Grace-Counseling | Lewisville Texas
Fort Worth and Lewisville Grace Counseling Center

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.

Cheryl Rayl | Grace Counseling

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 Simone

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.


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.


Lauren Rigsby

Lauren Rigsby, MS, LCDC

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Lauren is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and a Certified DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2008, Lauren decided to continue pursuing her passion and went on to earn her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University in 2011. Primarily utilizing a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Approach, Lauren provides a calm and trusting environment to both teens and adults troubled with mental health issues. Specializing in treating those who are afflicted with anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders, Lauren strives to help her clients enrich their lives by focusing on ways to cope with these seemingly unbearable conditions. Lauren believes that learning to face personal struggles with the support of a compassionate advocate is the first step towards creating a life free of shame and full of self-acceptance.


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.


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Alicia Wallace, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Alicia Wallace M.A., LPC Alicia is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University with over 7 years of experience working in the mental health profession. Alicia uses multiple treatment modalities to facilitate healing and develop tools to further you in your journey through this difficult time. Alicia has experience with adolescents and adults suffering from various psychological disorders, she has found a passion working with those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and traumatic experiences. Alicia works with a variety of individuals suffering from mood disorders, co-morbid substance abuse disorders, grief, loss, and adjustment. Alicia is focused on helping you as a client by meeting you where you are at, to help you achieve your treatment goals.


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.


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.


Ginnie Papen

Ginnie Papen, MS, LPC, LCDC

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 800 972 0643

Ginnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. 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.


Stasha Kucel, MS, RDN, LD

Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Phone: 800 972 0643

Stasha Kucel, MS, RDN, LD is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Upon graduating from Texas Tech University's Dietetic Internship, she received a Master of Science in Nutrition. Stasha has discovered a particular interest in nutrition as it relates to mood, recovery, and brain health and firmly believes in the healing power of combining a whole food diet with intuitive eating. Stasha has 7 years of experience working with clients in recovery from addiction and eating disorders. She provides nutrition counseling for general wellness, common medical conditions, and to help clients normalize eating behaviors. Stasha strives to help clients achieve a nutrient-rich balanced diet and choose supplements which optimize each individual's health.

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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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Joannie Pharand

Joannie Pharand ,RYT

Phone: 8009720643


Joannie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Summit Climbing Yoga and Fitness in 2016 in Dallas. A former dance major at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, Joannie first started practicing yoga in 2005 to supplement her dance training. With over 10 years of experience, her yoga classes are both technical and fun! Joannie moved from Montreal to Texas in 2014 to pursue a career in French Translation for an American retail company. Now a freelancer in this field, Joannie uses her flexible schedule to introduce yoga to all age groups as part of a daily, weekly or monthly health routine. Known for her creative yoga classes, she focuses on alignment, breath, sensations and letting the Ego out the door.


Saher Zehra MS, LCDC I, LPC I

LCDC-Intern, LPC-Intern - Supervised by Cheryl Rayl LPC-S

Phone: 800 972 0643

Saher is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-Intern, LPC-Intern - Supervised by Cheryl Rayl LPC-S). She recently graduated from Capella University, a CACREP accredited program, with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Classes in Child and Adolescent Counseling, Theories of Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Counseling, Addictions Counseling and several more relevant topics have prepared Saher to pursue her passion of providing holistic care for her clients. Saher also completed a nine-month practicum at Grace Counseling Center, seeing individual clients and co-facilitating the substance abuse Intensive Outpatient Program groups. Saher earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2009 from Mississippi State University, as well as, an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language Interpreter Technology. Saher practices from an Existential Framework incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy Techniques. Saher is passionate about working with minority communities and bridging the cultural gap for first and second-generation immigrants. Saher believes in order to be fully nurtured and content, individuals must address all mental, physical and spiritual aspects of their personal and professional lives. Saher advocates for her clients and the communities she serves and hopes to help break down the stigma surrounding mental healthcare.



Robin Dempsey, MEd, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 8009720643

Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Bachelors of Science from Texas Tech University in Human Development and Family Studies and Master's degree in Counseling from University of North Texas in 2004. Robin functions as the Utilization and Review Coordinator at Grace Counseling Center.