Administrators

 
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Carren Ziegenfuss, LMSW

Clinical Coordinator

Carren obtained her Master of Social Work, with a Certificate in Child Welfare, from The University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Carren is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), under the supervision of Terri Donsbach, LCSW-S.

Carren is an Army Veteran and her husband retired from the Army in 2015. Carren has over 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in military communities across the United States. She has a wide range of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities. Carren has also worked with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Carren provides a safe space, without judgment, to build trust and rapport with clients. She focuses on the needs of a client, rather than specific therapeutic interventions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is her primary model of therapeutic intervention, but she also has training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Informed Care.. 

 
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Kem Lawson

Funding Coordinator

Kem started at Youth and Family Counseling as an AmeriCorps VISTA who helped the agency in building capacity in areas such as fundraising, grant writing and volunteer recruitment. She has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and loves the way it positively impacts lives.

Kem is currently working on receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Women’s University. She aspires to be a therapist that provides services to hearing as well as deaf clients.

 

 

Therapists

 
 
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BRIANNA TAYLOR, MS, NCC, LPC-INTERN

SUPERVISED BY CYNDI DOYLE, M.ED., LPC-S, NCC, CDWF

Brianna completed her Bachelor’s in Human Development with a minor is Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Brianna believes in the power of connection and counts it as a privilege to be a part of another’s journey. Through her experiences working with youth in a short term homeless shelter at Promise House, spreading awareness of suicide prevention in local schools, and working with adults that are entering addiction treatment at Sante Center for Healing, she holds a belief that every individual is good and deserving of treatment and success in their life. 

When Brianna is not working, she likes to spend her spare time with family and friends, reading and writing, and exploring DFW’s best new restaurants.

 

 

 
 

Lynn Marshall, LPC - S

Lynn Marshall has an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Science and a graduate degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.   After serving a four year commitment in the Air Force, she moved to Texas to settle down and raise a family. It was then that she decided that returning to college a little later than most would not only benefit her but her children as well. Her life experiences along with her education have proven to be of great benefit. Lynn specializes primarily in teens and women’s issues; but has worked with couples, and issues related to alcohol and drug addiction. Although she does not work with children, she currently teaches a parenting class that meets weekly. 

 
 
 
 
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Jonathan Pumphrey, LMSW

Jonathan has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at The University of North Texas and his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker under the supervision of Theresa Donsbach, LCSW-S

Jonathan works with both children and adults on issues such as, grief, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and ADHD. Jonathan has working with adults in both acute and outpatient settings, and has experience in working in the treatment of depression, anxiety, phase of life issues, and with geriatric client’s end of life issues.

Jonathan is enthusiastic and focuses on client care, strongly believing in the therapeutic alliance. He has adopted a unique approach by incorporating elements from various therapeutic modalities of CBT, DBT, REBT, as well as having been trained in the practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 
 
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Sabra Johnson

LMFT-A, Licensed Marriage and Family therapy Associate Therapist.

Sabra studied child and human development at Texas Woman’s University in Denton Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child development. Then later studied marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah and earned a Master’s degree. As an MFT intern Sabra explored issues of trauma, power, sexual functioning, shame and self worth with clients from 5 to over 70 years of age. She earned a graduate certificate in Diversity from Texas Woman’s University from the Sociology department with a focus on: feminism, race, ethnicity, immigration and social justice. Currently she is studying Family therapy in a doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She has worked with children and adolescents while living in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and South Korea. She has served communities in early childhood classrooms, community clinics and family shelters. Her areas are: playful individual, family and child therapy. She believes that expressing difficult emotions and re-creating challenging situations in the safe space of therapy can replace traumatic interactions with healing and healthier ones. Engaging in playful experiential activities during sessions can be therapeutic for all ages.

 
 
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Vanessa Aranda, LMSW

Vanessa received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and her Master’s degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker under the supervision of Megan Coit, LCSW-S. She has gained diverse experience in different levels of care including inpatient mental health, medical and outpatient community settings. Vanessa uses a client centered approach. She ensures that interventions are collaborative and individualized. She as well has experience using psychoeducation, CBT techniques and motivational interviewing. Vanessa helps people deal with a range of issues such as anger, low-self esteem, chronic pain, family conflict and emotional distress. She has experience working with children, adults and geriatrics.
   

 
 
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Dominique Dacus, M.S LPC-Intern

Dominique received her Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from University of North Texas. Dominique is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Pedro Blanco, Ph.D, LPC-S, RPT-S and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.

Dominque has gained experience in providing play, group, individual, and expressive arts therapy with children, adolescents, and families. Dominique has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric care, elementary schools, and a community mental health clinic. Dominique is especially passionate in facilitating activity and play therapy services to youth. She believes in the importance of collaboration with the family unit to encourage an optimal therapeutic experience. Dominique utilizes a client-centered approach tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Dominique believes in providing a safe therapeutic environment to build a trusting, accepting, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Through the therapeutic relationship, the client has the potential to achieve awareness, experience growth, and maintain positive lasting changes.

 
 
 
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Adam Karazuba

Adam earned his Bachelors of Psychology from LeMoyne College and his Masters
of Social Work from Syracuse University. 

Adam has gained extensive experience providing individual, family and group
therapist with children, adolescents and families. Additionally, Adam
provides treatment in addiction and chemical dependency. He believes in a
clients centered, individualized approach to treatment. In addition to
working with clients on managing and overcoming the challenges of every day
life events, Adam enjoys working with couples, members of the LGBTQ
community and those impacted by Anxiety, Depression and Spectrum Disorders.

