Background and Experience

Saundra’s training at Texas Woman’s University combined with her experience at the Children’s Advocacy Center has allowed her to gain experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  Saundra has experience in treating family and couples conflict, unhealthy family dynamics, unhealthy boundaries, crisis situations, abuse, risk-taking behavior, self-harm and other unhealthy coping skills.  Saundra utilizes play therapy, activity therapy, family therapy, sibling therapy, couples counseling, and individual therapy to best serve her clients needs.

Personal Statement

Throughout my education I knew that my goal was to be a therapist.  In therapy, I utilize Adlerian Individual theory to remove negative self-directed beliefs and behaviors and to replace them with tools that will allow a client to become confident and socially empowered.  Growth is achieved by working together to move forward towards mutually agreed upon goals.  When working with children and adolescents, I believe that it is important to keep the parents and family involved in the healing process.  I became a therapist to help people gain a better awareness of their environment and to help them navigate life and its difficult, confusing, and trying moments. 

Education and Training

Saundra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and then completed her Masters of Science in Counseling and Development at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.  Saundra gained her clinical hours at the Children's Advocacy Center by providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. 


Saundra is not currently accepting new clients, but please call 469-342-3468 for information about other therapists who could meet your needs.


Saundra has availability on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for daytime appointments.  Session fees start at $105 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.  Saundra currently accepts Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare.


Background and Experience


Nancy has worked with clients in a variety of ages and backgrounds - from children, adolescents, couples, families, and adult individuals. She concurrently works at The Vale Counseling Center in Sunnyvale, and has previously worked at Dallas LIFE Homeless Shelter. Nancy enjoys walking beside clients as they face unexpected life stressors, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women's issues, trauma, and grief.


Personal Statement


I
am passionate about making clients aware of the potential freedom that counseling can bring. Part of what I believe makes counseling effective is the counselor's genuineness, empathy, and unconditional positive regard throughout the entire therapeutic process. I also believe that many of our thoughts affect our feelings, and in turn, affect our behaviors. The awareness that counseling brings to a client is a big part of the healing process. I would love to walk beside you as you discover what has been holding you back from achieving a healthier perspective, and as you work towards making the changes necessary to achieve your maximum potential. My goal is to adjust counseling services to meet the your needs, offering a sliding scale as well as weekend and evening hours. I'm willing to assess and accommodate your needs to the best of my ability.


Education and Training


Nancy is a Doctoral Student at Texas A&M in Commerce.  She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She graduated with her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.  Nancy is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Jennifer Perla, LPC-Supervisor.  Nancy has gained clinical experience working in private practice.


Call Nancy directly today at
972-698-5714 or click the link below to schedule an appointment online.  If booking online, please be aware that the days and times available are an accurate reflection of therapy appointment slots available for future appointments as well.



Nancy has availability on Thursdays and Saturdays.  Session fees start at $90 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale. 

Kara Talton, LMSW

   SUPERVISED BY Vanessa Gill, LCSW


Susan Chaffin, M.S., LPC-S

kara schramm, M.a., LPC

Background and Experience

Amanda has worked with both children and adults facing a variety of issues. She has worked in medical hospitals in the Dallas area and has experience in the areas of chronic, and permanent illness and injury, caregiver stress, grief and trauma, child and elder abuse and neglect, domestic violence, mental health disorders, stressful life events, and parenting and family issues. Amanda will work with each client to determine the best counseling approach for their unique needs, including play and activity therapy for younger clients.

Personal Statement

As a social worker, I enjoy helping others cope with whatever challenges they face. From my social work experience, I found that counseling provides a way for me to assist people work through difficult life situations and then grow as a result. Through counseling we will work together to discover your unique strengths. Building on those strengths, we will find solutions and strategies to help you navigate life’s challenges.

Education and Training

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas. Amanda has been licensed as a social worker for thirteen years. She gained her clinical experience through her work in hospitals in the Dallas area.


Amanda is not currently accepting new clients, but please call 469-342-3468 for information about other therapists who could meet your needs.


