Our Counselors

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

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

James Beasley

MA, LPC

James has over 10 years experience providing professional care and...

 

James Beasley

Position: MA, LPC

James has over 10 years experience providing professional care and counseling services. He earned his master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has worked with families from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, having spent 7 years in ministry care roles. James is wholehearted about helping couples, adults, young adults, adolescents, and children (+7) to bring about the change they want to see in their lives. He treats individuals struggling with anxiety & depression, grief & loss, trauma, sexual issues, self worth issues, behavioral development, neurodiversity, relationships and boundaries, life transitions, and spiritual issues. He also has specialties and interests that include couples in conflict, couples healing from trauma and infidelity, communication problems in couples, and coping with diagnoses of a partner. James is also pleased to provide young adult and couple consults on the topics of sexual issues and marital sexual intimacy through psycho education.

James uses his recreation time to be active outdoors, play music, enjoy tabletop gaming, and appreciate a variety of artistic and cultural experiences both locally and overseas with his family.

James holds the following certifications: Gottman Couples Counseling Level 1 Certified, Sexual Educator Certified.

James is trained in the following: Trauma Informed Therapy, EMDR-related trauma recovery techniques, EFT Couples Counseling, DBT, CBT, TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), Humanistic Sandtray

Session Fee: $175

Vanessa Saenz

MS, LPC-A (Supervised by Sandy Gaylord, LPC-S)

Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the...

 

Vanessa Saenz

Position: MS, LPC-A (Supervised by Sandy Gaylord, LPC-S)

Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas as well as a Master of Science in Counseling at Texas A&M Commerce. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and an LPC- Associate currently supervised by Sandy Gaylord, LPC-S. She has worked in a variety of settings including behavioral health in the community, the juvenile justice department, and in the educational setting with at- risk youth.  She works with adults and children/ adolescents dealing with boundary issues, depression, addiction, anxiety, burn out and grief and loss. Vanessa is also bilingual and is comfortable counseling clients in Spanish. Her unique life experiences provide Vanessa with the compassion and understanding that greatly benefit her clients.

Vanessa uses a variety of treatment modalities including mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, art therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Session Fee: $135

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)

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