the problem is solely some deficiency in their faith. He seeks to encourage others along their path toward healing and invite people to see that healing is possible.

Session Fee: $125

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