Amanda has daytime hours available Monday through Thursday.   Session fees start at $105 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.  Amanda currently accepts Aetna, Baylor Scott & White, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicare.

aMY sALINAS, m.a., lpc-intern,

   SUPERVISED BY SUMMER LAND, M.ED., LPC-S


Background and Experience


Natalie’s training with Colorado Christian University has prepared her to work with people in all walks of life.  Prior to beginning her training at Colorado Christian University, Natalie worked at a pregnancy center for women and as a behavior specialist with children that experienced significant trauma and sexual abuse, both of which have given her the foundation to treat individuals in crisis and/or experiencing significant stressors.  She has worked with people who have suffered from grief, depression, anxiety and stressful life situations.  Due to her own experiences growing up in a military family and being a military wife, Natalie is passionate about other military families and the complications military life can bring.  Natalie also has experienced living outside of the United States and is dedicated to advocate for multicultural issues and needs.


Personal Statement


I am a military spouse who started my career as a behavioral specialist. Throughout my education, work, and life experiences, it became clear that I was meant to be a therapist.  I have the desire to walk alongside individuals and journey with them towards healing.  I take a humanistic approach, which begins with a safe place and allows an individual to find trust and receive empathy.  My goal is to assist clients in gaining insight into their own lives in order to initiate change.  We all have hard times in our lives and counseling can provide the support and hope needed to empower individuals into making positive changes.  I can’t wait to join with you in your journey!  


Education and Training


Natalie earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Central Missouri and is currently working on her Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University.  Natalie’s education, previous employment, and life experiences have given her the foundation to work with many different types of issues.  Natalie is currently under the supervision of Amanda Cortez, LCSW.


Call Natalie directly today at
816-805-3508 to schedule an appointment.


Natalie has availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Session fees start at $55.

Background and Experience


Kathryn has experience working with adults who are in recovery with a substance use disorder.  She has also worked with adolescents with disabilities through an employment training program.  Throughout her education, Kathryn has been active in various organizations that provided support, advocacy, and education for individual with psychological and physical disabilities.


Personal Statement


My goal as a counselor is to help my clients reach their full potential.  I aim to equip my clients with the tools that they need in order to conquer any obstacles in their life.  I like to use a person-centered approach by shaping the therapy to best suit the client’s needs.  Motivational interviewing also allows me to encourage my clients to pursue their goals and their vision of what they want for their life.  I want to help my clients overcome obstacles they may experience related to mental health, substance use disorders, adjustment  to stressful life events, and self-exploration.


Education and Training


Kathryn graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies and a minor in Addictions.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of North Texas.  She previously interned with Solutions of North Texas, a transitional living facility and also served as a teaching assistant through her university.  Kathryn is working towards becoming a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and post-graduation, will begin the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Kathryn is a practicum student and is currently being supervised by Amanda Cortez, LCSW.


Call Kathryn directly today at
940-489-2193 to schedule an appointment.


Kathryn has availability on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursdays and Fridays.  Session fees start at $55. 

Background and Experience

JC works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  He has experience with a variety of issues including: trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, and unhealthy coping strategies.  He also works with couples for enhanced connectedness in emotion and communication and in conflict management.  Christian counseling available upon request.

Personal Statement

We are all affected by choices made in our lifetime and the impact to relationships with family, friends, and ourselves can seem like too much to bear.  I have a passion for helping others work through their trying times by cultivating an atmosphere that encourages healing and accountability.   I am a solution-focused therapist but eclectic in treatment modalities depending on the client.  My goal is to partner with you so we can navigate your predicament and experience tangible changes. 

Education and Training


JC earned his Bachelor of Science in Counseling Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas and Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University.


Call JC directly today at 469-826-9945 to schedule an appointment!


JC has availability on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Session fees start at $105 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.  JC currently accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare.

catherine boynton, m.s., lmft-associate

   SUPERVISED BY Leslie guditis, ph.d., lmft-s

Natalie Fetsch, Practicum student

   SUPERVISED BY amanda cortez, lcsw


Nancy Thomas, m.a., lpc-intern,

   SUPERVISED BY Jennifer Perla, M.A., LPC-S


JC MCcoy, m.a., lpc, NCC

Background and Experience


Amy works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Through her work at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, she has gained experience working with victims of trauma, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and unhealthy family dynamics. Amy also enjoys working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, codependency, difficult life events, grief and loss, and stressful family issues, including blended families experiencing challenges related to divorce. Amy utilizes play therapy and activity based therapy for children and teens. Additionally, Amy uses an individualized approach to best serve the needs of each client. Christian counseling available upon request. 


