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Grace Counseling Center

Located in the heart of Lewisville, Texas, Grace Counseling Center has an elite team of counselors working to improve the lives of children, teens, and adults every day. Those who suffer from depression, anxiety, or any mental health issue experience symptoms in their own unique way, which is why we offer our clients a diverse selection of counselors in order to meet the distinct needs of each individual. To find the mental health counselor who is right for you, simply read our staff bios below and move one step closer to finding the help you not only need but deserve. To make an appointment with your counselor, please Contact Us or Call 800 972 0643 and we will help you take the next step to starting a happier and healthier life.

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Cheryl Rayl, MS, LPC-S, MAC

CEO, Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor, MAC

Phone: 800 972 0643

Cheryl Rayl, LPC-S, MAC has been in the behavioral health field for over 25 years. She has experience working with struggling adolescents and elderly clients, professionally trained to treat individuals suffering from debilitating mental health disorders while also providing care to those battling the disease of addiction. Cheryl has counseled clients in various settings, treating individuals, couples and families, and facilitating a myriad of group therapy sessions focused on numerous psychological issues. She is also meets the qualifications for Substance Abuse Professionals according to DOT regulations and is an approved evaluator for the Professional Recovery Network, Cheryl has a passion for helping others, and this passion carries over into her role as Counselor Supervisor. Dedicated to helping new counselors navigate their way through the unfamiliar world of mental health, Cheryl guides these trailblazing professionals down their own unique paths, enabling them to find their niche and develop the skills needed to help transform minds and heal hearts. Cheryl supervises the Licensed Professional Counselor Interns and oversees the care provided by all staff at Grace Counseling Center. Cheryl is currently not accepting any new clients.

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David Simeone, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

David earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and his 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 elements. He utilizes this integrative approach in order to help clients target traumatic issues from the past which contribute to today's daily struggles. David is experienced in providing mental health counseling for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, spanning from depression and anxiety counseling to substance abuse and addiction counseling and beyond. With his innate ability to uncover key issues by analyzing destructive patterns and behaviors, David provides his clients with the opportunity to find closure from the past and happiness for the future.

@DavidSimeone

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Casey Newman, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University in 2008. With over 10 years of experience working in the Mental Health profession, Casey integrates multiple theories to best serve client needs including but not limited to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Gestalt, Adlerian, Solution-Focused and Client Centered approaches. While Casey has worked with adolescents and adults suffering from various psychological disorders, she has found a passion working with Care Givers of those with Psychotic Disorders, as well as individuals ages 13 and older troubled by Mood Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, and At Risk Youth. Casey additionally enjoys administering Psychological Assessments to those in need of professional facilitation. Casey is passionate about helping her clients plant the seeds of change and develop the tools they need to lead more productive lives. In order to meet her clients' needs, Casey offers flexibility in her appointment times with both evening and weekend availability.

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Jose Jimenez, M.Ed., LCDC, LPC-Intern supervised by Cheryl Rayl, MS, LPC-S

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern supervised by Cheryl Rayl, MS, LPC-S

Phone: 800 972 0643

Jose is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Cheryl Rayl, M.S., LPC-S, MAC. Jose earned a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas at Dallas. As a counselor, he believes in empowering clients utilizing a holistic approach to wellness, enabling them to work towards a more complete, authentic self and succeed in achieving their life goals. Jose has experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, groups, and various minority populations such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. His clinical counseling approach employs Cognitive Behavior Therapy and various additional counseling techniques which are tailored toward each client’s individual need. Jose strives to support clients in a safe and accepting environment where they may obtain the necessary tools needed to manage, cope, and work to overcome current life issues, including mental and emotional illness. Some of Jose’s areas of interest include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, trauma, self-harm, self-esteem issues, and LGBTQ challenges. Jose is additionally qualified as a Substance Abuse Professional under DOT regulations.

@JoseJimenez

Luis Perez LPC

Luis Perez, MA, LCDC, LPC-Intern supervised by Elizabeth Conley, LPC-S

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Elizabeth Conley, LPC-S.