Stephanie Paredes, M.A., LPC

Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Northwestern State University, and earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University.

Stephanie trained as an intern working with adolescents and adults through individual, family, and group therapy. She has gained diverse experience with different levels of care including inpatient mental health, residential treatment, and outpatient community settings. Although Stephanie is excited to work with clients who have a wide range of presenting issues, she is especially interested to work with racial and cultural minorities, victims of trauma, couples, young adults, and adolescents. Stephanie employs a multitheoretical approach based on emotion-focused, multicultural/feminist, and cognitive-behavioral therapies to create the best atmosphere for a collaborative therapeutic relationship and client growth.

 
 
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Myah Dhesi, LPC-Intern

Myah earned her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas-San Antonio. Myah is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern under the supervision of Pedro Blanco, P.h.D, LPC-S, RPT-S.

 

In addition, Myah practices Child-Centered Play Therapy when working with children, providing the necessary therapeutic relationship that allows children to resolve issues. Myah also works with adolescents and adults struggling with ADD/ADHD, anger, grief and loss, divorce, self-harm, low self-esteem, and other life challenges.

 

In session, Myah incorporates experiential modalities, such as expressive art techniques, sandtray, and guided imagery. Myah strives to create a therapeutic relationship free from judgment, and believes it is within the relationship that individuals are able to openly explore their experiences and grow as a result. She recognizes the importance of understanding each person’s unique experience, and strives to make counseling a collaborative process tailored to meet the individual’s needs.

 
 
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Katy alaniz, M.A., LPC-Intern

Katy earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and then finished her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling at Amberton University. She has worked with different types of clients at both the residential and outpatient levels. Katy has a strong passion for treating adolescents, adults, couples, and single parents. Her main areas of therapeutic interest include eating disorders, depression, marriage, parenting, and gender and sexuality issues. Katy believes in incorporating compassionate, individualized care into the treatment of each client, and takes a multi-theoretical approach to counseling. Katy is currently supervised by Whitney Russell, LPC-S, CEDS. 

 
 
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KAREECIA THOMPSON, LMFT

Kareecia Thompson joined Youth and Family Counseling in 2017 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Kareecia earned a Masters of Science Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Friends University in Kansas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Mid-America Nazarene University.

Kareecia was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States.  She moved to Texas from Kansas where she worked at a domestic violence shelter and owning her private practice.  Prior to entering the counseling field, Kareecia worked within Human Resources Management for over 10 years in various industries.  

She provides therapeutic services to children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families.  Her experience includes working with mothers and their children impacted by domestic abuse, trauma, clients impacted by depression, grief/loss, divorce, adoption impact, parenting concerns, bullying, negative thinking, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, control concerns, relational distress and family reunification.    

Kareecia believes in the empowering partnership and healing process of counseling.

Michelle Rowan, LPC

MA from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

BS from Texas State University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology 

Michelle has over five years of experience working with children, teens, and families. She has served individuals and groups within schools, at non-profit agencies, domestic violence shelters, and in play therapy settings. She is also certified in trauma sensitive yoga and equine assisted learning. 

Michelle primarily draws from strengths-based approaches, utilizing play and expressive techniques. She tailors her approach to each person utilizing evidence-based therapies, as each individual is different in their own way. She is compassionate and direct, while helping clients find healing and new ways of coping. She is passionate about empowerment and helping people find their voice. 

Anna (Angela) Wadsworth-Kibbe, M.S., LPC-Intern

Supervised by Lynn Marshall, M.A., LPC-S

Anna completed her Master of Science in Counseling from University of North Texas in Denton. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Reno. Anna operates from Cognitive Behavioral Theory and believes that our thoughts have a big impact on how one feels and in turn how one behaves. In order to break an unhealthy cycle it is important to identify unhelpful or unrealistic thoughts that inhibit our ability to function in a healthy and productive way.

Anna has also completed specialized coursework in Play Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy and Couples counseling. During her graduate internship at the short term homeless shelter, Promise House in Dallas, Anna was provided with the opportunity to work with a diverse population including: children from ages 3-18 as well as teen moms and young adults. This experience helped Anna realize her passion for working with children as well as a desire to work with teenagers. She is also looking forward to getting to work with adults, including veterans and their families.

When not at work Anna enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and their dog Peanut; who happens to be her animal assisted therapy dog.

 
 
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RACHEL BEAL, MS, LPC-INTERN

Rachel completed her Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. Her background working in Child Life in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology was where she learned the value in family centered care. It is not enough to treat just the patient; the whole family system needs assistance in understanding and processing diagnosis and treatment.

Rachel has spent her counseling career working with victims of sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence, as well as at-risk teens. She has utilized her play therapy training and background with younger clients who have experienced trauma as well as children struggling with behavioral issues.

She believes in creating a non-judgmental, genuine healing environment for her clients. Rachel is currently supervised by Don Zablosky, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC.

Marilyn Parrish, LMSW

Marilyn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Family Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University.  She is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker under the supervision of Theresa Donsbach, LCSW-S.

Marilyn brings to Youth and Family Counseling a passion for helping individuals and families develop coping skills and insight to deal with challenges, heal from trauma, and become more resilient.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group settings.  Marilyn believes therapy should be a safe space where healing can occur, and adopts a client-centered approach, utilizing therapeutic techniques that best meet each person’s unique needs.  She has experience in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Perspective, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and other modalities.  She has helped clients address concerns, such as abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, self-esteem, and relationship issues.  Marilyn especially loves to engage with children in play therapy, using their “language” of play to work through difficulties.  In addition, she values the influence of parents and each family member in fostering change.