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Meet Our Clinicians

Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
Founder & Clinical Director
[email protected]
 

Do you find yourself saying things like….things will be better when ....The reality is life is always going to be full of challenges, so we might as well accept that and decide to be happy anyway.  We live in a fast-paced society with constant demands and shifting priorities. We feel stressed, overworked, misunderstood, experience financial setbacks and a host of other things. When we experience these challenges, we feel not only mentally but physically drained. These challenges have the potential to overwhelm us and get us “off track.”  When they do, I am here to help. 

I have 29 years experience and a true passion for helping you overcome challenges, My approach blends an understanding of the relationship between physical and psychological issues.  I emphasize how your thoughts influence your heart and your heart impacts your actions. If you change your thoughts, your actions follow; therefore, your situation changes.

Education:
1994  Stephen F Austin State University – MA in Psychology
1992  Stephen F Austin State University – BS in Psychology Magna Cum Laude
1990  Trinity Valley Commun
ity College – AS in Psychology
 

Additional Certifications:
2019 Certified Human Trafficking Victim Service Provider -- Fort Wayne, IN
2019  Certified Forensic Counselor -- Fort Wayne, IN
2016  Prepare & Enrich -- Roseville, MN -- Instructor/Facilitator
2016  Domestic Violence Institute -- Oak Brook, IL -- Instructor 
2015  Connie Institute -- Hurst, TX Brief Therapy -- Solution Focus Brief Therapy
2004  HeartMath Institute – Boulder City, CA – Facilitator
2002  Stens Corp – San Francisco, CA
– Neurofeedback 
2001  Stens Corp – San Francisco, CA – Biofeedback
 
 
Mandy FIne,  MS, LCDC, LPC Associate, Director of Operations
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
 
 
As a long time, educator, I believed every child has a story. I have since learned that children grow up and their stories do not end. We all have a story. That story impacts us as it continues to develop. Extrinsic factors far beyond our control can influence the next chapter of our story. Life is not always what we wanted or expected, but it is never too late for a plot twist. Awareness of your story is essential in order to ignite a change. Not every chapter is filled with happiness or pride in ourselves, but those are the chapters of life where we find the most growth.

Self-value is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. No one can see your value if you don’t see it yourself. Everyone has areas they can improve on their lives. If you are ready to turn the page for your next chapter, I am ready to help. Discovering what has led you to this point of your story will allow you to grow.

I work with adolescences, adults, couples, and families to bring self-awareness and value into their lives and relationships. I have a passion for helping parents of children with autism and work with clients dealing with non-suicidal self-injury. I strive to meet the needs of my clients by starting where they are and assisting them to set achievable goals.

 

Brittany Abke, BS, LCDC Intern, Training Coordinator
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
More Information on Brittany Coming Soon
 
 
Noel McKillip BA, MA, LCDC, LPC Associate
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC

I am a compassionate, research-driven LCDC/LPC Associate with therapeutic experience in trauma, substance abuse, and child and adolescent development. Chronically captivated by people's capacity for resilience and growth, I seek to empower my clients through knowledge--of mental health, the brain, and (most critically) the self. I promote rigorous self-assessment and regularly incorporate clients' values into my work, subsequently creating unique and dynamic treatment plans.

My occupational journey began as an elementary school teacher; my therapeutic journey began in forensic counseling, working with adult men and women on probation. Not surprisingly, I discovered an intimate link between childhood maladjustment and the development of thoughts and behaviors that dramatically increase the likelihood of incarceration. I have since prioritized work that builds healthy, neuro-informed foundations for growth while helping children, adolescents, and adults prepare for and accept the unknown.

When not therapizing, I challenge my nephews to hide-and-seek, scour arcades for Dance Dance Revolution, and assist with research across the University of North Texas and Northwestern University.

Education:
2021  Northwestern University – MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
2016  University of Denver – MA in Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
2015  University of Denver – BA in Psychology/English Magna Cum Laude
 
Additional Certifications:
2021  LPC Associate (#86464) -- Frisco, TX
2021  Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (#15797) -- Frisco, TX
2021  LPC Candidate (LPCC.0018583) -- Erie, CO
2021  HarvardX Foundations of Neuroscience Verified Certificate -- Frisco, TX
2020  Prepare & Enrich -- Frisco, TX -- Facilitator
2020  Trauma-based Relational Intervention -- Denton, TX
2020  Psychological First Aid -- Frisco, TX

Louveda Morris, BS, MS Candidate, HIPAA Compliance Specialist
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
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Drew Welty, BS, MS Candidate
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
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Drew Driver, BS, MA Candidate
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
 
 
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Nancy Wainscott, BS, MS Candidate, LCDC Intern
Supervised by Darlene Johnson, MA, LPC-S, CFC
 
 
Curtis Johnson, BS,
Director of Technology & Infrastructure
More Information to Follow.
 
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Martha Crawford, Insurance Specialist
 
 
 
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