Personal Statement


After benefitting greatly from my own therapeutic experience, I decided I wanted to pursue a degree in counseling myself. Through the counseling relationship, I hope to provide a safe and empathetic environment for clients to begin to process and heal from life's painful circumstances. I also have a deep respect for the recovery community, believing that growth and lasting life change occur within the context of relationships. I will partner with my clients by providing encouragement and support as they learn new ways to cope with life's challenges and make positive changes. I am grateful to be able to help clients find renewed hope and joy in life on their journey towards healing and recovery! 


Education and Training


Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. In 2014, She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Amy has gained clinical experience working at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group settings. Amy is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Summer Land, M.Ed., LPC-S.


Call Amy directly today at
972-523-2564 to book an appointment!


Amy has availability on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday mornings, and Saturdays. Session fees start at $90 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale. 

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Background and Experience

Kara works with children (3+), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Through her work at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Kara gained a passion for working with victims of trauma, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, family conflict, and unhealthy family dynamics. Kara also enjoys helping those struggling with mental health disorders, stressful life events, grief and loss, relationship and family issues, parenting, and negative coping strategies. Kara provides an individualized approach and creates a treatment plan based on the needs of each client. Kara utilizes play therapy for young children and activity-based therapy for older children and adolescents.

Personal Statement


Throughout my education I always knew I wanted to help people, and it wasn’t long before I decided the way I would do so is through counseling. I feel blessed to be a part of each and every personal journey and love seeing the growth and strength that is gained. I work with individuals to identify current struggles, explore strengths and solutions, and develop healthy ways of coping and healing. Using a solution-focused, person-centered approach, I will join with you providing encouragement to overcome personal obstacles and the empowerment to face whatever challenges come your way.

Education and Training

Kara earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. Kara gained her clinical hours at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in an individual, family, or group setting.


Call Kara directly today at 214-945-4235 to schedule an appointment!


Kara has availability on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Session fees start at $105 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.  Kara currently accepts Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare.

Background and Experience


Catherine primarily practices couple’s and family therapy as well as individual therapy for adults and children ages 12-17. She has gained valuable experience and discovered an area she is passionate about through working with families, couples, and individuals who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief, and neglect during her work at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. In addition to trauma, Catherine also enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, issues related to sex and intimacy, conflict within marital and familial relationships, low self-esteem, and stressful life events. Catherine will work with her clients to create a treatment approach for the unique needs of each couple, family, and individual.


Personal Statement


From personal experience I know therapy can be incredibly helpful and also intimidating to start. My goal is to create a warm, safe, and empowering environment for my clients to feel comfortable with sharing, growing, and healing from life’s stressors. I approach therapy from a collaborative standpoint and work together with my clients to achieve their therapy goals. I work from a systems approach and believe that families are important resources and sources of support throughout the healing process. I like to focus on clients’ strengths and truly feel it is a privilege to be able to walk alongside them on their journey through therapy.


Education and Training


Catherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and went on to earn her Master’s of Science in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She gained clinical experience from working at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County by providing therapy to adults, adolescents, and children in couples, family, and individual settings. Catherine is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate under the supervision of Leslie Guditis, PhD, LMFT-S.


Call Catherine directly today at 214-549-6512 or click the link below to schedule an appointment online.  If booking online, please be aware that the days and times available are an accurate reflection of therapy appointment slots available for future appointments as well.!


Catherine has availability on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Session fees start at $80 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale. 

Amanda Cortez, LCSW

VANESSA GILL, LCSW

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Kathryn Kososki, Practicum student

   SUPERVISED BY amanda cortez, lcsw


Saundra monroe, M.S., LPC

Background and Experience

Vanessa works primarily with adults, couples, and families as well as youth from age 12 to 17.  Vanessa is committed to creating a counseling approach that fits each individual.  Vanessa enjoys working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, stressful life events, parenting issues, and more.

Personal Statement


I started out my education with a strong desire to help people and eventually realized that through social work, I could do just that.  While I have experience in different types of social work positions, I have found that through counseling, I can help individuals deal with problems and grow as individuals.  Utilizing a strengths perspective, I believe that we can work together to overcome whatever obstacles you may face.  We all face difficult times and I strongly believe that therapy can be just the tool to help individuals deal with whatever problems they are experiencing.  As a social worker, I am committed to exploring all environmental impacts and the effects they have on each individual.