Phone: 800 972 0643

Luis is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Elizabeth Conley, LPC-S. Luis has called the North Texas area home for the past 20 years, graduating with distinguished honors from the University of North Texas where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Twice during this time, Luis was published professionally while conducting research on attachment, acculturation, and subjective measures like the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) through the Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program. Still eager to continue his education, Luis ventured across town and found his true calling while earning his Master of Art in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Determined to provide his clients with unwavering support and dedication to their diverse needs, Luis recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and the essential trust and acceptance required for one to make positive changes in his or her life. It is through this core belief that Luis has helped clients from various cultural backgrounds achieve their personal therapeutic goals. Luis has mental health counseling experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and works with adolescents and adults who struggle with Trauma, Grief, PTSD, Self-Harm, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Substance Use, and Process Addiction. Luis has completed advanced training in the treatment of trauma and is a Certified EMDR provider. He additionally has experience counseling individuals suffering from mental health illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder and has helped several clients who live with distressing Personality Disorders. Striving to create a safe and accepting environment for his clients, Luis guides individuals in discovering their own self-worth and revealing the seemingly lost or hidden strengths buried within.

@LuisPerez

Cyndee Elwood

Cyndee Elwood, MA, LMFT, MAC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Phone: 800 972 0643

Cyndee received her Master’s Degree from United States International University in Irvine, California. While in California she also worked for 4 years at the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center where she treated children and adults who had been molested as children. Cyndee has been providing therapy to individuals, groups, couples and families for the past 25 years. She has specialized in the area of trauma, anxiety and depression as well as treating families of and individuals who suffer from addictions. She works with women experiencing difficult life transitions and counsels young children using Play Therapy. Cyndee is additionally certified to use EMDR. Cyndee loves assisting those who want to live their best life possible. She works by encouraging each individual to discover his or her hidden strengths and assists clients in build a better life from there. She encourages her clients to build self-esteem, confidence, and competence in dealing with daily stressors. Cyndee appreciates the apprehension which goes along with deciding to seek help through counseling, and strives to provide clients with a safe and encouraging environment.

@CyndeeElwood

David Laubach

David Laubach, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

David is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. His Bachelor’s Degree was achieved at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. David has been in private practice for more than ten years. Prior to joining the team at Grace he worked in vocational rehabilitation counseling, addictions counseling, and individual counseling in community mental health. To achieve the best results for clients, David primarily utilizes a Client Centered Theoretical Orientation and integrates methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamics, Interpersonal and Positive Psychology depending on the therapeutic needs of each individual. He has a general practice with most of his experience being in couples counseling, personal adjustment to work and family relations, substance abuse, and treatment of mood disorders. David works with clients as young as 12 up to and including the geriatric population.

@DavidLaubach

Kevin McCreary, M.Ed, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Kevin earned his Masters of Education from the University of North Texas in 2000, and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2009 while living in Colorado. Upon returning to his home state, Kevin acquired his Texas LPC in 2012. Kevin brings with him 13 years of experience in the counseling profession, working with all populations while specializing in Men’s Issues. As he continued to develop an understanding of mental health disorders, Kevin saw an opportunity to develop a program which now acts as the cornerstone of his therapeutic approach. Kevin's "Accountability Curriculum" integrates Adlerian Theory with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and provides his clients with the tools needed to live healthier and more adaptive lives. “I believe that everyone has the capability to resolve their own issues; they simply need some help gaining perspective or learning about alternative solutions. We all make mistakes and nobody is perfect. Let’s face it, life is messy and sometimes we lose our way in the chaos. My role is to help clear the air so the client can see their path more clearly.”

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Jamie Walker, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Jamie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2006 from The University of Texas in Arlington. Determined to continue her journey down the mental health path, Jamie received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 2012. Discovering her niche, she completed her Master’s thesis on the relationship between Depression, Resilience, and Coping Strategies. Jamie integrates many theories into her treatment with emphases on cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and person-centered approaches. Combining different approaches allows Jamie to utilize various therapeutic techniques based upon the unique needs of each client. Jamie focuses on clients’ strengths in order to facilitate the development of every individual's full potential. Jamie strives to empower her clients in reaching their goals and living more purposeful lives. Guiding her clients with unconditional support, Jamie provides individuals with the tools needed to find meaning in their suffering, allowing them to break free from their self-made prisons and explore alternative and adaptive perspectives when examining their problems. Jamie has experience providing therapy to couples, families, individuals, and groups. Her specialties include depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship issues, women’s issues, anger management, anxiety, codependency, coping skills, grief, and self-esteem. She is currently pursuing certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist.

