Administrators

 
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Theresa "Terri" Donsbach, LCSW-S, CT 

Executive Director

Terri Donsbach, LCSW-S, is the new Executive Director for Youth and Family Counseling, in Lewisville and Denton. She began her career in the 1990’s in non-profit, providing therapy for Trauma, Abuse, Sexual Offenders and as a Batterers Facilitator. Since that time, she has done Hospice, Forensic evaluations, Court assessments, and inpatient/outpatient care. She has been an adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida, and moved into management in the late 90’s. Since being in Texas, she was the Practice Manager for UTSW’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Clinical Director and Risk/PI Director for two UHS hospitals in Denton. She is extremely excited to be returning to Non-profit work, where she believes that true Community Mental Health work is best completed. 

 
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Kem Lawson

Funding & Grants 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 terapist that provides services to hearing as well as deaf clients.

 

Staff

 
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jEN aNNeN

Receptionist - Denton Office

Jennifer joined the Youth and Family Counseling team at our Denton location after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a local non-profit. Learning the value in empowering others, Jennifer was thrilled to have the opportunity to gain more knowledge about mental health and provide a warm and inclusive environment for all clients. Before moving to Texas for AmeriCorps VISTA, Jennifer earned her Bachelors degree in animal science from Iowa State University, but discovered a deep interest in sociology towards the end of her undergrad. Jennifer hopes to ultimately combine her passion for community development with her non-profit experience to build her career and improve the lives around her (four-legged and two-legged).

 
 
 
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Blanca Guerrero

Receptionist - Lewisville office


Therapists

 
 
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dari Cosey. MS, LPC

Dari graduated from Alabama State University with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience in play therapy, sand tray therapy, anger management, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, families, parenting, and couples counseling. Dari currently works with children, adolescents, and families in an individual capacity as well as in a group setting.

 

 

 
 

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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Suzanne Nieves, M.A., LPC-Intern

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York and a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Lori Vann, M.A., LPC-S in Carrollton, Texas.

Sometimes challenges in life can become difficult, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and confused. Suzanne provides a safe and trusting therapeutic space empowering you with the tools necessary to overcome these challenges and live a fulfilling life.

Suzanne works with adolescents and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abuse, self-harm, anger, relationship difficulties and other life challenges. She also enjoys working with couples and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. She believes premarital counseling can provide couples with skills necessary to navigate the road ahead and to build a strong foundation for their marriage. Suzanne is available for Christian counseling upon request.

 
 
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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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Jessica Seidel, IMH-E®, M.S., N.C.C, LPC-Intern

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. She is Infant Mental Health Endorsed by First3Year, trained in Child Centered Play Therapy, certified in Nurturing Parenting, and accredited in Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Bessie Christenson, M.A. LPC-S.

Jessica is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families who struggle with issues of anxiety, anger management, ADHD, trauma, and self-esteem. Jessica utilizes a person centered approach in which she allows the clients to lead the session as she helps guide them along their therapeutic journey. Jessica believes that parenting does not happen in a vacuum and believes in a collaborative relationship with parents to help create lasting success.

She is currently enjoying the challenges of first time motherhood with her daughter and looks forward to her parenting adventures with her husband and two Basset hounds.

 
 
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Vanessa Aranda

Bio Coming Soon     

 
 
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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.

 
 

Carren Ziegenfuss, LMSW

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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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 Jamie Jaubert, 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.