Cheryl Rayl MS, LPC-S has been in the behavioral health field for over 25 years. She has worked with clients suffering with everything from addictions to anxiety disorders to Serious Mental Illness, with victims and perpetrators, with adolescents through the elderly and individuals, couples, families and groups. Cheryl has a passion for helping others that carries over into her role as Counselor Supervisor. She is dedicated to helping young counselors find their niche and develop the skills to help transform minds and heal hearts.
David earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Texas State University. With more than 15 years of experience, David has worked in an assortment of roles in a variety of mental health settings and employs a client-centered approach to Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, incorporating Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Existential elements.
Amy’s passion is working with clients as they travel on their journey to self-discovery. With a clinical approach based in person centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as solution-focused therapy, interactions with her clients are genuine, direct and engaging. She partners with her clients to increase self-awareness, foster empowerment, and identify restrictive behavioral patterns that may hinder personal growth.
Much of Amy’s practice has been focused on individuals, couples, families and groups. She specializes in areas of parent-child issues, anxiety and depression, sexual abuse and trauma, life transitions, career counseling, anger management, and adolescence issues including truancy concerns. Her experience also includes working with diverse cultures and populations in a wide variety of life situations.
People are capable of great success in meeting their goals. It is Amy’s commitment to her clients is to be the catalyst of support as they take their journey of self-discovery.
John R. Baker, M.ed. LPC-S, is a psychotherapist and addiction counselor. He earned his graduate degree from The University of North Texas. John has many years of experience helping individuals, couples, families, and groups with issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and anger.
John believes that every person has an inherent desire for inner peace and acceptance. By creating a therapeutic environment where a person feels safe, understood, and genuinely cared about, John creates a foundation where self-exploration, and implementation of lasting positive change can occur.
Lauren has a passion for helping both adolescents and adults of all ages who are struggling with issues including life transitions, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and sexual abuse.
Shannon L. Nameth graduated with international honors while earning a master’s degree in community counseling. Shannon has experience with a diverse population including previous work with the families and victims of sexual abuse and other violent crimes. Shannon brings a genuine and unique blend of compassion, knowledge, and understanding to bear on issues ranging from trauma and anxiety, to depression and substance abuse. Having worked with children, adolescents, and adults, Shannon uses a cognitive behavioral approach to aid clients in their attempts to increase self-awareness, strengthen and deepen interpersonal relationships, set and acheive short and long-term goals, and reach their maximum potential.
Shannon’s philosophy of counseling includes the belief that human beings are limited only by their own faulty thinking, distorted beliefs, and habitual patterns of behavior. It is her most sincere intent to guide and empower clients as they navigate the paths of self-discovery and acceptance; embracing the idea that all individuals have the necessary strength and ability to overcome obstacles in their search for a greater sense of peace, more positive mental health, and personal success.
I think the best part of counseling is watching people see that change is possible. I have worked with people of all ages, from very young children to older adults. My goal is to always meet the client at the level they are at, adjusting my counseling style based on their needs. I have had a wide variety of experiences including, but are not limited to, working with children who have been abused, women receiving crisis residential services, and adults struggling with both mental health concerns and substance abuse. I earned my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2007, and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004. I look forward to taking the first step with those seeking change in their lives!
There is one thing in life that we can all be sure of knowing: that it is unpredictable. For many, this unpredictability of life creates stress that will continue for a while until something is done about it. Counseling is a great way to help process and explore problems and stressors that are present, though they may have been a result from the past. As a therapist, I tend to work in the here and now, focusing on how you may be feeling and what might be coming to mind in the present. This is not to say that the past will not be discussed, but rather, how life is happening for you in the moment, and how you can be empowered to handle your stress and trauma.
We all have a drive within ourselves to want to be healthier or better, and counseling is a great way to help with this urge. Feeling empowered is one of the most important factors of counseling. I try to create an environment in which you will feel safe enough to share about your personal struggles. I have experience working with public mental health agencies and adolescents struggling with many facets of life, including mental health, social and school problems, substance abuse, and family issues. I have mostly worked with adolescents experiencing addiction, depression, and trauma, but my passion in counseling extends to helping adults as well. I continue to educate myself in the counseling field, finding new techniques to help incorporate into my practice.