@JamieWalker

Suja Thomas, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Suja Thomas received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UT Austin and a Master’s degree in Counseling from The University of North Texas. Suja has been instrumental in tackling issues which have left clients feeling "stuck" by developing rapport immediately, identifying underlying issues and helping them launch forward into recovery. By guiding her clients towards self-discovery coupled with discovering coping skills relevant to their daily needs, Suja's enables her clients to feel empowered and confident in facing daily life challenges and becoming the individuals they have always longed to be. Suja believes it is possible to achieve greater mental stability, emotional wholeness, and interpersonal competence. Suja’s experience ranges from working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with issues ranging from severe depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm and suicidal impulses. One aspect that she brings to the counseling experience is her Christian background. She has had extensive experience working with the Minirth faith-based program while remaining open to working with individuals from all religious backgrounds and cultures. The techniques she utilizes include cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, behavioral and interpersonal approaches.

@SujaThomas

Caitlin Coyner, MS, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Phone: 800 972 0643

Caitlin Coyner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, obtained her Bachelors of Arts in psychology at the University of North Texas and a Master’s of Science in Social Work at University of Texas at Arlington. Working with clients in a variety of settings including shelters, outreach offices, medical, and behavioral health hospitals. Caitlin has provided counseling, assessment, and case management to a diverse population including domestic violence victims, sexual assault victims, geriatric clients, and people with severe mental illnesses. She specializes in working with adults individually, in group therapy, and couples counseling who are struggling from childhood and adult trauma, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, grief/loss, marital problems, and self-esteem issues. Caitlin primarily utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapeutic model for treatment, but recognizes that each client needs and deserves unique help and uses techniques from additional therapy modes as needed. She is passionate about providing clients with the support, framework, and tools to heal and make significant change happen in their lives.

@CaitlinCoyner

Javana Moss

Javana Moss, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Javana earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. She has 7 years’ experience working with clients who suffer from various emotional and psychological issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders and more. Javana specializes in working with children ages 3 years to 12 years who are experiencing behavioral and/or emotional problems in school or their home environments, utilizing Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. She additionally enjoys working with teenagers who have difficulty respecting authority figures and adults, struggle in school due to behavioral problems, or have come into contact with peer pressure, bullying, or substance abuse. Javana aids clients in adjusting to significant life events and helps children and adolescents develop coping and anger management skills. Although she thoroughly enjoys working with troubled youth, Javana additionally provides counseling to adults needing assistance getting back on track personally or professionally and couples experiencing challenges in their relationship. She primarily utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Approach but recognizes the need for applying a customized approach to each individual.

@JavanaMoss

Ginnie Papen, MS, LCDC, LPC-Intern supervised by Cheryl Rayl, MS, LPC-S

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern supervised by Cheryl Rayl, MS, LPC-S

Phone: 800 972 0643

Ginnie is an Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Cheryl Rayl, M.S., LPC-S, MAC. Ginnie earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in a CACREP certified program, where she focused primarily on treating women struggling with Postpartum Depression. Throughout the years spent acquiring knowledge in the mental health profession, Ginnie recognized her desire to provide support and guidance to a broader population of individuals, and currently aids those suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Marital and Family Issues, and Substance Use Disorders. Ginnie has experience in individual and group settings and is a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator for adolescents as well as adults. Utilizing a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapeutic approach, Ginnie encourages clients to rely on themselves when taking steps towards a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Integrating techniques from Adlerian and Gestalt Theories, Ginnie strives to help clients target underlying issues from the past which trigger current thoughts and behavior, and assists individuals in replacing these self-defeating thoughts with ones which create a more positive and present-moment mindset.

@GinniePapen