Education and Training

Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Arts at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and her Masters in Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Vanessa has been a licensed social worker for over five years.  Vanessa completed her clinical hours at the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County providing therapy to both children and adults.


Vanessa is not currently accepting new clients, but please call 469-342-3468 for information about other therapists who could meet your needs.

Background and Experience

Susan works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Through her work at the Samaritan Inn, Susan gained experience helping clients with a variety of life issues including: grief and loss, mental health disorders, substance abuse and recovery, relationship and family issues, crisis management, and career challenges. Susan uses an individualized approach to counseling determined by the client's history, presenting issues, and future goals.

Personal Statement

I began my career in Human Resources in the corporate world helping employees overcome workplace issues.  With my transition to the counseling profession, I now enjoy the opportunity to help people in all aspects of their lives in meaningful ways. I work with clients to cope with life's challenges, to heal emotional wounds, and to develop the skills to make the personal changes and choices necessary to achieve their desired goals.  I consider it a privilege to be a part of this journey.

Education and Training

Susan earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and her Masters in Counseling and Development at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Susan gained her clinical experience at the Samaritan Inn in McKinney, Texas, where she gained over four years of counseling experience.  Susan is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor.


Call Susan directly today at 214-546-1735 to schedule an appointment!


Susan has availability on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays mornings.  Session fees start at $105 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.  Susan currently accepts Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.

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Background and Experience


Jennifer started as a counselor in St. Louis, MO in 2009. While in St. Louis, Jennifer served as a therapist for several research studies treating perinatal depression in women and depression in preschoolers. She has worked with families with children who have defiant and aggressive behaviors and also has worked with couples. Jennifer specializes in working with families with young children, couples, and women of all ages.


Personal Statement


Through the years I have worked with people from many different backgrounds, beliefs and walks of life. I want to help families and individuals work through the difficult times in their lives. I especially have a passion for working with families with young children, women, and couples.  In the counseling room, I believe that you are the expert on your life and my responsibility is to help you in any way I can towards meeting your goals. My hope is to empower you to grow and develop in the ways you've dreamed.

Education and Training


Jennifer Rodgers received her BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her MA in Counseling from Saint Louis University. She first started working as a counselor in St. Louis treating clients in a variety of settings. She worked in therapy treatment studies treating perinatal depression and preschool depression.


Jennifer was a licensed counselor in Missouri and became an LPC-Intern when she moved to Texas in 2014. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and has training in Motivational Interviewing and other approaches.


Call Jennifer directly today at
469-298-8772 to book an appointment.


Jennifer has availability on Monday evenings.  Session fees start at $90 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.

Jennifer Rodgers, m.a., lpc-intern,

   SUPERVISED BY SUMMER LAND, M.ED., LPC-S


Background and Experience


Kara works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals in the Dallas area, as well as in Arizona.  Most of her experience is in Arizona, in the areas of abuse and trauma, forensic/legal issues, inappropriate boundaries, stressful life events, and mental health disorders.  Kara also enjoys working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, domestic violence issues, and addictions. Kara will work to develop an individualized treatment approach to determine the needs of each unique individual, including play therapy for younger clients. 


Personal Statement


I knew from a young age I wanted to be in a helping profession.  Studying psychology, it didn't take long to realize I wanted to provide individual therapy to clients.  I offer a strengths-based, solution-focused perspective, meeting the client where they are at and building on the innate strengths each individual has; however, I also believe in developing a treatment plan that is going to be effective in making clients feel empowered in this journey.  I have a strong passion for what I do and aim to create a safe environment that will encourage healing, accountability, and the ability to overcome life's struggles.am a cognitive behavioral therapist, but believe that each client brings unique life experiences to the counseling relationship and will adapt treatment as needed. I am passionate about teens and young adults and enjoy partnering with them and their families to help find purpose and hope as they launch into adulthood.


Education and Training


Kara earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.  In 2007, she earned her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University.  Kara has gained her clinical experience working in a residential treatment center for troubled youth, an outpatient provider for youth and adults involved in the legal system, a school social worker for an elementary school in Arizona, and in various psychiatric hospitals. She has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group settings. Kara is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker working towards her clinical license under the supervision of Vanessa Gill, LCSW.


Call Kara directly today at
469-209-5932 to schedule an appointment!


Kara has availability on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.  Session fees start at $90 and can be lowered based on a sliding scale.