Our Counselors

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

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

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

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

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

Marisela Linebarger

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

Marisela graduated from Southern Methodist University with a major in...

 

Marisela Linebarger

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

Marisela graduated from Southern Methodist University with a major in Spanish and Elementary Education. After a career in teaching at the elementary and middle school levels, Marisela stayed home to bring up her three children and is now excited to begin a new career as a counselor.  She is working on her Masters in Biblical Counseling (MABC) at Dallas Theological Seminary and is under the supervision of Evie Gardner LPC-S. Upon graduation, Marisela desires to work with individuals and families dealing with the effects of substance abuse.

Marisela is certified in Relate Strong, a conflict-resolution tool used in marital and relational restoration. She specializes in parenting issues, boundaries, codependency, depression/anxiety, addiction, ADHD, communication issues and enjoys working with individuals, children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and families. Marisela is a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). In her free time, she enjoys adventures with her husband and kids, jogging, and singing/songwriting.

Marisela will be accepting new clients as of August 1, 2022.

Session Fee: $85


Marisela se graduó de Southern Methodist University con una especialidad en español y educación elemental. Después de una carrera en educación, Marisela dejó a trabajar para quedarse en casa con sus niños y ahora está emocionada empezar una carrera como consejera. Está trabajando por su Masters en Biblical Counseling en Dallas Theological Seminary y está supervisada por Evie Gardner LPC-S. Cuando ella se gradúe, desea trabajar con las personas y las familias que están efectuada por el abuso de sustancias.

Marisela está certificada en Relate Strong, un programa de la resolución de conflictos relacional y marital. Se enfoca en problemas con paternidad, fronteras, codependencia, depresión/ansiedad, adicción, ADHD, problemas con comunicación y quiere trabajar con individuales, niños, adolescentes, parejas jóvenes, parejas, y familias. Marisela es una miembro de CAPS. A ella le gusta pasara tiempo divertido con su marido y tres hijos, correr, y cantar/escribir música.

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