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.

 
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Miranda Bonilla 

AmeriCorps VISTA

Miranda is the current Resource Development VISTA for Youth and Family Counseling. She graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2017 with a degree in Integrative Studies, with concentrations in counseling, psychology, and sociology. As a VISTA, she works to build capacity for the agency by writing grants, conducting fundraisers, and recruiting volunteers. She hopes to one day become a licensed counselor or social worker and continue work in the non-profit sector.


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.

 

 

 
 
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Justine Guzman, M.A., LPC

Justine received her Bachelor's in Psychology, with a minor in Sexuality Studies from the University of North Texas and her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Her Master's thesis explored the relationship between ethnicity and rape myth acceptance for women who consume pornography.

She has gained experience through work in outpatient facilities as well as residential treatment facilities and local advocacy centers. Although Justine loves working with all kinds of clients in all kinds of therapy modalities - teenagers, LGBT issues, sexuality issues, and ethnic identity issues are her main areas of interest. Justine aligns herself with a multitheoretical therapeutic orientation, bringing in relational, emotion focused, and feminist interventions into the session.

 
 

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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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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Kaylee Currie, Lcsw

“Kaylee Currie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master of Science degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with children & adolescents, Veterans, Geriatrics, and more and enjoys serving a diversity of clients, including children and couples. She has previously worked in medical settings, ranging from pediatric emergency and trauma services to implementing Integrated Behavioral Health services.

Kaylee provides individual and couples counseling to address a range of needs, such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, and crisis counseling. Serving in a client-focused manner, she enjoys creating individualized treatment plans utilizing modalities such as play and art, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution-Focused therapies.

Kaylee has also enjoyed supporting emerging providers with mentoring and supervision for graduate-level students.”

 
 
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KAREECIA THOMPSON, LMFT-A

Kareecia Thompson joined Youth and Family Counseling in 2017 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate under the supervision of Dr. Rhonda Johnson in Texas.

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.

 
 
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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.

 

Kami Higbee, MS, LMFT-Associate

Kami Higbee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Associate, supervised by Dr. Linda Metcalf.  Kami attended Texas Woman's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Master of Science in Family Therapy.  She is a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified Prepare-Enrich Premarital and Marriage Facilitator, is fully trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) Therapy and is working towards certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, through The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  Kami has done extensive work with couples, parents, and families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  She also has training and experience with children and adolescents with mental health and behavioral problems within the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient setting. Kami utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to find the best solution for her clients. Kami is passionate about helping create healthy individuals, couples, and families, as well as empowering parents and caregivers.  Kami offers a customized approach that addresses systemic issues as well as individual concerns.   No matter your needs, if you are ready to make changes to your life, she is committed to walking through this journey with you.

Gavi Wilkins, LMFT-A

Gavi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Laverne in California while serving on active duty. She then received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy & Professional Clinical Counseling from National University in San Diego, CA.

Gavi is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and works with a diverse population ranging from children to adults and offers individual, couples, family and group therapy. Gavi has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression and behavioral and emotional issues. Gavi brings in various techniques from different therapy modalities including trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, solution focused, CBT, play therapy, family systems and TFCBT.

She believes that a supportive, caring, non-judgmental and listening ear can be the catalyst needed to improve or change lives. Many people face different obstacles and accomplishments throughout their life and finding and maintaining internal equilibrium may assist in coping with these changes. She is passionate in helping people in their journey called life.